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ican empire is in the Divine decrees—Hillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies continued.
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.
istration of the Colonies continued.
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.
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