regiments not too many to defend a province as large as New England and New York put together. P. is on good terms with the Indians except the few concerned in the late outrages. Even the peaceable ones promise amity only as long as peace continues between England and France. Good policy to put all the work into one year. French could be made to help (as punishment) and Indians would curry favor. While not presuming to enforce the judgment of the Board, P. has the advantage of being on the spot. Scarcity at Placentia obliged him to withdraw one company from it, and has sent one company to secure Canso for the winter.
Begs to have Armstrong's request for six months' leave in England (to recover his health) rescinded. A. has had no sickness since he left England, except the toothache, P. should be consulted on such matters. He never had enough officers to hold a general court-martial (though there is frequent need for one.) A.'s example will have a bad effect.
Thanks Popple for his friendship: acknowledges receipt of answer to his Boston despatch. French have been stirring up the Indians all summer, spreading false reports regarding the regent, etc; but the savages are too cunning to begin a war in which the French cannot join. This province will be hard beset when war does break out. French settlements in continual intercourse with Cape Breton, and P. with a weak garrison thirty leagues away, is unable to prevent it. Board of Trade favorable to new plans; but Board of Ordnance wedded to their small redoubts or towers, which can be isolated and can- not send out detachments when necessary. Thankful for
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