The document could not increase the zeal of the
patriots of Boston
made an effective use of it to quicken the apprehensions of the Ministry; and its reception contributed to produce that new set of measures, which hastened American Independence by seeking to crush its spirit.1 England
assumed, that there existed a design for a general revolt
, when there only existed a desire to resist ‘innovations;’ but the inference was a just one, that between the opinions of the House of Lords and those of the Town of Boston
, the difference was irreconcilable.
The eagerness of Hutchinson
to keep Bernard
's favor and ingratiate himself with Hillsborough
, induced him to call the newly elected Legislature, as he had done the last, to Cambridge
‘Not the least shadow of necessity,’ said the House
in its remonstrance, ‘exists for it. Prerogative is a discretionary power vested in the King
only for the good of the subject.’
his part; and now found himself embarrassed by his own arbitrary act, for which he dared not assign the true reason and could not assign a good one.
censured his conduct by a vote of ninety-six against six, and refused to proceed to any other business than that of organizing the Government
opened his administration with a foolish strife, wantonly provoked, and promising no advantage whatever to British authority.
Meantime a most elaborate paper on the disorders in America
, was laid before the British Council