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The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Vol. 6
Excerpt from The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Vol. 6: Edited Under Direction of CongressMr. Oswald came to visit me, and entered with some freedom into conversation. I said many things to him to convince him that it was the policy of my Lord Shelburne, and the interest of the nation, to agree with us upon the advantageous terms which Mr. Strachey carried away on the 5th, showed him the advantages of the boundary, the vast extent of land, and the equitable provision for the payment of debts, and even the great benefits stipulated for the Tories.He said he had been reading Mr. Paine's answer to the Abbe Raynal, and had found there an excellent argument in favor of the Tories. Mr. Paine says that before the battle of Lexington we were so blindly prejudiced in favor of the English, and so closely attached to them, that we went to war at any time. And for any object, when they bid us. N ow this being habitual to the Americans, it was excusable in the Tories to behave, on this occasion, as all of us had ever done upon all others. He said if he were a member of Congress he would Show a magnanimity upon this occasion, and would say to the refugees take your property, we scorn to make any use of it in building up our system.I replied that we had no power and Congress had no power, and, therefore, we must consider how it would be reasoned upon in the several legislatures of the separate States, if, after being sent by a's to Congress, and by them to the several States, in the course of twelve or fifteen months, it should be there debated. You must carry on the war six or nine months certainly, for this compensation, and consequently Spend, in the prosecution Of it, six or nine times the sum necessary to make the compensation, for I presume this war costs every month to Great Britain a larger sum than would be necessary to pay for the for felted estates.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully, any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.