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1709 Petition to Queen Ann
In 1708 French troops from Placentia, under the command
of St. Ovide de Brouilion,
attacked the fort of
St. John's and
captured it on December 21st.
The residents of Carbonear, when the news of the taking
of St. John's reached them,
abandoned their fishing plantations and
took refuge on Carbonear Island, which they
fortified, and sucessfully
defended themselves against the
French attempts to dislodge them.
The following is a translation of a petition sent to
Queen Ann by the planter fishermen
of some of the men whose signatures appear
on this petition still live
in Carbonear and vicinity.
CARBONEAR ISLAND IN NEW FOUNDLAND:
May it please our Gracious Queen Ann of Great Britain France and Ireland and Defender of the Faith
We your Majesties most loyall Subjects with humble submission do send this express to give Intelligence
to your Gracious Majesty of the unfortunate news of the taking of your Majesties Fort at St. John's
the 21st of December Anno Domini 1708/9 and your castle surrendered the next day following. The enemy
who were in number about one hundred and sixty, they received little or no resistance and your
Majesties Subjects are in a deplorable condition, under great confinement in St. John's. We your Majesties
Loyall subjects that reside on the Island will by God's assistance defend ourselves from the party
of French till your Majesty will send us relief which we humbly beg to be with all expedition, for
we understand by your spys that we have sent, that they are fortifying the fort more and that they have
sent an express to France by a ship that they have in the country for a succor. We humbly beg of your
Majesty to take it into consideration to grant us relief with expedition or else the French ships will be
here to the eternal ruin of us your Majesties Subjects and the loss of the little part of this province we possess.
GOD preserve Queen Ann.
William Boyos[?] George Davies
Pottor[?] Brock Tho Ro??s
Nick Guy Thomas Williams
John Pike Thomas Pike
William ? Samuel Hamon
Thomas W? Andrew Merken
Contributed by C. R. Wilson (August 2010)
Page Revised by Craig Peterman (August 07, 2010)