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‘ [452] in one royal Government.’1 Yet Connecticut, the
Chap. XLIX.} 1773. Feb.
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 the Governor refused his assent because he expected warrants for their salaries from the King.4 The House replied:5 ‘No Judge 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,6 ‘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 ’

1 Chief Justice Horsmanden of New-York, to Lord Dartmouth, 20 February, 1773.

2 W. S. Johnson to John Pownail, 27 Feb. 1773. W. S. Johnson to R. Jackson, 26 Feb. 1773.

3 Message from the House, 3 Feb. 1773; Bradford, 365.

4 Message to the House, 4 Feb.

5 Message from the House, 13 Feb.

6 Original Pacers, 322; 24 Feb. 1773.

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