a more dreadful monarchy over the seas than ever
had been known; that she would find herself, as formerly, engaged in a baleful war with France
, her most powerful neighbor and her natural ally in the defence of the liberty of commerce; that a war between Britain
would bring advantage to the navigation of the republic, if she would but maintain her neutrality; that she had never derived any benefit from a close alliance with England
; that, in the war of succession, which gave to that power the key to the Mediterranean, she had nothing for her share but the total waste of her forces and her treasure; that she had religiously observed her treaties, and yet England
denied her the stipulated freedom of merchandise in free bottoms, and searched and arbitrarily confiscated her ships.
Besides, janizaries should be hired to subdue the colonists rather than the troops of a free state.
Why should a nation who have themselves borne the title of rebels and freed themselves from oppression by the edge of their swords, employ their troops in crushing what some were pleased to call a rebellion of the Americans
, who yet were an example and encouragement to all nations, worthy of the esteem of the whole world as brave men, defending with moderation and with intrepidity the rights which God and not the British
legislature gave them as men!
These ideas, once set in motion, were sure to win the day; but the states of Overyssell suppressed all explicit declarations against England
; and the states general, wishing to avoid every appearance of offensive discourtesy, at last consented to lend the brigade, but only on the condition that it never should