The first day of November brought to the gen-
eral congress the king's proclamation, and definite rumors that the colonies were threatened with more ships of war and British troops, and Russians, Hanoverians, and Hessians.
The burning of Falmouth
was also known.
The majority saw that the last hope of conciliation was gone; and while they waited for instructions from their several constituencies before declaring independence, they instantly acted upon the petitions of the colonies that wished to institute governments of their own. On the second in committee, on the third in the house, it was resolved: ‘That it be recommended to the provincial convention of New Hampshire
, to call a full and free representation of the people, and that the representatives, if they think it necessary, establish such a form of government, as, in their judgment, will best produce the happiness of the people, and most effectually secure peace and good order in the province, during the continuance of the present dispute between Great Britain
and the colonies.’
On the fourth the same advice was extended to South Carolina
Here was, indeed, the daybreak of revolution; two peoples were summoned to come together and create governments with a single view to their own happiness.
A limit seemed to be set to the duration of the new system; but it was already the conviction of the majority that the dispute between Great Britain
and the colonies could end only in a separation; so that the men of New Hampshire
and of South Carolina
were virtually instructed to give the example of assuming power for all future time.
The revolution plainly portended danger to the