t burthensome and most palatable to the colonies, they can contribute towards the support of the additional expense which must attend their civil and military establishment.
Secretary Lord Egremont to the Lords of Trade, 5 May, 1763:
North America naturally offers itself as the principal object of your lordship's consideration upon this occasion, with regard to which I shall first obey his majesty's commands in proposing to your lordships some general questions, before I proceed to desire you will furnish that information which his majesty expects from your lordships with regard to the North American and Southern parts of this continent, considered separately.
The questions which relate to North America in general, are—
What new governments should be established, and what form should be adopted for such new governments?
And where the capital or residence of each governor should be fixed?
2dly. What military establishment will be sufficient?
What new forts sh