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would no longer defer breaking the peace of which they began to number the days. Spain was resolved not to pay the Manilla ransom, was planning how to drive the English from the Chap Xxviii} 1767. Feb. Falkland Islands, and called on France to prepare to go to war in two years; for Spain said Grimaldi, cannot longer postpone inflicting chastisement on English insolence. The Marquis de Grimaldi to Prince Masserano, 20 Jan. 1767; De Guerchy at London to Choiseul, 12 Feb. 1767; D'Ossun at Madrid to Choiseul, 24 Jan. 1767. Compare Choiseul to De Guerchy of 2 Jan., and Choiseul to D'Ossun, 27 Jan. 1767. This is the rhodomontade of a Don Quixote, said the French Minister, and Choiseul kept the guidance of affairs in his own hand, and for the time was resolved not to disturb the peace. Executive moderation might still have saved England from a conflict. Undismayed by the disorder in the cabinet, the ill health of Chatham, the factions in a corrupt Parliament, or the unpromising asp
f the Colonies was the gravest and most momentous that England had had since 1688, and saw in America the beginning of a long and even infinite series of revolutions. The Americans, he insisted, must first be compelled to submit to the authority of Parliament; it is only after having reduced them to the most entire obedience that an inquiry can be made into their real or pretended grievances. Frances to Choiseul, 23 Sept. 1768. The subject interested every court in Europe, was watched in Madrid, and was the general theme of conversation in Paris, where Fuentes, the Spanish Minister, expressed the hope that the English might master their Colonies, lest the Spanish Colonies also should catch the flame. Walpole's George III., III. 253. I dread the event, said Camden; because the Colonies are more sober and consequently more determined in their present opposition than they were upon the Stamp Act. What is to be done? asked Grafton; and Camden answered, Indeed, my dear Chap.
Chapter 38: The King and the British Parliament against the Town of Boston.—Hillsborough's Administration of the Colo-Nies continued. October—December, 1768. Spain valued Louisiana as a screen for Mexico; Chap. XXXVIII.} 1768. Oct. and England, in her turn, held the valley of the Mississippi from jealousy of France, not to colonize it. To the great joy of Spain, D'Ossun, French Ambassador at Madrid, to Choiseul, 6 Dec. 1768. and in conformity to a policy, Compare the elaborate Narrative of Lord Barrington, Secretary of War, of May, 1766. against which the advice Shelburne to Gage, 14 Nov, 1767. of Shelburne could not prevail, every idea of settling the country was opposed; and every post between Mobile and Fort Chartres was abandoned; John Finley, a backwoodsman of North Carolina, who this year passed through Kentucky, James T. Morehead's Address, &c. &c. 15, 16. found not one white man's cabin in all the enchanting wilderness. Gage would have even given up F
isdom of the ages from Descartes to Turgot, uttering its oracles and its counsels in the palaces of absolute monarchs. It excited the most attentive curiosity of Louis the Fifteenth and of every one of his council. An extract of it was sent to Madrid, to ascertain the sentiments and Chap XXXIX.} 1769. Feb. intentions of the Catholic King; the Minister of the marine and the Minister of finance were directed to consult the Chambers of Commerce of the Kingdom; while Choiseul, aware of the novelican form of Government; and a republic is a government dangerous from the wisdom, the consistency, and the solidity of the measures which it would adopt for executing such projects of conquests as it would naturally form. D'Ossun to Choiseul, Madrid, 20 Feb. 1769. A copy of this letter i, in the French Archives, Angleterre, T. 485, p. 473. The original is in the series marked Espagne, T. 556. Compare Choiseul to Du Chatelet, 14 March, 1769. The opinion of Spain was deliberately pronoun
as men of other nations, censured the sanguinary revenge. In the several parishes of Louisiana O'Reilly was received with silence and submission. The King of Spain approved his acts; and the Council for the Indies found in his administration nothing but evidence of the immensity and sublimity of his genius. Gayarreas Hist. II. 378. Aubry perished on his voyage to France, in a ship which foundered in the Garonne. The son of Masan, one of those condemned to imprisonment, made his way to Madrid, offering himself as his father's substitute; by the aid of France the six prisoners were set free. The census of the city of New Orleans showed a population of eighteen hundred and one white persons, thirty-one free blacks, sixty-eight free persons of mixed blood; sixty domiciliated Indians; and twelve hundred and twenty-five slaves; in all three thousand one hundred and ninety souls. The whole population in the valley of the Mississippi, then subject to the Spanish sway, is estimated a
anger of the Government, which gave the first evidence of its weakness by acknowledging a want of power to wreak its will. During the delay attending an appeal to Parliament, pains were taken to quiet the Bourbon powers. Chap. LII.} 1774. Feb. The Secretary of State would speak with the French Minister of nothing but harmony. Never, said he in like manner to Pignatelli, Garnier to the Duke D'Aiguillon, 4 Feb. 1774. the Representative of Spain, never was the union between Versailles, Madrid and London, so solid; I see nothing that can shake it. Yet the old distrust lurked under the pretended confidence. Rochfort to Stormont, 18 March, 1774. The Government at the time encountered no formidable opposition. One day in February, Charles James Fox, who was of the Treasury Board, severely censured Lord North for want of decision and courage. The King was greatly incensed at his presumption. That young man, said the King, has so thoroughly cast off every principle of common