held back for the support of churches and schools.,
A Separate Though there were only about one hundred
Govern- and fifty families in the island, the people
meet. wished to have a government of their own instead of being under that of Nova Scotia. In 1769 Captain Walter Patterson, a large landowner, became governor of the island, and four years later the people were allowed to choose members for a House of Assembly, though at first it did not meet very often.