taxes, and economic problems. However, just before completing the pamphlet, he received news of Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown. Tucker's reaction was characteristic.
To congratulate my Country on being defeated is contrary to that Decency which is due to the Public and yet, if this defeat should terminate in total Separation from America, it would be one of the happiest events that hath ever happened to Great Britain. 25
After 1781, Tucker lived and wrote (primarily on the importance of union between England and Ireland) until 1799, but the years 1782-1783, when it was clear to all that American independence was just a matter of time, may well have been the high point of his career. It was in 1782 that the Gentlemen's Magazine, which, like most other periodicals, had initially ridiculed Tucker's proposal, apologized to him with the statement that if his advice had been followed, although America would still have been independent, it would have been "our ally and friend, and many thousands of lives and millions of money would have been saved to both nations." 26
Even before the news about Yorktown arrived, Tucker had written in Cui Bono? that he expected that people would one day say, "What a Pity that the Dean of Glocester's Advice had not been more attended to."27 And by 1783, when he addressed a tract entitled Four Letters on important National Subjects to the earl of Shelburne, he felt that his unpopular position had been completely vindicated and that he could state with assurance:
I have the Satisfaction to believe that there is not a Man in Great Britain, but is inwardly convinced, that it would have been happy for us, had the advice I gave [on America], been taken many years ago. 28
And who was there to gainsay him!