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‘ [288] or a hob-nail, but some ironmonger of Britain shall
chap. XIV.} 1765. June.
bawl that he is robbed by the “ American republican.” ’ ‘Yes, they are even stupid enough,’ it was said in the town of Providence, ‘to judge it criminal for us to become our own manufacturers.’1

‘We will eat no lamb,’ promised the multitude, seeking to retaliate; ‘we will wear no mourning at funerals.’ ‘We will none of us import British goods,’ said the traders in the towns. The inhabitants of North Carolina set up looms for weaving their own clothes, and South Carolina was ready to follow the example. ‘The people,’ wrote the LieutenantGover-nor Sharpe, of Maryland, ‘will go on upon manufactures.’ ‘We will have homespun markets of linens and woollens,’ passed from mouth to mouth, till it found its way across the Atlantic, and alarmed the king in council; ‘the ladies of the first fortune shall set the example of wearing homespun.’ ‘It will be accounted a virtue in them to wear a garment of their own spinning.’ ‘A little attention to manufactures will make us ample amends for the distresses of the present day, and render us a great, rich, and happy people.’2

When the churchmen of New-York preached loyalty to the king as the Lord's anointed, ‘The people,’ retorted William Livingston, ‘are the Lord's anointed. Though named “mob” and “rabble,” the people are the darling of Providence.’ Was the Bible quoted as demanding deference to all in authority? ‘This,’

1 Colden's Corr. Boston Gazette. N. Y. Gazette. Providence Gaz. Lloyd's Conduct, &c. Newport Mercury.

2 Hutchinson's History. Pa. Gaz. N. Y. Gaz. Boston Gaz. Sharpe to Calvert, 10 July. Letter from Charleston, S. C.

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