Such were the dreams of John Adams
while teacher of a New England
Within twenty-one years he shall assist in declaring his country's independence; in less than thirty, this master of the town school of Worcester
, after a career of danger and effort, shall stand before the king of Great Britain
, the acknowledged Envoy of the free and United States of America
The military operations in America
might be respectively explained as acts of defence, to be settled by an adjustment of boundaries.
The capture of the Alcide and the Lys by Boscawen
, known in London
on the fifteenth of July,2
was an act of open hostility, and it was considered what instructions should be given to the British
, mother of George the Third, inveighed most bitterly ‘against not pushing the French
every where; the parliament would never bear the suffering the French
to bring home their trade and sailors.’3
She wished Hanover
in the sea, as the cause of all misfortunes.
suggested trifles, to delay a decision.
‘If we are convinced it must be war, I,’ said Cumberland
, ‘have no notion of not making the most of the strength and opportunity in our hands.’
was against meddling with trade.
‘It is vexing your neighbors for a little muck.’
‘I,’ said Newcastle
, the prime minister, ‘think some middle way may be found out.’
He was asked what way. ‘To be sure,’ he replied, ‘Hawke
must go out; but he may be ’