America, and by men of all parties, by royalists in
office, not less than by public bodies in the colonies, were received without dispute as the avowed sentiment of the Old Dominion.
This is the ‘way the fire began in Virginia
Of the American
rang the alarm bell.’2
gave the signal for the continent.’3
At the opening of the legislature of Massachusetts, Oliver
, who had been appointed stamp-distributor, was, on the joint ballot of both branches, re-elected councillor, by a majority of but three out of about one hundred and twenty votes.4
More than half the representatives voted against him.
On the very day on which the resolves of Virginia
were adopted, and just as the publication of the speech of Barre
in the New England
paper acquainted all the people, that within parliament itself they had been hailed as the ‘Sons of Liberty,’ a message from Governor Bernard
, who believed the fulfilment of his hopes and counsels near at hand, informed the new legislature of Massachusetts, that ‘they should not vainly make the difficult or impracticable attempt to transfer manufactures from their established abode; that the general settlement of the American
provinces, though it might necessarily produce some regulations disagreeable from their novelty, had been long ago proposed, and would now be prosecuted to its utmost completion; that submission to the decrees of the supreme legislature, to which all ’