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time Agent for three Colonies;—Arthur Lee; several unpublished ones of Franklin; the copious and most interesting, official and private Correspondence of William Samuel Johnson, Agent for Connecticut; one letter and fragments of letters of Edmund Burke, Agent for New-York; many and exceedingly valuable ones, of Garth a Member of f the letter-books and drafts of letters of men in office, I had access to those of Bernard for a single year; to those of Hutchinson for many years; to that of Dr. Johnson, the patriarch of the American Episcopal Church, with Archbishop Secker; to those of Colden; to those of Lieutenant Governor Sharpe. Many letters of their correw-York, who intrusted to me all the manuscripts of Lieutenant Governor Golden, covering a period in New-York history of nearly a quarter of a century; the late Mr. Johnson of Stratford, Connecticut, who put into my hands those of hi father, containing excellent contributions alike to English and American history; my friend Dr. Pot
ose the other; the distinction is ridiculous in the opinion of every body, except the Americans. Looking up where the Colony Agents usually sat, he added with emotion, I speak this aloud, that all you who are in the galleries may hear me; W. S. Johnson to Gov. Pitkin, 12 Feb. 1767. I follow the Account of Johnson from his Mss., of which I took and preserve copies. The story in Pitkin's Political and Civil History of the United States, i. 217, seems to me to have been fashioned by verbal tudden impulse. The supposition would be erroneous. Townshend's policy was adopted deliberately. and, after this, I do not expect to have my statue erected in America. Letter cited in Wirt's Patrick Henry, 96. This last clause is not in W. S. Johnson's report. Then laying his hand on the table in Chap. XXVII.} 1767. Jan. front of him, he declared to the House, England is undone, if this taxation of America is given up. George Grenville, in Cavendish Debates, II. 35. Grenville at o
ons of their countrymen, the interests of a continent, the unity of the British empire, were left to be swayed by the accidents of a Parliamentary skirmish. W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 12 Feb. 1767. Merchants of New-York, at the instigation of a Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. person much connected Shelburne to Chatham, 6 Feb. 1767; f the useless grievances of the Acts of Trade, and praying for the free exportation of their lumber and an easier exchange of products with the West Indies. W. S. Johnson's Journal, Monday, 16 Feb. 1767; Garth to Committee of S. C., 12 March, 1767. The reasonable request provoked universal dislike; Grenville and his friends appeime of war, and our rivals in peace. And he concluded by adopting substantially the suggestions of Grenville in favor of retrenchment and an American duty. W. S. Johnson to Jared Ingersoll, 18 Feb. 1767; Charlemont to Flood, 19 Feb. 1767; Garth to Committee of South Carolina, 12 March, 1767; Walpole's Memoirs II. 417; Compare G
in in any thing severe against America. W. S. Johnson's Diary, 30 March, 1767. But he was all th to be burdened that they may be eased; W. S. Johnson to Lieut. Gov. Trumbull, 14 March, 1767. a S. Johnson's Journal for 30 and 31 March; W. S. Johnson to Col. Walker, 31 March, 1767; W. S. JohnW. S. Johnson to A. Tomlinson, 31 March, 1767; W. S. Johnson to E. Dyer, 10 April, 1767. America had not yet soon be lost for ever. Lord Mansfield W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 11 April, 1767; W. S. Johnson's Franklin to Ross, London, 11 April, 1767; W. S. Johnson to Dyer, 10 April, 1767. had been so highlouse of Commons, who was present, and from W. S. Johnson, who got reports from Whately and from Ricyour sovereignty; and naming Ingersoll, W. S. Johnson to Jared Ingersoll, 16 May, 1767. Hutchins Prior Documents, 130; Walpole, III. 40; W. S. Johnson to Gov. of Connecticut, 9 June, 1767. had en a separation; Jonathan Trumbull to William S. Johnson, 23 June, 1767. that the connection with[12 more...]
