L'Oignon-Intelligencer started out originally as two separate publications: The New Bern Intelligencer, founded by John Robinson, and L'Oignon, founded by Fergus Fraser. After the untimely departure of Mr. Robinson from the colonies, the Intelligencer premises, stock, and subscription lists were purchased by Mr. Fraser, joining the two publications.
Events of the NovelsEdit
Fergus has trouble providing for his family, as being one-handed prevents him from doing various works — as a result, his pregnant wife Marsali has a lot on her head. In October 1773, their fourth child is born – a boy named Henri-Christian, who is a dwarf. Some of the residents of Fraser's Ridge believe that the child's condition is a punishment for his parents' sins, and attack the child. Fergus is ashamed of not being able to protect his family properly and provide for them and makes an attempt to take his own life, but Jamie stops him in time.
Jamie comes up with an idea for Fergus and his family to move away and start a printing business in some town, as Fergus had some experience in printing in Edinburgh and should be able to work in that role. When news comes that there is a vacant printing shop in New Bern, Fergus and his family move in 1774. They soon start publishing a weekly newspaper titled L'Oignon.
In the spring of 1775, with the departure of Mr. Robinson — owner of The New Bern Intelligencer — a Member of the local Committee of Safety and a Member of the Royal Council approached Fergus in regards to purchasing the publication. Both men had an eye of what they want to be published and both satisfied with Fergus' answered provided him funds to purchase Mr. Robinson's former publication. Thus giving birth to L'Oignon-Intelligencer.
In mid-1777, following an assault against his person, Fergus and his family move to Philadelphia, where they open another printshop.
In September 1778, Fergus and Marsali receive threats. On September 18, their Philadelphian printshop burns down and their youngest son Henri-Christian dies while trying to escape the flames.
In late November, Fergus and his family arrive in Savannah planning to retrieve Jamie's printing press and resume their publication. A month later, the British army invades the city, and it isn't safe for Fergus to resume the publication of L'Oignon-Intelligencer.
In early 1779, Fergus with pregnant Marsali and their daughters Joan and Félicité settle in Wilmington, while their eldest Germain returned to Fraser's Ridge with his grandparents, to resume publication of their newspaper.