that the agents, some cheerfully, others
reluctantly, gave up their appointment.1
Within a few days not one remained.
, by her spirit and perseverance, gave now, as she had ever done, evidence that her patriotism would be the support of Union.
The Province was at that time in a state of just excitement at the arbitrary act of its Council in imprisoning Thomas Powell
, the Publisher of the South Carolina
Gazette, for an alleged contempt.
The Council was a body m which the distinguished men of that Province scorned to accept a seat; its members were chiefly the Crown officers; and they held their places at the King
Their power to imprison on their mere warrant was denied; the prisoner was taken before Rawlins Lowndes
and another magistrate on a writ of habeas corpus, and was released.2
The questions involved in the case were discussed with heat; but they did not divert attention from watching the expected tea ships.
The ‘ideas of Liberty’ on which resistance was
to be founded, had taken deep root in a soil which the Circular of Massachusetts
did not reach.
At this moment the people of Illinois
were most opportunely sending their last message respecting their choice of a Government directly to Dartmouth himself.
We have seen how vainly they had reasoned with Gage
for some of the privileges of self-direction.
Here, as on other occasions,