Deglar knew that the Revolution of the American colonies was the first of it’s kind, it was not brought on because of an American disloyalty to England, but because of a disloyalty of England to American’s rights as Englishmen. For several consecutive years England had been preoccupied with wars at home, practicing a form of salutary neglect, leaving the colonies with long periods of time to develop their own rules and ideas for a government separate from that of Mother England. America began to think that England was letting them prosper on their own and giving them a chance to set up their own culture, their own title as Americans, and a self-awareness as a country independent from Great Britain. Furthermore, Americans began to grasp a sense of unity among the colonies, as Christopher Gadsen explains, “There should be no New England man, no New Yorker, known on the Continent, but all of us Americans...” The people of the American colonies saw England as more of a “brother” than a “mother” and they expressed their feelings to the King to try and keep civil and loyal, while trying to gain more freedom. England’s refusal to cooperate with the colonies, and the passing of new taxes such as the Townshend Duties, and the Navigation, Tea, and Sugar Acts turned what was let of the relations between England and America sour. Even John Penn, who certainly was no radical, described Great Britain as “an Old Man who had received several strokes of the Palsy, and tottering upon the brink of the Grave, whereas America was Growing daily toward perfection.” The colonists finally understood that they were no longer English slaves, but a separate people. They were the child of England and had a century and a half to get to where they were, the mature child of Mother England. The situation was very much political, and was a result of England holding to much power over America, and keeping American right to be an independent nation from them.