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days į and, if not for my sister, yet for me, it was a lucky circumstance indeed, which thus at last, in an unexpected moment, snatched me out of their cruel hands, and placed me beyond the reach of their insolent power.


Indian master had disposed of me in the manner related above, and the moment of sober reflection had arrived, perceiving that the man who bought me had taken the advantage of him in an unguarded hour, his refentment began to kindle, and his indignation rose so high, that he threatened to kill me if he should meet me alone ; or if he could not revenge himself thus, that he would set fire to the fort.

48. I was therefore secreted in an upper chamber, and the fort carefully guarded, until his wrath had time to cool. My service in the family, to which I was advanced, was perfect freedom, in comparison with what it had been among the barbarous Indians..

49. My new mafter and mistress were both as kind and generous towards me as I could reasonably expect. I feldom asked a favour of either of them, but it was readily granted. In consequence of which I had it in my power, in many instances, to administer-aid and refreshment to the poor prisoners of my own nation, who were brought into St. John's during my abode in the family of the abovementioned benevolent and hospitable Saccapee.

52. Yet even in this family, fach trials awaited me as I had little reason to expect ; but stood in need of a largo stock of prudence, to enable me to encounter them. In this I was greatly assisted by the governor, and Col. Scliuy. ler, who was then a prisoneri

51.. I was moreover under unspeakable obligations to the governor on another account: I had received intelli. gence from my daughter Mary, the purport of which was, that there was a prospect of her being shortly married to a young Indian of the tribe of St. François, with which tribe The had continued from the beginning of her captivity. These were heavy tidings, and added greatly to the poignancy of my other afflictions.

52. However, 'not long after I had heard this melan. choly news, an opportunity presented of acquainting that humane and generous gentleman, the commander in chief,

and my illustrious benefactor, with this affair also, who, in compallion for my sufferings, and to mitigate my sorrows, issued his orders in good time, and had my daughter taken away from the Indians, and conveyed to the fame nunnery where her sister was then lodged, with his express injunction, that they should both of them together be well looked after, and carefully educated, as his adopted children.

53. In this school of fuperftition and bigotry, they continued while the war in those days between France and Great-Britain lasted. At the conclufion of which war, the governor went home to France, took my oldest daughter along with him, and married her there to a French gentleman, whose name is Cròn Lewis.

54. He was at Bofton with the fleet under Count de Estaing, (1778) and one of his clerks. My other daughter ftill continuing in the nunnery, a considerable time had elapfed after my return from captivity, when I made a jour-, ney to Canada, resolving to use my best endeavours not to return without her.

55. I arrived just in time to prevent her being sent to France. She was to have gone in the next vessel that failed for that place. And I found it extremely difficult to prevail with her to quit the nurinery

and hone with me. 56. Yea, the absolutely refused; and all the perfuafions and arguments I could use with her were to no effect, un. til after I had been to the governor, and obtained a letter from him to the superintendant of the nuris, in which he threatened, if my daughter should not be delivered immediately into my hands, or could not be prevailed with to fubmit to my parental authority, that he would send a band of foldiers to aslift me in bringing her away.

$7.. But fo extremely bigotted was the to the customs and religion of the place, that after all, she left it with the greatest reluctance, and the most bitter lamentations, which the continued as we passed the streets, and wholly refused to be comforted. My good friend, Major Smali, whom we met with on the way, tried all he could to console her ; and was so


kind and obliging as to bear us conspåny, and carry my daughter behind him on horseback.

58. But I have run on a little before my story ; for I have not yet informed you of the means and manner of my


own redemption'; to the accomplishing of which, the recov- . ery of my daughter just mentioned, and the ransoming of some of my other children, several gentlemen of note contributed not a little ; to whose goodness, therefore, I ani greatly indebted, and sincerely hope I shall never be so ungrateful as to forget it.

59. Col. Schuyler, in particular, was so very kind and generous as to advance 2700 livres to procure a ransom for myself and three of my children. He accompanied and conducted us from Montreal to Albany, and entertained us in the most friendly and hospitable manner a confiderae. ble time, ať his own house, and I believe entirely at his. own expense.


JAN. 20, 1775..


