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opera girl, ‘Lord Halifax is earnest for bishops in America,’ and he hoped for success in that ‘great point, when it should please God to bless them with a peace.’ The opinions of Ellis, the governor of Georgia, who had represented the want of ‘a small military force’ to keep the Assembly from encroachments; of Lyttleton, who, from South Carolina, had sent word that the root of all the difficulties of the king's servants lay ‘in having no standing revenue,’ were kept in mind. ‘It has been hinted to me,’ said the secretary of Maryland, ‘that, at the peace, acts of parliament will be moved for amendment of government and a standing force in America, and that the colonies, for whose protection the force will be established, must bear at least the greatest share of charge. This,’ wrote Calvert, in January, 1760,1 ‘will occasion a tax;’ and he made preparations to give the Board of Trade his answer to their propositions on the safest modes of raising a revenue in America by act of parliament.

‘For all what you Americans say of your loyalty,’ observed Pratt, the attorney-general, better known in America as Lord Camden, to Franklin, ‘and notwithstanding your boasted affection, you will one day set up for independence.’ ‘No such idea,’ replied Franklin, sincerely, ‘is entertained by the Americans, or ever will be, unless you grossly abuse them.’ ‘Very true,’ rejoined Pratt; ‘that I see will happen, and will produce the event.’2

Peace with foreign states was to bring for America an alteration of charters, a new system of administration,

1 Calvert to H. Sharpe, Janunary, 1760

2 Quincy's Life of Quincy. 269.

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