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Governor's Letter-Book, Annapolis, 1719-1742. 77

lately received an insolent letter from the savages; advisable to arm in case of a rupture. Possibly only a drunken inspiration, which, when they hear of troops marching, may "end in a peccavi." Government sloop built at Boston arrived only three days, instead of two months, ago. Little can be done to survey the eastern coast this season. P. and Engineer going to Canso to plan its fortifications. This "small Province sloop" not able to transport the garrison from Placentia; and a larger vessel must be hired. P.'s lot as governor the hardest of all; he has no tax &c. to draw on for necessary charges, and has "only the justice of the Government to trust to in passing my Account." Presents for the Indians have arrived, after having been detained all winter at Boston. Intends to assemble the chiefs and distribute the gifts. Will write again from Canso,
R. Philipps

Armstrong to the Deputies of Minas.1 [93

Invited to come to Annapolis with their priest Gaulin, to discuss taking the oath of allegiance.
L. Armstrong.

June 1.

Armstrong to the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Indians.2

Is informed that there are twenty-one canoes of Indians at Passamaquoddy afraid to go on the fishing at Canso, on account of the rumor that two English ships had fired on some Indians in the " passage de Fronsac." No truth in it. English wish to live peaceably with all Indians.
L. Armstrong.

June 17.

Armstrong to the Indians of St. John &c.3 [95

Report that two English ships had fired on Indians, untrue.

1. English on [93: on [94. "The aforegoing Letter was put in French & Translated thus."
2. In French:
3. "Lettre Circulaire envoyé aux Sauvages de St. Jean, Penbacouite, Cap Sable, Marligash, Minas ou Checabnacady &; Beaubassin."

July 29.


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