Whitehall, March 7, 1748-9

A proposal having been presented to his Majesty, for establishing a civil government in the province of Nova Scotia, in North America, as also for the better peopling and settling the said Province, and extending and improving the fishery thereof, by granting lands within the same, and giving other encouragement to such of the officers and private men lately dismissed his Majesty’s land and sea service, as shall be willing to settle in the said Province; and his Majesty having signified his Royal approbation of the purport of the said proposals, the Right Hon. The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, by his Majesty’s command, give notice, that proper encouragement will be given to such of the officers and private men lately dismissed his Majesty’s land and sea service, and to artificers necessary in building or husbandry, as are willing to accept grants of lands, and to settle with or without families in the province of Nova Scotia.

To the settlers qualified as above:

  1. Will be granted passage, and subsistence during their passage, as also for the space of twelve months after their arrival.
  2. Arms and ammunition, as far as will be judged necessary, for their defense, with proper utensils for husbandry, fishery, erecting habitations, and other necessary purposes.
  3. A civil government to be established, with all the privileges of his Majesty’s other colonies or governments in America, and proper measures will be taken for their security and protection.

The lands granted shall be in fee simple, free from the payment of any quit rents or taxes, for the term of ten years; at the expiration whereof no person to pay more than one shilling sterling per annum for every fifty acres so granted. The lands are to be granted with the following qualifications and proportions:

50 acres to every private soldier or seaman and 50 acres over and above to every person (including women and children) of which his family shall consist, and further grants to be made to them as their families shall increase.

80 acres to every officer under the rank of an Ensign in the land service, and that of a Lieutenant, 600 acres to a Captain; 30 acres to every person belonging to such families.

Reputed surgeons, whether they have been in his Majesty’s service or not, shall be in the capacity of Ensigns.

All persons desirous to engage, are to enter their names in the month of April, 1749, at the Trade and Plantations office, or with the Commissioner of the Navy residing at Portsmouth and Plymouth.

From Douglass’ Summary, p. 147, The History of Nova-Scotia or Acadie, Vol.II, by Beamish Murdoch, 1865. A copy, varying in several respects, but in substance similar, also in Akins’ Settlement of Halifax, p.4-5.