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names of any servants or apprentices in their respective companies (which are not inlisted into either of the new regiments) and to deliver them to him; and also their arms and accoutrements, taking a rect for the same.
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COMMANDING OFFICERS SENT TO ST JOHNS.
GEN,- Upon your arrival in the harbour of Port Le Joy in the island of St Johns, in this government, (in the Bay Verte on y° south side) you are to dispatch Baptiste Young, &c., in an Indian canoe which you have for that purpose with the inclosed letter for the inhabitants of said island, wch letter is to be sign'd by you and dated. You have also inclosed a letter for said inhabitants signed by us, which you are to communicate to such of those as shall come on board, whereby you find it is our express order that they prepare with all possible dispatch for to be transported to France. You are to keep as many of the chief inhabitants on board your ships as you think will be sufficient security for their due performance of the capitulation, and let them take turns to go and prepare their effects to be shipt on board the vessels we shall send you for that purpose.
On Baptiste De Young's return with some of the inhabitants, or an answer from them, or let the case be what it will, you are to dispatch the sloop [blank] with the soldiers on board to us with an account of the same, for our better information how to proceed, sending one or more of the deputies in her, if they can be obtain'd, in order to know what number of vessels will be needful for their transportation. Inasmuch as some things may happen wch we cannot foresee in the more particular conduct of this affair, we intirely leave it to you to act in the best
manner you can for his Majy's service during this transaction. You will endeavour to get the best intelligence of the motion of the enemy at Canada, the state of the garrison of Annapolis Royal, and where the Indians of Nova Scotia now are, or any other for his Majesty's service.
If upon the strictest inquiry you shall find the French have deserted the island of Saint Johns, you are in that case to use your endeavour, without exposing your men too much to the hazards of ambush, to burn and destroy as many of their houses, vessels, & settlements as you possibly can, using your utmost diligence and dispatch in the execution of this service, after which you are to return to this port with the Albany brig. We are, Gent,
Y most hum. servts.
To Capt HARMAN, Col. CHOATE, & Capt COLBY, appointed to execute the above Instructions.
LETTER TO THE INHABITANTS OF ST JOHNS.
GEN",- Having had your two memorials of last fall under consideration, find it inconsistent with his Brittanic Majesty's interest to permit you to remain on the island of St John of this government, neuter; therefore we have, agreeable to the capitulation, in wch you are all expressly comprehended, sent vessels to transport you and your effects to France. We doubt not of your being sensible of the ill consequences of your endeavouring to evade any part of the capitulation, but will with all possible dispatch repair on board sa vessels for that purpose, your
selves, families and effects, where you may be persuaded all possible care shall be had of you all. Mr Duboy died here last winter, and his little effects remain in our hands, wch shall be paid to his proper heirs. We are
LOUISBOURG, May 14, 1746.
To the inhabitants of St. Johns, &c.
ALEXANDER BULMAN * TO. WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
To the Honble Coll' Will. Pepperrell, Esq', in Boston. Pr Mr Jon.
YORK, Feb 4, 174₫.
HOND S, Having a favourable opportunity by my neighb❜, J. Saywerd, I tho't it might not be disagreeable to let you know that agreeable to the late proclamation, this day the several companies of the town were called together (except one), and there was a considerable readiness in many to enlist; and as I am informed 17 of Capt Harmon's snowshoe men have already entred their names enlisted. Abt ten or 12 have enlisted at large under any Capt whom y° Gov shall appoint. Abt ten more under Mr James Donnell. And twelve of Capt Sewall's comp. have signed a paper signifieing their intention of enlisting, tho' desirous of 1st knowing who is like to be their Capt. Among these twelve the Lieut. of the comp. was one. Here I cannot but observe (& indeed it was no small part of yo end of my writing to let you hear off what I doubt not but your Hon will be pleased with) that the sa Cap Sewall called his men to his own house & generously entertained them all with a dinner & much encouraged them to engage in the present expedition, promising to as many of his men as would go
* He was a physician, and in that capacity accompanied the expedition against Louisbourg. From a letter to Pepperrell, dated at Louisbourg, Sept. 2, 1745, we learn that Bulman had received permission to return to New England, "either upon furlo or a release, & to take under my care the whole of the sick that belong to the ten companies raised in the upper part of the County of York." He died at Louisbourg not long afterward. (See letter from Benjamin and Mary Colman, dated at Boston Sept. 21, 1745, post, p. 373). - EDS.
that he wa give them out off his own pocket so much as with the Province pay they sha have 8£ p' month. And that if any of their familys were in want he would supply them so that they sha not suffer. An example (I think, & I doubt not y' Hon' will think) worth speaking of, & worthy of imitation. Some decline enlisting till they know who shall be the general officers, as also who shall be their particul' Capt. I have some reason to conclude from what I have heard that y' Hon" has declined, so that I look upon my[self?] free from any special obligation to attend the present service. But yet if their be a blank warrant for a surgeon's mate, if it might be filled up with the name of John Swett of York, he is willing & I hope would be able to serve his King & country in that capacity. I wd before I conclude this scrip inf. that this day I waited on y' lady & found her health something bettered. That y' Hon', with ye honble brethren, may have council from above to direct in the important affairs you are from day to day engaged in is the hearty desire of yr Hon's most humble & obliged servant.
A. BULMAN. P. S. I have reason to apologize for my freedom, but I must omitt it till I shall have the pleasure of seeing y Hon face to face.
BENJAMIN POLLARD TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
To William Pepperill, Esq', General of his Majesty's forces intended
to, &c., &c.
BOSTON, Feb 6, 1744.
DEAR SIR, -I have no design to detain you above three minnits from your more important affairs; therefore
*Col. Benjamin Pollard, born June 6, 1696, died Dec. 26, 1756. From October, 1743, to his death he was sheriff of Suffolk County. His portrait by Blackburn is in the Cabinet of this Society. See Proceedings, vol. i. p. 498, vol. xvi. p. 390; Whitmore's Mass. Civil List, p. 79.-Eds.