previous next
[175] of dependency, so the Albany plan of union
chap. VII.} 1754.
would, in like manner, annihilate royal authority in the collective colonies, and endanger their dependency upon the crown.

Franklin and Shirley parted, each to persevere in

his own opinions. Early in 1755, Shirley wrote to the Secretary of State, that he was convinced of ‘the necessity not only of a parliamentary union but taxation.’1 During the winter, Sharpe, who had been appointed temporarily to the chief command in America, vainly solicited2 aid from every province. New Hampshire, although weak and young, ‘took every opportunity to force acts contrary to the king's instructions and prerogative.’ The character of the Rhode Island government gave ‘no great prospect of assistance.’ New York hesitated in providing quarters for British soldiers, and would contribute to a general fund only when others did. New Jersey showed ‘the greatest contempt’ for the repeated solicitations of its aged governor. In Pennsylvania, in Maryland, in South Carolina, the grants of money by the assemblies were negatived, because they were connected with the encroachments of popular power on the prerogative, ‘schemes of future independency,’ ‘the grasping at the disposition of all public money and filling all offices;’ and in each instance the veto excited a great flame. The Assembly of Pennsylvania in March borrowed money and issued bills of credit by their own resolves, without the assent of the governor. ‘They are the more dangerous,’ said

1 Shirley to Sir Thomas Robinson, 4 February, 1755.

2 H. Sharpe's Letters in 1755 to his brothers William Sharpe and John Sharpe, and to Lord Baltimore.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
William Shirley (3)
William Sharpe (1)
John Sharpe (1)
Horatio Sharpe (1)
H. Sharpe (1)
Thomas Robinson (1)
Benjamin Franklin (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1755 AD (3)
February 4th, 1755 AD (1)
1754 AD (1)
March (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: