None of the Princes thus dispossessed appear to have behaved
well. Not one died at his post, or even ran the risk of imprison- ment. The King of Hanover was besought by his burghers to remain and accept the Prussian reform, but refused angrily, saying his honour as Guelph required him to go to Gottingen—one wonders what George H. would have said to that—and went, leav- ing his Queen to do the best she could with the Prnasians. Smaller people scattled after him, "Adjutant-General Tchirchwitz, head of the war party, forgetting," says the Times, "to buckle on his sword." In Hesse the Elector tried to take away the national treasure, but the theft was prevented by the people, and in Saxony the King made no attempt whatever at resistance. The general aspect of the people seems to be tranquil. They are not delighted, for the Prussian hand is known to be heavy, but they are not irri- tated, and either obey the recruiting officers or fly from them. The royal arms have been taken down in Saxony to be replaced by the Prussian without tumult, the Hanoverians are disgusted with their Court, and the Hessians of courseprefer any Governor to the Elector.