Acadian deputies in the district around Annapolis Royal were summoned before Lieutenant Governor Lawrence Armstrong to sign an unqualified oath of allegiance. They insisted on freedom of religion and exemption from bearing arms. No agreement was reached. A year later, the inhabitants were encouraged by a written confirmation of a military exemption, but this was not ratified further. The Acadians mistakenly believed that they were entitled to neutrality in war time. This issue arose once again with the arrival of Governor Edward Cornwallis and later with Governor Charles Lawrence.