! They have nobly taken up arms in your
defence; have exerted a valor amidst their constant and laborious industry, for the defence of a country whose frontier was drenched in blood, while its interior parts yielded all its little savings to your emolument.
And believe me—remember I this day told you so—the same spirit of freedom which actuated that people at first will accompany them still.
But prudence forbids me to explain myself further.
God knows I do not at this time speak from motives of party heat; what I deliver are the genuine sentiments of my heart.
However superior to me in general knowledge and experience the respectable body of this house may be, yet I claim to know more of America
than most of you, having seen and been conversant in that country.
The people, I believe, are as truly loyal as any subjects the king has; but a people jealous of their liberties, and who will vindicate them, if ever they should be violated.
But the subject is too delicate; I will say no more.’
spoke, there sat in the gallery Ingersoll
, of Connecticut
, a semi-royalist, yet joint agent for Connecticut
Delighted with the speech, he made a report of it, which the next packet carried across the Atlantic
The lazy posts of that day brought it in nearly three months to New London, in Connecticut
, and it was printed in the newspapers of that village.
May had not shed its blossoms, before the words of Barre
were as household words in every New England
Midsummer saw it distributed through Canada
, in French
; and the continent rung from end to end with the cheering name of the Sons of liberty.
But at St. Stephen
's, the members only observed that Townshend
had received a heavy blow, and the rest