It was time for Franklin
to speak out, for he best
knew the folly of expecting peace from British commissioners.
On the sixteenth his plan of a confederacy was called up, and he endeavored to get a day fixed for its consideration; but he was opposed by Hooper
and by Dickinson
, and they carried the question against him. Four days later, the Quakers of New Jersey
, at a meeting of their representatives in Philadelphia
, published their testimony that the setting up and putting down of kings and governments is God's peculiar prerogative.
Yet the votes of congress showed a fixed determination to continue the struggle; twenty seven battalions were ordered to be raised in addition to those with Washington
; it was intended to send ten thousand men into Canada
, on the motion of Gadsden
, was unanimously appointed a brigadier general; powder and saltpetre began to be received in large quantities, and the establishment of powder mills was successfully encouraged.
The expenditures authorized for the purposes of the war for the year, were computed at ten millions of dollars; and at the same time the several colonies lavished away their treasure on special military preparations.
In New Jersey
the letters of the royal governor were intercepted; and their tenor was so malignant that Lord Stirling placed him under arrest.
the people were elated with their seeming security.
‘Twelve months ago,’ said they, ‘we were declared rebels, and yet we meet with no opposition; Britain may destroy our towns, but we can retire to the back country and tire her out.’
On the appearance of a small squadron in the Savannah