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On Monday, the nineteenth, Bernard announ-

Chap XXXVI} 1768. Sept.
ced to the Council, that two regiments were expected from Ireland, that two others were coming at once from Halifax, and desired that for one of them quarters might be prepared1 within the town. ‘The process in quartering,’ replied the Council,2 ‘must be regulated by the Act of Parliament;’ and that required the civil officers to ‘quarter and billet the officers and soldiers in his Majesty's service in the barracks; and only in case there was not sufficient room in the barracks to find other quarters for the residue of them.’3 The Council, therefore, after an adjournment of three days, during which ‘the militia were under arms,4 exercising and firing,’ spoke out plainly, that as the barracks at Castle William were sufficient to accommodate both regiments ordered from Halifax, the Act of Parliament required that they should be quartered there. Upon this, Bernard produced the letter of General Gage, by which it appeared, that one only of the coming regiments was ordered for the present to Castle William, and one to the town of Boston. ‘It is no disrespect to the General’ answered the Council, ‘to say that no order whatsoever, coming from a General or a Secretary of War, or any less authority than his Majesty and Parliament, can supersede an Act of Parliament;’ and they insisted, that General Gage could not have intended otherwise, for the Act provided, ‘that if any military officer should take upon himself to quarter ’

1 Bernard to Hillsborough, 23 September, 1768.

2 See Note to the Letter of the Major part of the Council to Lord Hillsborough, 15 April, 1769, in Letters to Hillsborough.

3 Major part of the Council to Hillsborough, 15 April, 1769.

4 Captain Corner's Diary.

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