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Chapter 47:

Effect of Bunker bill battle in Europe.

July 25—August, 1775.

during the first weeks of July the king contem-
Chap. XLVII.} 1775. July.
plated America with complacency; assured that, in New York, his loyal subjects formed the majority, that in Virginia the rebels could be held in check by setting upon them savages and slaves. Ships were to be sent at once; and if they did not reduce the country, the soldiery would finish the work at the very worst in one more campaign. Alone of the ministers, Lord North was ill at ease, and when a friend said to him, ‘The rebels may make you propositions,’ he replied with vivacity, ‘Would to God they may.’ Neither the court, nor the ministers, nor the people at large had as yet taken a real alarm. Even Edmund Burke, who, as the agent of New York, had access to exact information and foresaw an engagement at Boston, believed that Gage, from his discipline and artillery as well as his considerable numbers, would beat ‘the raw American troops,’ and succeed. An hour before

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