Read a letter from Mr. Fox, Secretary of State, dated the 3rd of April, 1756, signifying the king’s pleasure that this Board should acquaint him with their opinion, in what way it may be most adviseable to dispose of the French neutrals that have been lately removed from Nova Scotia to Carolina and sent over to England by Governor Glen.
Ordered, that the Secretary do inform himself what number of the said French inhabitants have been sent over by Mr. Glen, and what reasons Mr. Glen has given for so extraordinary a measure.
Read a letter from Mr. Belcher, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, to Mr. Pownall, dated Elizabeth Town in New Jersey, December 24th, 1755, inclosing the following papers, viz.:—
Proposals for convening an Assembly in Nova Scotia, dated October 24th, 1755.
Opinion in Council as to the removal of the French inhabitants in Nova Scotia, dated Halifax, July 28th, 1755.
The Secretary acquainted the Board that he had pursuant to their lordships’ order, made enquiry what number of French, late inhabitants of Nova Scotia, had been sent over from South Carolina, and what reasons Mr. Glen had given for this measure; and that he was informed that the said inhabitants were six in number, and that the only reasons assigned by Mr. Glen were contained in a certificate transmitted with them, of which he had obtained a copy, and which is to the following effect, viz.:—
To all to whom this present writing of certificate shall come, greeting,
I, James Glen, Esquire, Governor, Captain General and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty’s province of South Carolina, do certify that Bernard Goudier and Joseph la Blanc were subjects of his Majesty King George the Second, and were inhabitants of Beau-Bassin in Nova Scotia, and for their misbehaviour were sent to this place by Governor Lawrence, and are by me thought necessary to be sent to Great Britain to be dealt with according to his Majesty’s pleasure.
Given under my hand the 14th day
of January Anno Domini, 1756.
Their lordships after some time spent in the consideration of this affair, ordered the draught of a letter to Mr. Fox, one of his Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State, to be prepared in answer to that from him mentioned in the preceding minutes.
Read a memorial of Mr. Ainsley, praying an allowance for his trouble and expences in bringing some dispatches from Dover.
Ordered, that Mr. Kilby, agent for the affairs of the settlement, pay to the memorialist five guineas for his trouble and expence in bringing the abovementioned dispatches from Dover.
Tuesday, April 13.
Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rigby.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Fox, one of his Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State, relating to the French inhabitants of Nova Scotia lately sent over to England by Mr. Glen, Governor of South Carolina, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of the 7th instant, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.
Read a memorial prepared by Mr. Kilby, agent for the affairs of Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of eight hundred, forty two pounds and tenpence may be issued to him, to be paid to Chauncy Townsend, Esquire, in consequence of his Majesty’s warrants directed to him for tht purpose; and the said memorial having been approved of, Mr. Kilby was ordered to present it to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury for their Lordships’ directions thereupon.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Fox, one of his Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State, relating to the French inhabitants of Nova Scotia lately sent over to England by Mr. Glen, Governor of South Carolina, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was signed.
The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial prepared by Mr. Kilby, agent for the settlement of Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of seventeen thousand, one hundred fifty five pounds, eighteen shillings and four pence may be issued to him to discharge bills drawn upon him by the Governor of the said province for especial services; and the said memorial having been approved, Mr. Kilby was ordered to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their Lordships’ directions thereupon.
Read a memorial of Finalia Lockman, wife of Charles Lockman, one of the surgeons in Nova Scotia, praying that directions may be given to the Governor to reimburse to her husband the sum of forty seven pounds, two shillings and six pence paid by him for medicines on account of the settlement.
Ordered, that a copy of the said memorial, and the vouchers thereunto annexed, be transmitted to the Governor of Nova Scotia, with directions to him to examine the same, and if he finds the account to be a reasonable and proper one, to reimburse Mr. Lockman his expences.
“Journal, April 1756: Volume 63.” Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 10, January 1754 – December 1758. Ed. K H Ledward. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1933. 225-232. British History Online. Web. 2 April 2020. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/jrnl-trade-plantations/vol10/pp225-232.