[The deletion of Cromwells signature, it is suggested, was done after the restoration ] Oliver Pr.

Whereas wee have committed unto our Trusty and
welbeloved Colonell Thomas Temple the charge custody
and government of our Forts of St. John, Port Royall, and
Pentacoet in Acadia commonly called Nova Scotia in
America, and the Martiall stores and provisions there being
or thereunto belonging; Our will and pleasure therefore is,
That you deliver or cause to bee delivered unto the said Thomas
Temple ymediatly upon his arrivall there, the full and
peaceable possession of the said Forts, and of all the
Ordnance, Gunnes, Amunicon, and martiall stores, and other
provisions of Victualls, Clothes, Barkes, Boates, Shipps
and other thinges Whatsoever in the said Forts, or any of them,
being or of right belonging to this Commonwealth by a true
and just Inventary and Appraisement at indifferent [rates?]
and just rates and values, and that the said Inventary and
Appraisement you doe with all convenient speed send unto
Us or our Councell to the end the same may bee entred
of Record, and brought to Accompt in our Exchequer;
For which this shalbe a sufficient warrant; Given under
our Signet at Whitehall the six and twentyeth day of
September 1656.

To Captn John Leveret Governour in chief
of our Forts of St. John Port Royall, and
Pentacoet in Acadia commonly called Nova
Scotia in America, and to his Lieutenant
and other the officers there, or any of them.

Cop. vera Ex
pr. JA : NUTLEY.

[Endorsement]

Order for delivering
the forts in Accadie
1656

30.5 cm x 20.4 cm

From the Saltonstall family papers