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y to march at a minute's warning. In time of peace, prepare for war, was the cry of the country. The frugal New England people increased their frugality. As for me, wrote the wife of a member of congress, I will seek wool and flax, and work willingly with my hands. Yet the poorest man in his distress would not accept employment from the British army; and the twelve nearest towns agreed to withhold from the troops every supply beyond what humanity required. But all the province, even to Falmouth, and beyond it, shared the sorrows of Boston, and cheered its inhabitants in their sufferings. This much injured town, said the wife of John Adams, like the body of a departed friend, has only put off its present glory, to rise finally to a more happy state. Nor did its citizens despair. Its newly elected representatives were instructed never to acknowledge the regulating Chap. XII.} 1774. Sept. act; and in case of a dissolution, to join the other members in forming a provincial congre