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Island of Cape Breton

George The Third by the Grace of God of Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith & so forth

To all to whom these Present shall come  gr[eeting]  know Ye that We of Our Special Grace certain [knowledge] & moor Motion, Have given and Granted & by these Present for Us our Heirs & Successors Do Give & Grant unto Henry Archer  of  the Town of Sydney of our Island of Cape Breton & to His heirs & Assigns forever, all that certain Town Lott or Parcel of Ground lying and being in the Town of Sydney Aforesaid, and is known & Distinguished by Lott No. Twenty Seven in Block A. and contains in Breadth in front [and rear] forty feet & in depth on each side One Hundred feet, and is Butted & [bounded] as follows /to Wit/ on the Northwesterly side by Amelia Street easterly [in] Front by North Charlotte Street, on the South westerly lott No. twenty six [and westerly] in the rear by [Lott] No. twelve & has such shape form & Marks as Appears by a Platt thereof hereunto Annexed, together with all Woods [Underwoods] Timber & Timber Trees, Water, Water Courses, Profits, Commodities [Hered]itaments and Appertenances Whatsoever thereunto belonging or in [any]Wise Appertaining And Mines & Minerals Saving & Reserving [Neverthe]less To Us our Heirs, all Mines of Gold, Silver, Copper Lead & Coals, To Have and to Hold the said Town Lott or Parcel of  ground [and] all and Singular other the Premises, hereby Granted unto the said Henry Archer His Heirs & Assigns, Yielding & paying therefore unto Us Our Heirs & Successors, or to our Receiver General for the time being or to His Deputy or Deputies for the time being yearly that is to say at the feast of St. Michael in every year, One farthing the same to commence & become Payable from the feast of  St. Michael which [shall] first happen After the expiration of two years, from the Date [hereof] Provided always and this Present Grant is upon Condition [that the] said Henry Archer his Heirs or Assigns, shall and Do within three [years] After the Date hereof, clear & Work the said Lott or Parcel of Ground, [only?] within the time Aforesaid, shall be Obliged to erect on the said Lott or Parcel of Ground One good Dwelling House to be at least Twenty feet in length & Sixteen Feet in Breadth, Provided also that [the?] said Lott or Parcel of Ground being cleared & Worked or built [?] Aforesaid  shall be [Accounted] a Sufficient Seating Cultivation & improvement to save forever from forfeiture the said Lott or Parcel of Ground hereby Granted And if the said Rent hereby reserved shall happen to be in Arrear or unpaid for the Space of One Year from the time it shall become Due & no [Distress] can be found on the said Lott or Parcel of Ground tenements & [Hereditaments] hereby Granted, or if this Grant shall not be Duly Registered in the Registr's Office for our said Island within Six Months from the Date hereof and a Docket entered in the Auditor's Office of the same, then this Grant shall be Void & the said Lott or Parcel of Ground Tenements & [Hereditaments] hereby Granted & every Part & parcel shall revert to Us Our Heirs and Successors And Provided also and upon this further Condition that if the said Lott or Parcel of Ground hereby Granted to the said Henry Archer and his Heirs as Aforesaid shall at any time or times hereafter come unto the Possession & tenure of any Person or persons whatever inhabitants of this our said Island of Cape Breton or its Dependencies, either by Virtue of any Deed of Sale, Conveyance, Enfeoffment, or Exchange, or by Gift Inheritance, Descent, Devise or Marriage such Person or Persons being inhabitants as aforesaid shall within Twelve Months, After His, Her or their entry and Possession of the same, take the Oaths, [prescribed] by law and make and Subscribe the following Declaration, that is to say I do promise & declare that I will maintain &defend to the utmost of my power, the Authority of the King in his Parliament, as the Supreme Legislature of this Island and its Dependencies before some one of the Magistrates of the said Island, and such Declaration, and Certificate of the Magistrate [such] Oaths have been taken, being Recorded in the Secretary's Office for our said Island & its Dependencies, the Person or Persons so taking the Oath Aforesaid, and [making] & subscribing the said Declaration, shall be Deemed the Lawfull [Possessor] or Possessors of the said Lott or Parcel of Ground hereby granted, And in [case] of Default on the part of such Person or Persons in taking the Oaths, And making and Subscribing the Declaration within Twelve Months as [aforesaid], this Present Grant, and every part thereof, shall & we Do hereby Decla[re] the same to be Null & void to all intents & Purposes, And the lott or parcel of Ground hereby granted, And every Part & Parcel thereof shall in like Manner Revert to and become Vested in Us Our Heirs & [Succ]essors, anything herein contained to the Contrary thereof notwithstanding -  Given under the Great Seal of our Island of Cape Breton, [ Witness] Our Trusty and Well Beloved Joseph Fredk Wallet DesBarres Esqr., our Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our [ said] Island of Cape Breton, and its Dependencies this Second day of June [hereby] Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred &Eighty six, and in the Twenty Sixth year of our Reign.

Signed in Council by the Govr       Signed                     J Fr W DesBarres (Seal)

HW Perry [Extr] Clerk of Council

             Entered 2d. Day of  Decemr 1786

                                                                                  A Cuyler Register

[Source: 156-157 - Check the Cape Breton Colonial Council records]