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forces, no other town or place could stand out. A forcible subjection is unavoidable, let it cost what it will. The forces, when they come, should be respectable enough not to encourage resistance; that when the people are taught they have a superior, they may know it effectually. I hope that New-York, as well upon account of its superior rank and greater professsions of resistance, and of its being the head quarters, will have the honor of being subdued first.’ For Bernard gave the palm to New-York, much beyond Boston, as the source of ‘the system of politics’ which represented the colonies, as ‘no otherwise related to Great Britain than by having the same king.’1

1 Bernard to Conway, 19 Jan. and 22 Jan. 1766.

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