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‘ [328] America? Has the king of Great Britain ever yet
Chap. LX.} 1776. Apr.
discovered the least degree of that princely virtue— clemency? It is my opinion that his heart is more obdurate and his disposition towards the people of America is more unrelenting and malignant, than was that of Pharaoh towards the Israelites in Egypt.’ ‘No foreign power can consistently yield comfort to rebels, or enter into any kind of treaty with these colonies, till they declare themselves independent.’ Yet Dickinson and others, among whom were found William Livingston of New Jersey, and the elder Laurens of South Carolina, wished to make no such declaration before an alliance with the king of France.

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