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thout the least concert with him, he thought himself perfectly free from all engagements concerning them. Grantham to Weymouth, 19 Feb., 1778. Ibid., 24 Mar., 1778. After these assertions, which were made so directly and so solemnly that they werrestore; and he answered, that while France supported the colonies in rebellion no negotiation could be entered into. Weymouth to Grantham, 20 May, 1778. But, as both Great Britain and Spain were interested in preserving colonial dependency, he inGrantham by M. de Florida Blanca, and transmitted in Lord Grantham's No. 56, 28 Sept., 1778. Indifferent to threats, Weymouth in October gave warning of the fatal consequence to the Spanish monarchy of American independence; and from a well-considered policy refused in any event to concert with other governments the relations of his country to its colonies. Weymouth to Grantham, 27 Oct., 1778. Meantime Florida Blanca continued to fill the courts of Europe with declarations that Spain woul
aside the modified proposal as an absolute, if not a distinct, concession of all the rights of the British crown in the thirteen colonies, under the additional disadvantage of making it to the French, rather than to the Americans themselves. Weymouth to Grantham, 16 March, 1779. If independence was to be conceded to the new states, Lord Wey- Chap. VIII.} 1779. mouth held that it must be conceded directly to congress, that it might be made the basis of all the advantages to Great Britain which so desirable an object might seem to be worth. Weymouth to Grantham, 16 March, 1779, and Ibid., 4 May, 1779. Uncontrolled by entangling connections, England reserved to itself complete freedom in establishing its relations with America, whether as dependencies or as states. This policy was so founded in wisdom, that it continued to be the rule of Great Britain for a little more than eighty years. Meantime Vergennes, on the twelfth of February, Feb. 12. forwarded the draft of a conven
th his American policy riveted every able statesman in a united opposition. He had no choice of ministers but among weak men. So the office made vacant by the death of Lord Suffolk, the representative of the Grenville party, was reserved for Hillsborough. His American sentiments, said the king, make him acceptable to me. Yet it would have been hard to find a public man more ignorant or more narrow; more confused in judgment or faltering in action; nor was he allowed to take his seat till Weymouth had withdrawn. To unite the house of Bourbon in the war, France had bound herself to the invasion of England. True to her covenant, she moved troops to the coasts of Normandy and Brittany, and engaged more than sixty transport vessels of sixteen thousand tons' burden. The king of Spain would not listen to a whisper on the hazard of the undertaking, for which he was to furnish no contingent, and only the temporary use of twenty ships to help in crossing the channel. Florida Blanca, who