who could preserve the privileges of his religion
from being trampled under foot.
‘How calmly,’ said Bath
, ‘the King
possesses himself under distress!
how ably he can extricate himself!’
having ‘amazing resources in his own unbounded genius.’
‘The warm support of the Protestant nation’ of Great Britain
must be called forth, or ‘the war begun to wrest Silesia
from him’ would, ‘in the end, be found to be a war’ to ‘overturn the liberties and religion of Germany
Peace was, moreover, to be solicited from love to political freedom.
The increase of the navy, army, and public debt, and the consequent influence of the crown, was ‘much too great for the independency of the constitution.’1
The generous and wise sentiments of the Earl
were acceptable to the people of England
But there were not wanting a reflecting few who doubted.
Foremost among them, William Burke
the kinsman and friend, and often the associate, of Edmund Burke
, found arguments for retaining Guadaloupe in the opportunity it would afford of profitable investment, the richness of the soil, the number of its slaves, the absence of all rivalry between England
and a tropical island.
Besides, he added, to alarm his countrymen, ‘if the people of our colonies find no check from Canada
, they will extend themselves almost ’