for money was made with fleets and armies;
Chap. XLIII.} 1775. July.
unjust, as it asked increased contributions without renouncing as an equivalent the monopoly of trade; unwarrantable, as a wrongful intermeddling in the colonial support of civil government; unsatisfactory, since it left the obnoxious acts unrepealed; insufficient, as it did not renounce the claim of a right to alter colonial charters and laws; insincere, as coming from a minister who had declared ‘that he would never treat with America
, till he had brought her to his feet;’ and delusive, as it offered no option but of devastation or abject submission.
On the other hand, if the king would order a truce and point out a method for treating with the colonies jointly, they would desire nothing better than a colonial constitution, to be established by a mutual agreement.
Content with this declaration, and clinging to the hope of a speedy adjustment with Britain, congress shunned energetic measures to the last.
For the transmission of intelligence, Franklin
was selected to organize a post office, and thus came to be known as the first postmaster general
; a hospital was agreed to for the army, and Benjamin Church elected its director; the rate of pay of officers and soldiers was finally settled; but these votes added no real strength; what was really wanting was money and munitions of war. For money, a third million of dollars was ordered to be struck in paper bills.
To promote their credit, some mode for redeeming them must be devised.
There was no commerce, and therefore no hope of revenue from duties upon imports.
Besides, congress had no power to enforce taxes of any kind.
It was necessary, therefore,