previous next
[539] acquire that hated nest of contraband trade. When
Chap. XXVII.} 1782. April.
the French ambassador reported to him the proposal of Vergennes to constitute its inhabitants an independent republic, he seemed to hear the tocsin of insurrection sounding from the La Plata to San Francisco, and from that time had nothing to propose for the employment of the allied fleets in the West Indies. He was perplexed beyond the power of extrication. One hope only remained. Minorca having been wrested from the English, he concentrated all the force of Spain in Europe on the one great object of recovering Gibraltar, and held France to her promise not to make peace until that fortress should be given up.

With America, therefore, measures for a general peace must begin. As the pacification of the late British dependencies belonged exclusively to the department of Lord Shelburne, the other members of the cabinet should have respected his right. As a body, they did so; but Fox, leagued with young men as uncontrollable as himself, resolved to fasten a quarrel upon him, and to get into his own hands every part of the negotiations for peace. At a cabinet meeting on the twelfth of April, he told Shel-

burne and those who sided with him, that he was determined to bring the matter to a crisis; and on the same day he wrote to one of his young friends: ‘They must yield entirely. If they do not, we must go to war again; that is all: I am sure I am ready.’ Oswald at the time was on his way to Paris, where on the sixteenth he went straightway to Franklin.
The latter, speaking not his own opinion only, but that of congress and of every one of his associate

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
West Indies (1)
San Francisco (California, United States) (1)
Gibraltar (1)
France (France) (1)
Department de Ville de Paris (France) (1)
Argentine (Argentina) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Vergennes (1)
Shel (1)
William Franklin (1)
Charles Fox (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1782 AD (1)
April 12th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: