and the friends of the Americans were abashed.
Ministerial anger rose to a high pitch, and Lord North introduced into Parliament (March 14, 1774) a bill providing for the shutting — up of the port of Boston and removing the seat of government to Salem.
The measure was popular.
Even Barre and Conway gave it their approval, and the Bostonians removed their portraits from Faneuil Hall.
Violent language was used in Parliament against the people of Boston.
They ought to have their town knocked gan to fortify Boston Neck, for the purpose of defence only, as he declared.
The Neck was a narrow isthmus that connected the peninsula of Shawmut, on which Boston stood, with the mainland at Roxbury.
He also removed the seat of government from Salem back to Boston.
The work of fortifying went slowly on, for British gold could not buy the labor of Boston carpenters, though suffering from the dreadful depression, and workmen had to be procured elsewhere.
Workmen and timber shipped at New Yor