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[293] by the Republicans.1O'Reilly is not
Chap. XLI.} 1769. July.
come to ruin the Colony,’ said Aubry, who had received instructions to feign ingenuous candor.2 ‘If you submit,’ he repeated publicly and by authority, ‘the General will treat you with kindness, and you may have full confidence in the clemency of his Catholic Majesty.’3 These promises won faith; and with Aubry's concurrence a committee of three, Lafreniere for the Council, Marquis for the colonists, and Milhet for the merchants, waited on O'Reilly at the Balise, to recognise his authority and implore his mercy.

O'Reilly, who had no fear except lest the lead-

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ing insurgents should escape into the English territory,4 welcomed the deputies with treacherous politeness and the fairest promises,5 detained them to dine, and dismissed them full of admiration for his talents and confident of a perfect amnesty. So general was the persuasion of security, that Villere who had escaped upon the Mississippi and was on his way to an English post, returned to the city.

On the morning of the eighth of August, the Spanish squadron of four and twenty vessels, bearing three thousand chosen troops, anchored in front of New Orleans; and before the day was over, possession was taken in behalf of the Catholic King, and the Spanish

1 Acte d'accnsation in Gayarre.

2 J'avais prevenu cet officier des observations qu'il devait faire et de certaines choses sur lesquelles il devait se lacher avec une espece de candeur et d'ingenuite pour exagerer les forces que j'avais à mes ordres, et ranimer l'esperance du public, I s'acquittat parfaitement de sa commission. O'Reilly to Grimaldi, N. O. 31 Aug. 1769.

3 Aubry to the Minister; Gayarre, II. 292.

4 Don Alexander O'Reilly to the Marquis of Grimaldi, New Orleans 31 August, 1769.

5 1 August, 1769, in a second Postscript to the Letter from J. Campbell to Lieut. Gov. Brown of 30 July, 1769.

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