the least aware, that he was drifting with the Cabinet
towards the very system of coercion against which he gave the most public and the most explicit pledges.
men began to prepare for extreme measures.
, a British Officer on half-pay, resolved to devote himself ‘to the cause of mankind and of liberty now attacked in their last and only asylum.’1
,’ cried the Legislature of Rhode Island
, glowing with admiration for ‘its patriotic and illustrious House of Burgesses;’ and this New England
Province was the first to follow the example of the Old Dominion, by electing its Committees and sending its Circular through the land.2
, so soon as the Government
for the year was organized, the House
on the motion of Samuel Adams
, and by a vote of one hundred and nine to four, expressed its gratitude to the Burgesses of Virginia
for their uniform vigilance, firmness and wisdom, and its hearty concurrence in their judicious and spirited Resolves.
And then it elected its Committee of Correspondence, fifteen in number.
did the same, so that all New England
were now one political body, with an organization inchoate, yet so perfect, that, on the first emergency, they could convene a Congress.
Every other Colony on the Continent was sure to follow their example.3
While the patriot party was cheered by the hope
of union, the letters of Hutchinson
had sent over to the Speaker
of the Massachusetts