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V1 he was tall and imposing in person, and of undoubted capacity and courage; but old and, according to his enemies, very avaricious.  The Colonial Minister gave him special instructions regarding that thorn in the side of Canada, Oswego. To attack it openly would be indiscreet, as the two nations were at peace; but there was a way of dealing with it less hazardous, if not more lawful. This was to attack it vicariously by means of the Iroquois. "If Abb Piquet succeeds in his mission," wrote the Minister to the new Governor, "we can easily persuade these savages to destroy Oswego. This is of the utmost importance; but act with great caution."  In the next year the Minister wrote again: "The only means that can be used for such an operation in time of peace are those of the Iroquois. If by making these savages regard such an establishment [Oswego] as opposed to their liberty, and, so to speak, a usurpation by which the English mean to get possession of their lands, they could be induced to undertake its destruction, an operation of the sort is not to be neglected; but M. le Marquis de la Jonquire should feel with what circumspection such an affair should be conducted, and he should labor to accomplish it in a manner not to commit himself."  To this La 79 Think of Jerusha Abbott, late of the John Grier Home for Orphans, "Allow me to be the judge of that," he said sarcastically. Just entering on twenty-one;