Duplicate of former letter enclosed. Since that date, several of the French inhabitants driven out by Nicholson have returned: others will follow. Hears that the French at Cape Breton have suffered for want of provisions and many died. Would have been worse off, if Boston traders had not supplied them; hears that near a thousand vessels of all sorts will be employed in the fishery next season; that there is a very great resort of traders there from all parts of France; and that the regulars are moved to St. Peter's and St. Ann's, to work on the fortifications.
Encloses Winniett's letter and memorial: assures the Board that W. has been of very great service to the garrison, and his behavior did not in the least deserve such treatment from Capt. Armstrong.
Great hardships for want of bedding, increased by the, "Indifferency of Barracks": unless some other methods be taken it "will be Impossible the Soldiers Can Support under soe great A Misfortune." "I have to preserve their Lives this Winter." Has issued what tents there were in store. Hopes the Board will not take his representations amiss.
Dec. 14. Annapolis
Caulfeild to Dudley.
By this conveyance, the first since "Capon's Arrival here," transmits copies of Capon's transactions, and Caulfeild's letter to Govr. of Cape Breton in regard to the Indian outrages. By the Govr.'s letters to Caulfeild and to the savages D. will find how far he (Govr. of C. B.) interposed.
If there were some Method taken to hinder the ffishermen from Giving ye Indians Rum it would be of Service to them.