reference to the expected arrival of
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
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
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