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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 6, 10th edition. 4 2 Browse Search
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2. J. Wanton to Rear Admiral Montagu, 8 May, 1772. Dudings- Chap. XLVII.} 1772. June. ton seconded the insolence of his superior officer, insulted the inhabitants, plundered the islands of sheep and hogs, cut down trees, fired at market boats, detained vessels without a colorable pretext, and made illegal seizures of goods of which the recovery cost more than they were worth Gov. Wanton to Sec. of State, 16 June, 1772. Statements of Darius Sessions and Chief Justice Hopkins to Chief Justice Horsmanden in January, 1773. On the ninth of June, the Providence Packet was returning to Providence, and proud of its speed, went gayly on, heedless of the Gaspee. Dudingston gave chase. The tide being at flood, the Packet ventured near shore; the Gaspee confidently followed; and drawing more water ran aground on Nauquit, a little below Pantuxet. The following night a party of men in six or seven boats, led by John Brown and Joseph Brown of Providence, and Simeon Potter of Bristol, boa
icited nothing and adjourned with bitterness in their hearts. Smyth, the Chief Feb. Justice of New Jersey, who had just been put on the civil list, threw all blame on the popular Government of Rhode Island. Smyth to Dartmouth, 8 Feb. 1773. Horsmanden advised to take away the Charter of that Province, and of Connecticut also; and consolidate the twins in one royal Government. Chief Justice Horsmanden of New-York, to Lord Dartmouth, 20 February, 1773. Yet Connecticut, the Chap. XLIX.} 17Chief Justice Horsmanden of New-York, to Lord Dartmouth, 20 February, 1773. Yet Connecticut, the Chap. XLIX.} 1773. Feb. land of steady habits, was, at that day, the most orderly and quietly governed people in the world; and the Charter of Rhode Island, in spite of all its enemies, had vitality enough to outlast the unreformed House of Commons. The bold doctrines of Massachusetts, gained ground, and extended to other Colonies. W. S. Johnson to John Pownail, 27 Feb. 1773. W. S. Johnson to R. Jackson, 26 Feb. 1773. Hutchinson was embarrassed by the controversy, which he had provoked, and would now wil