7.28.2014

British comments re: peace treaty negotiations in Maryland Gazette

July 28, 1814
MARYLAND GAZETTE AND POLITICAL INTELLIGENCER
May 25, 1814
LONDON TIMES
“The latest private accounts which we have received from Paris lead us to believe , that the great work of pacific negotiation will not be brought to an end so soon as has for some time past been expected. The chief basis, and indeed all the principal points in the treaty, is understood to have been long since agreed upon, and the outline to be nearly the same……It is now understood that these matters will not be settled at a Congress, but by commissioners named by the … belligerents. Our correspondent writes that between and 30 and 40,000 of the British troops are to be embarked in the Garoane for Ireland and a large body for America. We trust that the latter will be sufficiently numerous to terminate the war properly.
There is in this country such a contempt for the American government, that we cannot bring ourselves to think them of consequence enough to require any effort; and thus the reptiles escape, because we will not take the trouble to crush them. It should be remembered however, that their venom is more that proportionate to their bulk, or to their courage; and besides, by a feeble and protracted warfare, we shall teach them discipline to our own cost. We have now a formidable army, accustomed to conquer…..

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