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eat dependence on their colonial charters. I wish, said he, that the charters may not ensnare us at last, by drawing different Colonies to act differently in this great cause. Whenever that is the case all is over with the whole. There ought to be no New England man, no New Yorker, known on the Continent, but all of us Americans. Ibid., p. 335. While the patriots in America counselled, and wrote, and spoke as a people, they were recognized as such in England. Believe me, cried Colonel Barre in the House of Commons, I this day told you so, the same spirit of Freedom which actuated that People at first will accompany them still. The people, I believe, are as truly loyal as any subjects the king has, but a People jealous of their liberties, and who will vindicate them, should they be violated. When ten years later the great struggle long foreboded came on, it was felt, on both sides of the Atlantic, to be an attempt to reduce a free People beyond the sea to unconditional d