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[204] shivering, half-clad, broken-hearted sufferers, before
chap. VIII.} 1755.
the last of them were removed. ‘The embarkation of the inhabitants goes on but slowly,’ wrote Monckton, from Fort Cumberland, near which he had burned three hamlets; ‘the most part of the wives of the men we have prisoners are gone off with their children, in hopes I would not send off their husbands without them.’ Their hope was vain. Near Annapolis, a hundred heads of families fled to the woods, and a party was detached on the hunt to bring them in. ‘Our soldiers hate them,’ wrote an officer on this occasion, ‘and if they can but find a pretext to kill them, they will.’ Did a prisoner seek to escape? He was shot down by the sentinel. Yet some fled to Quebec; more than three thousand had withdrawn to Miiramichi, and the region south of the Ristigouche;1 some found rest on the banks of the St. John's and its branches; some found a lair in their native forests; some were charitably sheltered from the English in the wigwams of the savages. But seven2 thousand of these banished people were driven on board ships, and scattered among the English colonies, from New Hampshire to Georgia;——one thousand and twenty to South Carolina alone.3 They were cast ashore without resources; hating the poor-house as a shelter for their offspring, and abhorring the thought of selling themselves as laborers. Households, too, were separated;

1 Petition of the French Acadians at Miramichi, presented to De Vaudreuil, the Governor of Canada, in July 1756. Compare Lieut. Gov. Belcher to Lords of Trade, 14 April, 1761.

2 Representation of the Lords of Trade to the King, 20 December, 1756. ‘The resolution being carried into effectual execution by transporting the said French inhabitants to the amount of near seven thousand persons,’ &c. Compare Lieut. Governor Lawrence's circular to the Governors in America, 11 August, 1755. ‘Their numbers amount to near seven thousand persons.’

3 Governor Lyttleton to Sec. H. Fox, 16 June, 1796.

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