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[212] disposed to act in a way to warrant it. So that
Chap. XXXVII.} 1768. Oct.
after all that had been done, the spirit of the Colonies was as intractable as ever.

The Commissioners of the Customs, whose false alarms had brought troops to the Province, having received orders to return to Boston, wished to get from, the Council some excuse for their departure, as well as for their return. ‘They had no just reason for absconding from their duty,’ said Bowdoin;1 and the Council left them to return of themselves; but in an Address to Gage, adopted by a vote of fifteen out of nineteen,2 they explained how trivial had been the disorders on which the request for troops had been grounded. Gage became convinced by his inquiries, that the disturbance in March was trifling; that on the tenth of June the Commissioners were neither attacked nor menaced; that more obstructions had arisen to the service from the servants of Government, than from any other cause.3 But purblind in the light, he adopted the sentiments and language of Bernard; and advised barracks and a fort on Fort Hill to command the town; while the Governor urged anew a forfeiture of the Charter, and owned that ‘troops would not restore the authority of Government.’4

1 Votes of the Council, inclosed in Gov. Bernard's Letter, No 31. 5 Nov. 1768. Major part of the Council to Hillsborough, 59, 60.

2 Address to General Gage from fifteen members of the Council, 27 Dec. 1768; Letters to Hillsborough, 129, 134.

3 Governor Wentworth to the Marquis of Rockingham, New Hampshire, November 12, 1768. ‘It gives me great pleasure to find the General, since his arrival in Boston, has entirely the same sentiments.’ In Albemarle's Rockingham, II. 88. It is to be borne in mind that Wentworth was as loyal to Great Britain as any of them all.

4 Gage to Hillsborough, 31 Oct. 1768; Letters to Hillsborough, 33, 34. Bernard to Hillsborough, 12 Nov. 1768; Bernard to Secretary Pownall, 7 Nov. 1768.

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