throw off their dependence by the aid of foreign
Chap. XXXI.} 1768. Jan. Feb.
The tone of public feeling seemed unprepared for action and averse to a rupture.
But Samuel Adams
and the few who shared his courage contended indefatigably1
against the principle of taxation.
The hesitancy in the Assembly had proceeded not from timidity but caution.
The Members spoke with one another in private, till their views became clearer.
Then on the fourth day of February, a motion was made to reconsider the vote against writing to the other Colonies.
was counted; eighty-two were again found to be present; the question was put and carried by a large majority, and the former vote erased from the journals.2
On the same day, a question, whether the House
would appoint a committee to prepare a letter, to be sent to each House of Representatives or Burgesses on the Continent, to inform them of the measure which it had taken, passed in the affirmative after debate.
A masterly circular letter which Samuel Adams3
had drafted, was, on the eleventh of February, read in the House
, and accepted almost unanimously.
Expressing a firm confidence that the united supplications of the distressed Americans
would meet with the favorable acceptance of the King
, they set forth the importance that proper constitutional measures