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rding to the course of nature, he soon must become king, begins to anticipate himself, and treats his uncle with less respect and deference than he did formerly. Harris to Daniel De la Val, Berlin, 23 Oct., 1775, in Malmesbury Papers, second ed., i. 118. and follows other counsels; his own brother hopes and prays to heaven that t14 Aug., 1775. In October, 1775, the British minister at Berlin reported of the Prussian king: His ill state of health threatens him with a speedy dissolution. Harris to Suffolk, 7 and 17 Oct., and 21 Nov., 1775. Harris to De la Val, at Copenhagen, 23 Oct., 1775, in Malmesbury Papers, i. 116-118. It was while face to face withHarris to De la Val, at Copenhagen, 23 Oct., 1775, in Malmesbury Papers, i. 116-118. It was while face to face with death that Frederic wrote of the August proclamation of George the Third: It seems to me very hard to proclaim as rebels free subjects who only defend their privileges against the despotism of a ministry. Frederic to Maltzan, 9 Oct., 1775. While still but half Chap. III.} 1775. recovered from a long, painful, and complicated
vertheless the British cabinet persisted in seeking aid from Russia and the friendship of the king of Prussia. Suffolk to Elliot, 7 April, 1778. But from Petersburg Harris wrote: Chap. XI.} 1778. They never will be brought to subscribe to any stipulations in favor of our contest with the colonies. Our influence, never very high, has quite vanished. Harris to Suffolk, 2 Feb., to Sir I. Yorke, 1 May, 1778. Frederic relented so far as to allow a few recruits for the English army to pass through his dominions; and as a German prince he let it be known that he would save Hanover from French aggression; but proposals for closer relations with England were inflexibly declined. He is hostile, wrote Suffolk, Suffolk to Harris, 9 Jan., 1778. to that kingdom to whose liberal support in the last war he owes his present existence amongst the powers of Europe; and the British ministry of that day looked upon the aid which he had received in the time of the elder Pitt as a very grave
ly known to have existence as a maritime power thirty years ago, to dictate laws of navigation to Great Britain. And Lord Camden condemned the declaration of the empress as a dangerous and arbitrary edict, subversive of the first principle of the law of nations. Yet the answer of the British government to the declaration of the empress of Russia avoided expressing any opinion on the rules which she had laid down. An ambiguous and trimming answer was given: such is the severe judgment of Harris. We seemed equally afraid to accept or dismiss the new-fangled doctrines of Russia. I was instructed secretly to oppose, but avowedly to acquiesce in them. The neutral powers on the continent, one after the other, joined in accepting the code of Catharine. Bernstorff, though very reluctant to do anything not acceptable to the English court, with which he was then conducting a private negotiation on contraband, on the eighth of July announced the adhesion of July 8. Denmark to the Russ