Vaudreuil, Philippe de Rigaud, marquis de, 1640-1725. MS.L.s. to [John Nelson], 2 May 1725

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“Contains chiefly correspondence of British proprietor and governor of Nova Scotia Thomas Temple and his nephew John Nelson concerning land claims in Nova Scotia and the French role in Canada” Temple, Thomas, 1614-1674. Thomas Temple correspondence concerning Nova Scotia, 1656-1768. Vaudreuil, Philippe de Rigaud, marquis de, 1640-1725. MS.L.s. to [John Nelson]; Montreal, 2 May 1725. … Read more

Vaudreuil, Philippe de Rigaud, marquis de, 1640-1725. MS.L.s. to [John] Nelson; Quebec, 16 Oct 1724

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“Contains chiefly correspondence of British proprietor and governor of Nova Scotia Thomas Temple and his nephew John Nelson concerning land claims in Nova Scotia and the French role in Canada” Temple, Thomas, 1614-1674. Thomas Temple correspondence concerning Nova Scotia, 1656-1768. Vaudreuil, Philippe de Rigaud, marquis de, 1640-1725. MS.L.s. to [John] Nelson; Quebec, 16 Oct 1724. … Read more

Original minutes of His Majesty’s Council at Annapolis Royal, 1720-1739

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“The chief value of this document is for the light it throws upon the internal administration of Nova Scotia during this obscure period of its history.” MacMechan, Archibald. “Original minutes of His Majesty’s Council at Annapolis Royal, 1720-1739” Halifax, N.S. : [s.n.], 1908. https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.83344, https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015023540563

A Calendar of two letter-books and one commission-book in the possession of the government of Nova Scotia, 1713-1741

“The manuscript documents relating to the history of Nova Scotia were collected, arranged, bound, indexed and catalogued by the late Thomas Beamish Akins C. L., who was appointed Commissioner of Public Records, in accordance with a resolution passed by the House of Assembly on the thirtieth of April, 1857. According to the catalogue prepared by … Read more

America and West Indies Colonial Papers: October 1733, 16-31

Council of Trade and Plantations to Committee of Privy Council. Representation upon petition of Mrs. Campbell. Continue : We have discoursed hereupon with Coll. Philips, H.M. Governour of Nova Scotia, and likewise with Mrs. Campbell the petitioner, who hath laid before us several papers and affidavits relating to her title to the aforesaid lands and … Read more

Our First Common Law Court

“That for the reasons aforesaid His Excellency the Governor and Members of his Majesty’s Council for this Province hold and keep a Court of Judicature for said Province annually at the respective times and place here mentioned, viz: at Annapolis royal upon the first Tuesday in May, August, November, and February yearly and in every … Read more

Virginia and Nova Scotia: An Historical Note

“…the first court of judicature, administering the English common law, within what is now the Dominion of Canada, for at Annapolis Royal, in Nova Scotia, on the 20th day of April, 1721 (0. T.), His Excellency, Governor Phillips, and his council, after full advisement, adopted a resolution constituting themselves a court which was to administer … Read more

“As Near as May Be Agreeable to the Laws of this Kingdom”: Legal Birthright and Legal Baggage at Chebucto, 1749

“The new governor’s commission gave him power to establish the accepted institutions of civil government: a council, a legislative assembly, courts, and a judiciary. It accorded him the power of the civil executive to defend the colony, exercize the king’s prerogative of mercy, administer public funds, make grants and assurances of lands, and establish fairs … Read more

Council of Trade and Plantations to Committee of Privy Council, Representation upon petition of Mrs. Campbell; considerations relating to the security of the British Colonies in America

367. Council of Trade and Plantations to Committee of Privy Council. Representation upon petition of Mrs. Campbell. Continue: We have discoursed hereupon with Coll. Philips, H.M. Governour of Nova Scotia, and likewise with Mrs. Campbell the petitioner, who hath laid before us several papers and affidavits relating to her title to the aforesaid lands and … Read more

“The general cession of Nova Scotia”

220. Mr. Delafaye to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have laid before the Lords Justices your representation of the proper measures to be taken for the security of Carolina and Nova Scotia. Their Excys. judging that care should likewise be taken at this time to preserve our Settlement upon the Island of Providence, … Read more

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