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[517] On this occasion, Lord George Germain showed him-
Chap. LII.} 1774. March
self anxious to take a lead. ‘I wish,’ said he, ‘to see the Council of that country on the same footing as that of other Colonies. Put an end to their Town Meetings. I would not have men of a mercantile cast every day collecting themselves together and debating about political matters. I would have them follow their occupations as merchants, and not consider themselves as Ministers of that country. I would wish that all corporate powers might be given to certain people in every town, in the same manner that corporations are formed here. Their grand juries, their petty juries, require great regulation. I would wish to bring the Constitution of America, as similar to our own as possible; to see the Council of that country similar to a House of Lords in this; to see Chancery suits determined by a Court of Chancery. At present their Assembly is a downright clog; their Council thwart and oppose the security and welfare of that Government. You have, sir, no Government, no Governor; the whole are the proceedings of a tumultuous and riotous rabble, who ought, if they had the least prudence, to follow their mercantile employment, and not trouble themselves with politics and government, which they do not understand. Some gentlemen say, “Oh, don't break their charter; don't take away rights granted them by the predecessors of the Crown.” Whoever wishes to preserve such Charters, I wish him no worse than to govern such subjects. By a manly perseverance, things may be restored from anarchy and confusion to peace, quietude, and obedience.’

‘I thank the noble Lord,’ said Lord North, ‘for every one of the propositions he has held out; they ’

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