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[206] with its worst venom pursued the fifteen hundred,
chap. VIII.} 1755.
who remained south of the Ristigouche.1 Once those who dwelt in Pennsylvania presented a humble petition to the Earl of Loudoun, then the British commander-in-chief in America; and the cold-hearted peer, offended that the prayer was made in French, seized their five principal men, who in their own land had been persons of dignity and substance, and shipped them to England, with the request, that they might be kept from ever again becoming troublesome by being consigned to service as common sailors on board ships of war.2 No doubt existed of the king's approbation.3 The Lords of Trade, more merciless than the savages and than the wilderness in winter, wished very much that every one of the Acadians should be driven out; and when it seemed that the work was done, congratulated the king that ‘the zealous endeavors of Lawrence had been crowned with an entire success.’4 I know not if the annals of the human race keep the record of sorrows so wantonly inflicted, so bitter and so perennial, as fell upon the French inhabitants of Acadia. ‘We have been true,’ they said of themselves, ‘to our religion, and true to ourselves; yet nature appears to consider us only as the objects of public vengeance.’5 The hand of the English official seemed under a spell with regard to them; and was never uplifted but to curse them.

1 Lieut. Gov. Belcher to Lords of Trade, 14 April, 1761.

2 Loudoun to Secretary of State, 25 April, 1757.

3 Lords of Trade to Gov. Lawrence, 25 March, 1756.

4 Lords of Trade to the King, 20 Dec. 1759. Same to Gov. Lawrence. ‘We are extremely sorry to find, that notwithstanding the great expense which the public has been at in removing the French inhabitants, there should yet be many of them remaining. It is certainly very much to be wished, that they could be entirely driven out of the Peninsula.’

5 From a petition of those at Miramichi, in Memoires sur les Affaires du Canada.

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