Province called to province.
‘A revolution must
inevitably ensue,’ said a great student of scripture prophecies,1
in a village of Connecticut
‘We have discouraging tidings from a mother country,’ thought Trumbull
have been firmly attached to Great Britain
; nothing but severity will dissolve the union.’
, revolution was rapidly advancing.
Faith in the integrity of Parliament was undermined;3
men were convinced that arbitrary will might be made the sole rule of government by a concert with Parliament; and they called to mind the words of Locke
, that when the constitution is broken by the obstinacy of the Prince
, ‘the people must appeal to Heaven.’4
The nation had the right to resist; and they who deserved to enjoy liberty would find the means.
A petition to the Governor5
to convene the Legislature having been rejected with ‘contempt,’6
the inhabitants of Boston
, ever sensitive to ‘the sound of Liberty,’7
assembled on the twenty-eighth of October, in Town Meeting
, and voted to forbear the importation and use of a great number of articles of British produce and manufacture.
They appointed a committee for obtaining a general subscription to such an agreement, and, to extend the confederacy, ordered