1757 '58 '59
Province of the
Boston, October 31, 1758
THE following Proclamation being published in Nova-Scotia, and transmitted to this Government, was read in Council, and ordered to be published in this Province. Tho's Clarke, D. Secr'y
By His EXCELLENCY
C H A R L E S L A W R E N C E, Esq.
Captain-General and Governor in Chief, in and over His Majesty's Province of Nova-Scotia, or Accadie, in America, Vice Admiral of the same, &c. &c. &c.
A P R O C L A M A T I O N.
WHEREAS by the late Success of His Majesty's Arms in the Reduction of Cape Breton; and it's Dependencies, as also by the Demolition and entire Destruction of Gaspee, Meremichi, and other French Settlements, situated on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and on St. John's River in the Bay of Fundy, the Enemy, who have formerly disturbed and harrassed the Province of NOVA SCOTIA, and much obstructed it's Progress, have been compelled to retire and take Refuge in Canada, a favourable Opportunity now presents for the peopling and cultivating, as well the Lands vacated by the French, as every other Part of this valuable Province ;
I HAVE therefore thought fit, with the Advice of His Majesty's Council, to issue this Proclamation, declaring that I shall be ready to receive any Proposals that may be hereafter made to me, for effectually settling the said vacated, or any other Lands, within the Province aforesaid : A Description whereof, and of the Advantages arising from their peculiar Nature and Situation, I have ordered to be published with this Proclamation.
Given at the Council-Chamber at Halifax, this Twelfth Day of October 1758, and in the 32d Year of His Majesty's Reign.
By His Excellency's Command, with
the Advice of His Majesty's Council,
Jno Duport, Sect Conc:
GOD Save the KING.
A DESCRIPTION of the Lands ordered to be published pursuant to the foregoing Proclamation, which consist of upwards of One Hundred Thousand Acres of Internal Plow-Lands, producing Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Hemp, Flax, &c. These have been cultivated for more than a Hundred Years past, and never fail of Crops, nor need manuring.
Also more than One Hundred Thousand Acres of Upland, cleared and stock'd with English Grass, planted with Orchards, Gardens, &c. These Lands, with good Husbandry, produce often two Loads of Hay per Acre.
The wild and unimproved Lands adjoining to the above, are well timber'd and wooded, with Beach, Black-Birch, Ash, Oak, Pine, Fir, &c.
All these Lands are so intermixed that every single Farmer may have a proportionable Quantity of Plow-Land, Grass-Land, and Wood-Land ; and are all situated about the Bay of Fundy, upon Rivers navigable for Ships of Burthen.
PROPOSALS will be received by Mr. Hancock of Boston, and by Messirs. DeLancie and Watts of New-York, to be transmitted to the Governor, or in his absence to the Lieutenant-Governor, or President of the Council of Halifax.
Note: In the above transcription, the original punctuation and spelling have been preserved — except for the “long-s”, a letter of the English alphabet then in common use but now unknown. Where the long-s appears in the original proclamation, it is replaced here by the modern “s”.
Admiral Anson is cruizing off of Brest with a powerful squadron, and I believe the French are not at all in a capacity to attempt coming out of that Harbour. In short we now seem to be at the Crisis of many important events. God grant they may prove successful for the Interest of us & our allies, and tend to reduce the Power of our grand Enemy ; above all let the Cape-Breton Expedition but prove happy in its conclusion, and we may be able to secure safe and honourable conditions whenever Peace may come to be treated upon, no Overtures whereto can be look'd for till the consequences of the present [there seems to be some text missing here].
Extract of a Letter from Halifax, dated October 24.
We have advice from Louisbourg by a Vessel from Belfast, that Lord How had landed at Cherburg, destroy'd the Shipping, Arsenals, &c. that the Town was ransom'd for £25,000 Sterl. The Damage computed to be done to the French is five Millions Sterling. That the French had made Overtures of Peace which were rejected, 'till the Court of Great-Britain had heard from America. —That the Man of War which went Express from Admiral Boscawen with an Account of the surrender of Louisbourg arrived in 20 Days Passage ; on which glorious Piece of News, great Rejoicings were made all over England. —That his Catholick Majesty had demanded the Two French Men of War taken in the Mediterranean by Admiral Osburn, as being taken under the Cannon of his Fort. —That Mr. Pitt told the Ambassador that what the French alleg'd was not true – that the French were welcome to retake them if they could. —That the King his Master would be extremely sorry this Affair should cause a Rupture between the two Crowns ; but if it did, he was prepar'd.
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