who dwelt on each side of the Green Mountains
resisted the jurisdiction which the Royal
Government of New-York
would have enforced even at the risk of bloodshed; and administered their own affairs by means of permanent Committees.
The people of Massachusetts
knew that ‘they had
passed the river and cut away the bridge.’1
Voting the Judges
of the Superior Court ample salaries from the colonial treasury, they called upon them to refuse the corrupting donative from the Crown.
Four of them yielded; Oliver
the Chief Justice
alone refused; the House
, therefore, impeached him before the Council, and declared him suspended till the issue of the impeachment.
They began also to familiarize the public mind to the thought of armed resistance, by ordering some small purchases of powder on account of the Colony, to be stored in a building of its own; and by directing the purchase of twelve pieces of cannon.
‘Don't put off the boat till you know where you will land,’ advised the timid.
‘We must put off the boat,’ cried Boston
patriots, ‘even though we do not know where we shall land.’2
‘God will bring us into a safe harbor,’ said Hawley
‘Anarchy itself,’ repeated one to another, ‘is better than tyranny.’4
The proposal for a General Congress was deferred to the next June; but the Committees of Correspondence were to prepare the way for it.5
A circular letter