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oops, anchored in front of New Orleans; and before the day was over, possession was taken in behalf of the Catholic King, and the Spanish flag was raised at every post in the city. On the Chap. XLI.} 1769. Aug. twentieth, Aubry made a full report of the events of the revolution, and named the chiefs in the enterprise. Aubry to O'Reilly, 20 August. O'Reilly to Grimaldi, 31 August, 1769. It was not easy to arrest them, wrote O'Reilly; but I contrived to cheat their vigilance. On the twenty-first he received at his home the principal inhabitants; and he invited the people's syndics, one by one, to pass into his private apartment. The invitation was regarded as a special honor, till finding themselves all assembled and alone, they showed signs of anxiety. For me, says O'Reilly, I now had none for the success of my plan. Entering his cabinet with Aubry and three Spanish civil officers, he spoke to those who were thus caught in his toils: Gentlemen, the Spanish nation is venera
with his guard, and fell dead from passion or from their bayonets. Martin's History of Louisiana; Gayarreas Hist. de la Louisiane, II. 305. The official report only declares, that he did Chap XLI.} 1769. Aug. not survive the first day of bondage. Note at page 303 of Gayarreas Lectures, Third Series. The blow fell unexpectedly, and spread consternation. An amnesty for the people reserved the right of making further arrests. Provisional decrees settled the government. On the twenty-sixth and the following days, the inhabitants of New Orleans and its vicinity took the oath of allegiance to the Catholic King. Nearly two months passed in collecting evidence against the twelve selected victims. They denied the jurisdiction of the Spanish tribunal over actions done under the flag of France and during the prevalence of French laws. But the tribunal was inexorable. The estates of the twelve, who were the richest and most considerable men in the Province, were confiscated i
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, and much less with the duty we owe our constituents, so we shall NEVER Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 187. make provision for the purposes mentioned in your messages. To his Majesty, rejoined Bernard in his last words, and if he pleases, to his Parliament, must be referred your invasion of the rights of the Imperial Sovereignty. By your own acts you will be judged. Your publications are plain and explicit, and need no comment. And he prorogued the General Court to the tenth of January. Their last message, he wrote to Hillsborough, exceeds every thing. Newport, Rhode Island, witnessed still bolder resistance. A vessel with a cargo of prohibited goods was rescued from the revenue officers, whose ship Chap. XLI.} 1769. July. named Liberty, was destroyed. Hulton, Temple, Paxton, to Gov. Pitkin, 7 Aug. 1769. William Reid's Affidavit. Representation to the King of Commissioners of Inquiry, 22 June, 1773. Just as this was heard of at Boston, Hillsborough's Circ
istration of the Colonies continued. May—August, 1769. Massachusetts had not only like Virginia to Chap. XLI.} 1769. May. assert the rights of America, but also to effect the removal of the troops from Boston, into whose very streets and lanes about two thousand men had been sent, in equal disregard of good policy Mahon's England, v. 406. and of an Act of Parliament. For more than ten months, the Colony remained without an Assembly. The servants of the Crown who had placed their Feb. hopes on the plan for transporting to England the principal Sons of Liberty, became irresolute and timid. Hutchinson's Hist. III. 223. The secret Councils which Bernard now held with Hutchinson Bernard to Hillsborough, 25 May, 1769. and Oliver and Auchmuty, ended only in despair. They had furnished ample information; Hutchinson's History. they had got ready to apply the statute of Henry the Eighth; and had persuaded themselves that inferior offenders would have consulted safety by
of Mass. i. 181. Meantime, Bernard received letters, destroying his hope of an appointment in Virginia, and calling him to England. The blow came on him unexpectedly; as he was procuring settlers for his wild lands, and promising himself a long and secure enjoyment of the emoluments of office under military protection. True to his character, he remained to get if he could an appropriation for his own salary for a year, and to bequeathe confusion to his successor. On the last day of May, the Legislature, before even electing a clerk or a speaker, complained to the Governor of the presence of the armament by sea and land, in the port, and the gates of the city, during the session of the Assembly. Message from the House of Representatives to the Governor, 31 May, 1769, the day of general election. Gentlemen, said Bernard, in reply to what he thought insolent terms, I have no authority over his Majesty's ships in this port, or his troops in this town; nor can I give any
