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‘ [13] of a communion of colonies appeared to me in a
Chap. XXV.} 1766. June.
strong light. Would it not be decorous for our Assembly to send circulars to all the rest, expressing a desire to cement union among ourselves? A good foundation for this has been laid by the Congress at New-York; never losing sight of it may be the only neans of perpetuating our liberties.’1 The patriot uttered this great word of counsel on the morning of his last day of health in Boston. From his youth he had consecrated himself to the service of colonial freedom in the State and Church; he died, overtasked, in the unblemished beauty of manhood, consumed by his fiery zeal, foreseeing independence.2 His character was so deeply impressed on the place of his activity, that it is not yet grown over. Whoever repeats the story of American liberty renews his fame.

The time for intercolonial correspondence was not come; but to keep up a fellow-feeling with its own constituents, the House, setting an example to be followed by all representative bodies, opened3 a gallery for the public to attend its debates. It also sent a grateful Address to the King,4 and voted thanks5 to Pitt and to Grafton; and, among many others, to Conway and Barre, to Camden and Shelburne; to Howard, who had refused to draw his sword against the colonies; to Chesterfield, who left retirement for their relief. But as to compensating the sufferers by the late disturbances, it upheld its

1 Jonathan Mayhew to James Otis, Lord's Day Morning, 8 June, 1766. See Bradford's Life of Mayhew, 428, 429.

2 Compare Thomas Hollis to Andrew Eliot, 1 July, 1768.

3 Vote of the House of 12 June, 1766.

4 Address to the King, in Brad ford, 91.

5 Vote of Thanks, &c., & c., 20 June.

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