that every one of the inhabitants should provide him-
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
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.