on the isthmus in two forts,—one, a small stockade at the mouth of the little river Gaspereaux, near Bay Verde; the other, the more considerable fortress of Beau-Sejour, built and supplied at great expense, upon an eminence on the north side of the Messagouche, on the Bay of Fundy.
The isthmus is here hardly fifteen miles wide, and formed the natural boundary between New France and Acadia.
The French at Beau-Sejour had passed the previous winter in unsuspecting tranquillity, ignorant of the preparations of the two crowns for war. As spring approached, suspicions were aroused; but De Vergor, the inefficient commander, took no vigorous measures for stre the passage of the Messagouche, the intervening river.
No sally was attempted by De Vergor; no earnest defence was undertaken.
On the twelfth, the fort at Beau-Sejour, weakened by fear, discord, and confusion, was invested, and in four days it surrendered.
Lieutenant-Governor Lawrence to the Lords of Trade, 28 June, 1755. By