in words of affection; and to smoke with their nations
the pipe of peace.
It was then agreed, that the ancient love of the tribes to the British
king should re-
main unimpaired; that the lands from the St. John
's to the Savannah
, between the sea and the mountains, belonged, of ancient right, to the Muskhogees.
Their cession to the English
of the land on the Savannah
, as far as the Ogeechee
, and along the coast to the St. John
's, as far into the interior as the tide flows, was, with a few reservations, confined; and the entrance to the rest of their domains was barred forever against the Spaniards.
The right of preemption was reserved for the trustees of Georgia
alone; nor might they enlarge their possessions, except with the consent of the ancient proprietaries of the soil.
The news of this treaty could not have reached England
before the negotiations with Spain
were abruptly terminated.
desired peace; he pleaded for it in the name of national honor, of justice, and of the true interests of commerce.
But the active English mind had become debauched by the hopes of sudden gains, and soured by disappointment, and was now resolved on illicit commerce, or on plunder and conquest.
A war was desired, not because England
insisted on cutting logwood in the Bay of Honduras
, where Spain
claimed a jurisdiction, and had founded no settlements; nor because the South Sea
company differed with the king of Spain
as to the balances of their accounts; nor yet because the boundary between Carolina
was still in dispute;— these differences could all have been adjusted;—but because English
‘merchants were not permitted to
Lord Mahon's History of England, III. 5
smuggle with impunity.’
A considerable part of the population of Jamaica
was sustained by the profits of the contraband trade with Spanish ports; the annual