Governor Lawrence to Lords of Trade and Plantations, 8th December, 1755

Historical Note

Charles Lawrence was governor of Nova Scotia from 1754 until his death in 1760. He is best remembered for the deportation of the Acadians.

Document Summary:
Lawrence indicates that he does not believe it practical to form an Assembly as yet, because:

  • Halifax is the only place qualified to elect two members.

  • The merchants would elect members of their own class and exclude "landed people."

  • The merchants "are not nearly so concerned in its [Nova Scotia's] welfare."