hts Mr. Massey may have upon that subject, we do not profess to know.
The general understanding upon the subject has always been as follows:
After the capture of Cornwallis, the English abandoned all hope of re-conquering the colonies, and withdrew all their troops from the country into the seaport towns.
A change of ministry soon followed, and with that change a different system altogether.
It was now determined to acknowledge the independence of America, and as the first step, Sir Guy Carlton, whose humane conduct as Governor of Canada, had made him popular with the Americans, was appointed to succeed Sir Henry Clinton as Commander-in-Chief.
This officer immediately set to work to dissolve the coalition against Great Britain, by endeavoring to entice the Americans from it. Similar attempts had been made upon Holland, but without success.
The British government wished to have a clear field with France and Spain alone for enemies.
Carleton did not succeed any better with t