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The latter half of the reign of George II. was one of the most prosaic periods in English history. The civil wars and the Restoration had had their enthusiasms, religion and liberty on one side, and loyalty on the other; but the old fires declined when William III. came to the throne, and died to ashes under the House of Hanover. Loyalty lost half its inspiration when it lost the tenet of the divine right of kings; and nobody could now hold that tenet with any consistency except the defeated and despairing Jacobites. Nor had anybody as yet proclaimed the rival dogma of the divine right of the people. The reigning 6CHAPTER VIII.
 Minutes of Council of War, 22 Aug. 1755. Ephraim Williams to Benjamin Dwight, 22 Aug. 1755. * Extract in Faillon, Colonie Fran?aise, III. 214.
 Philipps to Secretary Craggs, 26 September, 1720. difficult to say. The register of the parish church records
villages to Talons seigniory. Documents on Seigniorial ** Catalogne, Mmoire address au Ministre, 1712
The name proved prophetic. Provisions fell short from bad management in transportation, and the men grew hungry and discontented. September had begun; the place was unwholesome, and the malarious fever of Fort Frontenac infected the new encampment. The soldiers sickened rapidly. La Barre, racked with suspense, waited impatiently the return of Le Moyne. We have seen already the result of his mission, and how he and Lamberville, in spite of the envoy of the English governor, gained from the Onondaga chiefs the promise to meet Onontio in council. Le Moyne appeared at La Famine on the third of the month, bringing 105 with him Big Mouth and thirteen other deputies. La Barre gave them a feast of bread, wine, and salmon trout, and on the morning of the fourth the council began.
NOTE.Dumesnils principal memorial, preserved in the archives of the Marine and Colonies, is entitled Mmoire concernant les Affaires du Canada, qui montre et fait voir que sous prtexte de la Gloire de Dieu, dInstruction des Sauvages, de servir le Roy et de faire la nouvelle Colonie, il a t pris et diverti trois millions de livres ou environ. It forms in the copy before me thirty-eight pages of manuscript, and bears no address; but seems meant for Colbert, or the council of state. There is a second memorial, which is little else than an abridgment of the first. A third, bearing the address Au Roy et a nos Seigneurs du Conseil (dEtat), and signed Peronne Dumesnil, is a petition for the payment of 10,132 livres due to him by the company for his services in Canada, ou il a perdu son fils assassin par les comptables du dit pays, qui nont voulu rendre compte au dit suppliant, Intendant, et ont pill sa maison, ses meubles et papiers le 20 du mois de Septembre dernier, dont il y a acte.