had already met patriots of South Caro-
lina under the Live Oak
, which was named their Tree of Liberty,1
had set before them the Declaratory Act
, explained to them their rights, and leagued with them to oppose all foreign taxation.
Every Colony denied the right of Parliament to control its Legislature.
, of Rhode Island
, asked relief for his losses; founding his claim on the resolves of the British
House of Commons, and the King
‘Neither of them,’ said the Speaker
of the Assembly, ‘can ever operate with me; nor ought they to influence the free and independent Representatives of Rhode Island
had leave to withdraw his first petition and substitute an inoffensive one, which was received, but referred to a future session.
the soldiery continued to irritate the people by insolent language, and by once more cutting down their flagstaff;3
so that the Billeting Act
could find no favor.
sought to persuade their Assembly to obedience, holding forth hope of a change of the law on a well-grounded representation of its hardship; and a prudent Governor could have avoided a collision.
was chiefly bent on establishing a Play-house5
against the wishes of the Presbyterians, and his thoughtless frivolity drove the House
to a categorical conflict with