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Colonial commissions. The first of two notable royal commissions to what is now the United States was sent out in 1634. Morton of Merry Mount had made serious charges against the people of Massachusetts before the privy council. That body summoned the council for New England before them to answer the charges. They denied having had anything to do with the matters complained of, and added new and serious charges of their own, declaring themselves unable to redress their grievances. They
ve up their patent, and Governor Cradock wrote for it to be sent over.
Morton wrote to one of the old planters that a governor-general had been appointed.
Orders were also issued to the seaport towns of England to have all vessels intended for America stopped.
The colonists were alarmed.
The magistrates and clergy met on an island at the entrance to the inner harbor of Boston, and, resolving to resist the commissioners, agreed to erect a fort on the island, and to advance the means for the