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[230] was like the fortitude of veteran troops, who
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wait unmoved by danger, till the word is given. ‘They act with highest wisdom and spirit,’ said Thomas Hollis;1 ‘they will extricate themselves with firmness and magnanimity.’ But most men ex pressed contempt for them, as having made a vain bluster. The apparent success, of which the account reached London just four days before the meeting of Parliament, was regarded as a victory. Americans in London were told with a sneer that they should soon have the company of Otis and others.2 No one doubted but that, on the arrival of the additional regiments sent from Ireland, he and Cushing, and sixteen other members of the late political assemblies, would be arrested.3 Hillsborough hastened to send Bernard's dispatches to the Attorney and Solicitor General, asking what crimes had been committed, and if the guilty were to be impeached by Parliament.4

The King, in his Speech5 on the eighth of November, railed at ‘the spirit of faction breaking out afresh in some of the Colonies.’ ‘Boston,’ said he, ‘appears to be in a state of disobedience to all law and government, and has proceeded to measures subversive of the constitution, and attended with circumstances that might manifest a disposition to throw off its dependence on Great Britain. With your concurrence and support, I shall be able to defeat the mis chievous designs of those turbulent and seditious per ’

1 T. Hollis to A. Eliot.

2 Letter from London, 20 Nov. 1768; in Boston Gazette, 721, 3, 3, of 23 Jan. 1769.

3 Frances to Choiseul, 4 Nov. 1768.

4 Hillsborough to the Attorney and Solicitor General, 6 Nov 1768.

5 Parliamentary History, XVI. 469.

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