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[165] French, had sent him, and desired all that had passed
chap. IX.} 1763. Oct.
might be forgot on both sides.1

Friendly words were exchanged, though the formation of a definitive treaty of peace was referred to the Commander-in-Chief. The savages dispersed to their hunting grounds.

Nothing could restrain the Americans from peopling the wilderness. To be a freeholder was the ruling passion of the New England man. Marriages were early and very fruitful. The sons, as they grew up, skilled in the use of the axe and the rifle, would, one after another, move from the old homestead, and with a wife, a yoke of oxen, a cow, and a few husbandry tools, build a small hut in some new plantation, and by tasking every faculty of mind and body, win for themselves plenty and independence. Such were they who began to dwell among the untenanted forests that rose between the Penobscot and the Sainte Croix, or in the New Hampshire Grants, on each side of the Green Mountains, or in the exquisitely beautiful valley of Wyoming, where on the banks of the Susquehanna, the wide and rich meadows, shut in by walls of wooded mountains, attracted emigrants from Connecticut, though their claim of right under the charter of their native colony was in conflict with the territorial jurisdiction of the proprietaries of Pennsylvania. The mild climate of the south drew the herdsmen till further into the interior. In defiance of reiterated royal mandates, Virginian adventurers outgrew all limits of territorial parishes, and seated themselves on the New River, near the Ohio, in the forbidden valley of

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