who foresaw that the acquisition of Canada
prelude of American independence.
began hostilities for Nova Scotia
and the Ohio
These she had gained, and had added Canada
‘I will snatch at the first moment of peace,’ said Pitt
‘The desire of my heart,’ said George the Second to parliament, ‘is to see a stop put to the effusion of blood;’ and the public mind was discussing how far the conquests should be retained.
So great a subject of consideration had never before presented itself to British statesmen.
‘We have had bloodshed enough,’ urged Pulteney
, who, when in the House of Commons, had been cherished in America
as the friend of its liberties, and who now in his old age pleaded for the termination of a truly national war by a solid and reasonable peace.
‘Our North American conquests,’ said he to Pitt
, and to the world, ‘cannot be retaken.
Give up none of them; or you lay the foundation of another war.’
‘Unless we would choose to be obliged to keep great bodies of troops in America
, in full peace, we can never leave the French
any footing in Canada
, nor even Guadaloupe, ought to be insisted upon as a condition of peace, provided Canada
be left to us.’
Such seemed ‘the infinite consequence of North America
,’ which, by its increasing inhabitants, would consume British manufactures; by its trade, employ innumerable British ships; by its provisions, support the sugar islands; by its products, fit out the whole navy of England
Peace, too, was to be desired in behalf of England
's ally, the only Protestant sovereign in Germany