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ealousy every measure that Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. could imply their consent to British taxation. 7; Chat. Corr. III. 193; Shelburne to Chatham, Feb. in Chat. Corr. III. 186. and between his opini drive the English from the Chap Xxviii} 1767. Feb. Falkland Islands, and called on France to prepacountry being thus derived Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. from an income which had chiefly been squandere head of its boundary Com- Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. mission. Shelburne to Bernard, 11 Dec. 1766; shared in the licentious- Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. ness of opinion, which he thought was infusing k, at the instigation of a Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. person much connected Shelburne to Chatham, en the expense, and charge Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. upon the Colonies the whole of what should remathat its authority must be Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. maintained. Garth to the Committee of South ndred and eighty-eight for Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. the Ministry. But not one of those who planned[1 more...]
sh Government makes these people more free; but at heart they have little disposition to throw off their dependence by the aid of foreign Chap. XXXI.} 1768. Jan. Feb. powers. The tone of public feeling seemed unprepared for action and averse to a rupture. But Samuel Adams and the few who shared his courage contended indefatiavorable acceptance of the King, they set forth the importance that proper constitutional measures respecting the Acts of Parliament, imposing Chap. XXXI.} 1768. Feb. taxes on the Colonies, should be adopted; and that the representatives of the several assemblies upon so delicate a point, should harmonize with each other. They s. They freely submit their opinions to the judgment of others, and shall take it kind in you to point out to them any thing further that may Chap. XXXI.} 1768. Feb. be thought necessary. Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 134. A fair copy of this Circular was ordered to be transmitted to England, to be produced in p
ican empire is in the Divine decrees—Hillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies continued. February—March, 1768. the day after the Circular was adopted, the Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb. Board of Feb. Board of Commissioners of the Revenue met at Boston, and with the utmost secrecy, addressed to their superiors in England a memorial which, in connection with the reports of Bernard, was designed to effect a fand of Government is properly strengthened. At present there is not a ship Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb. of war in the Province, nor a company of soldiers, nearer than New-York. Memorial of the Commieb. 1768, and W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 12 March, 1768. insisted on declaring Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb. meetings and associations like those of Boston illegal and punishable; and advised some immediatephilosophy of his age. The difficulty respecting taxation was heightened Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb. by personal contentions, which exasperated members of the Legislature of Massachusetts. The Hous
, Samuel Cooper. The merchants of Boston met, and successfully renewed the agreement not to import from England. Letter from Hutchinson to Bollas, 14 July, 1768. The House, employing the pen of Samuel Adams Eliot's Biographical Dictionary of New England, sub voce Samuel Adams. without altering a word, reported a letter Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 151; House to Lord Hillsborough, 30 June, 1768. to Lord Hillsborough, in which they showed that the Circular Letter of February was, indeed, the declared sense of a large majority of their body; and expressed their reliance on the clemency of the King, that to petition him would not be deemed inconsistent with respect for the British constitution, nor to acquaint their fellow-subjects of their having done so, be discountenanced as an inflammatory proceeding. Then came the great question, taken in the fullest House ever remembered. The votes were given by word of mouth, and against seventeen that were willing to
hatelet to Choiseul, London, 28 January, 1769. This letter from Du Chatelet to Choiseul, was Feb. inspired neither by the Courtiers, nor the Parliaments, nor the Aristocracy, nor even by the Burguncil. An extract of it was sent to Madrid, to ascertain the sentiments and Chap XXXIX.} 1769. Feb. intentions of the Catholic King; the Minister of the marine and the Minister of finance were dire were I an American I would not submit to it. On the other side little was Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Feb. urged, except that concession would endanger the Act of Navigation; and the British Parliament afnville Papers, IV. 417. While England was enforcing its restrictive corn- Chap. XXXIX} 1769. Feb. mercial system with the most jealous vigilance, T. Bradshaw to R. Sutton, Esq. 25 Feb. 1769; Tsides; thus Grimaldi, the Spanish Minister, gave his definitive answer; the Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Feb. position and strength of the countries occupied by the Americans, excite a just alarm for the ric
