provided no one else has a legal claim to it. S. to inform himself on the point before the "Council Sitts this afternoon."
(signed.) "for R. Philipps Eras: Jas: Philipps,
July 24th, 1731. A true Record of the Original by Wm, Shirreff Secy. Memorandum That in answer to the Immediate preceeding letter Mr. Shirreff acquainted the Board with what he had heard Concerning the Said Grant as Mentioned in ye minute of 24th July 1731."
Formal notice of his "Return and arrival here." Good conduct expected from them. A. has superseded Philipps, is. who is recalled. Proclamation enclosed, which they are recommended to obey. Scarcity of grain removed. Messenger sent with this, to ascertain what wheat and pease can be secured for the garrison. Two hundred quintals of biscuit and sixty hogsheads of pease needed. Will pay through Bessell, Donald and Blin. Nigan Robichaux to purchase sheep and black cattle among them. Hopes they will make no difficulty.
Reproaches them with incivility and ingratitude for answering previous letter. Supplies have not been sent. A. therefore obliged to dispatch Mr. Cottenham with powers to treat with them for the provisions necessary.
(signed.) Wm Shirreff Secy.L. Armstrong
Dec. 18. Annapolis.
Armstrong to Deputies of Cobequid.
Reproaches them for not answering letter of Aug. 30, as above. No supplies have come in. Wishes answer to letter, proclamation and proposal to survey their estates. Has sent
1. Countersigned: "A true Record by his Honours Command Wm Shirreff Secy"