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[284] it would impose upon the colonies, or learning them
chap. XIII.} 1765. May.
to throw it off and assert their freedom.

There never can be a disposition in the colonies to break off their connection with the mother country, so long as they are permitted to have the full enjoyment of those rights to which the English constitution entitles them. * * They desire no more; nor can they be satisfied with less. * *

Such were the words in which the sober judgment of New-York embodied its convictions.1 They were caught up by the impatient colonies; were reprinted in nearly all their newspapers; were approved of by the most learned and judicious on this continent; and even formed part of the instructions of South Carolina2 to its agent in England. Thus revolution proceeded. Virginia marshalled resistance; Massachusetts entreated union; New-York pointed to independence.

1 Was John Morin Scott the author of the piece signed ‘Freeman?’ Colden and Gage attribute the political papers to the lawyers; and Scott seems most likely to have written this. But the opinion is only inferential. I know of no direct evidence.

2 South Carolina to Garth, 16 Dec. 1765.

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