wandered forth through the wilderness of America, in quest of the country of Kentucky, The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon, formerly a Hunter, &c. &c. dictated by himself to John Filson. known to the Savages as the Dark and Bloody Ground, the Middle Ground between the subjects of the Five Nations and the Cherokees. Filson in Imlay's Topographical Description of the Western Territory; Third Ed. 308. After a long and fatiguing journey through mountain ranges, the party found themselves in June on the Red River, a tributary of the Kentucky, and from the top of an eminence surveyed with delight the beauti ful plain that stretched to the Northwest. Here they built their shelter and began to reconnoitre the country and to hunt. All the kinds of wild beasts that were natural to America, the stately elk, the timid deer, the antlered stag, the wild-cat, the bear, the panther and the wolf, couched among the canes, or roamed over the rich grasses, which even beneath the thickest shade spr
unanimous vote. Bradford's History of Massachusetts, i. 185. The House then considered the presence among them of troops, over whom the Governor avowed that the civil power in the Province did not extend. At that very time Gage, who had been intrusted with discretionary authority to withdraw the forces from Boston, ordered two regiments to Halifax, and required Bernard's written opinion respecting the proper disposition of the rest. Gage to Mackay, 4 June, 1769; Mackay to Gov. Gage, 12 June. 1769. After some hesitation, Bernard to Gage, 12 June, 1769. and after conferring with his associates, Bernard reported it to be the opinion of all that the removal of the troops at that time would have very dangerous consequences; Bernard to Gage, 19 June, 1769. and that it would be quite ruinous to the cause of the Crown to draw them all out of the town of Boston. Two regiments, one in the town, the other at the castle, might be sufficient. Bernard to Gage, 26 June, 1769; Ga
the removal of the troops at that time would have very dangerous consequences; Bernard to Gage, 19 June, 1769. and that it would be quite ruinous to the cause of the Crown to draw them all out of the town of Boston. Two regiments, one in the town, the other at the castle, might be sufficient. Bernard to Gage, 26 June, 1769; Gage to Hillsborough, No. 32. During this secret discussion, the Assembly, Answer of the House of Representatives to the Governor's Message of May 31, 1769, June 13; in Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 169, 171. in a message to the Governor, represented that the use of the military to enforce the laws was inconsistent with the spirit of a free Constitution, and that a standing army, in so far as it was uncontrollable by the civil authority of the Province, was an absolute power. Bernard, whose chief anxiety was to get a grant of a year's salary, Hutchinson to Bollan, 13 June, 1769. and who, for the moment, mixed Chap XLI.} 1769. May. som
xed Chap XLI.} 1769. May. some distrust of Hutchinson I. Williams of Hatfield to Hutchinson, 3 May, 1769. with his sudden recall, met their complaint of the presence of troops by adjourning the Legislature to Cambridge; and insisting that by the King's instruction the grant of salaries must be the first Act of the Session, he chid the House for a fortnight's non-activity, and a consequent waste of time and treasure. Message of Governor Bernard, 15 June, 1769. Bernard to Hutchinson, 17 June. No time, replied the House, can be better employed, than in the preservation of the rights derived from the British Constitution; no treasure better expended, than in securing that true old English liberty which gives a relish to every enjoyment; Message from the House of Representatives to the Governor, 19 June, 1769. Bradford, 172, 173. and in earnest and distinct resolves, they iterated their opinions. Resolution of the House of Representatives, 21 June, 1769; Bradford, 174.
recede. The House, having disdainfully rejected his de- July. mand, Answer of the House of Representatives, 4 July, 1ng hold; and an issue was made up between Chap XLI.} 1769. July. the hereditary Senate of the modern Imperial Rome, and theed from the revenue officers, whose ship Chap. XLI.} 1769. July. named Liberty, was destroyed. Hulton, Temple, Paxton, t Hutchinson, 3 May, 1769. on the evening of the last day of July left Boston to sail for Europe. He was to have sent home whom he pleased, said the Boston- Chap. XLI.} 1769. July. eers; but the die being thrown, poor Sir Francis Bernard was the he found that the Ministry had promised Chap. XLI.} 1769. July. the London merchants never to employ him in America again.welcome master, nothing but a desert. When near the end of July, it was told that O'Reilly had arrived at the Balise with ad'accnsation in Gayarre. O'Reilly is not Chap. XLI.} 1769. July. come to ruin the Colony, said Aubry, who had received inst
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