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[199] that every one of the inhabitants should provide him-
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self with fire-arms and ammunition; and this vote was grounded partly on the prevailing rumor of a war with France, but more on the precedent of the Revolution of King William and Queen Mary. A cordial letter was read from the merchants of New-York, communicating the agreement1 of themselves and the mechanics, to cease importing British goods.

It was also unanimously voted, that the selectmen wait on the several ministers of the Gospel within the town to desire that the next Tuesday might be set apart as a day of fasting and prayer; and it was so kept by all the Congregational churches.

On the fourteenth of September, just after a vessel had arrived in forty days from Falmouth, bringing news how angry people in England were with the Americans,2 that three regiments were coming over, that fifty State prisoners were to be sent home, the Selectmen issued a circular, repeating the history of their grievances, and inviting every town in the Province to send a Committee to the Convention, to give ‘sound and wholesome advice,’ and ‘prevent any sudden and unconnected measures.’ The city of London had never done the like in the great rebellion.3

The proceedings of the Meeting in Boston had a greater tendency towards a revolution, than any previous measures in any of the Colonies. ‘They ’

1 New-York Resolves subscribed by merchants, dated 27 August, 1768, and Resolves by the tradesmen of New-York, dated 5 Sept. 1768, referring to the salutary measures entered into by the people of Boston. In supplement to Boston Gazette of 19 Sept. 1768.

2 Captain Corner's Diary, 14 Sept. 1768.

3 Hutchinson's History, III. 205.

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