[Lord Frederick] North defended his role in the war for America to his death. He insisted that it
did not originate in a despotic wish to tyrannise America, but from the desire of maintaining constitutional authority of Parliament over the colonies. He admitted that the war with American had
been unfortunate but not unjust, adding that if he had been forced to
mount the scaffold in consequence of the part that I have performed in its prosecution, I shall continue to maintain that it was founded in right and dictated by necessity.
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (2013)