Loyalism was a siren call for the British. They were constantly bending their strategy to conform to the chimera of Loyalist support that was assumed to be there but somehow never materialized. Howe’s Philadelphia campaign and Burgoyne’s invasion from Canada, as well as the British strategy in the South, were based on the assumption that large numbers of Loyalists would rise in support, if only sufficiently encouraged and protected ...
Boston merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts governor; 1737—93.
Merchant, planter, slave trader, president of Continental Congress; 1724—92.
New York merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1716—78.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “Financier of the Revolution”; 1734—1806.
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)