preacher, whom he sometimes cheered on by name.
Though smooth and kindly to his inferiors and dependents, he was capable of ordering the most relentless acts of cruelty; could chide his generals for checking savages in their career as destroyers; and at night, on coming home to his supper and his claret, the friendless man, unloving and unloved, could, with cold, vengeful malice, plan how to lay America
in ashes, because he could not have the glory of reducing her to submission.
An opportunity soon offered for the new secretary to unfold his policy.
On the sixteenth Burke
brought forward a bill for composing the existing troubles, by formally renouncing the pretension to an American revenue.
‘If we are to have no peace,’ replied Germain
, ‘unless we give up the right of taxation, the contest is brought to its fair issue.
I trust we shall draw a revenue from America
; the spirit of this country will go along with me in the idea to crush rebellious resistance.’
As he said this, the orders were already on the way to hire troops of the roytelets of Brunswick
and Hesse Cassel
, and in defiance of the laws of the empire to raise four thousand recruits in Germany
; for if Germain
was to crush the Americans
, it could not be done by Englishmen.
The ministry was the master of parliament, but not of the affections of the English
's appointment shows how little their sympathies were considered; the administration, as it was now constituted, was the weakest, the least principled, and the most unpopular of that century.
that the world revered, the England that kept alive in Europe