Charters of the provinces of Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pensylvania [sic], Massachusetts Bay and Georgia with narrative of the proceedings of the North American colonies in consequence of the late Stamp Act. London: Printed for W. Owen at Temple-Bar; J. Almon, in Piccadilly; and F. Blyth at John's Coffee-House, Royal-Exchange, 1766. [excerpt]


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The province of New Hampshire appointed the 14th of November to be held as aday [sic] of general thanksgiving; and the province of Massachuset’s [sic] Bay appointed the 5th of December for [sic the same purpose.


On the last day of October, the people of New Hampshire assembled, on having heard that Mr. Messerve, notwithstanding his late verbal resignation, intended to distribute the stamps; and went to him, where the King’s council had conducted him, to the Plains, two miles from Portsmouth; and there Judge Warner, one of the council, administered to him a solemn oath, that he would not execute his office in this province. That oath, and the declaration of the council, that the stamps should remain in New Castle fort, un-opened, satisfied the people, who all dispersed quietly.


Since that time, no fresh accounts have been received, except some letters from a clergyman in Philadelphia; with some extracts from which we conclude this narrative: and the annexed Charters will enable the reader to form a better judgment of the propriety or impropriety of the Americans [sic] behavior.


“’Tis impossible to give you an idea of the universal contempt all sorts of people here affect to shew [sic] for English goods. It is a kind of madness that has seized them, occasioned by some of your late acts; though I do not think they are really madder in this respect than they used to be, for they were before as madly fond of everything that came from Britain. They have therefore only changed one kind of madness for another; one that made them poor, for one that will save their money, and of course, make them rich.”


Another says, “Don’t imagine that your acts of parliament have no power here: They have had the power of working miracles; of turning, by a few dashes of the pen, a million of as good, faithful, and affectionate subjects, as any government ever had, into little less than downright rebels. England and its parliament had the love, respect, and veneration of every American, from the fist settlement of the colonies; heretofore, their hearts were always on the right side, but now are on the wrong; your late state physicians having, like their brethren in Moliere, “change tout cela.”


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