should be deemed a disturber of the peace and a trai-
tor to his country.’1
An address to the Governor
was unanimously agreed upon, which twenty-one men were appointed to deliver.
On adjourning the meeting to four o'clock the next afternoon, Otis
, the moderator, made a speech to the inhabitants, strongly recommending peace and good order; and expressing a hope that their grievances might, in time, be removed.
‘If not,’ said he, ‘and we are called on to defend our liberties and privileges, I hope and believe we shall, one and all, resist even unto blood; but I pray God Almighty, that this may never so happen.’2
Meantime the committee moved in a procession of eleven chaises to the house of the Governor
in the country, to present the Address, in which the Town
claimed for the province the sole right of taxing itself, expressed a hope the Board of Customs would never re-assume the exercise of their office, commented on impressment, and demanded the removal of the ship Romney
from the harbor.
In words which Otis
approved and probably assisted to write, they said: ‘To contend with our parent state is the most shocking and dreadful extremity, but tamely to relinquish the only security we and our posterity retain for the enjoyment of our lives and properties, without one struggle, is so humiliating and base, that we cannot support the reflection.
It is at your option to prevent this distressed and justly incensed people ’