were leaving it and the retreating troops were filling it.
I have received from his Excellency Governor Lawrence, the King's Commission, which I have in my hand; and by his orders you are convened together to manifest to you, his Majesty's final resolution to the French inhabitants of this his Province of Nova-Scotia; who, for almost half a century, have had more indulgence granted them than any of his subjects in any part of his dominions; what use you have made of it you yourselves best know.
Thus it is peremptorily his Majesty's orders that the whole French inhabitants of these Districts be removed; and I am, through his Majesty's goodness, directed to allow you liberty to carry off your money and household goods, as many as you can without discommoding the vessels you go in.
As some of these wretched inhabitants escaped to the woods, all possible measures were adopted to force them back to captivity.
More to the south we saw many pure Indians: indeed, all the inhabitants of some of the islets retain their Indian surnames.
All these exactions must be a serious check to clearing the ground, where the inhabitants are so extremely poor.
The arrival of our boats was a rare event in this quiet retired corner of the world; and nearly all the inhabitants came down to the beach to see us pitch our tents.
In a short time we were surrounded by a large group of the nearly pure Indian inhabitants.
The inhabitants eat the stalks, which are subacid, and tan leather with the roots, and prepare a black dye from them.
I was especially struck by the physical strength and beauty which they displayed, by their great superiority in these respects over the inhabitants of the neighbouring bay of Nukuheva, and by the singular contrasts they presented among themselves in their various shades of complexion.
On first entering the Typee Valley, I had been struck with the marked contrast presented by its inhabitants with those of the bay I had previously left.
The first of these islands seen by Mendanna was La Madelena, which is not far distant from Nukuheva; and its inhabitants in every respect resemble those dwelling on that and the other islands of the group.
But the important part he took upon that occasion convinced me that he had no superior among the inhabitants of the valley.
Forty leagues farther is the Isle of Camaram, whose inhabitants
are annoyed with little serpents, which they call basilisks, which, though very poisonous and deadly, do not, as the ancients have told us, kill with their eyes, or if they have so fatal a power, it is not at least in this place.
The trading operations of the inhabitants
of Wish-ram had given them a wider scope of information, and rendered their village a kind of headquarters of intelligence.