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[90] hundred thousand dollars. The appropriation was
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the most formal recognition that even in the last year of the war, when it was carried on beyond their abounds, the colonies had contributed to the common cause, more than their just proportion.

The peace, too, the favorite measure of the ministry and the king,1 had been gratefully welcomed in the New World. ‘We in America,’ said Otis2 to the people of Boston, on being chosen moderator at their first town meeting in 1763, ‘have abundant reason to rejoice. The heathen are driven out and the Canadians conquered. The British dominion now extends from sea to sea, and from the great rivers to the ends of the earth. Liberty and knowledge, civil and religious, will be co-extended, improved and preserved to the latest posterity. No constitution of government has appeared in the world so admirably adapted to these great purposes as that of Great Britain. Every British subject in America is, of common right, by act of Parliament, and by the laws of God and nature, entitled to all the essential privileges of Britons. By particular charters, particular privivileges are justly granted, in consideration of undertaking to begin so glorious an empire as British America. Some weak and wicked minds have endeavored to infuse jealousies with regard to the colonies; the true interests of Great Britain and her plantations are mutual; and what God in his providence has united, let no man dare attempt to pull asunder.’ Such was the unanimous voice of the colonies. Fervent attachment to England was joined with love for the English constitution, as it had been imitated

1 Bernard to Egremont, 16 Feb. 1763.

2 Hutchinson's History of Massachusetts, III. 101, 102.

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