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[242] of the debate seemed languid. The opponents of the
chap. XI.} 1765. Feb.
measure dared not risk a division on the merits of the question, but, about midnight, after a debate of seven hours, Beckford moved an adjournment, which Sir William Meredith seconded; and, with all the aid of those interested in West Indian estates, it was carried against America, by two hundred and forty-five to forty-nine. Conway and Beckford alone were said to have denied the power of Parliament; and it is doubtful how far it was questioned even by them.

Even while this debate was proceeding, faith in the continuance of English liberty was conquering friends for England, and advancing her banners into new regions. The people of Louisiana, impatient of being transferred from France to Spain, longed to come over to the English sideā€”save only a band of poor Acadians, two hundred in number, wanderers of ten years, doomed ever to disappointment. Hearing of one open territory, where the flag they loved still waved, they came through St. Domingo to New Orleans, pining away of want and wretchedness. Touched with compassion at the sight, Aubry at first assigned them homes on the right bank of the Mississippi, near New Orleans; but there the lands were flooded at high water, so that levees would have been needed They were, therefore, encouraged to go to the Attacapas, about forty-five leagues west of the river, where they became herdsmen. But for the charity of the French governor, they must all have perished.1

No sentiment of attachment for England, could rise in the breast of the Acadians; but, for many

1 Gayarre Hist. de la Louisiane, II. 131. Aubry au ministre. Nouvelle Orleans, lor Mars, 1765, & 16 Mai, 1765.

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