Knavery Seems to Be So Much the Striking Feature of Its Inhabitants

I cannot conclude without mentioning how sensibly I feel the dismemberment of America from this empire, and that I should be miserable indeed if I did not feel that no blame on that account can be laid at my door, and I did not also know that knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.

— King George III, Letter to Shelburne, 1782.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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3 thoughts on “Knavery Seems to Be So Much the Striking Feature of Its Inhabitants”

  1. Yes It was a sad day when America rebelled against the Crown. It was another of those freemason plots. The fruit of brother killing brother in this first American Civil War called the American Revolution led to another Civil War less than a hundred years latter. I am with poor King George III. God Save Good King George! I consider July 4 a very sad day and a day of mourning for those of Loyalist ancestry who were persecuted and force out of the American colonies many of them 3rd and 4th generation Americans.

  2. I am inclined, and long have been, to sympathize with sentiments such as these, but I am deterred by the fact that what happened in 1776 seems a logical application, and inevitable consequence, of the events of 1688-89.

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