Governor Edward Cornwallis held his first council deliberations onboard the Beaufort transport in Halifax Harbour. On June 21, he had arrived in
with 2,547 volunteer settlers and soldiers. He had orders to establish and secure a settlement. At the council meeting, Governor Cornwallis opened his commission and took the oaths of office in the council’s presence and the Civil Government was organized. (Photo: Table used by Edward Cornwallis on the ship Beaufort to hold his first Nova Scotia Council meeting in 1749, now in the Red Chamber of the Nova Scotia Legislature building. © James Macnutt).