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Chapter 47:

Great Britain Centres in itself power over its Colonies. —Hillsborough's Administration of the Colonies con-cluded.

June. 1771—August, 1772.

the King steadily pursued the system of concen-
Chap. XLVII.} 1771. June.
trating all power over the Colonies; but so gradually that a sudden, complete collision with ancient usage was avoided. If the Charter of the Province had been taken away,1 even the moderate would have held themselves absolved from their allegiance.2 But the appointment of a native Bostonian as Governor, seemed to many a pledge of relenting; and his plausible professions hushed the people into silence. ‘The glorious spirit of liberty is vanquished and left without hope but in a miracle,’ said desponding patriots. ‘I confess,’ said Samuel Adams, ‘we have, as Wolfe expressed it, a choice of difficulties. Too many flatter themselves that their pusillanimity is true prudence; but in perilous times like these, I cannot conceive ’

1 Compare Massachusetts Gazette, 21 Jan. 1771.

2 Compare Brutus in Boston Gazette of 11 Feb. 1771; 827, 1, 1, and of Monday, 4 March, 830, 1, 2; and letters of Eliot and Cooper.

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