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nais, being persuaded that, in the circumstances wherein he was
placed, it would be impossible for him to exert himself to any
purpose of distinction or public advantage, at least equal to his
hopes, demanded permission of the ministers to return to France.
This request however was refused; as it was thought absolutely
necessary for the welfare of India, that a person of his talents,
local knowledge, and integrity, should remain there, for the
interest of his country in that part of the globe. M. de la
Bourdonnais finding himself obliged to remain in his government,
and that he must no longer indulge himself in military
speculations, gave himself up entirely to economical arrangements.
He employed himself in establishing sugar, indigo, and cotton
works, which he had begun at his own expense, and had answered his
utmost expectations. LETTER III Isle of France,...... 1742. I
informed you in my second letter, of the reception I met with from
the Deputy Governor and the Council, who have expressed a desire to
keep me in this country, where I may at the same time continue in
the service. I accordingly received a grant of a certain quantity
of uncultivated ground, in a state to be immediately cleared, as
well as six slaves, consisting of two Negro men, two women, with a
boy and girl; the men at three hundred livres each, the women at
two hundred, and the two others at one hundred and fifty, amounting
all together to thirteen hundred livres; to be repaid from the
produce of the ground, when it shall be advanced into a state of
cultivation. This little troop were for some time employed in a
plantation, where they learned to work, and gain their immediate
subsistence, which consists of maize; though we begin to grow
manioc as food for the slaves. The Captain of the Hercules,...
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