have delivered their sentiments in the style of a
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
ruling and sovereign nation, who acknowledge no dependence;’ wrote Gage
‘Sedition,’ he feared, ‘might be catching, and show itself in New-York
‘Your life is in danger from those Catilines, the Sons of Liberty,’ said Auchmuty2
was sure that but for the Romney
, a rebellion would have broken out; he reported a design against the Castle
, and talked of discovering the very names of five hundred men enrolled for the service; he acknowledged what he called ‘the melancholick truth, that his government was subdued;’ he trembled for his own safety; two regiments would not be sufficient for his protection.
‘I dare not,’ said he, ‘publish a proclamation against the Convention
without first securing my retreat.’
‘I wish I were away,’4
he owned to those around him; the offer of a baronetcy and the Vice-Government of Virginia
coming to hand, he accepted them ‘most thankfully,’ and hoped to embark for England
in a fortnight.5
He had hardly indulged in this day-dream for twentyfour hours, when his expectations were dashed by the account of Botetourt's appointment, and he began to quake, lest he should lose6 Massachusetts
Of a sudden he was become the most anxious and unhappy man in Boston