Originally Posted by sylla1
Thanks for this extraordinary material, EW.
One can only wonder how the Revolutionaries would have been perceived by posterity (let say us) had the British Crown eventually won...
That's a really good question. The Loyalists were in the thick of things and obviously had strong feelings against the revolutionaries, but opinion back in London was more complex. The handling of the problem was certainly criticized (even by those who didn't support the revolution). Here's a British pamphlet criticizing the handling of the affairs in Boston:
The British are blockading the city, and the colonists are symoblically imprisoned in a cage suspended from the Liberty Tree. The men in the boat represent the efforts of the other colonies to assist, they are feeding the prisoners fish with poles. One of the prisoners has a note which reads, "They cried unto the Lord in their Trouble & he saved tham out of their Distress. Psalm cvii 13."
Psalm 107:13 goes on like so:
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.