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‘ [236] more men here than any one.’ He therefore urged
chap. X.} 1756.
his promotion in the British establishment. But England trusted foreigners rather than Americans. ‘I find,’ said Abercrombie, ‘you will never be able to carry on any thing to any purpose in America, till you have a viceroy or superintendent over all the provinces.’1 And Loudoun's arrival was to produce ‘a great change of affairs.’

On the twenty-fifth of June, Abercrombie arrived at Albany, firmly resolved that the regular officers should command the provincials, and that the troops should be quartered on private houses. On the next day, Shirley acquainted him with the state of Oswego, advising that two battalions should be sent forward for its protection. The boats were ready; every magazine along the passage plentifully supplied. But the general could not think of the wants of the garrison, and was meditating triumphs of authority. ‘The great, the important day for Albany dawned.’ On the twenty-seventh, ‘in spite of every subterfuge, the soldiers were at last billeted upon the town.’2 The mayor wished them all to go back again; ‘for,’ said he, ‘we can defend our frontiers ourselves.’ Thus Abercrombie dilatorily whiled away the summer, ordering a survey of Albany, that it might be ditched and stockaded round; and men talked ‘of certain victory and conquest.’

On the twelfth of July, the brave Bradstreet returned from Oswego, having thrown into the fort six months provision for five thousand men, and a great quantity of stores. He brought intelligence that a

1 Letter of Alexander Colden. New York, 19 June, 1756.

2 Journal of A. Golden. Albany, 27 June.

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