Letter of James Abercromby, 1755 Sept. 5.
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At a Council held Novemr 15th 1755 Present The Governor, John Blair, Philip Grymes, Philip Ludwell Esqr., Mr. Commissary, William Byrd Esqr. His Honor communicated to the Board a Letter from the Governor of Nova Scotia dated from Halifax the 11th of August [illegible] -ged a necessary, and the only [illegible] measure, to rid themselves of the neutral French there, to divide them among the Colonies, where they may be of some use, and, possibly, in time, become faithful subjects - with a letter from Mr. Belfour at Hampton advising of the arrival of two vessels with about 390 of the said French, and that four sail more are hourly expected, who it is presumed, will bring in upwards of six hundred more. Upon which the Governor desiring the opinion and of the Board, in what manner it would be most advisable to dispose of, and divide them through the several counties, and how they could be subsisted. It was the advice of the Board, that his Honor would defer the consideration of so important an incident till a fuller council could be assembled-Whereupon the Governor acquainted them he would order the Council to be summoned to meet on Thursday next to deliberate upon and determine "[illegible]' of such great consequence "[to this country]" Copy Teste N. Walthoe Cl. Con.