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[317] ‘The act is so contrived,’ said he, ‘as to
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make it your interest to buy the stamps. When I undertook the office I meant a service to you.’1 ‘Stop advertising your wares,’ he was answered, ‘till they arrive safe at market.’ ‘The two first letters of his name,’ said another, ‘are those of that traitor of old. It was decreed our Saviour should suffer; but was it better for Judas Iscariot to betray him, so that the price of his blood might be saved by his friends?’ The multitude, surrounding his house, demanded if he would resign. ‘I know not,’ he replied, ‘if I have power to resign.’ But he promised, if stamps came to him, to re-ship them, or leave his doors open to the people to do with them as they would.

New Haven, his own town, spoke out with authority in town-meeting. On Tuesday, the seventeenth of September, they elected as one of their representatives Roger Sherman, one of the great men of his time, a farmer's son, who had been educated at the common school, after the custom of New England, and having begun life as a shoemaker by trade, developed high capacity as a jurist and a statesman. They next, by public vote, ‘earnestly desired Ingersoll to resign his stamp office immediately.’ ‘The vote is needless,’ interposed a friend. ‘I shall await,’ said Ingersoll, ‘to see how the General Assembly is inclined.’ But the cautious people were anxious to save their representatives from a direct conflict with the British parliament; and already several hundreds of them, particularly three divisions from Norwich, from New London, and from Windham, and adjacent towns, had

1 J. I., in Conn. Gaz.

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