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ulated to inflame the minds of the people, to promote an unwarrantable combination, and to excite open opposition to the authority of Parliament.
You will therefore, said he,
Hillsborough's Circular Letter, 21 April, 1768, as addressed to Rhode Island, in Prior Documents, 220. exert your utmost influence to prevail
Chap. Xxxiii} 1768.
April. upon the Assembly of your Province to take no notice of it, which will be treating it with the contempt it deserves.—If they give any countenance to this seditious paper, it will be your duty to prevent any proceedings upon it by an immediate prorogation or dissolution.
See Hillsborough's letter as sent to Maryland.
This clause was omitted from the letter sent to Rhode Island. This order he sent even to the Governor of Pennsylvania, who, by its Charter, had no power to prorogue or dissolve an Assembly.
Massachusetts was told, that the King considered their resolutions contrary to the sense of the Assembly, and procured by surprise.