ance; yet both parties professed a desire—in which France appears to have been sincere—to investigate and arrange all disputed points.
The credulous diplomatist put trust in the assurances
Stanley to Pitt, in Thackeray's Chatham, II. 581. of friendly intentions, which Newcastle lavished upon him, and Louis the Fifteenth, while he sent three thousand men to America, held himself ready to sacrifice for peace all but honor and the protection due to his subjects;
Instructions to Varin, N. Y. Paris Documents, XI. 2. consenting that New England should reach on the east to the Penobscot, and be divided from Canada on the north by the crest of the intervening highlands.
Secret Instructions to Vandreuil, 1 April, 1754, Ibid.
While the negotiations were pending, Braddock arrived in the Chesapeake.
In March, he reached Williamsburg, and visited Annapolis; on the fourteenth day of April, he, with Commodore Keppel, held a congress at Alexandria.
There were present, of the Am