1748 in Canada

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Events from the year 1748 in Canada.





Full date unknown[edit]


  • August 12: Jean Jeantot, Canadian Catholic brother and schoolmaster (born c. 1666)[3]

Historical documents[edit]

Paul Mascarene's lengthy summary of Nova Scotia leaders' interactions with Acadians since 1710, especially around loyalty oaths[4]

Mascarene sends Acadian deputies long letter warning them of dire consequences for support some Acadians give to rebels ("Banditti")[5]

Mascarene tells British secretary of state about Minas rebels influencing people, and "time and good care [needed] to wean them of that inclination"[6]

"Almost impossible to effect their Removal without Bloodshed" - Better to keep Acadians on lands they have title to and have improved[7]

Description of Acadian settlement Minas includes salt marsh farming, dikes and room for fortress (Note: "savages" used)[8]

Secretary of state says settling active-duty Highland soldiers in Nova Scotia better than sending them back to Scotland[9]

As French and British negotiators draft peace treaty, writer tells why "useless" Cape Breton Island should be returned to France[10]

British politics and ministers' self-interest will influence whether Cape Breton is be kept or lost[11]

Treaty clause restoring Cape Breton to France means giving up its port and fort, rich timber stands and coal mining, and strategic location[12]

"I wish it may not prove too true" - Benjamin Franklin reports learning that 3,000 Canadians might march on Albany, New York[13]

Huron mission at Detroit engages joiner to work in church, including altar rail, confessional and sacristy closet for altar-fronts[14]

Comment on upper class social life in Canada ranges from Madame Lanodière's brightness to clergy's dismay at dances on feast days[15]

Summary of conclusions made by examiners of Hudson's Bay Company policy includes its checks on settlement and increasing trade[16]

Petitioning adventurers who sent 1746-7 expedition want permission to extend settlement and trade into continent near Hudson Bay[17]

Employee says finally HBC will be supporting religious welfare and Christian treatment of "servants and natives"[18]


  1. ^ Guéganic (2008), p. 13.
  2. ^ "George I". Official web site of the British monarchy. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ Grimard, Jacques (1974). "Jeantot, Jean". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. III (1741–1770) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Extract from a Letter of Governor Paul Mascarene to Governor Shirley" (April 6, 1748), Nova Scotia Documents; Acadian French, pgs. 158-60. Accessed 10 November 2021
  5. ^ "Govr. Mascarene to the Acadian Deputies" (August 30, 1748), Nova Scotia Documents; Acadian French, pgs. 162-4. Accessed 10 November 2021
  6. ^ "Govr. Mascarene to Duke of Bedford" (excerpt; September 8, 1748), Nova Scotia Documents; Acadian French, pg. 164. Accessed 10 November 2021
  7. ^ Otis Little, "It therefore highly concerns this Kingdom" The State of Trade in the Northern Colonies Considered; With[...]a particular Description of Nova Scotia (1748, 1749), pg. 26. Accessed 5 November 2021
  8. ^ Otis Little, "Minas being the principal Place in the Province" The State of Trade in the Northern Colonies Considered; With[...]a particular Description of Nova Scotia (1748, 1749), pgs. 35-7. (Another description of marsh farming) Accessed 5 November 2021
  9. ^ "Bedford to Cumberland" (October 11, 1748), Military Affairs in North America; 1748-1765 (1936), pgs. 6-7 (PDF pgs. 42-3). Accessed 10 November 2021
  10. ^ Cape Breton inconsequential National Prejudice, Opposed to the National Interest, Candidly Considered in the Detention or Yielding up [of] Cape-Briton[....] (April 2, 1748), pgs. 21-7. Accessed 5 November 2021
  11. ^ "Suppose Cape Breton to be the Price" Observations on the Probable Issue of the Congress at Aix La Chapelle (April 29, 1748), pgs. 11-15. Accessed 8 November 2021
  12. ^ Reasons to keep Cape Breton Island A Letter from a Gentleman in London[...]Concerning the Treaty at Aix-la-Chapelle (1748), pgs. 15-16. (See treaty text and other arguments for retention) Accessed 5 November 2021
  13. ^ Letter of Benjamin Franklin (January 30, 1748), U.S. National Archives. Accessed 10 November 2021
  14. ^ "Continuation of the Book of Accounts, Commencing from Father de la Richardie's Return to the Mission," The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents; Vol. LXX. Accessed 10 November 2021 http://moses.creighton.edu/kripke/jesuitrelations/relations_70.html (scroll down to Page 49)
  15. ^ Élisabeth Rocbert de la Morandière, dite Madame Bégon, Letter excerpts (November 12 and December 9 and 11, 1748), Archives nationales du Québec. Accessed 9 November 2021
  16. ^ Josiah Tucker, "But the affair of a public company" An Essay on the Advantages and Disadvantages [of] France and Great Britain with regard to Trade (1756), pgs. 88-92. Accessed 9 November 2021
  17. ^ "That the Petitioners" "To the[...]Privy Council" (August 10, 1748), and "To the[...]Commons of Great Britain in Parliament assembled," A Short Narrative and Justification[....], pgs. 18-19, 23-4, 27-30. (See a counter-argument) Accessed 8 November 2021
  18. ^ Joseph Robson, Religious welfare An Account of Six Years Residence in Hudson's-Bay[....] (1752), pgs. 55-6. Accessed 9 November 2021