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‘ [217] laws, the whole fleet and army of England shall en-
Chap. XXXVII.} 1768. Oct.
force it.’1

The inhabitants of Boston, on their part, resolved not to pay their money without their own consent,2 and were more than ever determined to relinquish every article that came from Britain, till the obnoxous acts should be repealed and the troops removed. With no hysteric weakness, or feverish excitement, they preserved their peace and patience, leaving the event to God.

It was on the banks of the Mississippi, that uncontrolled impulses first unfurled the flag of a Republic. The treaty of Paris left two European Powers sole sovereigns of the continent of North America. Spain, accepting Louisiana with some hesitation, lost France as the bulwark of her possessions, and assumed new expenses and new dangers, with only the negative advantage of keeping the territory from England.3 Its inhabitants were of French origin, and loved the land of their ancestry; by every law of nature and human freedom, they had the right to protest against the transfer of their allegiance. No sooner did they hear of the cession of their country to the Catholic King, than, in the spirit of independence, an Assembly sprang into being, representing every parish in the Colony; and at the instance of Lafreniere, they resolved unanimously to entreat the King of France to be touched with their affliction and their loyalty, and not to sever them from his dominions.4

1 W. S. Johnson to the Governor of Connecticut, 18 Nov. 1768.

2 Samuel Adams to Dennys De Berdt, 3 Oct. 1768.

3 Grimaldi to Fuentes, 11 May, 1767; in Gayarre, II. 160.

4 Gayarre Histoire de la Louisiane, II. 134, 135. Louisiana as a French Colony, by the Same, III. 127, 128.

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