the Colonies, which gave Government so much offence some years ago is
renewed. A letter has been read in the Assembly, at Boston,
a resolution of the Assembly of Virginia, to maintain a correspondence
with the Sister Colonies; which letter and resolution were almost
approved. A Committee is appointed for that purpose, and instructions
to that Committee to inform themselves without delay, by what authority
a Court of Inquiry was constituted at Rhode Island, said to be vested
powers to transport persons accused of offences committed in America,
places beyond the seas to be tried.
These instructions have
circulated to the respective Assemblies upon the Continent, in
that they will readily unite in support of the Rights and Liberties of
the American Colonies, at a time when those Rights and Liberties appear
to be systematically invaded.
In the meantime the
appointed by the King to enquire into the circumstances of attacking
Majesty's schooner Gaspee, at Rhode Island, have again engaged lodgings
at Newport, having received fresh intructions from Government to
on that business.
In a message that the
of Representatives of the Province of Massachusett's bay, in
presented to the Governor, there is this remarkable paragraph. "When we
consider, say they, the many attempts that have been made effectually
render null and void those Clauses in our Charter, upon which the
of our Constitution depends, we should be lost to all public feeling,
we not manifest a just resentment. We are more and more
that it has been the design of Administration totally to subvert the
and introduce an arbitrary government into this province; and we cannot
wonder that the apprehensions of this people are thoroughly awakened."
When this message was formed there were 91 members in the house, and it
passed by a majority of 81.
Some discoveries have
been made of an extraordinary correspondence carried on by persons of
character, in the above province of Massachusetts Bay, the tendency of
which, was, as the assembly have voted, "to subvert the Constitution,
to introduce Arbitrary Government in its stead."--While the letters
to this affair were before the House, the Governor sent a message to
Assembly, in which he declared, "that he was not concious of having
any letters with such a tendency, and desiring a transcript of their
relative thereto. To which the house replied, in substance, that he
denied the writing of any letters of such tendency, they desired him to
lay before the house, copies of such letters as he did write, of the
and to the person to whom the letters now before it were
affair has alarmed the whole province.
The Committee appointed
consider the several letters laid before the House of Representatives,
at Boston in N. England, among other spirited resolutions, came to the
"Resolved, That this
is bound in duty to the King and their constituents, humbly to
to his Majesty the conduct of his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq;
and the Hon. Andrew Oliver, Esq; Lieutenant Governor of this province,
and to pray his Majesty would be pleased to remove them for ever from
spirit of the people of N. England, may be known by the Resolution of
town-meeting of Gorham, on the Eastern frontiers of that province; who,
among others, Resolved, That it is the opinion of this town, that it is
better to risk our lives and fortunes, in the defence of our rights
and religious, than to die by piece meal in slavery.