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‘ [205] blow that had been given to the King's Government.’
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
‘Nine tenths of the people considered the declaration of the Council just.’1 ‘Throughout the Province they were ripe for almost any thing.’2 The British Ministry, never dared seriously to insist on the provision for the troops required by the Billeting Act.

The Convention, which remained but six days in session, repeated the Protest of Massachusetts against taxation of the Colonies by the British Parliament; against a standing army; against the danger to ‘the liberties of America from a united body of pensioners and soldiers.’3 They renewed their Petition to the King, which they enjoined their Agent to deliver in person as speedily as possible. They resolved to preserve good order, by the aid of the civil magistrate alone. ‘While the people,’ said they, ‘wisely observe the medium between an abject submission under grievous oppression on the one hand, and irrational attempts to obtain redress on the other, they may promise themselves success in recovering the exercise of their just rights, relying on Him who ruleth according to his pleasure, with unerring wisdom and irresistible influence, in the hearts of the children of men.’4 They then dissolved themselves, leaving the care for the public to the Council.

This was the first great example in America of

1 Hutchinson to T. Whately, Boston, 4 Oct. 1768.

2 Andrew Eliot to T. Hollis, 27 Sept. 1768.

3 Boston Gazette, 10 October, 1768, contains the letter from the Convention to De Berdt, dated Boston, 27 September, 1768, and signed, Thomas Cushing, Chairman.

4 Compare Frances to Choiseul, 21 Sept. 1768; and Same to Same, 23 Sept. 1768. Also A. Eliot, to T. Hollis, 27 Sept, 1768, and Same to Same, 17 Oct. 1768.

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