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[507] who dwelt on each side of the Green Mountains,
Chap LII.} 1774. Feb.
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

March
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.3 ‘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

1 J. Adams, IX. 333.

2 Thos. Hutchinson to Col. Williams, Boston, 23 Feb. 1774.

3 Communicated to me by the late Jonathan Dwight, Senior, of Springfield, a contemporary of Hawley.

4 Hutchinson to Col. Williams.

5 Hutchinson to Dartmouth, 23 March.

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