unless other means than those of force conciliate the
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interests of the Metropolis
and its Colonies.
will not lose out of their view their rights and their privileges; and next to fanaticism for religion, the fanaticism for liberty is the most daring in its measures and the most dangerous in its consequences.’1
It was obvious that the simplest mode of taking part with the colonists would be by a commerce between the French
and Spanish Colonies and the British Colonies
on the continent of North America
; and on this subject Choiseul
sent to Du Chatelet2
an elaborate digest of all the materials he had collected.
But the simple-hearted King
, though he enjoyed the perplexity of England
, ‘because it created embarrassments to the natural enemy3
of the two Crowns, and secured to France
more time to prepare for contingent events,’ showed no disposition to interfere.
‘What a pity,’ resumed Du Chatelet
, ‘that neither Spain
is in a condition to take advantage of so critical a conjuncture; and that we must regard it as a passive benefit.
The moment is not yet come; and precipitate measures on our part might reconcile the Colonies to the metropolis.
But if the quarrel goes on as far as it seems likely to do, a thousand opportunities cannot fail to offer of which decisive advantage may be taken.
The objects presented to you, to the King
, and to his Council, demand the most profound combinations, the most ’