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[370] then Bishop of London, had confided his griefs to the
chap. XVI.} 1760.
Board of Trade, at ‘the great change in the temper of the people of Virginia.’ ‘It is surely high time,’ said he, ‘to look about us and consider of the several steps lately taken to the diminution of the prerogative of the crown. The rights of the clergy and the authority of the king must stand or fall together.’

Connecticut,’ wrote a royalist Churchman, in July, 1760, to Seeker, the Archbishop of Canterbury, ‘Connecticut is little more than a mere democracy; most of them upon a level, and each man thinking himself an able divine and politician;’ and to make them ‘a good sort of people,’ he urged upon Halifax and Pitt, that ‘the Church should be supported,’ ‘and the charters of that colony, and of its eastward neighbors, be demolished.’ ‘The present republican form of those governments was indeed pernicious. The people were rampant in their high notions of liberty, and thence perpetually running into intrigue and faction;’ and he advocated an act of parliament establishing one model for all America. As ‘a principle of union,’ a viceroy, or lord-lieutenant, was to be appointed, with a council of two from each province, like the Amphictyons of Greece, to consult for union, stability, and the good of the whole; and ‘there being the strongest connection between fearing God and honoring the king,’ ‘prayer’ was made for ‘bishops, at least two or three.’1 In the winter after the taking of Quebec, the rumor got abroad of the fixed design in England to remodel the provinces.2 Many officers of the British

1 From the draught of a correspondence with Archbishop Secker.

2 John Adams: Works, IV. 6, 7.

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