calamity of an Indian invasion, and troubled by the
anger and the outrages of domestic factions, yielded to Milborne
To protect the frontier, and invade and conquer Canada
, was the ruling passion of the northern colonies; but the summer was lost in fruitless preparations, and closed in strife.
Meantime, a house of representatives had been convened, and, amidst distress and confusion, the govern ment constituted by the popular act.
In January of 1691, the Beaver
arrived in New York harbor
, who bore a commission as captain.
offered him quarters in the city:
‘Possession of his majesty's fort is what I demand,’ replied Ingoldsby
, and issued a proclamation requiring submission.
Thus the aristocratic party obtained as a leader one who held a commission from the new sovereign.
, conforming to the original agreement
made with his fellow-insurgents, replied, that Ingoldsby
had produced no order from the king, or from Sloughter
, who, it was known, had received a commission as governor, and, promising him aid as a military officer,
refused to surrender the fort.
The troops, as they landed, were received with all courtesy and accommodation; yet passions ran high, and a shot even was fired at them.
The outrage was severely reproved by Leisler
, who, amidst proclamations and counter-
proclamations, promised obedience to Sloughter
on his arrival.
On the evening on which the profligate, needy, and
narrow-minded adventurer, who held the royal commission, arrived in New York, Leisler
sent messengers to receive his orders.
The messengers were detained.
Next morning, he asked, by letter, to whom he should