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[355] sphere, and he who would single out in the country
chap. XIX.} 1765 Nov.
the region, where at that time the fire of patriotism burned with the purest flame, can find none surpassing the county of New London. The royalists of New-York, like Bernard, at Boston, railed at all Connecticut as a land of republicans, and maligned Yale College, as ‘a seminary of democracy,’ the prolific mother of patriots1

In New-York, ‘the whole city rose up as one man in opposition to the Stamp Act.’ The sailors came from their shipping; ‘the people flocked in,’ as Gage thought, ‘by thousands; the number seemed to be still increasing;’ and the leader of the popular tumult was Isaac Sears, the self-constituted, and for ten years, the recognised head of the people of New-York. At the corners of streets, at the doors of the public offices, placards threatened all who should receive or deliver a stamp, or delay business for the want of one.

Colden himself retired within the fort, and got from the Coventry ship of war a detachment of marines. He would have fired on the people, but was menaced with being hanged like Porteus of Edinburgh,2 upon a sign-post, if he did so. In the evening a vast torchlight procession, carrying a scaffold and two images, one of the Governor, the other of the devil, came from the Fields, now the Park, down Broadway, to within ten or eight feet of the fort, knocked at its gate, broke open the Governor's coach-house, took out his chariot, carried the images upon it round town, and returned

1 ‘The pretended patriots, educated in a seminary of Democracy.’ Gage to Sir W. Johnson, 20 Sept. 1765.

2 Paper delivered at the fort gate by an unknown land, 1 Nov. 1765.

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