Young Lion of the Woods eBook

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The Indian remarked to Captain Godfrey:  “This not so good as canoe on stream, or roaming hunting ground.  Wide, big, great sea, would make splendid hunting ground if only covered with grass and trees.”

Early the next morning a King’s schooner was sighted.  The wind shifting, Captain Godfrey ran the sloop into Petite Passage and anchored.  The King’s schooner came to an anchor about the same time—­a league distant.  Captain Spry, (Captain and pilot) of the King’s schooner, sent a messenger on board the sloop, who inquired where they had come from and whither they were bound.  After the messenger had returned to the King’s schooner, Lieutenant Knight of the Royal Navy, commander of the schooner, sent a boat to the sloop with three men to assist Captain Godfrey to Halifax, also some tea, chocolate, coffee, sugar, wine and rum, bread, pork and flour.  Captain Spry took the sloop under convoy.  The vessels put into several harbours; and the night before they arrived at Halifax Captain Spry’s schooner was lost sight of in a thick fog.  The fog lifted during the night, when they were able to see Halifax lights, but on entering the harbour the sloop ran foul of a ledge of rocks called “Two Sisters.”  The sea was running very high.  Destruction seemed on every hand.  Fortunately a passage was perceived between the rocks.  At last they succeeded in getting through the passage, and came to anchor before morning opposite the town of Halifax.  Captain Godfrey and his wife, after a long and eventful passage from Fort Frederick, found themselves once again at Halifax, worn out and almost disheartened.  The new men on board the sloop appeared to admire Paul Guidon, and Paul took kindly to them.

Shortly after their arrival at Halifax Captain Godfrey admitted to Lieutenant Knight, that during the terrible storm in the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, he expected every moment to see the sloop founder and all on board perish in the ocean.



Shortly after the arrival of the sloop at Halifax, Capt.  Godfrey waited on Lord William Campbell, at that time (the summer of 1771) Governor of the Provinces.

His Lordship received him in the most cordial and gentlemanly manner, and remarked that he would be pleased to order an investigation into his case and have the Indians who committed the outrage ordered down from the St. John river.

On September 2nd, 1771, a council met and an investigation took place.  Letters and affidavits were produced, sworn to before Plato Denny and William Isherwood, Justices of the Peace for Campo Bello, where Lewis LeBlond, a Canadian, made oath, that he was told by Lewis Neptune, an Indian, that Captain Godfrey was to be burned out by Chief Pere Thomas’ orders, and that other Indians of the St. John tribe were to perform the deed.

An affidavit was made by Gervase Say, an inhabitant of Gage township, sworn to before Francis Peabody, Justice of the Peace, in which it was stated that John Baptiste Caltpate, an Indian of the St. John tribe, had declared to him that Francis DeFalt, an Indian belonging to Pere Thomas’ tribe, set fire to Captain Godfrey’s house and store at Grimross.

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