FOR ATIOAL BLESSIGS. 357 to weaken the enemy both in Europe and America, by cutting off their mutual intercourse by navigation : Cape Breton is ours ! ours with the additional acquisition of the fertile island of St. John ours, after a short siege, and a very inconsiderable loss* ours, after a long season of anxious suspense and discouragements ; after repeated dis- appointments and mortifications. Fort Duquesne, the den of those mongrel savages of French and Indians, who have ravaged our frontiers, cap- tivated and butchered so many of our fellow subjects, and ruined so many poor femilies Fort Duquesne, the object of Braddock's ever-tragical and unfortunate expedition, t near which so many brave lives have been repeatedly thrown away in vain Fort Duquesne, the magazine which furnished our Indian enemies with previsions, arms, and fury, to make their barbarous inroads upon the British set- tlements, and prevented our growing country from extend- ing its frontiers on the Ohio Fort Duquesne, is aban- doned and demolished; demolished by those hands that built it, without the loss of a man on our side. The ter- ror of the Lord fell upon them, and they fled at the ap- proach of our army, so superior to them in number, and so resolute to pursue the expedition, notwithstanding the severities of approaching winter. What though those, if such there be, who thirsted for their blood, are not grati- fied? What though our commanders may not have ac- quired the same military glory, as if they had taken it after all the dreadful formalities of a siege? W T hat though we are not possessed of a fort, arms, and ammunition ready to our hands ? These disadvantages are more than balanced by this consideration, so agreeable to every man of hu- manity and benevolence ; that the lives and limbs of men have been spared, many of which, no doubt, must have * ot quite three hundred men. f Vide the C9th discourse.