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k on deferred hopes and friendship, and pocketed for his borough the most cash he could get. Burke next coquetted with Wilkes for support at Westminster; but the great patriot preferred Lord Mahon. Wilkes has touched Lord Mahon's money, and desireWilkes has touched Lord Mahon's money, and desires to extort more by stirring up a multitude of candidates, said Burke, in the fretful hallucinations of his chagrin; while, in fact, the influence of Wilkes was of no avail; Westminster shared the prevalent excitement against America and elected toriWilkes was of no avail; Westminster shared the prevalent excitement against America and elected tories. Sometimes, when alone, Burke fell into an in- Chap. XVI.} 1774. Oct. Nov. expressible melancholy, and thought of renouncing public life, for which he owned himself unfit. There seemed for him no way to St. Stephen's chapel, except through a rcity of western England. Bristol was almost the only place which changed its representation to the advantage of America; Wilkes was successful in the county of Middlesex, and after a ten years struggle, the king, from zeal to concentrate opinion aga
ns. My little property, rejoined Franklin, consists of houses in those towns; you may make bonfires of them whenever you please; the fear of losing them will never alter my resolution to resist to the last the claim of parliament. The plan of intimidation proceeded. When on the sixth of February the address was reported to the house, Lord John Cavendish earnestly deprecated civil war, necessarily involving a foreign one Chap. XX.} 1775. Feb. 7. also. A fit and proper resistance, said Wilkes, is a revolution, not a rebellion. Who can tell, whether in consequence of this day's violent and 7. mad address, the scabbard may not be thrown away by the Americans as well as by us, and should success attend them, whether, in a few years, the Americans may not celebrate the glorious era of the revolution of 1775 as we do that of 1688? Success crowned the generous effort of our forefathers for freedom; else they had died on the scaffold as traitors and rebels, and the period of our hist
uide. Gage, who himself had about three thousand effective men, learned through his spies the state of the country and the ludicrously scanty amount of stores, collected by the provincial committees at Worcester and Concord. The report increased his confidence as well as the insolence of his officers; and as soon as the members of the congress had gone to their homes, he resolved on striking a blow, as the Chap. XXVI.} 1775. April. 10. king desired. On the tenth of April, the lord mayor Wilkes, with the aldermen and livery of London, approached the throne, to complain to the king that the real purpose of his ministers, whom they earnestly besought him to dismiss, was, to establish arbitrary power over all America; the king answered: It is with the utmost astonishment that I find any of my subjects capable of encouraging the rebellious disposition which unhappily exists in some of my colonies; and by a letter from the lord chamberlain, he announced his purpose never again to