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chap. X.} 1756.
grave confidence of his discourse was by his own countrymen deemed conclusive; but the maritime assumptions of England were turning against her the sympathies of the civilized world.

The genius of the nation was a guarantee against discomfiture on the ocean; the feebleness of the administration appeared conspicuously in America. April was almost gone before Abercrombie, who was to be next in command to the Earl of Loudoun, with Webb and two battalions, sailed from Plymouth for New York. Loudoun waited for his transports, that were to carry tents, ammunition, artillery, and intrenching tools, and at last, near the end of May, sailed without them. The man-of-war which bore one hundred thousand pounds to reimburse the colonies for the expenses of 1755, and stimulate their activity for 1756, did not sail till the middle of June. The cannon for ships on Lake Ontario did not reach America till August. ‘We shall have good reason to sing Te Deum, at the conclusion of this campaign,’ wrote the Lieutenant-governor of Maryland, ‘if matters are not then in a worse situation than they are at present.’

On the fifteenth of June, arrived the forty Ger man officers who were to raise recruits for Loudoun's royal American regiment of four thousand. At the same time came Abercrombie. Letters awaited him in praise of Washington. ‘He is a very deserving gentleman,’ wrote Dinwiddie, ‘and has from the beginning commanded the forces of this Dominion. He is much beloved, has gone through many hardships in the service, has great merit, and can raise ’

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