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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North, Frederick 1733-1792 (search)
d, April 13, 1733; educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, he made a lengthened tour on the Continent. In 1754 he entered Parliament for Banbury, which he represented almost thirty years; and entered the cabinet under Pitt, in 1759, as commissioner of the treasury. He warmly supported the Stamp Act (1764-65) and the right of Parliament to tax the colonies. In 1766 he was appointed paymaster of the forces, and the next year was made chancellor of the exchequer, succeeding Charles Townshend as leader of the House of Commons. He became prime minister in 1770, and he held that post during the American Revolutionary War. In February, 1775, Lord North received information from Benjamin Franklin (q. v.), which greatly disheartened him, and he dreaded a war with the colonists which his encouragement of the King's obstinacy was provoking, and, armed with the King's consent in writing, he proposed, in the House of Commons, a plan for conciliation. It was on the general plan, if
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Quebec. (search)
bring Montcalm into action. For this purpose he caused a large force to be landed, under Generals Townshend and Murray (July 10), who were to force the passage of the Montmorency. But the French wend landed upon the beach at the foot of the high bank, just above the Montmorency. Murray and Townshend were ordered to cross that stream above the great falls and cooperate with Monckton, but the ls full of hope. He called a council of officers at his bedside, and, on the suggestion of General Townshend, it was resolved to scale the Heights of Abraham from the St. Lawrence and assault the towine broke into disorder and fled. Monckton. who had taken the command, was severely wounded. Townshend continued the battle until the victory was won. Of the French, 500 were killed, and 1,000 (including the wounded) were made prisoners. The English lost 600 killed and wounded. General Townshend then prepared to besiege the city. Threatened famine within aided him, and five days after the de
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sons of liberty. (search)
Sons of liberty. At the period of Zenger's trial (1735) the radical opponents of the royal governors were called Sons of Liberty; but the name was not often heard until after the memorable speech in the House of Commons (1765) of Colonel Barre against the taxation of the Americans. In reply to Charles Townshend's assertion that the colonies had been cared for and nourished into strength by the indulgence of the British government, Barre scornfully denied it, saying that care was exercised in sending unfit persons as governors to rule over them— men whose behavior on many occasions had caused the blood of those sons of liberty to recoil within them. The associated patriots in America instantly assumed this name. They were chiefly ardent young men, who loved excitement, but who were truly patriotic. They had, as a general rule, nothing to lose, let events turn as they might. Persons of consideration and influence, though they generally favored the acts of the Sons of Liberty,
rs......1720 Treaty of Lancaster, Pa.: territory beyond the mountains ceded by the Iroquois to the English......June, 1744 Virginia colonists form the Ohio Company for occupation and settlement of the Ohio Valley......1748 Celeron de Bienville's expedition to and down the Ohio River to the mouth of the great Miami......1749 England grants the Ohio Company 600,000 acres of land......1749 Gist and Croghan lead a party of English explorers into the Ohio country......1749 Charles Townshend, of the English ministry, urges the forcible seizure of the Ohio region......1752 French and Indians attack the English trading-post of Pickawillany (Piqua), capture and destroy it......June, 1752 Duquesne sends a French expedition of occupation into the Ohio Valley......1753 Dinwiddie, governor of Virginia, determines upon the forcible occupation of the Ohio country......1753 Expedition of Washington to St. Pierre at Le Boeuf......1753 Frederick Post, first Moravian mis