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ries, found themselves united in one representative body, and deriving from that union a power that was to be felt throughout the civilized world. Then arose the question, as to the method of voting. There were fifty-five members; each colony having sent as many as it pleased. Henry, a repre- Chap. XI.} 1774. Sept. sentative of the largest state, intimated that it would be unjust for a little colony to weigh as much in the councils of America as a great one. A little colony, observed Sullivan of New Hampshire, has its all at stake as well as a great one. John Adams admitted that the vote by colonies was unequal, yet that an opposite course would lead to perplexing controversy, for there were no authentic records of the numbers of the people, or the value of their trade. Reserving the subject for further consideration the congress adjourned. The discussion led the members to exaggerate the population of their respective colonies; and the aggregate of the estimates was made t
from Boston, members of the town committee, with other Sons of Liberty, preceded by a drum and fife, paraded the streets till their number grew to four hundred, when they made their way in scows and gondolas to the fort at the entrance of the harbor, overpowered the few invalids who formed its garrison, and carried off upwards of one hundred bar- Chap. XVI.} 1774. Dec. rels of powder, that belonged to the province. The next day, without waiting for a large body on the way from Exeter, John Sullivan, who had been a member of the continental congress, led a party to dismantle the fort completely; and they brought away all the small arms, a quantity of shot, and sixteen small pieces of artillery. The condition of Massachusetts was anomalous; three hundred thousand people continued their usual avocations, and enjoyed life and property in undisturbed tranquillity without a legislature or executive officers; without sheriffs, judges, or justices of the peace. As the supervision of go