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Chapter 13:

Conquest of the valley of the West.—William Pitt's ministry continued.


the Protestant nations compared Frederic to
chap. XIII.} 1757.
Gustavus Adolphus, as the defender of the Reformation and of freedom. With a vigor of hope like his own, Pitt, who, eight days before the battle of Rossbach, had authorized Frederic to place Ferdinand of Brunswick at the head of the English army on the continent, planned the conquest of the colonies of France. Consulted through the under secretaries, Franklin gave full advice on the conduct of the American war, criticised the measures proposed by others, and recommended and enforced the conquest of Canada.

In the House of Commons, Lord George Sackville, a man perplexed in action and without sagacity in council, of unsound judgment yet questioning every judgment but his own, restless and opinionated, made the apology of Loudoun. ‘Nothing is done, nothing attempted,’ said Pitt with vehement asperity. ‘We have lost all the waters; we have not a boat on the lakes. Every door is open to France.’ Loudoun

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