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Page 19 - A Tourist in Louisbourg, 1858

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1984/6/1 (919 reads)
 

territory were pressing, and immediate ac? tion, under the circumstances, indispensa ble. Levies of colonial troops were made, both in and out of the territories of the saints. The forces, however, actually em? ployed, came from Massachusetts, Connecti? cut, and New Hampshire; the first supply? ing 3,200, the second 500, the third 300 men. The cooperation of Commodore Warren, of the English West-Indian fleet, was so? licited; but the Commodore declined, on the ground "that the expedition was wholly a provincial affair, undertaken without the assent, and probably without the know- Ledge, of the ministry." But Governor Shir- Ley was not a man to stop at trifles. He lad a heart of lignum vitae, a rigid anti- Dapistical conscience, beetle brows, and an eye to the cod-fisheries. Higher author? ity than international law was pressed in? to the service. George Whitefield, then an itinerant preacher in New-England, fur- aished the necessary warrant for the expe? dition, by giving a motto for its banner: "Nil desperandum Christo duce"--Nothing is to be despaired of with Christ for leader. The command was, however, given to William Pepperel, a fish and shingle merchant of Maine. CONTINUED Above: "View from the Clock Tower. 1744," by Lewis Parker. 1982 (courtesy Fortress of Louis? bourg N.H.P.). Below: "View of the Town of Louisbourg Taken inside the Port," by Verrier, 1731....
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