Gage, who came flushed with confidence in an easy
Chap. XII.} 1774. Sept. victory, at the end of four months was care-worn, disheartened and appalled.
With the forces under his command, he hoped for no more than to pass the winter unmolested.
At one moment, a suspension of the penal acts was his favorite advice, which the king ridiculed as senseless; at the next he demanded an army of twenty thousand men, to be composed of Canadian recruits, Indians, and hirelings from the continent of Europe; again, he would bring the Americans to terms, by casting them off as fellow-subjects, and not suffering even a boat to go in or out of their harbors.
All the while he was exerting himself to obtain payment for the tea as a prelude to reconciliation.
His agents wrote to their friends in congress, urging concessions.
Such was the advice of Church, in language affecting the highest patriotism; and an officer who had served with Washington sought