Young Lion of the Woods eBook

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After the close of the American war Captain Godfrey once more thought of crossing the ocean to settle in the colony where he had experienced so much misfortune.  But after he had made all the arrangements for leaving England, he found out that he was too weak in body to stand the wear and tear of a passage across the Atlantic Ocean.  In those days it usually took two months to cross from Great Britain to Nova Scotia.

The Captain’s case had been tossed from one official to another, and from one commission to another, until it had probably travelled through the completely developed rounds of Red Tapeism.  After this it appears to have been allowed to slumber till the close of the American Revolutionary War.

Captain Godfrey’s health, since his last arrival in England from the colony, was anything but good, and his means of support being gone, he was largely depending on friends and relatives for the means of supporting his family.  His eldest son, (Charlie) through the never failing energy of his mother, had received an Ensign’s commission in the British Army.[6]

[Footnote 6:  In 1805, Charlie, who had received a Captain’s commission, was appointed Captain in the Nova Scotia Fencible Infantry, commanded by Colonel Fred. Wetherall.  In the above year Captain Charlie Godfrey married in Nova Scotia.]

The last effort Captain Godfrey appears to have made in trying to secure something in return for his services to his country, and for the great losses sustained by him in the colony, was after the conclusion of the war between England and America.

He got his case before the “Lords of the Commission” for services and losses in America, and there it seems to have met its doom, it was granted a sort of Ticket of Leave for transportation to Nova Scotia, where it died in exile.

Their Lordships referred Captain Godfrey in the following manner to the Governor of Nova Scotia:—­

  WHITEHALL, May 24th, 1784.


You will receive herewith a memorial, which has been presented to me by Captain Charles * * * Godfrey, * * * praying that proper orders may be given for the immediate recovery of his lands upon the St. John, River, in the Province of Nova Scotia.  As I understand, upon inquiry, that Mr. Godfrey was dis-possessed of his property previous to the Independence of America, on account of his loyalty and the active part he took for the support of His Majesty King George the Third’s Government.  I am induced to recommend the prayer of the petition to your favourable consideration.

  I am, Sir, your most
    Obedient Humble Servant,

    Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief
      of the Province of Nova Scotia

In the year 1776 the New England Colonists appear to have had their emissaries in Nova Scotia.  There is no missing link, the chain of evidence is completed by the passport to Captain Godfrey from the Rebel Committee at Maugerville, in July, 1776.  After the lapse of one hundred and twelve years, the fact is revealed that there were persons in Nova Scotia who were employed by the New England colonists, and paid by them to incite the Indians to revolt, and hold out bribes to honest and loyal settlers to forsake their King and country.

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