them books, and pamphlets, and many newspapers:
they had a ministry chiefly composed of men of their own election.
In private life they were accustomed to take care of themselves; in public affairs they had local legislatures, and municipal self-direction.
And now this continent from the Gulf of Mexico
to where civilized life is stayed by barriers of frost, was become their dwelling-place and their heritage.
Reasoning men in New York, as early as 1748, foresaw and announced that the conquest of Canada
, by relieving the Northern Colonies
from danger, would hasten their emancipation.
An attentive Swedish
traveller in that year heard the opinion, and published it to Sweden
and to Europe
; the early dreams of John Adams
made the removal of ‘the turbulent Gallics’ a prelude to the approaching greatness of his country.
During the negotiations for peace, the kinsman and bosom friend of Edmund Burke
, employed the British
press to unfold the danger to England
from retaining Canada
; and the French
minister for foreign affairs frankly warned the British
envoy, that the cession of Canada
would lead to the independence of North America
Unintimidated by the prophecy, and obeying a higher and wiser instinct, England
‘We have caught them at last,’2
to those around him on the definitive surrender of New France; and at once giving up Louisiana
, his eager hopes anticipated the speedy struggle of America
for separate existence.
So soon as the sagacious