• In the past, the British had signally failed to build an effective structure of royal authority and administration in their American colonies. As a result, no possibility existed of soothing and winning over influential and talented Americans, in the way that influential and talented Scotsmen were increasingly being won over, by giving them increased access to state employment.

    Linda Colley (2005). “Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837”, p.136, Yale University Press