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endent. Chapter 1: America, Britain and France, in May, 1774. May, 1774. The hour of the risdiction no more over vassals; in all of old France the peasants were freemen, and in the happiestusion of landed property, the common people of France formed one compact and indivisible nation. t as a class their life was morally at an end. France could throw them off as readily as a stag shedicers, so that throughout all the provinces of France an administration of plebeians, accountable tono longer independent of the royal caprice. France was the most lettered nation of the world, andasantry; and would have irretrievably degraded France, but for its third estate, who were always ris them an example. The heir to the throne of France was not admitted to the royal council, and gre London Court Gazette announced him as king of France, though English official language had heretofohe Herald's office still knew no other king of France than the head of the House of Hanover. At t[3 more...]
binet of Louis Sixteenth. July—August, 1774. in France, Louis the Sixteenth had selected minis- Chap. VIIul, the supporter of an intimate friendship between France and Austria, the passionate adversary of England, t With all the patronage of Chap. VII.} 1774. July. France in his gift, he took from the treasury only enough ess in the birth of a son, and amidst the shouts of France for the most important victory of the century, achi with courts, equal sensitiveness to the dignity of France, and greater self-control. He was distinguished amolutions; he would have confined the parliaments of France to their simple office as judges; he had no prediler a soldier, nor capable of becoming one. Yet in France the traditional policy, which regarded England as ament in 1755 with a distrust that never slumbered. France, therefore, bent its ear to catch the earliest surgress. They are the first, observed the statesmen of France, which propose to restrain the act of navigation it
ench Canadians were grateful for relief from statutes which they did not comprehend, and from the chicanery of unfamiliar courts. The nobility of New France, who were accustomed to arms, were still further conciliated by the proposal to enroll Canadian battalions, in which they could hold commissions on equal terms with English officers. Here also the inspiration of nationality was wanting; and the whole population could never crowd to the British flag, as they had rallied to the lilies of France. There would remain always the sentiment, that they were waging battle not for themselves, and defending a government which was not their own. The great dependence of the crown was on the clergy. The capitulation of New France had guaranteed to them freedom of public worship; but the laws for their support were held to be no longer valid. By the Quebec act they were confirmed in the possession of their ancient churches and their revenues; so Chap. XIV.} 1774. Oct. that the Roman Cath
ement in its administrative system, from a deliberate conspiracy with other colonies to dissolve the connection with the mother country. During the progress of the canvass, bribery came to the aid of the ministry, for many of the members who were purchasing seats, expected to reimburse themselves by selling their votes to the government. The shrewd French minister at London, witnessing the briskness of the traffic, bethought himself that where elections depended on the purse, the king of France might buy a borough as rightfully at least as the king of England, who, by law and the constitu- Chap. XVI.} 1774. Oct. Nov. tion, was bound to guard the franchises of his peopleagainst corruption. You will learn with interest, thus Garnier, in November, announced his bargain to Vergennes, that you will have in the house of commons, a member who will belong to you. His vote will not help us much; but the copies of even the most secret papers, and the clear and exact report which he can da
unanimity took the ministry by surprise, when just before the adjournment of parliament their proceedings reached England. It is not at all for the interests of France that our colonies should become independent, repeated Rochford. The English minister, reasoned Garnier, thinks, that after all they may set up for themselves. re of reducing the colonies, and his dread of driving them to a separation; so that nothing could be more interesting than the affairs of America. As the king of France might be called upon to render assistance to the insurgent colonies, the conduct of the English in their support of the Corsicans was cited as a precedent to the revent its taking place; that Lord North, no longer confident of having America at his feet, was disconcerted by the unanimity and vigor of the colonies; and that France had nothing to fear but the return of Chatham to power. The interests of Britain required Chatham's return; for he thoroughly understood the policy of the Fren
gratitude. Be the first to spare; throw down the weapons in your hand. 20. Every motive of justice and policy, of dignity and of prudence, urges you to allay the ferment in America by a removal of your troops from Boston, by a repeal of your acts of parliament, and by demonstrating amicable dispositions towards your colonies. On the other hand, to deter you from perseverance in your present ruinous measures, every danger and every hazard impend; foreign war hanging over you by a thread; France and Spain watching your conduct, and waiting for the maturity of your errors. If the ministers persevere in thus misadvising and misleading the king, I will not say that the king is betrayed, but I will pronounce that the kingdom is undone; I will not say, that they can alienate the affections of his subjects from his crown, but I will affirm, that, the American jewel out of it, they will make the crown not worth his wearing. The words of Chatham, when reported to the king, recalled h
s retorted, that New York had no charter. The sacred rights of mankind, he rejoined, are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or Chap. XIX.} 1775. Feb. musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. Civil liberty cannot be wrested from any people without the most manifold violation of justice, and the most aggravated guilt. The nations Turkey, Russia, France, Spain, and all other despotic kingdoms in the world, have an inherent right, whenever they please, to shake off the yoke of servitude, though sanctioned by immemorial usage, and to model their government upon the principles of civil liberty. So reasoned the gifted West Indian, as though the voices of the Puritans had blended with the soft tropical breezes that rocked his cradle; or rather as one who had caught glimpses of the divine archetype of freedom. The waves of turbulent opinion d
ne so unnatural as that of New England, could be ascribed to nothing less than diabolical infatuation. The minister of France took the occasion to request the most rigorous and precise orders to all British naval officers not to annoy the commercendship. A letter from Lord Stormont, the British ambassador at Paris, was also cited in the house of lords to prove that France equally wished a continuance of peace. It signifies nothing, said Richmond; you can put no trust in Gallic faith, except of state, readily agreed; proving, however, from Raynal's History of the two Indies, that it was not for the interest of France that the English colonies should throw off the yoke. The next courier took to the king of France the report, that neitheFrance the report, that neither the opposition nor the British minister put faith in his sincerity; and the inference seemed justified that they themselves were insincere. The English mind was in the process of change. Chap. XXII.} 1775. Feb. The destruction of the tea at Bos
ess of their victorious industry. Nor is the equinoctial heat more discouraging to them, than the accumulated winter of both the poles. We know that whilst some of them draw the line and strike the harpoon on the coast of Africa, others run the longitude, and pursue their gigantic game along the coast of Brazil. No sea but what is vexed by their fisheries. No climate that is not witness to their toils. Chap. XXIV.} 1775. Mar. 22. Neither the perseverance of Holland, nor the activity of France, nor the dexterous and firm sagacity of English enterprise, ever carried this most perilous 22. mode of hard industry to the extent to which it has been pushed by this recent people; a people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood. When I contemplate these things; when I know that the colonies in general owe little or nothing to any care of ours, and that they are not squeezed into this happy form by the constraints of watchful and susp
ent of the treaty of Paris respecting Dunkirk, was treated as a small matter. The complaints of France for the wrongs her fishermen had suffered, and the curtailment of her boundary in the fisheries uly. he crossed the channel, with the view to inspect the citadels along the eastern frontier of France. When he left Dover, nothing had been heard from America later than the retreat of the British from Concord, and the surprise of Ticonderoga. Metz, the strongest place on the east of France, was a particular object of his journey; and as his tour was made with the sanction of Louis the Sixteenld of Lexington, followed by the taking of Ticonderoga, fixed the attention of the government of France. From the busy correspondence between Vergennes and the French embassy at London, it appeared, er all rules are false, or the Americans will never again consent to become her subjects. So judged the statesmen of France, on hearing of the retreat from Concord, and the seizure of Ticonderoga.
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