EXTRACT FROM PRIVY COUNCIL MINUTES OF
17 FEBRUARY, 1766.
P.C. 2, VOL. III., p. 504.
Whereas application hath been made to His Majesty at this Board by the Right Honourable Alexander Lord Colville, praying for a Grant of Lands in His Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia in order to make a Settlement thereupon.—His Majesty this day took the same into Consideration, and having received the opinion of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations and also of a Committee of the Lords of His Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council thereupon, is hereby pleased with the Advice of His Privy Council, to order, that the Governor or Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia for the time being do immediately upon the Receipt hereof, cause ten thousand Acres of Land to be surveyed in one contiguous Tract (conformable to the directions of His Majesty's Instructions with regard to the manner of laying out Grants of Land) in such part on the Continent of the said Province as the said Alexander Lord Colville or his Attorney shall choose, not already granted or surveyed to others and not possessed nor claimed by the Indians, and that upon a return of such survey conformable to His Majesty's directions in His General Instructions, He do pass a Grant for the same to the said Alexander Lord Colville under the Seal of the said Province upon the following Terms, Conditions and Reservations—Vizt.
That the Grantee do settle the Lands with Protestant Inhabitants within ten years form the date of the Grant, in the proportion of one person for every two hundred Acres, in failure whereof, the Land to revert to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors.
That an Annual Quit Rent of one farthing per Acre be reserved to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors payable on the Feast of St Michael in every year, one half of which to commence and become payable on the said Feast of St Michael which shall first happen after the expiration of five years from the date of the Grant, and to be payable on every ensuing Feast of St Michael or within fourteen days after and the whole to become payable in like manner at the expiration of ten years.
That there be a reservation in the said Grant to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors of all those parts of the Land which the Surveyor shall upon
the return of the Survey report to be proper for erecting Fortifications, Publick Wharfs and Naval Yards or for other Military purposes and a reservation of an entire liberty to all His Majesty's Subjects to Fish upon the Coast of the said Tract, where such Tract abuts upon the Sea Shore.
That there be a Reservation to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors of all Mines of Gold, Silver, and Coals.
That if any part of the Land shall appear by the Surveyors Report to be well adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax, it shall be a condition of the Grant, that the Grantee shall sow and continue annually to cultivate a due proportion of the Land, not less than one rood in every thousand Acres with that beneficial Article of produce.
And the governor or Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia for the time being, and all others whom it may concern are required to carry His Majesty's commands hereby signified into execution.
Like Orders with the aforegoing were issued for Granting the following quantities of Land in Nova Scotia to the following persons—Vizt.
Charles Colville Esqr. . .. .. .. .10,000
Jonathan Belcher Esqr Lieutenant Governor
of Nova Scotia . .. .. .. .5,000
Benjamin Green Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
John Collier Esqr.. .. .. .. .5,000
Charles Morris Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
Joseph Gerrish Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
Edmund Crawley Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
Henry Newton Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
Sebastian Zouberbuhler Esqr. . .. .. .5,000
Jonathan Binney Esqr. . .. .. .. .5,000
Walter Sterling Esqr Captain in the Navy . .5,000
Chas. Lyell Esqr Secretary to Lord Colville . .5,000
James Ferguson Esqr Captain in the Navy . .5,000