the same zeal; my regiment is all ready at the first
twinkle that shall be given me;’ and like the beggar that sends his goods as a present to a rich patron from whose charity he means to extort more than the market price, he demanded nothing, but was now in England
to renew his solicitations.
The king wished leave to recruit in Holland
, and also to obtain of that republic the loan of its so called Scottish brigade, which consisted no longer of Scots, but chiefly of Walloons and deserters.
The consent of the house of Orange
could easily have been gained; but the dignity, the principles, and the policy of the States General
This is the first attempt of either party to induce Holland
to take part in the American
war; and its neutrality gave grievous offence in England
Sir Joseph Yorke
, at the Hague
, was further directed to gain information on ‘the practicability of using the good dispositions of the king's friends upon the continent, and the military force which its princes might be engaged to supply.’
to recruit in Germany
was a defiance of the law of the empire; but Yorke
reported that recruits might be raised there in any number, and at a tolerably easy rate; and that bodies of troops might be obtained of the princes of Hesse Cassel
, Saxe Gotha, Darmstadt, and Baden
But for the moment England
had in contemplation a larger scheme.
's private and confidential despatch from Moscow
was received in London
on the first day of September, with elation and delight.
That very day Suffolk
prepared an answer to the minister.
To Catharine, George himself, ‘with his own hand ’