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‘ [181] the militia of the Colonies numbers four hundred
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. Aug.
thousand men, and among them several regiments of cavalry. The people are enthusiastic for liberty, and have inherited a republican spirit, which the consciousness of strength and circumstances may push to extremities. They will not be intimidated by the presence of troops, too insignificant to cause alarm.’ It was, therefore, inferred that it would be hazardous for England to attempt reducing the Colonies by force.

‘But why,’ asked Choiseul,1 ‘are not deputies from each Colony admitted into Parliament as members’ And it was answered2 that ‘the Americans objected to such a solution, because they could not obtain a representation proportioned to their population, and so would be whelmed by superior numbers; because the distance made their regular attendance in Parliament impossible; and because they knew its venality and corruption too well to be willing to trust it with their affairs. They had no other representatives than agents at London, who kept them so well informed, that no project which would turn to their disadvantage could come upon them by surprise.’ By this reasoning Choiseul was satisfied,3 that an American representation in Parliament was not practicable; but also that ‘no other method of conciliation’ would prove less difficult, and that unanimity in America would compel the British Government to risk the most violent measures, or to yield.

1 Choiseul to Frances, 21 August, 1768.

2 Frances to Choiseul, 26 August, 1768.

3 Choiseul to Frances, 7 Sept. 1768.

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