Post War Settlement
A copy of the document transcribed below, published in the March 12, 1783 issue of James Rivington's Royal Gazette, was donated to us by Alan Shields.
Note that it is not an exact duplicate, but it is very similar.
To those loyal Refugees, who either have already left, or who hereafter may leave their respective Countries in search of other Habitations.
We the subscribers, (Your Countrymen and fellow sufferers) hearing that several Families have already arrived in Nova Scotia from New York, and that many others intend coming to some of these northern Colonies next Spring.
Think it our Duty to point out this Island to you, as the most eligible Country for you to repair to; of any we know between this and New Jersey.
The Soil is good, it is well wooded, and free from Rocks.
The Climate so good that Fevers and Agues are unknown.
Water every where excellent.
The Harbours Spacious, numerous, and safe.
The Rivers, Bays, Lakes, and Coasts abounding with a great variety of Shell, and almost all other kinds of Fish, and good of their kinds.
The Government is mild. But very few Taxes. These very light, and raised solely for the benefit of the Island.
There is room for tens of Thousands, and Lands in the finest situations.
On Harbours Navigable Rivers, and Bays; To be had exceedingly reasonable.
Cattle are plenty; witness the droves which have been this year taken to Halifax Market.
Before we came here, we were told, as perhaps you may be; the worst things possible of the Country, such as, that the People were Starving; we should get nothing to eat and should ourselves be eaten up by Insects, and much more equally groundless, for we have found the reverse to be true;
therefore, do not attend to such reports, but come and see, and depend on the evidence of your own Sences.
You will not imagine us to be interested in the advice we have given you, or in the Charactor of the place, as we may be ordered away tomorrow.
Be assured of the Contrary. What we have said is intended purely for your good, and if you attend to it we shall hereafter receive your thanks.
In the mean time believe us sincerely your Friends &c.
S HAYDEN Captain
Island Saint John
[Docketed- An Address to the American Loyalists From the Officers of the King's Rangers stationed on the Island of Saint John 30th Novr. 1782
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Colonial Office, Class 226, Volume 9, folios 5-6.
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