There is a Clock Calm, at this Time, in the political and military Hemispheres. The
Surface is smooth and the Air serene. Not a Breath, nor a Wave. No News, nor Noise.
Nothing would promote our Cause more, than Howes March to this Town. Nothing quickens
and determines People so much, as a little Smart.—The Germans, who are numerous and
wealthy in this state and who have very imperfect Ideas of Freedom, have a violent
Attachment to Property. They are passionate and vindictive, in a Degree that is scarce
credible to Persons who are unacquainted with them, and the least Injury to their
Property, excites a Resentment and a Rage1
beyond Description. A few Houses and Plantations plundered, as many would be, if
Howe should come here, would set them all on Fire. Nothing would unite and determine
Pensilvania so effectually.
The Passions of Men must cooperate with their Reason in the Prosecution of a War.
The public may be clearly convinced that a War is just, and yet, untill their Passions
are excited, will carry it languidly on. The Prejudices, the Anger, the Hatred of
the English, against the French, contributes greatly to their Valour and Success.
The British Court and their Officers, have studied to excite the same Passions in
the Breasts of their Soldiers against the Americans, well knowing their powerfull
We, on the Contrary, have treated their Characters with too much Tenderness. The Howes,
their Officers and Soldiers too, ought to be held up to the Contempt, Derision, Hatred
and Abhorrence of the Populace in every State, and of the common Soldiers in every
Army. It would give me no Pain, to see them burn'd or hang'd in Effigy in every Town