Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1782.


§March 5th, Tue: "The ice remains very strong yet in the river." (Perkins Diary.)
§March 27th, Wed: "I purchase one barrel flour off Capt. Kenswick at #3 per hundred. He has six bbls. in all, which is a little relief, the place being very destitute." (Perkins' Diary.)
§March 19: North resigned, making way for a peace coalition which contained Shelburne, Fox, and Burke.
§April 18th, Thursday: "Elkenah Freeman from Halifax brings very Grand News, if true, viz: Admiral Rodney coming out from England to the West Indies with 14 sail of the line, fell in with a reinforcement coming from France to the French fleet in the West Indies, and captured nine sail of line of Battle ships and 35 transports ..." (Perkins' Diary.)
§April 12th, Lord Howe destroyed De Grasse's fleet at the Battle of the Saints, a battle which saved the British West Indies and restored Britain's absolute command of the seas.
§May 10th, HMS Blond lost off the Great Seal Island.
§25 April , Thursday: "Silvanus Cobb arrived last night from Halifax ... reports the ships Adamant & St. Lawrence are arrived from London, & that there was a report at Halifax that America was to be independent of Great Britain & a peace with them ..." (Perkins' Diary.)
§"In the spring of 1782, an American privateer sloop of fifty tons, carrying about forty men and eight guns, created alarm in the town [Annapolis Royal], chasing a vessel of Captain Mowat up as far as Goat Island, but in the afternoon of the same day a British man-of-war, The Buckram, coming in, took her, the men escaping to the woods." (Calnek's History of the County of Annapolis.)
§July 1st, Lunenburg sacked by American privateers. Ninety men in six vessels descended on the town. Counselor's John Creighton's house was burnt down and the town was systematically looted. The raiders demanded £1,000 and in return they would not burn the town to the ground.
§July 4th, Thursday: [After giving an account of American privateers plundering Lunenburg on June 30th --] "We view the battery & conclude to make some repairs." (Perkins' Diary.)
§August 24th, Sat: "They [Captains of vessels having just come in from Halifax] bring news that a fleet of 52 sail of ships was arrived at Halifax from England, under convoy of two men of War. Some troops are arrived." (29th) "Supposed not to be from England." (Perkins' Diary.)
§Troops come from Halifax to Liverpool: "Captain Howard, Lieutenant Bell, and Doctor Thomas with about thirty-five noncommissioned officers and privates of the Orange Rangers to be commanded by Captain Howard." Harvey in his introduction to the second volume of Perkins' Diary further writes that this garrison left Liverpool between August 16 and September 2, 1783.
§October 9th: John Parr becomes Governor and Hammond continues as Lieutenant Governor. Hammond, who had come over the previous year (1781) thought that he should have been named governor and "was much hurt" and resigned on October 8th, and, on February 24th, 1783, was replaced by Edmund Fanning.
§November 11: Michael Francklin dies and 200 Indians followed the funeral, chanting the weird death song of the Micmacs for a deceased chieftain.
§Peace negotiations between England and the United States were signed in November and with France and Spain in January 1783 ... By one of the terms, the British government was to have "a free and undisputed communication, by the St. John and Madawaska rivers and Lake Tamasquatha, between the provinces of New Brunswick and Lower Canada ..."

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