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[69] day on which he landed,1 leaving the French in un-
chap. III.} 1750.
disturbed possession of the isthmus.

A swift vessel was dispatched expressly from Halifax to inform the government, that La Corne and La Loutre held possession of the isthmus, that a town which was within the acknowledged British limits, had been set on fire; that its inhabitants had crossed over to the French side; that the refugees, able to bear arms, were organized as a military force; that the French Acadians, remaining within the peninsula, were rebels at heart, and unanimously wished to abandon it rather than take the oath of allegiance to the English king; that the savages were incited to inroads and threats of a general massacre; that the war was continued on the part of the French by all open and secret means of violence and treason.2 At the same time the governments of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Bay were informed of ‘the audacious proceedings’ of the French, and invited to join in punishing La Corne as ‘a public incendiary.’3

The New England colonies received the news without any disposition to undertake dislodging the French. In England the Earl of Halifax insisted4 effectually that prompt support should be sent to the colony, of which the settlement was due to his zeal. Authority had already5 been given to disarm the Acadians; new settlers were now collected to be transported at the public expense,6 and an Irish regiment

1 Cornwallis to the Lords of Trade, 30 Sept. 1750.

2 Cornwallis to Lords of Trade, 30 April, and same to Bedford, 1 May, 1750.

3 Cornwallis to Lieutenant-Governor Phips at Boston, 3 May, 1750.

4 Lords of Trade to Bedford, 4 June, 1750.

5 Lords of Trade to Cornwallis, 16 February, 1750.

6 Lords of Trade to Cornwallis, 8 June, 1750.

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