the eighth day of March, 1753, announced to the
House of Commons the want of a colonial revenue; as the first expedient, it was proposed to abolish the export duty in the British West Indies
, from which no revenue accrued; and with a slight discrimination in their favor, to substitute imposts on all West Indian produce brought into the northern colonies.
This project was delayed at that time for the purpose of inquiries, that were to serve to adjust its details; but the measure itself was already looked upon as the determined policy of Great Britain
Meantime, the Indians of Ohio
were growing weary with the indecision of England
and its colonies.
A hundred of them, at Winchester
, in 1753, renewed to Virginia
the proposal for an English fort on the Ohio
, and promised aid in repelling the French
They repaired to Pennsylvania
with the same message, and were met by evasions.
The ministry which had, from the first, endeavored to put upon America
the expenses of Indian treaties and of colonial defence, continued to receive early and accurate intelligence from Dinwiddie
The system they adopted gave evidence not only of the reckless zeal of the Lords
of Trade to extend the jurisdiction of Great Britain
beyond the Alleghanies
, but also of the imbecility of the cabinet.
The king in council, swayed by the representations of the Board, decided, that the valley of the Ohio
was in the western part of the colony of Virginia
; and that ‘the march of certain Europeans to erect a fort in parts’ claimed to be of his dominions, was to be resisted as