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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada

Reports of the Public Archives of Canada (1872-1972): 18th Century Isle Royale and Cape Breton Selections


Eric Krause

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State Papers - Cape Breton ~ 1764 - 1801 (18th Century Selections)

The following sources specifically mention Louisbourg. 
However, the entire series should be consulted 
since other references no doubt exist within 
the subject matter of some documents

August 8, 1785, Halifax, p. 179: Townsend to DesBarres, Turnbull & Macaulay have the contract for supplying the troops in North America, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Louisbourg and the Island of St. John, in which, he believes, provisions for the loyalists are included. One small vessel has arrived

November 3, 1785, Sydney, p. 441: Return of refugee loyalists victualled by government, now residing at Louisbourg and Gabarus. he names are given, but not where the people are settled. There were ten heads of families (twelve men), six women, sixteen male and six female children - forty in all

November 13, 1788, Whitehall, p. 26: Secretary of State (Sydney) to Macarmick, Information wanted respecting the heirs and property of Gilles Grondin, who died about 15 years before at the Little St. Lawrence le Bec, about three leagues from Louisbourg.

October 30, 1789, London, p. 561: Irving to Gale (?). Can find no return of exports of provisions to Cape Breton for the year, but five vessels with provisions had cleared for Halifax in the past three months, part, it is highly probable, for Cape Breton. "It seldom happens that there is any direct export to the island of Louisberg."

May 5, 1791, Whitehall, pp. 141. 145: Mrs. Vigier of Cherbourg, respecting her two brothers, Lewis and Charles Frigot, who sailed for Louisbourg in 1754 or 1755, and requests him to ascertain whether they are alive or dead. They were in Louisbourg in 1763. Mrs. Vigier, their only sister, has not heard from them since 1774. Copy of letter (in French) from Mrs. Vigier to M. de la Luzerne [Copy of the covering letter is in Colonial Office, Cape Breton, Volume 1, p. 52]

June 7, 1791, Whitehall, pp. 181, 185, 189: Secretary of State (Grenville) to Macarmick. Sends extracts from letters from M. de Montmorin, forwarded by the Marquis de la Luzerne, asking that inquiry be made respecting the heirs and property of Gilles Grodin, who died at Petit Laurent le Bec 15 years before. A similar inquiry had been desired to be made by Sydney in a letter dated 13th November 1788, which had not been answered. Note from de la Luzerne, dated 19th May and extract dated 10th February (both in French) [Copy of covering letter in Colonial Office, Cape Breton, Volume 1, p. 56]

December 30, 1791, Sydney, pp. 361, 365: Macarmick to Secretary of State (Dundas). Transmits letter from Kavanagh respecting the persons inquired for by the French Ambassador. Enclosed; Lawrence Kavanagh, Arichat, can get no information respecting Louis and Francis Frigot, or of the heirs of Gilles Grodin. The priest has now returned; he may get more information from him.

April 16, 1792, pp. 101, 107: Minute of Council, 16th April, 1792. Number of resident inhabitants liable to serve in the militia. The number in each division of each district is given. The totals are: ... District of Louisbourg, Gabarus and main-à-Dieu ... 37 ... 

Extracted from the Report on Canadian Archives, 1895 (Ottawa: S. E. Dawson, 1896), pp. 1-102.

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