early in the year George the Third had been
Chap. VII.} 1778. advised by Lord Amherst to withdraw the troops from Philadelphia, and, in the event of the junction of America with France, to evacuate New York and Rhode Island;
to Lord North, 17 March, 1778.
Letter 467. but the depreciation of the currency, consequent on the helplessness of a people that had no government, revived the hope of subjugating them.
The United States closed the campaign to assure his most Christian majesty, they hoped protection from his power and magnanimity.
Chap. VII.} 1778. were those in congress who would not place their country under protection; but the word was retained by eight states against Rhode Island and Maryland.
Samuel Adams and Lovell, of Massachusetts, voted for it, but were balanced by Gerry and Holten; Sherman, of Connecticut, opposed it, but his vote was neutralized by that of Ellsworth.
The people of the United States, in proport