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Chap. XLVII.} 1771. Sept.

Hutchinson, too, reported ‘a disposition in all the Colonies to let the controversy with the kingdom subside.’2 The King sent word to tempt Hancock by marks of favor. ‘Hancock and most of the party,’ said the Governor, ‘are quiet; and all of them, except Adams, abate of their virulence. Adams would push the Continent into a rebellion to-morrow, if it was in his power.’3 While America generally was so tranquil, Samuel Adams continued musing till the fire within him burned; and the thought of correspondence and union among the friends of liberty flashed upon his mind. ‘It would be an arduous task,’ he said, meditating a project which required a year's reflection for its maturity, ‘to awaken a sufficient number in the colonies to so grand an undertaking. Nothing, however, should be despaired of. We have nothing,’ he continued, ‘to rely upon but the interposition of our friends in Britain, of which I have no expectation, or the last Appeal.4 The tragedy of American freedom is

nearly completed. A tyranny seems to be at the very door. They who lie under oppression deserve what they suffer; let them perish with their oppressors. Could millions be enslaved if all possessed the independent spirit of Brutus, who to his immortal ’

1 W. S. Johnson to Alexander Wedderburn, 25 Oct. 1771.

2 Hutchinson to Gov Pownall, 14 October, 1771.

3 Hutchinson to John Pownall, Secretary to the Board of Trade, 17 October, 1771.

4 Ultima ratio. Samuel Adams' Papers. Letter to Arthur Lee, 27 Sept. 1777, from the draft. Compare in Hutchinson's Papers, III. 236, letter of 30 Sept, 1771. Hutchinson's Papers, III. 242, 243 and 233, letters of 9 Oct. 1771.

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