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‘ [196] measures’1 reference to the expected arrival of
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
troops.

Union was the heart's desire of Boston; union first with all the towns of the Province, and next with the sister Colonies; and the confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control. On Saturday, Otis, Samuel Adams, and Warren met at the house of Warren,2 and drew up the plan for the Town Meeting, the Resolves, and the order of the debates. The subject was not wholly new; Otis had long before pointed out the proper mode of redress in the contingency3 which had now occurred. It must be ascertained if the Colony in the midst of excitement could preserve the self-possession necessary for instituting government.4

All day Sunday Bernard suffered from ‘false alarms and threats as usual;’ insisted, that a rising was agreed upon;5 and in his fright at an empty barrel placed on the beacon, actually called a meeting of the Council.6

On Monday the twelfth, the inhabitants of Boston gathered in a Town Meeting at Faneuil Hall, where the arms belonging to the town, to the number of four hundred muskets, lay in boxes on the floor. After a prayer from the fervid and eloquent Cooper, minister of the Congregation in Brattle Street, and the election of Otis as moderator, a committee inquired

1 Words of the Petition to the Selectmen.

2 Bernard to Hillsborough, 16 September, 1768, Letters to the Ministry, 70. Corner's Diary, 10 September, 1768.

3 Diary of John Adams, in Works, II. 161, 162.

4 Captain Corner's Diary, Sunday, 11 Sept. 1768.

5 Bernard to Gage, 16 Sept.

6 Bernard to Hillsborough, Letters to the Ministry, 71.

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