Town Meetings under Martial Law

“Some townships in Nova Scotia had called town meetings to debate and resolve on several questions relating to the laws and government of the province. The governor and council (14th of April 1770) ordered the Attorney General to notify all persons concerned that such meetings were contrary to law, and if persisted in, that he should prosecute them.”

A History of Nova Scotia, Or Acadie, by Beamish Murdoch, 1866

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