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[293] some ‘advice’ from the governor, changed his mind,
chap. XIV.} 1765. June.
and the house, in the hurry preceding the adjournment, rather from uncertainty than the want of goodwill, unanimously declined the invitation. The Assembly of New Hampshire seemed to approve but did not adopt it.

The great measure was in peril; and its failure

would make of American resistance a mockery. ‘Nothing will be done in consequence of this intended Congress,’ wrote Bernard, in July; and he seized the opportunity to press ‘more and more’ upon the government at home ‘the necessity of taking into their hands the appointment of the American civil list,’ as well as changing the council of the province.

Even the liberal Governor of Maryland reported ‘that the resentment of the colonists would probably die out; and that, in spite of the violent outcries of the lawyers, the Stamp Act would be carried into execution.’

But far away towards the lands of the sun, the Assembly of South Carolina was in session; and on the twenty-fifth day of July, the circular from Massachusetts was debated. Many objections were made to the legality, the expediency, and most of all to the efficiency of the proposed measure; and many eloquent words were uttered, especially by the youthful John Rutledge, when the subject, on the deliberate resolve of a small majority, was referred to a committee, of which Gadsden was the chairman. He was a man of deep and clear convictions; thoroughly sincere; of an unbending will, and a sturdy, impetuous integrity, which drove those about him, like a mountain torrent dashing resistlessly on an over-shot

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