previous next
[291] Otis to his repeated concessions, ‘you own that par-
chap. XIV.} 1765. June.
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 Common.

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

1 Hutchinson's Correspondence.

2 Letter from Newport, June, 1765.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
James Otis (1)
Newport (1)
Coke June (1)
Hutchinson (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
June, 1765 AD (1)
1765 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: