fixed maxim and principle.’1
The English ministry
viewed it as a narrow question, relating to a subordinate branch of executive administration; America knew that it involved for the world all hope of establishing the power of the people.
The agents of the American
royalists continued indefatigable in their solicitations.
They had the confidential advice of Murray
who instructed them how best to increase their influence with the ministry.
To this end they also fomented a jealous fear of ‘the levelling principles which had crept into New York and New Jersey
,’ and which were believed to prevail in New England
. ‘Drink Lord Halifax in a bumper,’ were the words of Clinton
, as he read his letters from England
; ‘though I durst say,’ he added, ‘the rest are as hearty.’
Especially the Duke
, on the first day of November, gave assurances to Clinton
that the affairs of the colonies would be taken into consideration, and that he might rely on receiving all proper assistance and vigorous support in maintaining the king's delegated authority.
The secretary was in earnest, and for the rest of his life remained true to his promise, not knowing that he was the dupe of the profligate cupidity of worthless officers.
In a document designed for the eye of Halifax, Colden
hastened to confirm the purpose.
Of popular power ‘the increase in the northern colonies was immeasurable.’