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‘ [240] with a military force.’ ‘I never wish for dominion,
Chap. XXXVIII} 1768. Dec.
unless accompanied by the affection of the people governed;’ said Lord John Cavendish. ‘Want of knowledge, as well as want of temper,’ said Lord Beauchamp, ‘has gradually led us to the brink of a precipice, on which we look down with horror.’— Phipps, a captain in the army, added, ‘My heart will bleed for every drop of American blood that shall be shed, whilst their grievances are unredressed. I wish to see the Americans in our arms as friends — not to meet them as enemies.’ ‘Dare you not trust yourselves with a general inquiry?’ asked Grenville. ‘How do we know, parliamentarily, that Boston is the most guilty of the Colonies?’ ‘I would have the Americans obey the laws of the country whether they like them or no;’ said Lord Barrington.

The house divided, and out of two hundred who were present, one hundred and twenty-seven voted with the Government to confine the inquiry. The King set himself, and his Ministry, and Parliament, and all Great Britain, to subdue to his will one stubborn little town on the sterile coast of the Massachusetts Bay. The odds against it were fearful; but it showed a life inextinguishable, and had been chosen to keep guard over the liberties of mankind.

The old world had not its parallel. It counted about sixteen thousand inhabitants of European origin, all of whom learned to read and write. Good public schools were the foundation of its political system; and Benjamin Franklin, one of their pupils, in his youth apprenticed to the art which makes knowledge the common property of mankind, had gone forth from them to stand before the nations as the representative of the modern plebeian class.

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