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‘ [319] had as good have the business done here;’ and they
chap. XVI.} 1765. Sept.
bade Ingersoll resign. ‘Is it fair,’ said he, ‘that the counties of New London and Windham should dictate to all the rest of the colony?’ ‘It don't signify to parley,’ they answered; ‘here are a great many people waiting, and you must resign.’ ‘I wait,’ said he, ‘to know the sense of the government. Besides, were I to resign, the governor has power to put in another.’ ‘Here,’ said they, ‘is the sense of the government; and no man shall exercise your office.’ ‘What will follow if I won't resign?’ ‘Your fate.’ ‘I can die,’ said Ingersoll, ‘and, perhaps, as well now as at any time; I can die but once.’ ‘Don't irritate the people,’ said the leader, who knew that the selfish man ever clings to life, seeking only to multiply its comforts. Ingersoll asked leave to go to Hartford. ‘You shall not,’ it was answered, ‘go two rods till you have resigned.’ Entering a house with a committee, he sent word to the governor and assembly of his situation; and for three hours kept the people at bay by evasive proposals. ‘Get the matter over before the assembly has time to do any thing about it,’ said several of the members. ‘This delay,’ said others, enraged at his trifling, ‘is his artifice to wheedle the matter along till the assembly shall get ensnared in it.’ ‘I can keep the people off no longer,’ said the leader, coming up from below, with a crowd following in the passage. ‘It is time to submit,’ thought Ingersoll; and saying, ‘the cause is not worth dying for,’ he publicly resigned, making a written declaration, that it was his own free act, without any equivocation or mental reservation. ‘Swear to it,’ said the crowd. But from that he excused himself. ‘Then,’ said they, ‘shout Liberty ’

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