recruits, and they would not hearken to a doubt of
speedily crushing the rebellion.
On the morning of the fourteenth of March, the British
secretary of state listened to a speech from Thayendanegea, otherwise named Joseph Brant
, a full-blooded Mohawk
, of the Wolf Tribe
, the chosen chief of the confederacy of the Six Nations, who had crossed the great lake to see King George; to boast that the savages, ‘his brethren,’ had offered the last year to prevent the invasion of Canada
; and to complain that the white people had given them no support.
,’ so the Mohawk
chief addressed Germain
, ‘we hope to see these bad children, the New England
have always been ready to assist the king.’
replied: ‘Continue to manifest attachment to the king; and be sure of his majesty's favor.’
George and his ministers promised themselves important aid from the Iroquois
and Northwestern warriors.
‘Unconditional submission’ was now the watchword of Germain
; and when on the evening of the same day the Duke
attempted once more, in the house of lords, to plead for conciliation, the gentle Dartmouth
approved sending over ‘a sufficient force to awe the colonies into submission;’ Hillsborough
would ‘listen to no accommodation, short of the acknowledgment of the right of taxation and the submission of Massachusetts
to the law for altering its charter;’ and Mansfield
ridiculed the idea of suspending hostilities, and laughed moderating counsels away.
The ministers pursued their rash policy with such violence and such a determination to brave all difficulties, that it was evident they followed a superior will, which demanded