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Chapter 37:

The Celtic-American Republic on the banks of the Mississippi.


September—October, 1768.

on Wednesday the twenty-eighth of September,
Chap. XXXVII} 1768. Sept.
just after the Convention broke up, the squadron from Halifax arrived, and anchored at noon in Nantasket Bay. It brought not two regiments only, but artillery also, which Bernard, by a verbal message, had specially requested. Dalrymple, the commander of the troops, ‘expressed infinite surprise that no quarters had been prepared.’ On Thursday, the twenty-ninth, a Council was summoned, at which Smith, the commanding officer of the fleet, and Dalrymple, were present. After much altercation, the Council adhered to the law; and the Governor to his declaration of a total want of power to do any thing in his province.1 ‘Since that resolution was taken to rise in arms in open rebellion,’ wrote Gage,2 ‘I don't see any cause to be scrupulous.’ On the following day the whole squadron was anchored near the

1 Dalrymple to Gage, 2 Oct. 1768.

2 Gage to Bernard, 2 Oct. 1768.

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