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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 5, 13th edition. 20 0 Browse Search
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, was to institute courts, name the judges, make them irresponsible but to himself, remove them at pleasure, regulate the amount of their salaries, and pay them by warrants under the sign manual, out of funds which were beyond the control of the several colonies, and not even supervised by the British parliament. The system introduced into New-York was to be universally extended. While the allowance of a salary to the chief justice of New-York was passing through the forms of office, Welbore Ellis, the successor of Charles Townshend as secretary at war, brought forward the army estimates Journals of the House of Commons, XXIV. 506. for the year, including the proposition of twenty regiments as a standing army for America. The country members would have grudged the expense; but Charles Townshend, with a promptness which in a good cause would have been wise and courageous, explained the plan of the ministry, I understand part of the plan of the army is, and which I very much ap
nions, that parliament must intervene to raise a revenue. Egremont, his colleague, selected, as his confidential friend, Ellis, a favorite of Halifax, and for several years Governor of Georgia; a statesman and man of letters, esteemed as one of the of Jenkinson. Wm. Knox, Extra Official Papers: The newly appointed governor, my earliest and most intimate friend, Mr. Ellis, a gentleman whose transcendent talents had then (1756) raised him to that high office, and afterwards made him the connt when Secretary of State. This is in harmony with the letter of Joseph Reed to Charles Pettit. London, 11 June, 1764: Ellis, late Governor of Georgia, * * * has had no small share in the late events. Reed's Reed, i. 32, 33. Add to this, that. Immediately on the peace in 1762, Knox, who looked up to Ellis, put into Bute's hands a plan for reducing America. He also renewed the proposition which he had made chap. VIII.} 1763. July. eight years before to Halifax, for gaining an imperial r
ith its brigadier, beside a commander-in chief for the whole; and on the morning of Wednesday, the sixth of February, Welbore Ellis, Ellis to Halifax, War Office, 7 Feb. 1765. A. and W. I. 251. Halifax to the Governor of East Florida, 9 Feb. 17Ellis to Halifax, War Office, 7 Feb. 1765. A. and W. I. 251. Halifax to the Governor of East Florida, 9 Feb. 1765. Secretary of War, who, at the request of Halifax, had taken the king's pleasure on the subject, made known his intention, that the orders of his commander-in-chief, and under him of the brigadiers general commanding in the northern and southern willing to abdicate its guardianship of human liberty? At a few hours later, on the same day with the interview of Welbore Ellis and the king, George Grenville, in the British House of Commons, proposed to the Committee of Ways and Means of the wx, 23 January, 1765. so that they were referred by Halifax Endorsement on the Memorial, and on the Regulations. to Welbore Ellis, the Secretary at War, by whom they were introduced and carried through. In their progress, provincial barracks, inn
n and feudal law. He read it, and pronounced it indeed masterly. The papers which had been agreed upon by the American Congress had been received by De Berdt, the agent for Massachusetts. Conway did not scruple to present its petition to the king, and George Cooke, the member for Middlesex, was so pleased with that to the Commons, that on Monday, the twenty-seventh of January, he offered it to the house, where he read it twice over. Jenkinson opposed receiving it, as did Nugent and Welbore Ellis. The American Con- chap. XXI.} 1766 Jan. gress at New-York, they argued, was a federal union, assembled without any requisition on the part of the supreme power. By receiving a petition from persons so unconstitutionally assembled, the house would give countenance to a measure pregnant with danger to his majesty's authority and government. The petition, said Pitt, is innocent, dutiful, and respectful; I see no defect in it, except that the name of one of the petitioners is Oliver.
, that parliament, if the colonies would tax themselves to its satisfaction, would impose on them no duties except for the regulation of commerce. A wild opposition ensued. Lord North could not quell the storm, and for two hours he seemed in a considerable minority, more from the knowledge of his disposition to relent, than for the substance of his measure. The plan should have been signed by John Hancock and Otis, said Rigby, in his inconsiderate zeal to con- 12. demn the minister. Welbore Ellis, and others, particularly young Acland, angry at his manifest repugnance to cruelty, declared against him loudly and roughly. Whether any colony will come in on these terms I know not, said Lord North; but it is just and humane to give them the option. If one consents, a link of the great chain is broken. If not, it will convince men of justice and humanity at home, that in America they mean to throw off all dependence. Jenkinson reminded the house, that Lord North stood on ground ch