Instructions from Oliver Cromwell to John Leverett (written by James Nutley), 26 September 1656
“In this letter Oliver Cromwell instructs John Leverett (1616-1679), then military governor of Acadia, to turn over the captured forts in Nova Scotia to Col. Thomas Temple.”
“Whereas wee have committed unto our Trusty and welbeloved Colonell Thomas Temple the charge custody and government of our Forts of St. John, Port Royall, and Pentacoet in Acadia commonly called Nova Scotia in America, and the Martiall stores and provisions there being or thereunto belonging; Our will and pleasure therefore is, That you deliver or cause to bee delivered unto the said Thomas Temple ymediatly upon his arrivall there, the full and peaceable possession of the said Forts, and of all the Ordnance, Gunnes, Amunicon, and martiall stores, and other provisions of Victualls, Clothes, Barkes, Boates, Shipps and other thinges Whatsoever in the said Forts, or any of them, being or of right belonging to this Commonwealth by a true and just Inventary and Appraisement at indifferent [rates?] and just rates and values, and that the said Inventary and Appraisement you doe with all convenient speed send unto Us or our Councell to the end the same may bee entred of Record, and brought to Accompt in our Exchequer; For which this shalbe a sufficient warrant; Given under our Signet at Whitehall the six and twentyeth day of September 1656.
To Captn John Leveret Governour in chief of our Forts of St. John Port Royall, and Pentacoet in Acadia commonly called Nova Scotia in America, and to his Lieutenant and other the officers there, or any of them.
Cop. vera Ex pr. JA : NUTLEY.”
“Instructions from Oliver Cromwell to John Leverett (written by James Nutley), 26 September 1656”, Saltonstall family papers. https://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=1923