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Chapter 35:

The Regulators of North Carolina.—Hillsborough's Ad-Ministration of the Colonies continued.

July—September, 1768.

The people of Boston had gone out of favor with
Chap XXXV.} 1768. July.
almost every body in England.1 Even Rockingham had lost all patience, saying the Americans were determined to leave their friends on his side the water, without the power of advancing in their behalf a shadow of excuse.2 This was the state of public feeling, when, on the nineteenth of July, Hallowell arrived in London with letters giving an exaggerated account of what had happened in Boston on the tenth of June. The news was received with general dismay; London, Liverpool and Bristol grew anxious; stocks fell greatly, and continued falling. Rumors came also of a suspension of commerce, and there was a debt due from America to the merchants and manu facturers of England of four millions sterling.3

In the Ministry, anger expelled every other sentiment, and nearly all united in denouncing ‘vengeance,’

1 W. S. Johnson to Thaddeus Burr, London, 28 July, 1768.

2 N. Rogers to Hutchinson, 2 July, 1768.

3 Frances to Choiseul, 22 July, 1768.

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