s than from Norfolk, which was the largest place of trade in that well-watered and extensive dominion, and which, from its deep channel and nearness to the ocean, lay most exposed to ships of war. Our
Chap. IV.} 1774.
June. hearts are warmed with affection for you, such was its message; we address the Almighty Ruler to support you in your afflictions.
Be assured we consider you as suffering in the common cause, and look upon ourselves as bound by the most sacred ties to support you.
Jefferson, from the foot of the Blue Ridge of the Alleghanies, condemned the act, which in a moment reduced an ancient and wealthy town from opulence to want, and without a hearing and without discrimination, sacrificed property of the value of millions to revenge—not repay—the loss of a few thousands. If the pulse of the people beat calmly under such an experiment by the new and till now unheard of executive power of a British parliament, said the young statesman, another and another will be tried,