The colonies meet in Congress.—Rockingham Adminis-Tration.
The cry was the harbinger of an American Congress.
The delegates of South Carolina
, the fearless Gadsden
, who never practised disguise, the upright, able, and eloquent Rutledge
, who combined good sense, patriotism, and honesty, with fiery energy, conciseness of speech, and dignity of manner, arrived first at its place of meeting.
A little delay in its organization gave time for the representatives of New Jersey
, where the lawyers were resolved to forego all business rather than purchase a stamp, to imitate the example of Delaware
. ‘Such a Congress,’ said Colden
to the delegates from Massachusetts
, ‘is unconstitutional and unlawful; and I shall give them no countenance.’
While they were waiting, on the third day of October, the last stamp officer north of the Potomac
, the stubborn John Hughes
, a quaker of Philadelphia
, as he lay desperately ill, heard muffled drums beat through the city, and the State House
bell ring muffled, and then the trampling feet of the people assembling to