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‘ [441] throughout the continent.’ Stratford, in Con-
chap. XXIV.} 1766. Mar.
necticut, resolved never to be wanting, and advised ‘a firm and lasting union,’ to be fostered ‘by a mutual correspondence among all the true Sons of Liberty throughout the continent.’ Assembling at Canterbury in March, Windham county named Israel Putnam, of Pomfret, and Hugh Ledlie, of Windham, to correspond with the neighboring provinces.

Delegates from the Sons of Liberty in every town of Connecticut met at Hartford; and this solemn convention of one of the most powerful colonies, a new spectacle in the political world, demonstrating the facility with which America could organize independent governments, declared for ‘perpetuating the Union’ as the only security for liberty; and they named in behalf of the colony, Colonel Israel Putnam, Major John Durkee, Captain Hugh Ledlie, and five others, their committee for that purpose.

‘A firm union of all the colonies’ was the watchword of Rhode Island, adopted in a convention of the county of Providence; and it was resolved to oppose the Stamp Act, even if it should tend to ‘the destruction of the union’ of America with Great Britain.

At Boston, Otis declared, that ‘the original equality of the species was not a mere chimera.’1 Joseph Warren, a young man whom nature had adorned with grace, and manly beauty, and a courage that would have been rash audacity had it not been tempered by self-control, saw clearly that the more equal division of property among the people, tended also to equalize and diffuse their influence and authority; and he uttered

1 Otis in Boston Gazette.

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