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CHAPTER IV. Strong feeling in Nova Scotia against the
French?Francis Nicholson commands an expedition directed against
Port Roya!? Condition of the garrison?Capitulation of the fort?The
British take permanent possession of Port Royal?Discontent of the
Acadians under British rule?Policy of Vaudreuil, Governor of
Canada?Mission of General Nicholson to England?A formidable
expedition sails for Quebec?Encounters disaster in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence, and returns to England?Britain gains permanent possession
of Nova Scotia by the treaty of Utrecht? General Nicholson
appointed governor?Queen Anne's letter to him?The French resolve to
build a fort at Louisbourg?M. De Costabelle invites the Acadians to
settle in Cape Breton? They decline?M. De laRondeDenys?M.
DeBoularderie?Resolutions of the Acadians to continue faithful to
the French throne ?They refuse to swear allegiance to the British
Crown?Letters of Colonel Vetch and Thomas Caulfield?General
Phillips succeeds General Nicholson as Governor?Phillips' letter to
the Board of Trade?His letter to Lord Cartaret?He proposes a
conference with the Acadians?Paul Mascarene's letter to the Board
of Trade?Cobequid?Chignecto?Indians attack settlement at Canso?The
Governor's report on the state of the province. In the year 1710
great preparations were made for the con- quest of Canada and Nova
Scotia. The New York House of Assembly sent a petition to Queen
Anne, praying for such assistance as would expel the French
entirely from the country. Colonel Vetch is said to have inspired
this application, and to have submitted to the British Government a
plan of attack. Promises of liberal support are said to have been
made, which, however, the Government was tardy in affording. The
command of the New England forces was entrusted to Francis
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