to us, That, the same is agreeable to Law, and to the usual Form of Proclamations.
We have only to observe to your Lordship, that, in order to save time, we have fixed the Limits of East Florida according to Our Letter to your Lordship of the 28th of last Month, presuming that our Opinion, mentioned
therein, will be approved of by His Majesty.
We beg leave further to add, That as it appears to us, upon a Revision of the Report of this Board of the 8th of June last, That, it will be expedient for His Majesty's Service, and give Confidence and Encouragement to such Persons as are inclined to become Settlers in the new Colonies, That an immediate and public Declaration should be made of the intended permanent Constitution and that the power of calling Assemblies should be inserted in the first Commissions, We have therefore drawn the Proclamation agreeable to this Opinion, and have prepared the Commissions accordingly: and we humbly hope Our Conduct herein will meet with His Majesty's approbation, as we conceive, that any temporary Power of making Ordinances and Regulations, which must of necessity be allowed to the Governors and Councils before Assemblies can be called, as well as the mode of exercising that Power, will be better inserted in the Instructions, which we are now preparing.—
most obedient and
most humble Servants
Rt Honble Earl of Halifax
C No. 208.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE PRIVY COUNCIL.¹
AT THE COURT AT ST JAMES'S
the 5th day of October 1763.
THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY
Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Draught of a Proclamation relative to the settling the New prepared by the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations relative to Governments in the erecting within the Countries and Islands ceded and confirmed to His
[¹ Privy Council Register; Geo. III, p.100.]
Majesty by the late Definitive Treaty, four distinct and separate Governments by the Names of Quebec, East Florida, West Florida, Grenada, and declaratory of the Constitution of the said New Colonys, of the encouragements to be given to reduced Officers and Soldiers and the Regulations to be observed in respect to the Indian Commerce and Country—His Majesty taking the said Draught of a Proclamation into His Royal Consideration, was pleased with the advice of His Privy Council to approve thereof, and to Order, as it is hereby Ordered that the Right Honourable the Earl of Halifax, One of His Majestys Principal Secretarys of State do cause the said Draught of a Proclamation (which is hereunto annexed) to be prepared for His Majesty's Royal Signature.—
Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Representation from the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, setting forth that His Majesty having been graciously pleased to approve a Plan for the erecting and establishing four Civil Governments in the Islands and Territories in America, ceded to His Majesty by the late Definitive Treaty, and it appearing to be necessary and expedient that a Publick Seal should be prepared for Sealing all publick Instruments in each of those Governments agreeable to the Method practiced and established in all other His Majesty's Colonies in America; The said Lords Commissioners therefore propose that Directions may be given to prepare with all possible Dispatch a Draught of a Seal for each of the said Governments conformable to the following Descriptions Vizt—
For the Province of Quebec
On the One side His Majestys Effigies, pointing to a Chart of that Part of America through which the River of St Lawrence flows, including the Gulph and with this Legend or Motto underneath, Extensæ gaudent agnoscere Metæ; and this Inscription around the Circumference, Sigillum Provinciæ nostræ Quebecensis in America; and on the Reverse His Majesty's Arms, Crown, Garter, Supporters and Motto with this Inscription round the circumference, Geo. III. Dei Gratia Magnæ Britanniæ Franciæ et Hiberniæ Rex, Fidei Defensor Brunsvici et Luneburgi Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii, Archi Thesausarius et Elector.
Upon reading this day at the Board a Representation¹ from the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations dated the 4th of this Instant together with Draughts of Commissions prepared by them for the Honourable James Murray, Esqr to be Governor of Quebec, James Grant Esqr to be Governor of East Florida, George Johnstone Esqr to be Governor of West Florida, and Robert Melvill Esqr to be Governor of Granada, Dominico, St Vincent a commee and Tobago—It is Ordered by His Majesty in Council that the said Representation and Draughts of Commissions Be, and they are hereby referred to the Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs to consider the same and Report their Opinion thereupon to His Majesty at this Board.—
[¹ This Representation is quoted in the Report of the Lords of the Committee upon the Drafts of Commission for the Governors of Quebec, &c., 6th October, 1763.]