The way to restore peace.
hope still rested on the royal commissioners for
restoring peace; but the British
ministers knew nothing of that great science of government which studies the character, innate energies, and dispositions of a people.
The statesman, like others, can command nature only by obeying her laws; he can serve man only by respecting the conditions of his being; he can sway a nation only by penetrating what is at work in the mind of its masses, and taking heed of the state of its development; any attempt in that day to produce in Britain republics like those of New England
, could have brought forth nothing but anarchy and civil war; the blind resolve to conform American institutions to the pattern of the British
aristocracy, led to a revolution.
In its policy towards America
, Britain was at war with itself; its own government was distinguished by being a limited one; and yet it claimed for the