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them a general fund, to be issued and applied as the commander-in-chief should direct, and provision for all such charges as might arise from furnishing quarters.
The administration was confirmed in its purpose of throwing the burden of furnishing quarters upon the colonies by the authority of Murray.
His opinion against the statute of Pennsylvania, which, in extending the act of parliament to punish mutiny, regulated the providing of quarters, drew a distinction between Englishmen and Americans.
The law, said he, assumes propositions true in the mother country, and rightly asserted in the reign of Charles the First and Charles the Second, in times of peace, and when soldiers were kept up without the consent of parliament; but the application of such positions, in tine of war, in the case of troops raised for their pro-
chap. IX.} 1756. tection by the authority of parliament,—made the first time by an assembly, many of whom plead what they call conscience for not joining in the