ondition of the central provinces.
in the colonies which were not immediately involved
Chap. XLV.} 1775. in the war, the officers of the crown should have shown self-possession and forbearance.
Adopting this system, William Franklin, the governor of New Jersey, was ever on the alert to soothe, divide, or confuse the patriots, professed an equal regard for the rights of the people and the royal prerogatives, continued the usual sessions of the assembly, and where the autimary meetings, in the hope of quickening the energy of their representatives; but they were laid on the table.
The coalition was too powerful to be overthrown in the house, but murmurs and well-founded suspicions began to prevail out of doors; Franklin saw the folly of temporizing, dispassionately expressed his opinions, and bided his time.
The provinces of Delaware and Pennsylvania were under one executive head; and were so nearly united that their inhabitants interchangeably took service