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[336] feeble means of the natives: ‘unless the French
Chap XXIII.}
should join with the Indians,’ he reported the land as lost. Many of his red people retired to Canada: he
bid them go; but to their earnest solicitations that he would share their flight, the aged man, foreseeing the impending ruin of Norridgewock, replied, ‘I count not my life dear unto myself, so I may finish with joy the ministry which I have received.’

The government of Massachusetts, by resolution,

declared the eastern Indians to be traitors and robbers; and, while troops were raised for the war, it also stimulated the activity of private parties by offering for each Indian scalp at first a bounty of fifteen pounds, and afterwards of a hundred.

The expedition to Penobscot was under public aus-

1723. March 4-9.
pices. After five days march through the woods, Westbrooke, with his company, came upon the Indian settlement, that was probably above Bangor, at Old
Williamson, II. 60 and 121.
Town. He found a fort, seventy yards long, and fifty
See his letter of Mar. 23, 1722-3.
in breadth, well protected by stockades, fourteen feet high, enclosing twenty-three houses regularly built. On the south side, near at hand, was the chapel, sixty feet long, and thirty wide, well and handsomely furnished within and without; and south of this stood the ‘friar's dwelling-house.’ The invaders arrived there on the ninth of March, at six in the evening. That night they set fire to the village, and by sunrise next morning every building was in ashes.

Twice it was attempted in vain to seize Rasles. At last, on the twenty-third of August, 1724, a party

from New England reached Norridgewock unperceived, and escaped discovery till they discharged their guns at the cabins.

There were then about fifty warriors in the place.

De la Chasse.

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