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ton, in September, 1750, appealed to the Assembly for means to confirm their Indian alliances, and to assist Pennsylvania in securing the fidelity of the Indians on Ohio River. Journals of New York Assembly, i. 283, 284. The Assembly refused; and the Onondagas, whose chief was a professed Roman Catholic, whose castles contained a hundred neophytes, whose warriors glittered in brave apparel from France, scoffed with one another at the parsimonious colonists. Letter of Conrad Weisser, in Hazard's Register of Pennsylvania, IV. 222. The tendency of the Americans themselves towards union, and the desire on the part of England to concentrate its power over the colonies by the aid of the authority of the British parliament, were alike chap. III.} 1750. developed in connection with the necessity of resisting encroachments on the side of Canada. The unity of the French system of administration promised success by ensuring obedience to one council and one voice. Clinton to Govern
tion. But every body shunned the charge of securing the valley of the Ohio. Of the Virginia Company the means were limited. The Assembly of Pennsylvania, from motives of economy, refused to ratify the treaty which Croghan had negotiated at Picqua, while the proprietaries Thomas Penn to Governor Hamilton, 25 February, 1751. of that province openly denied their liability to contribute to Indian or any other expenses; Hamilton's Message to the Pennsylvania Assembly, 21 August, 1751, in Hazard, IV. 235. and sought to cast the burden of a Western fort on the equally reluctant people of Virginia. New York could but remonstrate with the governor of Canada. Clinton to La Jonquiere, 12 June, 1751. The deputies of the Six Nations were the first to manifest zeal. At the appointed time in July, they came down to Albany to renew their covenant chain; and to chide the inaction of the English, which was certain to leave the wilderness to France. When the congress, which Clinton h
ey wished neither French nor English to settle in their country; if the English would lend aid, they would repel the French. The calm statesman distributed presents to all, but especially gifts of condolence to the tribe that dwelt at Picqua; Hazard's Register, IV. 236. and returning, he made known that the French had successively established posts at Erie, at Waterford, and at Venango, and were preparing to occupy the banks of the Monongahela. Sanctioned by the orders from the king, Dinw gorge in the mountains to Gist's settlement, and a party was clearing a path as far as the mouth of the Redstone, the Half-King saw with anger that the independent company remained in idleness at Great Meadows from one full moon to the other; Hazard's Register. and, foreboding evil, he removed his wife and children to a place of safety. The numbers of the French were constantly increasing. Washington, whom so many colonies had been vainly solicited to succor, was, on the first day of July,
ffectual would be done by the colo- chap XI.} 1757. nies H. Sharpe to his brother, the Secretary to the Privy Council, 24 March, 1757. Of the central provinces, Pennsylvania approached most nearly towards establishing independent power. Its people had never been numbered, yet, with the counties on Delaware, were believed to be not less than two hundred thousand, of whom thirty thousand were able to bear arms. Peters on the Constitution of Pennsylvania, drawn up for Lord Loudoun. Hazard, v. 339. It had no militia established by law; but forts and garrisons protected the frontier, at the annual cost to the province of seventy thousand pounds currency. To the act of the former year, granting sixty thousand pounds, the Assembly had added a supplement, appropriating one hundred thousand more, and taxing the property of the proprietaries. But they would contribute nothing to a general fund, and disposed of all money themselves. The support of the governor was either not paid