several Resolutions which may show the sense
of the Legislature.
If this is not sufficient, the hand of power must be lifted up, and the whole force of this country exerted to bring the Colonies into subjection.’
The Resolutions condemned the Assembly of Massachusetts, its Council, and still more its Convention; approved of sending a military force to Boston
; and foreshadowed the abrogation of the municipal liberties of that town, and the intended change in the Charter
of the Province.
was seconded by Bedford
, who also moved an Address to the King
to bring to ‘condign punishment the chief authors and instigators of the late disorders;’ and if sufficient ground should be seen, to put them on trial for ‘treason’ before a special Commission in England
, ‘pursuant to the provisions of the statute of the Thirty-fifth year of King Henry the Eighth.’
The Resolutions and Address were readily adopted, with no opposition except from Richmond
The policy of the Administration deceived neither France
‘Under the semblance of vigor,’ said Choiseul
,‘it covers pusillanimity and fear.
If those who are threatened with a trial for High Treason, are not alarmed, the terror and discouragement will affect nobody but the British Ministers
And after all, the main question of taxing the Colonies is as far from a solution as ever.’2
the attempt was made to spread terror by threats of seizing the popular leaders.
‘They expect a voyage to England
against their inclination;’