and Egmont concurred with him.1
To be pre-
chap. XXIV.} 1766.
pared for the change, and in the hope of becoming, under the new administration, secretary for the colonies, Charles Townshend
assiduously courted the Duke
, on retiring to recruit the health which his unparalleled exertions in the winter had utterly subverted, made a farewell speech, his last in the House of Commons, wishing that faction might cease, and avowing his own purpose of remaining independent of any personal connections whatsoever; while the ships bore across the Atlantic
the glad news of the repeal, which he had been the first to counsel, and the ablest to defend.
The joy was, for a time, unmixed with apprehen-
a statue; and Virginia
a statue to the king, and an obelisk, on which were to be engraved the names of those who, in England
, had signalized themselves for freedom.
‘My thanks they shall have cordially,’ said Washington
, ‘for their opposition to any act of oppression.’
The consequences of enforcing the Stamp Act, he was convinced ‘would have been more direful than usually apprehended.’
, at a meeting at the Town Hall
, to fix a time for the rejoicings, told the people that the distinction between inland taxes and port duties was without foundation; for whoever had a right to impose the one, had a right to impose the other; and, therefore, as the parliament had given up the one, they had given up the other; and the merchants were fools if they submitted any longer to the laws restraining their trade, which ought to be free.