On the thirtieth of March,—two days after news had
arrived, that in one of their messages the Representatives
had given a formal defiance to Parliament, as well as encouraged the resistance of their sister Colony, New-York, to the Billeting Act
papers which Bedford
had demanded were taken into consideration by the House of Lords.
Camden opened the discussion by declaring New-York
to be in a state of delinquency;1
and receding from his old opinions, he justified his change.2 Grafton
said well, that ‘the present question was too serious for faction,’ and promised that the Ministers
would themselves bring forward a suitable measure.
But the Lords
wearied themselves all that day and all the next, in scolding at the Colonies with indiscriminate bitterness.
They were called, ‘undutiful, ungracious and unthankful;’ and ‘rebels,’ ‘traitors,’ were epithets liberally bestowed.
Some wished to make of New-York
an example that might terrify all the others; it was more generally proposed by Act of Parliament to remodel the government of them all.3
America had not yet finished the statues which it was raising to Chatham
; and Mauduit
over word, that the plan for reducing America
would be sanctioned by his name.4
On the tenth of April, Massachusetts
was selected for censure; and Bedford
—notwithstanding the sudden