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[272] duplicity and petty malice; his disposition to over,
Chap. XL.} 1769. April.
reach; his notoriously false assertions; his retailing of anecdotes both trifling and untrue; his attempts to obtain by Act of Parliament exorbitant and uncontrollable power; and his perpetual conspiracy for ‘the destruction of their constitution.’1

While the people of Massachusetts were filled with grief and indignation at the combination against their Charter, which was dearer to them than fortune and life, they and all the Colonies one after another matured their agreements for passive resistance to Parliamentary taxation.

On Monday, the tenth of April, the General Assembly of New-York, at the motion of Philip Livingston, thanked the merchants of the city and Colony, for suspending trade with Great Britain.2 The same intrepid leader of the patriot party, would next have renewed the resolves, which had occasioned the dissolution of the last Assembly; but he was himself ousted from the present one, because he did not reside within the manor for which he had been returned. Yet amidst the conflict of factions, the system of nonimportation was rigorously carried out. The merchants of Philadelphia, now unanimously adopted the agreement, which a few months before they had declined. The movement spread steadily towards the South. At Mount Vernon, Washington tempered yet cheered and animated those around him. ‘Our lordly masters in Great Britain,’ said he, ‘will be satisfied ’

1 Council to Hillsborough, 15 April, 1769. Bowdoin to Hillsborough, same date.

2 Journals of the General Assembly of New-York, 21, 22. Hillsborough to Moore, 15 July, 1769. Board of Trade's Representation to the King on the Resolves.

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