to his repeated concessions, ‘you own that par-
liament is the supreme legislature; will you question its jurisdiction?’
And his answer was on the lips of all patriots, learned and unlearned: ‘Lord Coke June
declares, that it is against Magna Charta
and against the franchises of the land, for freemen to be taxed but by their own consent; Lord Coke rules, that an act of parliament against common law is void.’1
Thus opinion was echoed from mind to mind, as the sun's rays beam from many clouds, all differing in tints, but every hue an emanation from the same fires.
In the midst of the gloom, light broke from the excitement of a whole people.
Associations were formed in Virginia
, as well as in New England
, to resist the Stamp Act by all lawful means.
Hope began to rise, that American rights and liberties might safely be trusted ‘to the watchfulness of a united continent.’
The insolence of the royal officers provoked to insulated acts of resistance The people of Rhode Island
, angry with the commander of a ship of war, who had boarded their vessels and impressed their seamen, seized his boat, and burned it on Newport2
Men of New England
, ‘of a superior sort,’ had obtained of the government of New Hampshire
a warrant for land down the western slope of the Green Mountains
, on a branch of the Hoosic, twenty miles east of the Hudson river
; formed already a community of sixty-seven families, in as many houses, with an ordained minister; had elected their own municipal officers; founded three several public schools; set their meeting-house among the primeval forests