A war by any other name....
It seems not everyone in London languished in post-war pain for years and years after the American colonists won the Revolutionary War.
Shortly after the November 20, 1785, death of Sir James Wright, the last British royal governor of the colony of Georgia, a London newspaper commented on his colonial service in his obituary:
“… As he presided in [Georgia] for two and twenty years with distinguished ability and integrity, it seems to be a tribute justly due to his merit as a faithful servant of his king and Country. Before the commotions in America, his example of industry and skill in the cultivation and improvement of Georgia was of eminent advantage…”
We call it the “Revolutionary War.”
The late 18th century obituary writer in the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser called it “the commotions in America.”
I guess there was some small comfort in taking that point of view….
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