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t that could be interpreted as a commencement of hostilities; but they resolved unanimously that the militia might act on the defensive.
If the forces of the colony should be called out, the members of the congress agreed to repair instantly to Concord.
Then, on the fifteenth of April, they adjourned, expecting a long and desperate war with the mighty power of Great Britain, yet with no treasury but the good — will of the people; not a soldier in actual service; hardly ammunition enough for ale, that can organize and guide.
Gage, who himself had about three thousand effective men, learned through his spies the state of the country and the ludicrously scanty amount of stores, collected by the provincial committees at Worcester and Concord.
The report increased his confidence as well as the insolence of his officers; and as soon as the members of the congress had gone to their homes, he resolved on striking a blow, as the
Chap. XXVI.} 1775.
April. 10. king desired.
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