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‘ [167] if they do, our blood is more at their service than
Chap. XXXIV.} 1768. July.
our liberties.’

In New-York, the merchants still held those meetings, which Hillsborough called, ‘if not illegal and unwarrantable, very unnatural, ungrateful, and unbecoming.’ ‘The circumstances of the Colonies demand firmer union,’1 said men of Pennsylvania. ‘The Colonies,’ wrote Chandler,2 the churchman, ‘will soon experience worse things than in the time of the late Stamp Act, or I am no prophet.’ The Assembly of Maryland treated Lord Hillsborough's letter with the contempt he had ordered them to show for the Circular of Massachusetts. ‘We shall not be intimidated by a few sounding expressions from doing what we think is right,’ said they in their formal reply;3 and they sent their thanks to Massachusetts, ‘their sister Colony, in whose opinion they declared they exactly coincided.’4 As for South Carolina, they could not enough praise the glorious ninety-two who would not rescind; toasting them at banquets, and marching by night through the streets of Charleston, in processions to their honor by the blaze of two and ninety torches.

English statesmen were blindly adopting measures to carry out their restrictive policy;5 establishing in America Courts of Vice Admiralty at Halifax, Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston,6 on the

1 John Erving to Ezra Stiles, 1 July, 1768.

2 Thomas B. Chandler to the Rev. D. Johnson, 7 July, 1768.

3 Maryland House of Delegates to Gov. Sharpe.

4 Maryland to Massachusetts, 23 June, 1768; received early in July, Prior Documents, 219.

5 Thomas Bradshaw to John Pownall, 8 July, 1768. Circular of Hillsborough, of 11 July, 1768.

6 Treasury Minute of 30 June, 1768.

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