(The), 1777. A faction organised to place General Gates at the head of the American army. He conquered Burgoyne, October, 1777, at Saratoga, and hoped to supplant Washington. The Conway referred to is the town in New Brunswick, North America, where the cabal was formed.
General Gates was conquered in 1780 by Lord Cornwallis.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894