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Chapter 31:

Massachusetts Consults her sister Colonies.—Hillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies.

November, 1767—February, 1768.

on the twenty-fourth of November, the Twelfth
Chap. XXXI.} 1767. Nov.
Parliament came together for the last time, previous to its dissolution. Its members were too busy in preparing for the coming elections to interfere with America, about which the King's speech was silent;1 and when Grenville descanted on two or three papers in the Boston Gazette, as infamous libels on Parliament, the House showed only weariness of his complaints.2 Bedford himself objected to Grenville's Test for America;3 and ‘preferred making an example of some one seditious fellow.’ The King kept the Ministry from breaking, and proved himself the most efficient man among them. ‘He makes each of them,’ said Mansfield,4 ‘believe that he is in love with him, and fools them all. They will stand their ground,’ he added, ‘unless ’

1 Garth to South Carolina, 25 Nov. 1767.

2 W. S. Johnson to Gov. Pitkin, 26 Dec. 1767. W. S. Johnson to Jared Ingersoll, 30 Nov. 1767. Franklin to Galloway, 1 Dec. 1767, in Works, VII. 369. N. Rogers to Hutchinson, 30 Dec. 1767. Miscellaneous letters ascribed to Junius, x. XXIX. and XXXI. in Bohm's edition, II. 146, 193, 199.

3 Lyttelton to Temple, in Lyttelton, 741.

4 Lyttelton to Temple, 25 Nov. 1767; Lyttelton, 737.

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