without an intrepid assault, in which the English
six killed and twelve wounded.1
Thus was blood fist shed after the peace of Aix la Chapelle
Fort Lawrence was now built on the south of the Messagouche, but the French
had already fortified their position on the opposite bank at Fort Beau Sejour as well as at Bay Verte.
Having posts also at the mouth of the St. John's River
and the alliance of the neighboring Indians
, they held the continent from Bay Verte to the borders of the Penobscot
Such was the state of occupancy, when, in September, at Paris
, who had been placed at the head of the British Commission, presented a memorial, claiming for the English
all the land east of the Penobscot
and south of the St. Lawrence
, as constituting the ancient Acadia
The claim, in its full latitude, by the law of nations, was preposterous; by a candid interpretation of treaties, was untenable.
never had designed to cede, and had never ceded, to England
, the southern bank of the St. Lawrence
, nor any country north of the forty-sixth parallel of latitude.
In their reply to the British
claim, the French
commissaries, in like manner disregarding the obvious construction of treaties, narrowed Acadia
to the strip of land on the Atlantic
, between Cape St. Mary
and Cape Canseau.3
There existed in France
statesmen who thought Canada
itself an incumbrance, difficult to be defended, entailing expenses more than benefits.
But La Galissoniere4
pleaded to the ministry, that honor, glory,