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Chapter 45:

Martial law introduced into Massachusetts.—Hillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies continued.


July—October, 1770.

greater joy was never shown than prevailed in
CHAP XLV.} 1770. July.
London at the news that America was resuming commercial intercourse. The occasion invited corresponding concessions, which Lord North would have willingly made; but the majority of his colleagues had been led to consider ‘the state of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay more desperate than ever;’1 and on the sixth of July the King in Council gave an order, making a beginning of Martial Law within that Province, and preparing the way for closing the Port of Boston.

Hutchinson paid court by acting in the same spirit; and in July once more summoned the Legislature to Cambridge. For this repeated wrong to the public service of the Colony, he continued to offer no other excuse than the King's will. The highest advocate for the divine right of regal power

1 State of the Disorders Confusion and Misgovernment, &c. &c.

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