from the moment of his victory near Camden,
Chap. XVI.} 1780. Cornwallis became the principal figure in the British service in America,—the pride and delight of Germain, the desired commander-in-chief, the one man on whom rested the hopes of the ministry for the successful termination of the war. His friends disparaged the abilitruin him. No engagement by proclamation or by capitulation was respected.
The ruthless administration of Cornwallis met the hearty and repeated applause of Lord George Germain, who declared himself convinced that to punish rebellion would have the best consequences.
As to the rebels, his orders to Clinton and Cornwallis were:
Germain to Clinton, 9 Nov., 1780. No good faith or justice is to be expected from them, and we ought in all our transactions with them to act upon that supposition.
In this manner the minister released his generals from their pledges
Chap. XVI.} 1780. to those on whom they made war.
In violation of agreements, the continental