to Walpole, 20 Oct., 1754.
Walpole's Memoires, i. 347.
Compare Flassan: Hist.
de la Diplomatie Francaise. the direction and conduct of American affairs was left entirely to the Duke of Cumberland, then the captaingeneral of the British army.
The French ministry desired to put trust in the
chap. VII.} 1754. solemn assurances of England.
Giving discretionary power in case of a rupture, they instructed Duquesne to act only on the defensive;
Le Garde des Sceaux to Duqaesne, 1754.
New York Paris Doc., x., 44. to shun effusion of blood, and to employ Indian war-parties only when indispensable to tranquillity.
Yet Canada, of which the population was but little above eighty thousand, sought security by Indian alliances.
Chiefs of the Six Nations were invited to the colony,
Holland to Lieut. Gov. Delancey, 1 Jan., 1755. and, on their arrival, were entreated, by a very large belt of wampum from six nations of French Indians, to break the sale of lands to the English on the Ohio.