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[51] scanned with increasing jealousy every measure that
Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb.
could imply their consent to British taxation. They inquired if more troops were expected; and when the Governor professed, ‘in pursuance of the late Act of Parliament,’ to have made provision at the Colony's expense for those which had recently touched at Boston Harbor, they did not cease their complaints, till they wrung from him the declaration that his supply ‘did not include articles prescribed by that Act,’ but was ‘wholly conformable to the usage of the Province.’1 Upon this concession, the House acquiesced in an expenditure which no longer compromised their rights; and they also declared their readiness to grant of their own free accord such aids as the King's service from time to time should require.2

By the authority of the same Act of Parliament, Gage demanded quarters for one hundred and fifty-eight recruits, of the Governor of Connecticut; but that Magistrate refused compliance with the Requisition, and did nothing, till he was duly authorized by an Act of the Colonial Assembly.3

The Crown Officers in the Colonies busied themselves with schemes to check every aspiration after Independence. Carlton, the able Governor of Canada, advised against granting legislative immunities to its people.4 The more he considered the state of affairs, the more he was convinced, that it was indispensably necessary to keep Crown Point and Ticonderoga

1 Bernard to Shelburne, 14 Feb. 1767, 18 Feb. 1767; House to Bernard, and Bernard to the House, Feb. 1767; See Bradford's State Papers, 105, 106, 107; Prior Documents, 133.

2 Message from the House to the Governor, 4 Feb. 1767.

3 Gage to Shelburne, 20 Feb. 1767, and accompanying papers; Prior Documents, 130, &c.

4 Compare Carlton to Shelburne, 20 Jan. 1768.

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