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[166] sanction of natural right and of historic tradition.
Chap. XXXIV.} 1768. July.
‘The Americans,’ observed the clear-sighted Du Chatelet,1 ‘have no longer need of support from the British Crown, and see in the projects of their metropolis measures of tyranny and oppression.’ ‘I apprehend a breach between the two countries,’ owned Franklin.2 ‘I was always of opinion since the accession of George the Third, that matters would issue the way you now expect,’ wrote Hollis3 to a New England man, who predicted independence; ‘you are an ungracious people. There is original sin in you. You are assertors of Liberty, and the principles of the Revolution.’

‘The whole body of the people of New Hampshire were resolved to stand or fall with the Massachusetts.’ ‘It is best,’ counselled the good Langdon4 of Portsmouth, ‘for the Americans to let the King know the utmost of their resolutions, and the danger of a violent rending of the Colonies from the mother country.’ ‘No Assembly on the Continent,’ said Roger Sherman5 of Connecticut, ‘will ever concede that Parliament has a right to tax the Colonies.’ ‘The Parliament of England has no more jurisdiction over us,’ declared the politicians of that Colony, ‘than the Parliament of Paris.’6 ‘We cannot believe,’ wrote William Williams7 of Lebanon, ‘that they will draw the sword on their own children; but ’

1 Du Chatelet to Choiseul, 21 June, 1768.

2 Franklin to his Son, 2 July, 1768. Works, VII. 411. Franklin to Joseph Galloway, 2 July, 1768; Works, VII. 412.

3 T. Hollis to A. Eliot, 1 July, 1768.

4 Samuel Langdon to Ezra Stiles, 6 July, 1768.

5 Quoted in W. S. Johnson to R. Sherman, 28 Sept. 1768.

6 B. Gale quoted in W. S. Johnson to B. Gale.

7 W. Williams to . S. Johnson, Lebanon, Connecticut, 5 July, 1768.

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