Popple's letter of May 30th, asking what further encouragement is necessary to induce the inhabitants to cultivate naval stores. A, does not know what encouragement is already given: will try to collect information, and would like instructions on that head. Inhabitants idle and lazy: nothing can be done until we have English inhabitants.
(signed.) L : A.
P. S. With regard to the minute of H. M.'s council, directing A. to prepare a patent for John Hart Esq. to certain waste lands in the province, with exemption from quit rents for ten years, and afterwards at quit rent of 4s. stg. per 100 acres, payable after ten years, A. considers this a great encouragement to settlers, (though beyond his original instructions): the present terms being the chief reason why the French will not accept patents. Will not swerve from his instructions, but submits the proposition to the Board.
Mr. Geo. Mitchell having been ordered to survey lands, lying near Minas, the inhabitants are not to affront or hinder him in the performance of his duties. Supplies are needed and the deputies will procure "as much wheat, pease and Biskett bread as possible," to be brought here as soon as the weather permits. Governor intends to visit them in the Spring; they must make preparation for his reception.