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[66] extended her boundary over a part of Connecticut; but
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the people of the colony themselves vindicated its liberties and the integrity of its territory.

Governor Treat having resumed his office, the as-

1689. May 9.
sembly, which soon convened, obeying the declared opinion of the freemen, organized the government according to their charter.

On the joyful news of the accession of William and

May 26.
Mary, every fear vanished, every countenance brightened with joy. ‘Great was that day,’ said the loyal address of Connecticut to King William, ‘when the
June 13.
Lord, who sitteth upon the floods, did divide his and your adversaries like the waters of Jordan, and did begin to magnify you like Joshua, by the deliverance of the English dominions from Popery and slavery. Because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore hath he made you king, to do justice and judgment.’ And, describing their acquiescence in the rule of Andros as ‘an involuntary submission to an arbitrary power,’ they announce that, by the consent of the major part of the freemen, they have themselves resumed the
Trumbull, i. 539.

In prosecuting its claim in London, Whiting, the

agent of Connecticut, was aided by all the influence which the religious sympathy of the Presbyterians could enlist for New England. The English corporations had been restored and Edward Ward gave his opinion, that a surrender, of which no legal record existed, did not invalidate a patent. Somers assented. ‘There is no ground of doubt,’ reiterated George Treby. And the sanctity attached to the democratic charter and government of Connecticut, is the most honorable proof of the respect which was cherished by the revolution of 1688 for every existing franchise.

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