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Chap. XXXVIII} 1768. Nov.
may regulate in no instance. Punishment will not be extended beyond the really guilty; and if rewards shall be found necessary, rewards shall be given. But what we do, we will do firmly; we shall go through our plan, now that we have brought it so near success.1 I am against repealing the last Act of Parliament, securing to us a revenue out of America; I will never think of repealing it, until I see America prostrate at my feet.’2 The irrevocable words spoke the feeling of Parliament. The Address was carried in the Commons without a division; the Peers seemed unanimous; and though some judged the conduct of the Ministry unwise, there were scarcely more than five or six in both Houses, who defended the Americans from principle. Every body expected ‘that Boston would meet with chastisement.’

But now came the difficulty. There were on the tenth of November more than four regiments in Boston; what could be given them to do? They had been sent over to bring ‘to justice’ those, whom Barrington called ‘rioters,’ whom the King had solemnly described as ‘turbulent and mischievous persons.’ But after long consideration, De Grey and Dunning, the Attorney and Solicitor General, joined in the opinion,3 that the Statute of the Thirty-fifth of Henry the Eighth, was the only one by which criminals could be tried in England for offences committed

1 Cavendish, i. 43.

2 These words are in W. S. Johnson's Report, and are in the Report in the Boston Gazette. That he, Johnson, reported them correctly, appears from Barre in Cavendish, i. 90, and Lord North himself in Cavendish i. 91.

3 Attorney and Solicitor Gen. to Hillsborough, 25 Nov. 1768.

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