by the instinct of self-preservation, repelled the
thought of independence, wished for delay, and made no concessions but from fear of being superseded by the people.
And how could an assembly of men, who before entering on their office took the vow of allegiance to the king, guide a revolution against his sovereignty, or be fitly entrusted with the privilege of electing delegates to the continental congress?
And at a time when all rightful power was held to be derived from the people, was it proper for a government emanating from the king and having a decided royalist at its head, to assume the reform of civil institutions for the people of Pennsylvania
But the fear of a convention gave the assembly such a start, that the committee of correspondence were persuaded to suspend its call.
In the assembly the party of resistance must rely chiefly on Dickinson
, and Reed
But the logical contradiction in the mind of Dickinson
, which had manifested itself in the Farmer
's Letters, still perplexed his conduct.
His narrow breast had no room for the large counsels of true wisdom; and he urged upon every individual and every body of men over whom he had any influence the necessity of making terms of accommodation with Great Britain
In this way he dulled the resentment of the people, and paralyzed the manly impulse of self-sacrificing courage.
The royalists shored up his declining importance, and, in their name, Inglis
of New York, for a time rector of Trinity church and afterwards bishop of Nova Scotia
, one of the bitterest of partisans, publicly burned incense to his ‘native candor, his unbounded benevolence, his acknowledged humanity, his exalted virtue, as the illustrious defender ’