treaty between their chiefs and the commissioners
from several colonies, and the encroachments of France
were to be circumscribed by a concert for defence.
As his barge emerged from the Highlands, it neared1
the western bank to receive on board Cadwallader Golden, the oldest member of the royal council.
How often had the governor and his advisers joined in deploring ‘the levelling principles2
of the people of New York and the neighboring colonies;’ ‘the tendencies of American legislatures to independence;’ their unwarrantable presumption in ‘declaring their own rights and privileges;’ their ambitious efforts ‘to wrest the administration from the king's officers,’ by refusing fixed salaries, and compelling the respective governors to annual capitulations for their support!
How had they conspired to dissuade the English
government from countenancing the opulent James Delancey
, then the Chief Justice
of the Province and the selfish and artful leader of the opposition!
‘The inhabitants of the plantations,’ they reiterated to one another and to the ministry, ‘are generally educated in republican principles; upon republican principles all is conducted.
Little more than a shadow of royal authority remains in the Northern Colonies
Very recently the importunities of Clinton
had offered the Duke
‘the dilemma of supporting the governor's authority, or relinquishing power to a popular faction.’
‘It will be impossible,’