by the Republicans.1
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.
, who had no fear except lest the lead-
ing insurgents should escape into the English
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