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rivileges. The garrison at Boston was in the service of the Colony. The British troops were so widely scattered in little detachments, as to be of no account. England, reasoned the observer, must foresee a Revolution, and has hastened its epoch by emancipating the Colonies from the fear of France in Canada. Report of Pontleroy, the French Emissary, made through Durand to Choiseul, Aug. 1766. Simultaneously with the reception of these accounts, Choiseul was reading in the Gazette of Leyden the Answer lately made by the Assembly of Massachusetts to its Governor, and learned with astonish- Chap. XXVI.} 1766. Aug. ment that colonies which were supposed to have no liberties but by inference, spoke boldly and firmly of rights and a Constitution. Durand to Choiseul, 27 Aug. 1766. In this manner, time was bringing him some assuagement of his former deep humiliation. Could Chatham have regained his health, he would have mastered all difficulties, or fallen with dignity. Jealo