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[235] forth, Connecticut, which had combined loyalty
Chap. XXXVIII} 1768. Nov.
with love of its liberties, Maryland, which acted strictly in conformity to law in refusing to be overawed by a Secretary's letter,1 received, as their answer, copies of the Addresses of the two Houses of Parliament, and assurances that the King would not listen to ‘the views of wicked men,’ who questioned the supreme authority of that body.

While Hillsborough was setting his name to these papers, Montagu, the Governor of South Carolina,2 invited its Assembly to treat the letters of Massachusetts and Virginia ‘with the contempt they deserved;’ a committee, composed of Parsons, Gadsden, Pinkney, Lloyd, Lynch, Laurens, Rutledge, Elliott and Dart, reported them to be ‘founded upon undeniable, constitutional principles;’3 and the House, sitting with its doors locked, unanimously directed its Speaker to signify to both Provinces its entire approbation.4 Provoked at what he had had no means to prevent, the Governor, that same evening, dissolved the Assembly by beat of drum; while the general toast at Charleston remained, ‘The unanimous twenty-six, who would not rescind from the Massachusetts Circular.’ The Assembly of New-York was also in session, fully resolved to follow and to go beyond the common example;5 and Hillsborough, who expressed his confideuce

1 Hillsborough to the Governor of New-York, to Botetourt of Virginia, to W. Franklin of New Jersey, to Deputy Gov. of Pennsylvania, to Governor of Connecticut, to Governor of Rhode Island, to Governor of Maryland, 15 November, 1768.

2 Lord Charles Montagu to the Secretary of State, 21 Nov. 1768.

3 Boston Gazette, 2 Jan. 1769; 718, 2, 2.

4 Letter of P. Manigault, Speaker, to Massachusetts Speaker, 21 Nov. 1768. In Boston Gazette, 9 Jan. 1769, 719, 3, 2.

5 W. Franklin to Hillsborough, 23 Nov. 1768.

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