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[512] ranks and degrees of people,—to proceed steadily
Chap. LII.} 1774. March
and universally in the one course of maintaining the authority of Great Britain. Yet it was noticed, that he spoke of the indispensable necessity of vigorous measures with an unusual air of languor and moderation.1

This appeal was successful. Of the few who belonged to the Rockingham party, Cavendish approved the measure, which was but a corollary from their own Declaratory Act. ‘After having weighed the noble Lord's proposition well,’ said even Barre, ‘I cannot help giving it my hearty and determinate affirmative. I like it, adopt and embrace it for its moderation.’ ‘There is no good plan,’ urged Fox, ‘except the repeal of the taxes forms a part of it.’ ‘The proposition does not fully answer my expectations,’ said John Calvert; ‘seize the opportunity, and take away their Charter.’

On the eighteenth Lord North by unanimous consent presented to the House the Boston Port Bill. To its second reading, George Bynge was the only one who cried no. ‘This Bill,’ said Rose Fuller, in the debate on the twenty-third, ‘shuts up one of the ports of the greatest commerce and consequence in the English Dominions in America. The North Americans will look upon it as a foolish act of oppression. You cannot carry this Bill into execution but by a military force.’ ‘If a military force is necessary,’ replied Lord North, ‘I shall not hesitate a moment to enforce a due obedience to the laws of this country.’ Fox, seizing the very point of

1 Edmund Burke to the Committee of New-York, 6 April, 1774.

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