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Chapter 44:

The non-importation agreements fail.—Hillsborough's Administration of the Colonies continued.

March—July, 1770.

at the cry of innocent blood shed by the sol-
Chap. XLIV.} 1770. March
diery, the continent heaved like a troubled ocean.1 But in Boston itself, the removal of the troops to the barracks at Castle William, however offensive to the pride of the army, smoothed the way for conciliation. The Town was resolved on bringing the party who had fired to trial, that the supremacy of the civil authority might be vindicated; at the same time, it wished that every opportunity of defence should be furnished the prisoners; and with the very general approbation of the people,2 and at the urgent3 solicitations of Samuel Adams and his associates, John Adams and the younger Quincy consented to be retained as their Counsel.

It was for England to remove the cause of the

1 Gov. Wentworth of New Hampshire to Hillsborough.

2 It is an error to suppose that the Town of Boston did not consistently wish every proper assistance to be rendered the prisoners. It took care publicly to mark its confidence in Quincy in May, and in John Adams in June.

3 Advised and urged by an Adams, [S. Adams,] a Hancock, a Molineux, &c. &c. Quincy, 27.

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