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Chapter 11:

The twelfth parliament of Great Britain passes the American Stamp tax.—Grenville's administration continued.

January—April, 1765.

at the opening of the year 1765, the people of New
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England were reading the history of the first sixty years of the Colony of Massachusetts, by Hutchinson. This work is so ably executed that as yet it remains without a rival; and his knowledge was so extensive, that, with the exception of a few concealments, it exhausts the subject. Nothing so much revived the ancestral spirit, which a weariness of the gloomy superstitions, mixed with Puritanism, had, for a long time, overshadowed. But now all hearts ran together in the study of the character of New England's fathers; and liberty became the dearer as men read at large through what sorrow, and self-denial, and cost of life it had been purchased.

New England seemed summoned to play a great part in the history of the world. ‘I always,’ said John Adams, ‘consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of ’

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