annals of the town of warren

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V. FROM 1741 TO 1753, INCLUDING KTESTS OF THE 5xH INDIAN WAR, AND THE SCOTTISH SETTLEMENT AT STIRLING. 1741. Gov. Belcher was, in 1741, succeeded by Wm. Shirley; one of the first measures of whose administration was the improvement of the currency. The paper money, or bills issued by the Colony, having now depreciated, in proportion to silver, as five and a half to one, a compromise between the different parties that divided the province on this subject was effected by a new emission of bills at 6s. 8d. to the ounce of silver, with a provision, that, when they sank below that rate, the difference should be made up to the creditor. This was called the new tenor, in contradistinction to the former emission or old tenor. Symptoms of dissatisfaction among the Indians continued to be observed. Amongst other things, Alex. Lermond of St. George's testified that an ox belonging to his brother William, had been killed and his bones and hoofs found in the camp of the Indians. Andrew Kilpatrick of the same settlement, and two Indians, Col. Lucy and Maj. Moxas, confirmed the statement, having seen the same in the Indians' camp. 1743. Though great pains were taken to arrest this dissatisfaction at a conference held at St. George's in August, 1742, yet the growing apprehensions that France was about to engage in the existing war on the side of Spain, and the certainty that her subjects would attempt to persuade the Indians to join them, induced the Legislature, in 1743, to appropriate ,£1,280 for putting the eastern posts in a state of defence. Of this sum, ,£75 were apportioned to Broad Bay, and 100 to St. George's. The fort at St. George's was rebuiltt and enlarged ; but the expenditure at Broad Bay was for the present delayed. The garrison at the former place was increas...
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