in one royal Government.’1
land of steady habits, was, at that day, the most orderly and quietly governed people in the world; and the Charter
of Rhode Island
, in spite of all its enemies, had vitality enough to outlast the unreformed House of Commons.
The bold doctrines of Massachusetts
, gained ground, and extended to other Colonies.2 Hutchinson
was embarrassed by the controversy, which he had provoked, and would now willingly have ended.
Meantime the House
made the usual grants to the Justices
of the Superior Court; but3
refused his assent because he expected warrants for their salaries from the King
who has a due regard to justice, or even to his own character, would choose to be placed under such an undue bias, as they must be under by accepting their salaries of the Crown.
We are more and more convinced, that it has been the design of Administration, totally to subvert the Constitution
, and introduce an arbitrary Government into this Province; and we cannot wonder that the apprehensions of this people are thoroughly awakened.’
The towns of Massachusetts
were all the while continuing their meetings.
‘The Judges,’ said the men of Eastham
‘must reject the detestable plan with abhorrence, if they would have their memories blessed.’
‘We deny the Parliamentary power of taxing us, being without the realm of England
and not ’