Declaration of Committee of Immigrants to Nova Scotia.
Supplement. Nova Scotia. Halifax, November 16, 1761 These may certify, that we the subscribers, being chosen a committee by the people arrived in this province, from the kingdom of Ireland, the last summer, have at their request journeyed to the bason [basin?] of Minis and Cobuquet, and diligently viewed the land situated on those bays, which were reserved for Col. [Colonel?] Mc Nutt, and his associates; and are of opinion, that the said lands are equal in goodness, and fully answer the description given by him in an advertisement, published by him at Londonderry, bearing date the 20th of April, 1761. And do further certify, that in our opinion, the said lands and soil is equal in goodness to the best lands in Ireland, and capable of producing wheat, rye, barley, oats, pease, [peas?], hemp, flax, potatoes, turnips, and all sorts of garden stuff, which grow here with the greater luxurience [luxuriance?]; and (as some of us have been in the province of Pensylvania, [Pennsylvania?] that, the soil of this country is much richer, and bears every thing larger and in greater abundance than that of Pensylvania [Pennsylvania]; and that all the lands so reserved for Col. Mc Nutt, are situated on bays and navigable rivers, so that every farmer may have vessels come close to his dwelling, for the selling, and transporting his produce; whereas those to be granted in Pensylvania [Pennsylvania?], are more than two hundred miles within land, and that carrying the produce to market there costs as much as the several species of grain are worth at market. And we take this opportunity to assure all our countrymen that our reception here exceeded far what Col. McNutt had assured us of; and that we found all the inhabitants ready to assist, and promote us in our undertaking, with all good offices, and treated us with the utmost goodness and humanity. Andrew Ross, Parish Belreshain,[Ballyrashane?] Co. Antrim. William Moore,P.[Parish] of Faun,[Fahan?.] C.[Co?]. Donegal. William Henderson, Rathmullan, C.[Co.?] Donegal. William McNutt, P.[Parish of] Mavagh,[Mevagh?] C. [Co.?] Donegal. John Mahon, Rosses, C. [Co?] Donegal Joseph Crawford,near Rathmullon,[Rathmullan?] C. [Co.?]Donegal. Robert Spencer, Clanda Horky,C. [Co.] Donegal. John Morrison, P.[parish of?] Ry Tollaghebegly [Tullaghobegly?], C [co?.] Donegal Benjamin Mc Nutt, P.[parish of?] Mavagh[Mevagh], Bar.[Barony of ?] Killmacrenan, C. [co.?] Donegal. Mark Patton, P.[parish of?] Faughan Vael, [Faughanvale?] C.[Co.?] Derry. John McNutt, Tullyachniss, C.[Co.?] Derry Daniel Cochron Cochrane?], Derrykeychen [Derrykeghan,?] C.[co.?] Antrim. Robert Smith, of Cahery, Parish of Drummacose [Drumachose?]and County of Londonderry. Anthony McClean, near Letter Kenny,[Letterkenny,?] Co. Don.[Donegal?] John Clark, P. [parish of?] Tamlaughtfinleggan, [Tamlaght Finlagen.?]C.[Co.?] Derry. John Barnhill, P.[parish of?] Lake, [Leck?] C. [co.?] Don.[Donegal?] Halifax, Nov. 17, 1761. The above signers personally appeared before me, one of his Majesty's council for said province, and subscribed their names to the truth of the above declaration. Charles Morris Transcribed by Dympna McGearyClose