Washington in 1774

[I]t is not the wish, or the interest of the Government, or any other upon this Continent, separately, or collectively, to set up for Independence… I am well satisfyed, as I can be of my existence, that no such thing is desired by any thinking man in all North America; on the contrary, that it is the ardent wish of the warmest advocates for liberty, that peace & tranquility, upon Constitutional grounds, may be restored, & the horrors of civil discord prevented.

George Washington to Robert McKenzie, October 1774

Found this in an alternative history “what if?” essay on how the American Revolution could have never happened. In Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, ed. Niall Ferguson.

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