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History, said Vergennes, offers few examples of a success so complete.
All the wild agree, wrote Franklin to Washington, that no expedition was ever better planned or better executed.
It brightens the glory that must accompany your name to the latest posterity.
The first tidings of the surrender of Cornwallis reached England from France, about noon on the twenty-fifth of November. It is all over, said
25. Lord North many times, under the deepest agitation and distress.
Fox—to whom, in reading history, the defeats of armies of invaders, from Xerxes' time downwards, gave the greatest satisfaction—heard of the capitulation of Yorktown with wild delight.
He hoped that it might become the principle of all mankind that power resting on armed force is invidious, detestable, weak, and tottering.
The official report from Sir Henry Clinton was received the same day at midnight. When on the following Tuesday par-
27. liament came together, the speech of the king was co