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[206] the Fabian policy; the first restoration of affairs by
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
delay. Indiscreet men murmured; but the intelligent perceived the greatness of the result. When the Attorney and Solicitor-General of England were called upon to find traces of high treason in what had been done, De Grey as well as Dunning declared, none1 had been committed. ‘Look into the papers,’ said De Grey, ‘and see how well these Americans are versed in the crown law; I doubt whether they have been guilty of an overt act of treason, but I am sure they have come within a hair's breadth of it.’2

1 Opinion of De Grey and Dunning on the Papers submitted to them, Nov. 1768.

2 The Attorney General in the Debate of 26 Jan. 1769; Cavendish, i. 196.

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