were every where intent on extending the boundaries of the English empire.
A plan was formed to connect Mobile and Illinois.
Gov. Johnstone to Sec. of State, Mobile, 12 Dec. 1764; 7 Jan. 1765; 9 Feb. 1765. Officers from West Florida reached Fort Chartres.
Lieut. Ross to Major Farmar, Fort Chartres, 21 Feb. 1765. preparatory to taking possession of the country, which was still delayed by the discontent of the Indians.
With the same object, Croghan and a party descended the Ohio from Pittsburg.
The governor of North Carolina believed that, by pushing trade up the Missouri, a way to the great Western ocean would be discovered, and an open trade to it be established.
Dobbs to Halifax, 26 Feb. 1765. So wide was the territory—so vast the interests for which the British Parliament was legislating!
On the day after the debate on American affairs, Grenville, Lord North, and Jenkinson, with others, were ordered to bring in a Stamp-bill for America, which on the thirteenth was int