struggle of the general court and the commissioners
nor yet of Charles II.
; it was a still more momentous combat—the dawning strife of the new system against the old system, of American politics against European
The commissioners could only wonder that the
arguments of the king, his chancellor, and his secretary, could not convince the government of Massachusetts
. ‘Since you will misconstrue our endeavors,’ said they, “we shall not lose more of our labors upon you;” and so they retreated to the north.
There they endeavored to inquire into the bounds of New Hampshire
, and to prepare for the restoration of proprietary claims.
was again equally active and fearless; its governor and council forbade the towns on the Piscataqua
to meet, or in any thing to obey the commission, at their utmost peril.1
, the temper of the people was more favorable to royalty; they preferred the immediate protection of the king to an incorporation with Massachusetts
, or a subjection to the heir of Gorges
; and the commissioners, setting aside the officers appointed by Massachusetts
, and neglecting the pretensions of Gorges
, issued commissions to persons of their selection to govern the district.
There were not wanting those who, in spite of threats, openly expressed fears of ‘the sad contentions’ that would follow, and acknowledged that their connection with Massachusetts
had been favorable to their prosperity.
Secure in the support of a resolute minority, the Puritan
commonwealth, soon after the departure of the commissioners, entered the
province, and again established its authority by force of arms.
Great tumults ensued; many persons, opposed