I RISE with astonishment to see these papers brought to your table at so late a period of this business ; : papers, to tell us what ? Why, what all the world knew before; that the Americans, irritated by repeated injuries, and stripped of their inborn rights and deareft privileges, have resisted, and entered into affociations for the prefervation of their common liberties..

2. Had the early situation of the people of Boston been attended to, things would not have come to this. But the infant complaints of Boston were literally treated like the capricious fqualls of a child, who, it was said, did not knew whether it was aggrieved or not.

38. But full well I knew, at that time, that this child, if not redressed, would soon assume the courage and voice of

Full well I knew, that the sons of ancestors, bora under the fame free constitution, and once breathing the fame liberal air as Englishmen, would resist upon the same principles, and on the same occasions.

4. What has government done? They have fent an armed force,i con Gisting of seventeen thousand men; to draQ



goon the Bostonians into what is called their duty; and, fo far from once turning their eyes to the policy and destructive consequence of this scheme, are conitantly sending out more troops.

And we are told, in the language of menace, that, if seventeen thousand men won't do, fifty thousand shall.

5. It is true, my lords, with this force they may ravage the country ; waste and destroy as they march ; but, in the progress of fifteen hundred miles, can they occupy the places they have passed ? Will not a country, which can produce three millions of people, wronged and insulted as they are, start up like bydras in every corner, and gather fresh strength from fresh oppofition?

6. Nay, what dependence can you have upon the foldiery, the unhappy engines of your wrath? They are Englishmen, who must feel for the privileges of Englishmen. Do you

think that these mea can turn their arms against their brethren ? Surely no. A victory must be to them a defeat ; and carnage, a sacrifice.

7. But it is not merely three millions of people, the produce of America, we have to contend with in this una natural struggle ; many more are on their fide, difperfod over the face of this wide empire. Every whig in this country and in Ireland is with them.

8. Who, then, let me demand, has given, and continues to give, this frange and unconstitutional adrice? I do not mean to level at one man, or any particular fet of men ; butøthus much I will venture to declare, that, if his Majesty continues to hear fuch counsellors, he will not only be bada ly advised, but undone. 9. He

may continue indeed to wear his crown ; but it will not be worth his wearing. Robbed of fo principal a jewel as America, it will lose its luftre, and no longer beam that effulgence which should irradiate the brow of majesty.

In this alarming crifis, I come with this paper in my hand to offer


the best of my experience and advice ; which is, that a humble petition be prefented to his Ma. jesty, beseeching him, that, in order to


way to wards a happy settlement of the dangerous troubles in America, it may gracicufly please bim, that immediate or


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ders be given to general Gage for removing bis Majesty's forces from the town of Boston.

And this, my lords, upon the most mature and deliberate grounds, is the best advice I can give you, at this juncture. Such conduct will convince America that you mean to try her cause in the spirit of freedom and inquiry, and not in letters of blood.

There is no time to be loft. Every hour is big with danger. Perhaps, while I am now fpeaking, the decisive blow is ftruck, which may involve millions in the consequence.' And, believe me, the very first drop of blood which is shed, will cause a wound which may never be healed.





THIS animal is produced in Africa, and the hottest parts of Asia. It is found in the greatest numbers in the scorched and defolate regions of the torrid zone, and in all the interior parts of the vast continent of Africa.

In these desert regions, from whence mankind are driven by the rigorous heat of the climate, this animal reigns fole master. Its disposition feems to partake of the ardor cf its native foil. Enfamed by tha influence of a burning fun, its rage is most tremendous, and its courage

undaunted. 3. Happily, indeed, the species is not numerous, and is faid to be greatly diminished, for, if we may credit the testimony of those who have traversed those vast deserts, the number of lions is not nearly fo great as formerly.

4. From numberless accounts, we are affired, that, pow. erful and terrible as this animal is, its anger is noble, its courage magnanimous, and its temper fusceptible of grateful impressions, It has often been seen to despise weak and contemptible enemies, and even to pardon their insults when it was in its power to punish them.

5. It has been known to spare the life of an animal that was thrown to be devoured by it ; to live in habits of perfect cordiality with it ; to share its fubfistence, and even to give it a preference where its portion of food was scanty.

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