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ower of electing officers to be, by the present laws, resident in the assembly, and pledged himself to join in addressing the new protector for special confirmation of all existing privileges. The reason for this extraordinary proceeding is assigned; that what was their privilege now, might be the privilege of their posterity. Ibid. 511, 512. The frame of the Virginia government was deemed worthy of being transmitted to remote generations. On the death of Matthews, the Virginians were 1660. Mar. without a chief magistrate, just at the time when the resignation of Richard had left England without a government. The burgesses, who were immediately convened, resolving to become the arbiters of the fate of the colony, enacted, that the supreme power of the government of this country shall be resident in the assembly; and all writs shall issue in its name, until there shall arrive from England a commission, which the assembly itself shall adjudge to be lawful. Ibid. 530, Act This
new strifes with Virginia, the protector, the proprietary, the king? Wearied with long convulsions, a general assembly saw no security but in asserting the power 1660. of the people, and constituting the government on the expression of their will. Accordingly, just one day Mar. 12. before that memorable session of Virginia, whfelony to disturb the order which they had established. No authority would henceforward be recognized, except the assembly, and the king of England. Bacon, 1659-60. McMahon, 212. Chalmers, 224, 225. Griffith, 18. Ebeling, v. 709. The German historian is remarkably temperate. All others have been unjust to the legislature. Men love liberty, even if it be turbulent; and the colony had increased, and flourished, and grown rich, in spite of domestic dissensions. Its population, in 1660, is variously estimated at eight thousand, Fuller's Worthies, Ed. 1662. and at twelve thousand. Chalmers, 226. The country was dear to its inhabitants. Ther
nsiderable resistance was threatened within the limits of England; and not even America could long be safe against the designs of des- Chap X.} 1637 April 30. potism. A proclamation was issued to prevent the emigration of Puritans; Hazard, i. 421. the king refused his dissenting subjects the security of the wilderness. It was probably a foreboding of these dangers, which induced the legislation of Massachusetts to exaggerate the necessity of domestic union. Colony Laws, edition of 1660, 73 III. Mass. Hist. Coll. III. 398. In England the proclamation was but little regarded. The Puritans, hemmed in by dangers on every side, and at that time having no prospect of ultimate success, desired at any rate to escape from their native country. The privy council interfered to stay a squadron of eight ships, which were in the Thames, preparing to embark for 1638 May 1. New England. Rushworth, II. 409. Hazard, i. 122 It has been said that Hampden and Cromwell were on board this