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Chapter 14:

South Carolina Founds the American union.


June—July, 1765.

the essays of Freeman had appeared, and the sum-
chap. XIV.} 1765. June.
mons for the Congress had gone forth from Massachusetts, when the resolves of Virginia were published to the world. ‘They have spoken treason,’ said the royalists. ‘Is it treason,’ retorted others, ‘for the deputies of the people to assert their rights, or to give them away?’ ‘Oh! those Virginians,’ cried Oxenbridge Thacher, from his deathbed, where, overplied by public exertions, he was wasting away with a hectic, ‘those Virginians are men; they are noble spirits. I long to be out—to speak in court against tyranny, words that shall be read after my death.’ ‘Why,’ said one of his friends, ‘are not our rights and liberties as boldly asserted by every government in America as by Virginia?’ * * * ‘Behold,’ cried another, ‘a whole continent awakened, alarmed, restless, and disaffected.’1 Every where, from North to South—through the press, in letters, or as they met

1 Letter of J. Adams. Boston Gazette. Hutchinson. Hist. III.

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