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Journal of Abijah Willard: An Officer in the Expedition which captured Fort Beauséjour in 1755
Author: Willard, Abijah [Dr. J. Clarece Webster, Editor]
Reference #: 1502
Status: For Sale
List Price: $100.00
The thirteenth volume which was reprinted from the collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society, the Editor noting that “the original Journal is now in the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California.”
The significance of this artifact of Canadian history is well-summarized in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume IV, pp.769ff: “In 1845 Willard served at the siege of Louisbourg, Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island), as a Captain of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by his father. Ten years later he was a captain in William Shirley’s provincial regiment at the siege of Fort Beauséjour (near Sackville, N.B.). During this campaign he kept a journal which contains a vivid account of the forced dispersal of the Acadians after the French defeat. Willard was ordered by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monkton to round up the French inhabitants and to ‘burn all the houses that I found’. He carried out his orders punctiliously but regarded the grief caused by his raids as ‘sumthing shoking’.”
An octavo volume in wrappers; n.d. (circa 1930); 75 pp.; three fold-out maps, Fine: one “to illustrate the historical geography of the Chignecto Forts”, a second “to illustrate the geography of Abigah’s Journal”, and the third, with four folds, “a Map of the Surveyed Parts of Nova Scotia” (1756) ; 2 facsimile reproductions, one of Willard’s signature, the second a full page from his journal. Remnants of a three-digit number at the top corner of the front cover; six-digit number in light pencil verso title page; age-toning to the covers: a very presentable and desirable copy overall. Signed by the Editor with his initials in pencil on the title page. Scarce.
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