danger; thus did Protestant liberty, after a long strug-
gle, achieve its triumph, and put an end forever to absolute power, in England
, in the state and over mind.
Nolumus leges Anglioe mutari
blazed in golden letters on the standard of the rejoicing aristocracy, desiring to give immortality to their privileges.
Humanity was present also, and rejoiced at the redemption of English liberties; she reproved the unnatural conduct of daughters who drove their father into poverty and exile; she sighed for the Roman Catholics
who were oppressed, for the dissenters who were but tolerated; and as, on the evening of the long struggle which had been bequeathed by Rogers
, and had lasted more than a century and a half, she selected a restingplace, it was but to gather strength, with the fixed purpose of renewing her journey on the dawn of morning.
The great news of the invasion of England
, and the
declaration of the prince of Orange
, reached Boston
on the fourth day of April, 1689.
The messenger was immediately imprisoned; but his message could not be suppressed; and ‘the preachers had already matured the evil design’ of a revolution.
For the events that
followed were ‘not a violent passion of the rabble, but a long-contrived piece of wickedness.’
‘There is a general buzzing among the people,
great with expectation of their old charter, or they know not what;’ such was the ominous message of Andros
to Brockholt, with orders that the soldiers should be ready for action.
About nine o'clock of the morning of the 18th, just as
George, the commander of the Rose
frigate, stepped on shore, Green
and the Boston
ship-carpenters gathered about him, and made him a prisoner.
The town took the