To unite the whole province on the side of liberty, a more comprehensive combination was, therefore, required.
The old committee advocated the questionable policy of an immediate suspension of commerce with Britain; but they also proposed—and they were the first to propose—a general congress.
These recommendations they forwarded through Con-
Chap. II.} 1774.
May. necticut to Boston, with entreaties to that town to stand firm; and in full confidence of approval, they applied not to New England only, but to Philadelphia, and through Philadelphia to every colony at the South.
Such was the inception of the continental congress of 1774.
It was the last achievement of the Sons of Liberty of New York.
Their words of cheering to Boston, and their summons to the country, had already gone forth, when, on the evening of the sixteenth of May, they convoked the inhabitants of their city.
A sense of the impending change pervaded the meeting and tempered passionate rashness.