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[309] agreement. At a great and public Meeting of Mer-
Chap XLII.} 1769. Aug.
chants1 in Faneuil Hall, Hancock proposed to send for Hutchinson's two sons, hinting what was true, that the Lieutenant Governor was himself a partner2 with them in their late extraordinary importations of tea. As the best means of coercion, it was voted not to purchase any thing of the recusants; subscription papers to that effect were carried round from house to house, and every body complied.3

The Anniversary of the Fourteenth of August was commemorated with unusual solemnity. Three or four hundred dined together in the open field at Dorchester; and since the Ministry had threatened the leading patriots with death for treason, the last of their Forty-Five Toasts was: ‘Strong halters, firm blocks, and sharp axes, to such as deserve them.’4 The famous Liberty Song was sung, and all the company with one heart joined in the chorus. At five in the afternoon, they returned in a procession a mile and a half long, entered the town before dark, marched round the State-House, and quietly retired each to his own home.5

Massachusetts was sustained by South Carolina, whose Assembly, imperfectly imitated by New Jersey,6 refused compliance with the Billeting Act,7 and

1 Boston Gazette, 749, 2, 1, of 14 August, 1769.

2 Boston Gazette, 4 Sept. 1769; 752, 3, 1.

3 Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, Boston, 8 August, 1769.

4 Boston Gazette, 21 August, 1769; 750, 1, 1 and 2.

5 J. Adams's Works, II. 219.

6 Gov. Wm. Franklin to Hillsborough, 27 September, 1769. Hillsborough to Gov. Franklin, December, 1769. Colden to Lord Hillsborough, 4 October, 1769. Hillsborough to Gage, 9 Dec. 1769.

7 Lieut. Gov. Bull to Gen. Gage, 24 August, 1769.

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