about Lake Champlain; admitted that the climate is uncertain and in some years the crops fail, but Nova Scotia alone will soon be able to supply all our Islands with plenty of provisions of all kinds, viz. grain, live cattle, salted provisions and fish.
Being asked whether the people of Nova Scotia will build sloops and other small vessels and carry provisions, etc. to the West India Islands: said he had no doubt but they would--but cannot say in what time; that several ship carpenters with their crews were gone to Nova Scotia expressly for the purpose of ship building, and that many Loyalists of considerable property had expressed their desire of becoming settlers in that province with a view to follow the same business. . . .
WILLIAM KNOX: EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COM MITTEE FOR TRADE, 18 March 17841
Mr. Knox attending was called in and desired to give their Lordships any information falling within his knowledge relating to the subject under consideration, and first as to the time when it might be expected that supplies for the West India Islands might be derived from Canada and Nova Scotia, and the mode of conveyance.
Mr. Knox said he had been the person who had suggested the Regulations contained in the Orders in Council respecting American trade, and had been employed in framing the several Orders, that the objections which were urged on behalf of the West India Merchants had been all stated to him and had been fully considered prior to the issuing the Order respecting the trade between the West India Islands and the United States.
That it had been foreseen that some immediate difficulty might arise from want of the supplies which had been in course of coming down--that the war had interrupted them, but they had found means to get some supplies by prizes; and others from this country; that the great point of consideration at that time was whether the supplies proper to be allowed from the United States should be brought in American ships, or confined to ships belonging to Great Britain. The articles intended to be permitted to be brought from the United States were such as this country or Ireland could not then supply; and the remaining colonies in North America were not then in a condition to____________________