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Chapter 33:

An army and a fleet for Boston.—Hillsborough's Adminis-Tration of the Colonies continued.

April—June, 1768.

‘send over an army and a fleet to reduce the
Chap. Xxxiii} 1768. April.
dogs to reason;’1 such was the cry of those round the court and the public offices in England, at every rumor of colonial discontents. On the fifteenth of April the news of the Circular letter of Massachusetts reached the Ministers. ‘It is an incentive to rebellion,’2 said some of them; and their choleric haste dictated the most impolitic measures that could have been devised. To insulate the offending Province, and if possible the town of Boston, a letter was sent by Hillsborough to the Governors of each of the twelve other Colonies, with a copy of the Circular, which was described as ‘of a most dangerous and factious tendency,’ calculated ‘to inflame the minds’ of the people, ‘to promote an unwarrantable combination, and to excite open opposition to the authority of Parliament.’ ‘You will therefore,’

1 Compare Franklin's writings, VII. 256, of 8 May, 1768, and Durand to Choiseul, 1 January, 1768.

2 De Berdt to the Speaker, 29 July, 1768.

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