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[16] deliberation, every thing asked for was voted, except
Chap. XXV.} 1766. June.
such articles as were not provided in Europe for British troops which were in barracks.

The General and the Governor united in accepting the grant; but in reporting the affair, the wellmeaning, indolent Moore reflected the opinions of the army, whose officers still compared the Americans to the rebels of Scotland, and wished them a defeat like that of Culloden.1 ‘My message,’ said he at the end of his narrative, ‘is treated merely as a Requisition made here; and they have carefully avoided the least mention of the Act on which it is founded. It is my opinion, that every Act of Parliament, when not backed by a sufficient power to enforce it, will meet with the same fate.’2

From Boston, Bernard, without any good reason, chimed in with the complainers. ‘This Government,’ said he, ‘quickened and encouraged by the occurrences at New-York, cannot recover itself by its own internal powers.’ ‘The making the King's Council annually elective, is the fatal ingredient in the constitution. The only anchor of hope is the sovereign power, which would secure obedience to its decrees, if they were properly introduced and effectually supported.’3 And he gave himself no rest in soliciting the interposition of Parliament, and the change of the Charter of Massachusetts.4

1 Leake's Life of John Lamb.

2 Gov. Moore to Conway, 20 June, 1766.

3 Bernard to Lords of Trade, 7 July, 1766.

4 Bernard to Conway, 19 July, 1766.

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