Nova Scotia Second of Exchange related to the Capture of Louisbourg 1758
Ex. for £17,5,1 Halifax Currency Halifax 24 April 1758
At six days sight pay this my second of exchange, first not paid to Lieut. William Nevill Woolseley (sic) or order the sum of seventeen pounds five shillings & one penny value received of Lieut. Edward William Seymour being the Prize Money due the detachment at Lunenburg for the sloop retaken by the schooner Monckton Lieut Philip Cosby (sic) Commander without further advice from
To M Joseph Pernette Your Most Humble Servant At Lunenburg Michael Francklin
A very early Halifax, Nova Scotia Bill of Exchange of some significance issued by Michael Francklin, later to become Lieutenant Governor, to Lieut. Neville Woolseley for 17 pounds, 5 shillings, 1 pence Halifax currency, dated April 21, 1758. Payment was for sloop retaken by the schooner Monckton, Commander Philip Cosby at Lunenburg and this was considered the prize money. The money was paid to Joseph Pernette.
Phillips Cosby, William Neville Wolseley, and Edward William Seymour were all Royal Navy. Joseph Pernette was a prominent German born Lunenburg merchant. He had arrived in 1751 on the ship Murdoch, with a group of Foreign Protestants that had been gathered by Edward Cornwallis to balance the Catholic population. He was to later represent Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1761 to 1770. Michael Francklin was a member of the Halifax merchant elite, and Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor from 1766 to 1772. Seymour died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 at the Fall of Quebec, Pernette and Cosby were also there as Aide de Camp to General James Wolfe. Thomas Saul, another member of the Halifax merchant elite and agent for the Imperial government, along with William Ball were owners of the Provincial Schooner Monckton. Reference is made to a recaptured ship, which was a brig captured in Louisbourg Harbour in February 1758. It was formerly the Endeavour out of Boston, which prior to being captured had been used for the transport of Acadians to South Carolina. The French crew provided information regarding the armaments at Louisbourg that was utilized later that year by Admiral Edward Boscawen in the capture of Louisbourg. The Monckton in 1759 narrowly avoided capture by Grindstone Island in Shepody Bay (approximately 30-minute drive from the City of Moncton), by Mi’kmaq and Acadians while attempting to gather up the few remaining Acadians. The supply ship that it was travelling with was captured and ransomed back to the British.