that all would be set right if Parliament,1
within the first week of its session,2
would change the municipal government of Boston
incapacitate its patriots to hold any public office,4
and restore the vigor of authority by decisive action.
He would abolish the existing ‘vague, uncertain sort of government;’ he would have no ‘partial subjection.’5
But he prepared also for the inaction of Parliament; writing orders for a new and large supply of teas for his sons' shop; and instructing his correspondent how to send them to market, so as to elude the vigilance of the Boston
Meantime languor crept over all the servants of Government.
Two regiments remained to preserve order; ‘I consider myself to be without support,’7
said their Commander
; who could get no leave to employ his little army.
On Saturday the twenty-eighth, a great multitude of people laid hold of an informer,8
besmeared him with tar and feathers, and with the troops under arms as spectators, carted him through the town which was illuminated for the occasion.
Mein, a printer, whose caricatures of leading patriots had given offence, engaged in a quarrel, fired pistols, and fled for shelter to the main guard, whence he was obliged to escape in disguise,