At the same time men of European
penetrating the interior of Tennessee
; and near the junction of the Telliquo and the Tennessee
, a little band of two hundred men, three-fifths of whom were provincials, under the command of Captain Demere
, were engaged in completing the New Fort Loudoun
, which was to insure the command of the country.
They exulted in possessing a train of artillery, consisting of twelve great guns which had been brought to the English
‘from such a distance as the seaport, and over such prodigious mountains.’
were much divided in sentiment.
‘Use all means you think proper,’ wrote Lyttleton
, ‘to induce our Indians to take up the hatchet.
Promise a reward to every man who shall bring in the scalp of a Frenchman or of one of the French Indians
In December, the Six Nations sent a hundred and eighty delegates to meet the Nepissings, the Algonquins, the Potawatamies, and the Ottawas, at a congress at Montreal
All promised at least neutrality; the young braves wished even to join the French
; and they trod the English
medals under foot.
The imbecility which marked the conduct of British affairs in America
, showed itself still more decidedly in the cabinet, which, though united and commanding a subservient majority, was crumbling in