Nothing to add to his former letters regarding the state of the province. Few Indians to be seen here since reports of wars began to fly about. They assembled in force this summer at C. B. under pretence of getting their annual presents; but their designs are still unknown: "for want of Such presents this his Majestys Governmt is much despised by these poor deluded people."
N. B. S. directed by Lt. Gov. Armstrong to forward to them enclosed order; they must proceed with the election of deputies, though the regular time is past, according to said order. They are also to bring along with them "the Said Petit Jacque Ie Blanc"
(signed.) Wm Shirreff Sec.ryWm. Sherriff Sec.2
Nov. 2. Annapolis.
Armstrong to Board of Trade.
Acknowledges receipt of B. of T.'s letter of Sept. 11th last, with other papers in answer to A's. Sorry their letter came so late; cannot execute their orders in regard to Canso, until he can go there. As to the Indian presents and their shyness, A. was in Boston at the time, and could know nothing of them: annual presents may in time prove advantageous. A. still of his former opinion in regard to the proposed truck-houses at St. John's river, but in accordance with B. of T.’s orders will make no further advances beyond forwarding surveys and information home. Thankful for copy of Mrs, "Campble's" petition regarding French titles and seigneuries: some statements in it prejudical to truth and the interests of her aunts and cousins, who have always remained in the province, and "pretend to on Equall Share with her in these Demesins
1. Before S.'s signature: N. B. That one of the same Tenor & Date was Sent to the Sec.ry Of State.” 2. The name is signed twice, first at the right hand and misspelled in the writing of the rest of the document; and again, at the left, in what seems to be Shirreff’s own hand.