istration of the Colonies continued. May—August, 1769. Massachusetts had not only like Virginia to Chap. XLI.} 1769. May. assert the rights of America, but also to effect the removal of the troops from Boston, into whose very streets and lanes about two thousand men had been sent, in equal disregard of good policy Mahon's England, v. 406. and of an Act of Parliament. For more than ten months, the Colony remained without an Assembly. The servants of the Crown who had placed their Feb. hopes on the plan for transporting to England the principal Sons of Liberty, became irresolute and timid. Hutchinson's Hist. III. 223. The secret Councils which Bernard now held with Hutchinson Bernard to Hillsborough, 25 May, 1769. and Oliver and Auchmuty, ended only in despair. They had furnished ample information; Hutchinson's History. they had got ready to apply the statute of Henry the Eighth; and had persuaded themselves that inferior offenders would have consulted safety by
January, 1770. Their Liberty Pole had stood safely in the Park for nearly three years. The soldiery who had become, as at Boston, exasperated Chap. XLIII.} 1770. Feb. against the citizens, resolved to cut it down, and after three repulses, they succeeded. On the seventeenth, the indignant people assembled in the fields to theed to appoint hours for their reception. Leake's Life of Lamb, 61. Holt's Gazette. Intelligence of these events, especially of the con- Chap XLIII.} 1770. Feb. flict of the citizens with the soldiers, was transmitted to Boston, Supplement of the Boston Gazette of 19 Feb. 1770. where the townsmen emulously applauded these and threw stones. Provoked but not endangered, he fired among them, and killed one of eleven years old, the son of a poor German. At his Chap. XLIII.} 1770. Feb. funeral five hundred children walked in front of the bier; six of his school-fellows held the pall; and men of all ranks moved in procession from Liberty Tree to t
r General, his equals in ability, but most unlike him in character; Gibbon's Memoirs of Himself. and it was his fatal error that he indulged in slumber when America required all his vigilance. The Regulators of North Carolina gathered toge- Feb. ther in the woods on hearing that their Representative had been expelled and arbitrarily imprisoned, and they themselves menaced with exile or death as outlaws. They had labored honestly for their own support; not living on the spoils of other meght to fair trials, and the collectors of the public money called to proper settlements of their accounts. Petition signed by one hundred and seventy-four, addressed to Chief Justice Martin, &c. &c. Honor and good faith now Chap. XLVI.} 1771. Feb. prompted them to join for the rescue of Husbands. Tryon was intimidated. Newbern might be attacked and his newly finished palace, source of so much gratification to his vanity, of grievous taxation to the people, might be burned to the ground.
ce, 15 Feb. 1773. The Commissioners elicited nothing and adjourned with bitterness in their hearts. Smyth, the Chief Feb. Justice of New Jersey, who had just been put on the civil list, threw all blame on the popular Government of Rhode Island.t. Chief Justice Horsmanden of New-York, to Lord Dartmouth, 20 February, 1773. Yet Connecticut, the Chap. XLIX.} 1773. Feb. land of steady habits, was, at that day, the most orderly and quietly governed people in the world; and the Charter of Rho the realm of England and not represented there; declared Stoughtenham. Journals of C. C. 427. Let Chap. XLIX.} 1773. Feb. the Colonies stand firm as one man, voted Winchendon. Journals of C. C. 575. Divine Providence and the necessity of thiommerce of Boston, Hutchinson to Bernard, March, 1773. and the option to the Province between sub- Chap. XLIX.} 1773. Feb. mission and the forfeiture of their rights. Hutchinson to Dartmouth, 20 Church. March, 1773. I wish, said he, Governme
Post Office. That institution had yielded no revenue till he organized it, and yielded none after his dismissal. On Tuesday the first of February, the Earl of Feb. Buckinghamshire, who had attended the Privy Council, went to the House of Lords, to put the Ministry in mind that he was to be bought by private contract. The pre of all sympathies, he wrote to his constituents to begin the work, by making compensation to the East India Company before any compulsive mea- Chap LI.} 1774. Feb. sures were thought of. Franklin to Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, William Phillips. Ms. letter in my possession. But events were to proceed as the exception could be taken; Hutchinson's Diary. and condemned the Address of Massachusetts, of which every word was true, as the production of Chap. LI.} 1774. Feb. falsehood and malevolence. Accordingly on the seventh day of February, in the Court at St. James's, the report of the Privy Council was read, embodying the vile
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