The British Colonial Library

The British Colonial Library

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...which application was complied with. In November 1775, two armed American cruizers, taking advantage of the defenceless state of the island, landed at Charlotte Town, plundered it, and carried off the acting Governor, a member of the council, and the Surveyor-General; but on the Commander proceeding to the American head-quarters, they were rebuked by General Washington, told they had 'done those things which they ought not to have done, and left undone what it was their duty to have done, ' and dismissed their commands; while the prisoners were instantly set free, with many polite expressions of regret for their sufferings, and the plundered property was all honourably restored. It is a pleasing duty to record so magnanimous an act, which is quite in unison with the noble character of Washington. It would occupy too much of my rapidly contracting allotment of space to detail the various measures respecting the quit-rents which took place during QUIT-RENT PROCEEDINGS. 187 the administrations of Lieutenant-Governor Paterson and Fanning. His late Royal Highness the Duke of Kent (whose name the island now bears), while Commander-in-Chief in Nova Scotia, paid the most marked attention to the colony, organized the formation of some provincial troops, cavalry and infantry, and the erection of some batteries for the better protection of the town and harbour of Charlotte Town; the result of which was, that during the war the colony was unmolested by any enemy. It was at this period that the name of the island was changed from St. John's to Prince Edward's, partly in compliment to one who, whether in the colonies or in England, ever proved himself the most generous philanthropist; and partly because the old name of the island was found very inconvenient, ...
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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514378
  • 9781236514370