rior country, considered as a general principle of policy; we shall, in the next place, proceed to examine the several arguments urged in support of the particular establishments now recommended.
"These arguments appear to us reducible to the following general propositions, viz.
First, "That such colonies will promote population, and increase the demands for and consumption of British manufactures."
Secondly, "That they will secure the fur trade, and prevent an illicit trade, or interfering of French or Spaniards with the Indians."
Thirdly, "That they will be a defence and protection to the old colonies against the Indians."
Fourthly, "That they will contribute to lessen the present heavy expence of supplying provisions to the different forts and garrisons."
Lastly, "That they are necessary in respect to the inhabitants already residing in those places where they are proposed to be established, who require some form of civil government."
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