ppressors, it was told them from the governor, If
chap. VIII.} 1755. they do not do it in proper time, the soldiers shall absolutely take their houses for fuel.
The unoffending sufferers submitted meekly to the tyranny.
Under pretence of fearing that they might rise in behalf of France, or seek shelter in Canada, or convey provisions to the French garrisons, they were directed to surrender their boats and their firearms;
Memorials of the Deputies of Minas and Pisiquid, delivered to Captain Murray, 10 June, 1755. and, conscious of innocence, they gave up their barges and their muskets, leaving themselves without the means of flight, and defenceless.
Further orders were afterwards given to the English officers, if the Acadians behaved amiss to punish them at discretion; if the troops were annoyed, to inflict vengeance on the nearest, whether the guilty one or not,—taking an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
The French had yielded the sovereignty over no more than the pen