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Chapter 18:

The colonies meet in Congress.—Rockingham Adminis-Tration.


October, 1765.

The cry was the harbinger of an American Congress.
chap. XVIII.} 1765. Oct.
The delegates of South Carolina, the fearless Gadsden, who never practised disguise, the upright, able, and eloquent Rutledge; Lynch, 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

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