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[248] unanimously asserting its legislative rights1 with un-
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Jan.
surpassed distinctness,2 and appointing an intercolonial committee of correspondence.3

The New Year brought a dissolution4 of its Assembly; and in the new elections, the Government party employed every art to create confusion. It excused the violence of recent disputes; concealing the ex tremes of difference between the British Parliament and the American people. It sought to gratify the cravings of every interest. It evaded conflicts with the merchants, and connived at importations from Saint Eustatia and Holland. The family of the Delanceys, which had long seemingly led the Opposition in the Province, was secretly won over to the side of authority. One of the Livingstons could no longer sit in the Assembly, for a law made the office of Judge and Representative incompatible; another who was to be returned from the Manor, was held to be ineligible because he resided in the city. The men of business desired an increase of the paper currency, and the Government gave support to the measure. The tenantry wished to vote not by word of mouth on the nomination of their landlords, but as in New England, and the royalists professed to favor the introduction of the ballot. Above all; in New-York the old cry of ‘No Presbyterian,’ gave place to that of ‘No Lawyer.’5 Add to this, that all parties still hoped

1 Journal of New-York Assembly for 31 Dec. 1768, p. 70. Governor Moore to Hillsborough, 4 January, 1769; Compare Same to Same, 30 March, 1769, and Same to Same, 3 June, 1769.

2 Andrew Eliot to T. Hollis, 29 January, 1769. Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, Jan. 1769.

3 Compare R. R. Livingston to R. Livingston, 12 Dec. 1768.

4 Moore to Hillsborough, 24 Jan, 1769.

5 John Jay to R. R. Livingston Jr. Jan. 1769.

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