he met danger with the unconcerned levity that had marked his conduct of the most serious affairs, Walpole's Memoirs of George III. III. 99. he died at the age of forty-one, famed alike for incomparable talents, and extreme instability. W. S. Johnson to E. Dyer, 12 Sept. 1767, and other letters of Johnson. Where were now his gibes? Letters of Lady Hervey, Sept. 1767. Where his flashes of merriment that set the table in a roar; his brilliant eloquence which made him the wonder of Parliaer after the King's own heart; not brilliant, but of varied and extensive knowledge; good-humored and able; opposed to republicanism, to reform, and to every popular measure. He had voted for the Stamp Act, and against its repeal; Compare W. S. Johnson to Gov, Pitkin, 1767. and had been foremost in the pursuit of Wilkes. Though choleric, he was of an easy temperament; a friend to peace, yet not fearing war; of great personal courage, which however partook something of apathy; rarely violen
tte, as infamous libels on Parliament, the House showed only weariness of his complaints. W. S. Johnson to Gov. Pitkin, 26 Dec. 1767. W. S. Johnson to Jared Ingersoll, 30 Nov. 1767. Franklin to GW. 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. Bedford himself kened by the resolutions of Boston to set on foot manufactures and to cease importations. W. S. Johnson to R. Temple, 12 Feb. 1767. Franklin to W. Franklin, 19 Dec. 1767. The Americans, it was saHutchinson, London, 30 Dec. 1766. and the moment they can, they will renounce dependence. W. S. Johnson to Governor Pitkin, 26 Dec, 1766. The partisans of the new Ministers professed to think it between the Colonies and England, waited upon him to congratulate him on his advancement. W. S. Johnson to W. Pitkin, 13 Feb. 1768. Connecticut, declared Hillsborough, may always Chap. XXXI.} 17
oston will be a summons for America to make the last appeal. Grenville and his friends W. S. Johnson's Journal, 15 Feb. 1768, and W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 12 March, 1768. insisted on declaring W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 12 March, 1768. insisted on declaring Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb. meetings and associations like those of Boston illegal and punishable; and advised some immediate chastisement. I wish, said he, every American in the world could hear me. him, and were ready to proceed against Massachusetts with immediate and extreme severity. W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 12 March, 1768; Journal, 18 Feb. 1768. When America was mentioned, nothing could wrote its epitaph as of the most scandalously abandoned body that England had ever known. W. S. Johnson, 29 April, 1768. Up to this time the Colonists had looked to Parliament as the bulwark oliam Livingston, Theodore Sedgwick's Life of William Livingston, 145. Rev. Dr. Johnson to W. S. Johnson, Stratford, 22 April, 1768. Within this month the wicked Triumvirate of New-York, S. L. and
infamous was the old House in public esteem, that one hundred and seventy of its members failed of being rechosen. W. S. Johnson to Gov. Pitkin, 24 April, 1768. But still corruption lost nothing of its effrontery; boroughs were sold openly, and vmen. Franklin, in London, collected and printed the Farmer's Letters. They are very wild, Franklin, VII. Compare W. S. Johnson to Pitkin, 29 July, 1768. said Hillsborough of them; many called them treasonable and seditious; yet Burke approved t times tried men's courage; some grew alarmed for consequences; but others were carried above fear. E. Silliman to W. S. Johnson, 10 Nov. 1768. Wm. Pitkin to W. S. Johnson, 6 June, 1768; Wm. Pitkin to Richard Jackson, 10 June, 1768. At New-YoW. S. Johnson, 6 June, 1768; Wm. Pitkin to Richard Jackson, 10 June, 1768. At New-York the merchants held a meeting to Chap. Xxxiii} 1768. May. join with the inhabitants of Boston in the agreement not to import from Great Britain; and against the opinion of the Governor, the royal Council held, that the meetings were legal; that
, 6 July, 1768. of Portsmouth, for the Americans to let the King know the utmost of their resolutions, and the danger of a violent rending of the Colonies from the mother country. No Assembly on the Continent, said Roger Sherman Quoted in W. S. Johnson to R. Sherman, 28 Sept. 1768. of Connecticut, will ever concede that Parliament has a right to tax the Colonies. The Parliament of England has no more jurisdiction over us, declared the politicians of that Colony, than the Parliament of Paris. B. Gale quoted in W. S. Johnson to B. Gale. We cannot believe, wrote William Williams W. Williams to . S. Johnson, Lebanon, Connecticut, 5 July, 1768. of Lebanon, that they will draw the sword on their own children; but if they do, our blood is more at their service than Chap. XXXIV.} 1768. July. our liberties. In New-York, the merchants still held those meetings, which Hillsborough called, if not illegal and unwarrantable, very unnatural, ungrateful, and unbecoming. The circumst
Chapter 35: The Regulators of North Carolina.—Hillsborough's Ad-Ministration of the Colonies continued. July—September, 1768. The people of Boston had gone out of favor with Chap XXXV.} 1768. July. almost every body in England. W. S. Johnson to Thaddeus Burr, London, 28 July, 1768. Even Rockingham had lost all patience, saying the Americans were determined to leave their friends on his side the water, without the power of advancing in their behalf a shadow of excuse. N. Rogerserling. Frances to Choiseul, 22 July, 1768. In the Ministry, anger expelled every other sentiment, and nearly all united in denouncing vengeance, as they expressed it, against that insolent Chap. XXXV.} 1768. July. town of Boston. W. S. Johnson's P. S. to Letter of 23 July, 1768, to W. Pitkin. The thought of gaining quiet by repealing or modifying the act, was utterly discountenanced. If the Government, said they, now gives way as it did about the Stamp Act, it will be all over wit
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