and if requisitions were neglected the power ought to
be exercised; that there should be for the colonies a certain, sufficient, and independent civil list; that there should be an American nobility for life, to mediate between the king and the people; that the American
charters were suited only to the infancy of states, and should be abolished, and one form of government established for all America
Of the paper containing this advice, Bernard
sent several copies to the ministry, carefully concealing from America
his treacherous solicitations, and he darkly hinted at arguments which should make his scheme acceptable, but which were ‘fit’ only for the consideration of the cabinet.2
thus secretly and stealthily laid before the cabinet his views on America
through the press to the world of mankind; and his voice was powerful enough to reach England
, and to be considered in parliament.
He saw around him men who ‘had built much upon the fine salaries they should receive from the plantation branch of the revenue;’ and ‘he knew that with similar views several officers of the crown in some of the colonies had been pushing for such an act for many years;’ but his singularly constituted mind, which was for ever in collision with them in daily life, in its moments of exaltation, scorned all personal jealousies.
He did not want affection for England
‘The British constitution,’ said he, ‘comes nearest the idea of perfection of any that has been reduced to practice.’