Governor Parr's letter to Sir Guy Carleton:
SHELBURNE, 25TH July, 1783.
SIR, -- I have the honour to inform your Excellency of my arrival here (late Port Roseway) in the Sophia, Frigate, and that I have named the Town and District, SHELBURNE. From every appearance I have not a doubt but that it will in a short time become the most flourishing Town for Trade of any in this part of the world, and the country will for agriculture. For any particulars that your Excellency may wish to know I refer you to the bearer Mr. Robertson.
I did myself the honour to write to you by the Licorne, expressing my sentiments relative to the number of Loyalists intending to go to the River St. John. I greatly fear the soil and fertility of that part of this Province is over rated by people who have explored it partially. I wish it may turn out otherwise, but have my fears that there is scarce good land enough for those already sent there. If all the Provincial corps go -- am certain there will not, which was the reason for my recommending the Eastern side of the St. Croix River to your Excellency. I have the honour to be, with great esteem,