May 1, 1755: “The time for paying the bounties to seamen and landmen was prolonged to the 27th instant.” [LM, 5-55]
May 23, 1755: Two French ships are captured by Howe.
May, 1755: “The assembly of New York has passed an act for raising 45000l. by a tax on estates real and personal, for putting the said colony into a posture of defence, for furthering his majesty’s designs in North-America; also an act to restrain the sending provisions to Cape-Breton, or any French port or settlement on the continent of North-America, or islands nigh or adjacent thereto; to which the acts the governor has given his assent. By an act passed the last sessions of assembly at Boston in New-England, the inhabitants of that province are forbid holding any correspondence with the people of Louisbourg, &c. for four months, commencing the 1st of March last; and the master of any vessel that shall be known to trade there, contrary to the interest of said act, is to have one of his ears cut off, be publickly whipped, and rendered incapable of ever holding any place of honour or profit in that government; his vessel and cargo to be forfeited, and the owner or owners thereof to forfeit 500l. and also to be disabled from holding any place, &c. in that government.”