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Chapter 32:

An American empire is in the Divine decrees—Hillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies continued.

February—March, 1768.

the day after the Circular was adopted, the
Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb.
Board of Commissioners of the Revenue met at Boston, and with the utmost secrecy, addressed to their superiors in England a memorial which, in connection with the reports of Bernard, was designed to effect a fatal change in the policy of England. Expressing apprehensions for their own safety, they complained against the American Press, especially against the seeming moderation, parade of learning, and most mischievous tendency of the Farmer's Letters; against New England Town Meetings, ‘in which,’ they said, ‘the lowest mechanics discussed the most important points of government with the utmost freedom;’ against Rhode Island, as if it had even proposed to stop the Revenue money; against Massachusetts, for having invited every Province to discountenance the consumption of British manufactures. ‘We have every reason,’ they added, ‘to expect that we shall find it impracticable to enforce the execution of the Revenue Laws, until the hand of Government is properly ’

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