colony to meet and depute persons, not exceeding two for each town, except Boston
four, to form an assembly, to sit the ninth of the same month.
Sixty-six persons met and presented a declaration to the president and former magistrates in particular, taking no notice of such as had associated with them, but upon receiving an answer in writing, they desired the whole council to continue in their station until the twenty-second instant, at which time it was agreed there should be a meeting of the representatives of all the towns in the colony, at Boston
, who were to be specially instructed by their towns.”
A large majority of the towns instructed their representatives to vote in favor of reassuming the old Charter.
The magistrates hesitated to adopt such a decisive measure; but at length, when a new House of Representatives, which assembled on the fifth of June, “urged the council to take upon them the part they ought to bear in the government, according to the charter, until orders should be received from England
, and declared they could not proceed to act in any thing of public concerns until this was conceded, an acceptance was voted, this declaration being given as the reason of the vote.
By these steps the change was made from the unlimited power of Sir Edmund and four of his council, to the old government, which had continued above fifty years; but the weight and authority did not return with the form.”
This form of government, by consent of the King
, was administered about three years, until Sir William Phips
arrived, in 1692, with the new Charter.
In this change of government, the inhabitants of Cambridge
were actively engaged, and took their full share of the responsibility.
Their delegate to the Convention
which assembled on the ninth of May, presented the following declaration:3
Cambridge, May 6, 1689.
We, the freeholders and inhabitants of the town of Cambridge, being very sensible of and thankful unto God for his mercy in our late deliverance from the oppression and tyranny of those persons under whose injustice and cruelty we have so long groaned; and withal desirous heartily to express our gratitude to those worthy gentlemen who have been engaged in conserving of our peace since the Revolution; yet withal being apprehensive that the present unsettlement may expose us to many hazards and dangers, and may give occasion to ill-minded persons to make disturbance:—do declare that we expect that our honored Governor, Deputy Governor, and assistants,