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In January, 1775, William Franklin, the governor of the colony of New Jersey, addressed the legislature, warning them not to sanction certain proceedings connected with the dispute existing between the mother country and the colonies, assuring them, that all their grievances would be redressed on petition. Lieutenant-governor Colden, of New York, followed in the same path, and had great success with the New York Assembly; the majority of that body agreeing not to send delegates to the Congress, that was to assemble in May of that year. This success was a triumph for the loyalists, and was the cause of great rejoicing. The following song of exultation appeared a short time after the event, in the Gazetteer. at New York, and has been attributed to Rivington, the editor of that paper ; but without any authority.
And so, my good master, I find 'tis no joke, For York has stepp'd forward, and thrown off the yoke Of Congress, committees, and even King Sears,1 Who shows you good nature, by showing his ears.