Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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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.

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