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[Pg 299]Three years later, the Sieur de Rmonville, a friend of La Salle, proposed the formation of a company for the settlement of Louisiana, and called for immediate action as indispensable to anticipate the English. The English were, in fact, on the point of taking possession of the mouth of the Mississippi, and were prevented only by the prompt intervention of the rival nation.
"The bottom is soft. We'd sink to the knees."After awhile he said: "It's a great thought, isn't it, to think of having somebody you could be absolutely honest with?"
 Longueuil au Ministre, 21 Avril, 1752. Mmoires sur le Canada, 1749-1760.
 Ibid., 25."The bottom is soft. We'd sink to the knees."
 Frontenac au Ministre, 25 Oct., 1696.V2 promised succor. "How could I trust it?" he asks. "The army had not dared to face the enemy before he had fortified himself; and could I hope that it would come to attack him in an intrenched camp, defended by a formidable artillery?" Whatever may be thought of his conduct, it was to Vaudreuil, and not to him, that the loss of Quebec was due.