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the forms of civil government of which they had ever chap. I.} 1748. heard or read, no one appeared to them so well calculated to preserve liberty, and to secure all the most valuable advantages of civil society as the English; Writings of Samuel Adams in 1748. and of this happy constitution of the mother country, which it was usual to represent, and almost to adore, as designed to approach perfection, Compare Blackstone's Commentaries, book i. c. i. ยง v. Note 12. they held their own to be a copy, or rather an improvement, with additional privileges not enjoyed by the common people there. Writings of Samuel Adams in 1748. The elective franchise was more equally diffused; there were no decayed boroughs, or unrepresented towns; representation, which was universal, conformed more nearly to population; in colonies which contained more than half the inhabitants, the legislative assembly was chosen annually and by ballot, and the time for convening the legislature was fixed by a fu
voted twelve thousand pounds of its paper money for the service; yet little good came of it. Maryland accomplished nothing, for it coupled its offers of aid with a diminution of the privileges of the proprietary. H. Sharpe to Lord Baltimore, 2 May, 1754. Same to C. Calvert 29 Nov. 1753. 3 May, 1754. Massachusetts saw the French taking post on its eastern frontier, and holding Crown Point on the northwest. The province had never intrusted its affairs to so arbitrary Opinion of Samuel Adams. a set of men, as the Council and Assembly of that day. They adopted the recommendations of Hutchinson and Oliver. The chap. V.} 1754. French, said they, have but one interest; the English governments are disunited; some of them have their frontiers covered by their neighboring governments, and, not being immediately affected, seem unconcerned. They therefore solicited urgently the interposition of the king, that the French forts within his territories might be removed. We are very s
bench, and when quite ready to use the power of a judge to promote the political interests of the crown, as the parliament at the Revolution thought it the necessary right of Englishmen to have the judges safe from being turned out by the crown, the people of New York claim the right of Englishmen in this respect; and he himself was treated chap. XVIII.} 1761. with such indignity for accepting the office on other terms, that it was thought to have shortened his life. Elbridge Gerry to S. Adams, 2 Nov., 1772. But the idea of equality in political rights between England and the colonies could not be comprehended by the English officials of that day; and in November, about a month after Pitt's retirement, the Board of Trade reported to the king against the tenure of good behavior, as a pernicious proposition, subversive of all true policy, and tending to lessen the just dependence of the colonies upon the government of the mother country. Representation of the Lords of Trade