. Warren uses “Negro” here in a derogatory sense. The newspaper dispatch cited in the
preceding note mentioned delegation of the king's pardoning power to the commissioners
and was full of news of army units embarking for the colonies, as well as of the passage
of the Prohibitory Act through the Parliament. Whig Americans wanted nothing to do
with pardons, and the determination of Britain to use force meant colonists were viewed
as criminals or slaves, not free men.