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ords of gratitude hung on the faltering tongues of the liberated inhabitants; the selectmen of Boston addressed him in their name: Next to the divine power we ascribe to your wisdom, that this acquisition has been made with so little effusion of human blood; and the chief in reply paid a just tribute to their unparalleled fortitude. When the quiet of a week had revived ancient usages, Washington attended the Thursday lecture, Chap. LIX.} 1776. Mar. which had been kept up from the days of Winthrop and Wilson, and all rejoiced with exceeding joy at seeing this New England Zion once more a quiet habitation; they called it a tabernacle that should never be taken down, of which not one of the stakes should ever be removed, nor one of the cords be broken; and as the words were spoken, it seemed as if the old century was holding out its hand to the new, and the puritan ancestry of Massachusetts returning to bless the deliverer of their children. On the twenty ninth, the two branches of