had on her
side the general affection of the people, the certainty that the country could not as yet manufacture for itself, and consequently the certainty that the schemes of non-importation would fail.
If she refuses to take back the last Revenue Act, there is danger that she will substitute a frank and upright man for Bernard
, whose petulance, duplicity, and corruption are now exposed, and patiently await the time when the wants of the colonists will weary them of their self-denial, and lead them to abandon it of themselves.
But the administration of public affairs had degenerated into a system of patronage, which had money for its object; and was supported by the King
from the love of authority.
The Government of England
had more and more ceased to represent the noble spirit of England
The Twelfth Parliament, which had taxed America and was now near its dissolution, has never been rivalled in its bold profligacy.
Its predecessors had been corrupt.
The men of Bolingbroke's time took bribes more openly than those of Walpole
; those of Walpole
than those of the Pelhams; and those of the Pelhams, than those since the accession of George the Third; so that direct gifts of money were grown less frequent, as public opinion increased in power.
But there never was a Parliament so shameless in its corruption as this Twelfth Parliament which virtually severed America from England
It had its votes ready for any body that was Minister, and for any measure that the Minister
of the day might propose.
It gave an almost unanimous support to Pitt
, when, for the last time in seventy years, the foreign politics of England
were on the