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[390] in the brilliant and forcible language of the moralist
Chap. XLVI.} 1771. Jan.
Johnson,1 the applause of Adam Smith2 was in accordance with the sentiment of the country.

This was the happiest period in the career of Lord North. His system acquired stability in the confidence of the country; and was sure of majorities in Parliament. No danger hung over him but from his own love of ease. ‘He was seated on the Treasury bench, between his Attorney and Solicitor General,’ his equals in ability, but most unlike him in character;3 and it was his fatal error that he indulged in slumber when America required all his vigilance.

The Regulators of North Carolina gathered toge-

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ther in the woods on hearing that their Representative had been expelled and arbitrarily imprisoned, and they themselves menaced with exile or death as outlaws. They had labored honestly for their own support; not living on the spoils of other men's labors, nor snatching the bread out of other men's hands. They accepted the maxim, that laws, statutes and customs which are against God's law or nature, are all null; and that civil officers who, contrary to reason, exacted illegal taxes and fees from the poor industrious farmers, were guilty of a worse crime than open robbery. They asked no more than that extortioners might be brought to fair trials, and ‘the collectors of the public money called to proper settlements ’

1 Johnson's Thoughts on the Late Transactions respecting Falkland Islands. 1771.

2 Masere's Occasional Essays and Tracts, 178.

3 Gibbon's Memoirs of Himself.

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