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should be offered to Lord North. Receiving the summons, North hastened to London, declined the office from fear of his inability to cope with Grenville on questions of finance, returned to the country, and changed his mind just in season to accept North to Grafton, 10 Sept. 1767. Charles Lloyd to Lord Lyttelton, 17 Sept. 1767; Lyttelton's Life, 733, 734. before the appointment of another. At that time Lord North was thirty-five years old, having seen the light in the same year with Washington. While the great Virginian employed himself as a careful planter, or fulfilled his trust as a colonial legislator, or, in his hour of leisure, leaning against the primeval oaks on the lawn at Mount Vernon, in full view of the thickly forested hill which now bears the Capitol, mused on the destinies of his country and resolved to preserve its liberty, Lord North entered the cabinet, in which he was to remain for fifteen of the most eventful years in the history of Britain. He was a Minist
blish than the one of which that usurper was the head. Perhaps Peut-ĂȘtre cet homme existe-t-il; peut-ĂȘtre ne manque-t-il plus que de quelques circonstances heureuses pour le placer sur un grand theatre. Du Chatelet, 12 March. this man exists; perhaps nothing is wanting but happy circumstances to place him upon a great theatre. At Mount Vernon conversation turned at this Chap XXXII} 1768. March time on the dangers that overhung the country. Whenever my country calls upon me, said Washington, I am ready to take my musket on my shoulder. Courage, Americans; American Whig, Nov. Parker's New-York Gazette of 11 April, 1768. cried one of the famed April. New-York Triumvirate of Presbyterian lawyers, William Livingston, Theodore Sedgwick's Life of William Livingston, 145. Rev. Dr. Johnson to W. S. Johnson, Stratford, 22 April, 1768. Within this month the wicked Triumvirate of New-York, S. L. and Sc. [William Smith, William Livingston, and John Morin Scott,] have in Parker'
rdingly. Wirt's Life of Patrick Henry, 104. The Burgesses of Virginia, having finished what they could do in their official capacity, met together as patriots and friends, with their Speaker as Moderator. They adopted the Resolves which Washington had brought with him from Mount Vernon; and which formed a well digested, stringent and practicable scheme of non-importation, until all the unconstitutional revenue acts should be repealed. Such too was their zeal against the Slave-trade, thengton, Carter Braxton, Henry, Jefferson, Nelson, and all the Burgesses of Virginia there assembled; Burk's History of Virginia, III. 348, 349. and were then sent throughout the country for the signature of every man in the Colony. Compare Washington to Colonel Bassett, Mount Vernon, 18 June, 1769; in Maxwell's Virginia Historical Register, III. 220. The voice of the Old Dominion roused the most temperate Province of Pennsylvania, from its slum- Chap. XL.} 1769. May. bers to express
waters of the Monongahela, but along the Ohio, as low as the little Kenawha; Washington's Diary, in Writings, II. 531. Washington, II. 531. and with each year were getting further and further Chap. XLVI.} 1770. Oct. down the river. When Washington in 1770, having established for the soldiers and officers who had established for the soldiers and officers who had served with him in the French war, their right to two hundred thousand acres in the western valley, went to select suitable tracey; Washington's Diary, Writings, II. 528. for he watched over the interests of his old associates in arms as sacredly as if he had been their trustee, and never ceased his care for them, till by his exertions, and by these alone, Life of Washington by Jared Sparks, i 119, 120. he had secured to each one of them, or if they were dead, to their heirs, the full proportion of the bounty that had been promised. His journey to the wilderness was not without its pleasures; he amused himself wit
best actions of my life, and what I should certainly do again in the same circumstances, I could not have supported it. But it was not to him, it was to the people of Massachusetts, and to New England, and to all America, that the insult was offered through their Agent. Franklin and Wedderburn parted; the one to spread the celestial fire of freedom among men; to make his name a cherished household word in every Chap. LI.} 1774. Jan. nation of Europe; and in the beautiful language of Washington, to be venerated for benevolence, to be admired for talents, to be esteemed for patriotism, to be beloved for philanthropy; the other childless, though twice wedded, unbeloved, wrangling with the patron who had impeached his veracity, busy only in getting every thing he could Geo. III. in Campbell. in the way of titles and riches, as the wages of corruption Franklin when he died, had nations for his mourners, and the great and the good throughout the world as his eulogists; when Wedder