3. A confusing and perhaps confused reference. CFA’s explanation (JA, Works
, 2:11, note) is not satisfactory, since “A Letter from Canada,” which he cites and which was printed in the Boston Evening Post
, 8 Sept. 1755, was not written by the Bishop of Quebec and did not purport to be from his hand. (It is a transparent fabrication, designed to stir up anti-French and anti-Catholic feeling in New England.) But the discussion at Parson Wibird’s house no doubt related to the activities of such men as Le Loutre, the Bishop of Quebec’s vicar-general in maritime Canada. Le Loutre’s work among the French Neutrals, or Acadians, had led directly to their enforced exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. Shiploads of these unfortunate people were arriving at intervals in Boston Harbor during 1755–1756, and they were naturally the subject of frequent conversation. See Hutchinson, Massachusetts Bay, ed. Mayo
, 3:28–31; Francis Parkman, Montcalm and Wolfe
, Boston, 1907, vol. 1:
chs. 4, 8; Lawrence H. Gipson, The British Empire before the American Revolution
, Caldwell, Idaho, and N.Y., 1936– , vol. 6: chs. 8–10.