Triggering the Seven Years' War
THE PAUNCHY Scotch Governor received the French‐ man's letter and Washington's report with grim satisfaction. This he said, nodding his jowled head for emphasis, would show the General Assembly how wrong they had been to refuse to take any step towards protecting the frontier, preferring to waste their time in trying to keep him, the Governor, from collecting his rightful fee for signing land patents. Dinwiddie would call the House of Burgesses back as quickly as possible. However, the King's Council could meet on the morrow. Washington should then submit a written account of his journey that would reveal France's evil intentions.
Given less than twenty-four hours to "transcribe," as he put it, "from the rough minutes" he had jotted down en route, * Washington mourned that he had "no leisure to consult of a new and proper form."
When Washington was told that Dinwiddie had ordered the____________________