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Page 32 - Otis Tomas: Making Instruments & Tunes

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/1/1 (1283 reads)
 

command of a detachment of troops destined to form the garrison of Louisbourg, now returned to us by the English. Since then I have had no news from the Court, and have re? ceived no recompense for my losses. I have nothing with which to reproach myself. I defy my enemies, if I have any, to find anything blameworthy in my conduct. For one year I was on guard-duty in Louisbourg. Only four captains were available for this duty, the others having been detached for duty elsewhere. Young officers of differ? ent units, called to service in France, were taken into the garrison with the same rank they held in France. On guard duty I knew what it was to take over from a young captain of twenty-two years • a mortifying experience. I asked M. de Herbiers, at that time governor, to permit me to return to my home property, and he agreed to let me go. I had no income other than my seven hundred and twenty livres. Five hundred livres of this goes every year to pay a debt that my late father had not settied at his death, and which I have undertaken to pay. Furthermore, I was bur? dened with a large family. Nevertheless, with the littie I had, I have built a house and made large gardens, whose plants and fruit trees of all kinds always surprise stiangers because of tiieir beauty. All this has put me in debt, since I have been given no favours, and this prevents me from im? proving my lands. Nor can I stock them with farm-animals, though there are many suitable meadows on my property. I hope that M. le comte de Raymond and M. de Surlaville will be willing to do me justice in what I propose. They WE BUY AND WE SELL AND WERE AS NEAR AS YOUR TELEPHONE Sid's Used Furniture Phone 564-6123 436 Charlotte Street, Sydney F. MacLEOD SIDING LTD. 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If Monseigneur tiie Duke of Richelieu has recovered from his illness (he may be willing to assist me) for he was always kind to me, as were M. de Cremille and his brothers. I throw myself at their knees and implore them to have the Cross of St. Louis bestowed upon me, to see to my appointment as perma? nent commandant of Port Dauphin (present-day English- town) • for this place is near my establishment • or to put something else in my way by which I may be able to re? establish myself My wounds, my losses give me the right to make tiiese de? mands. Of any person who is willing to take pity on my condition, I am, with the most profound respect, the most humble, the most submissive and the most obedient of servants. La Boularderie A Louisbourg ce ler Sept, 1755 Our thanlts to Laura Peverill, Librarian at U.C.C.B. Library, tor help in gathering information about M. de la Boularderie. 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