unless on some very extraordinary occasion.
_Q._ But who are to be the judges of that extraordinary occasion? Is
not the parliament?
_A._ Though the parliament may judge of the occasion, the people will
think it can never exercise such right, till representatives from
the colonies are admitted into parliament; and that, whenever the
occasion arises, representatives _will_ be ordered.
_Q._ Did you never hear that Maryland, during the last war, had
refused to furnish a quota towards the common defence?
_A._ Maryland has been much misrepresented in that matter. Maryland,
to my knowledge, never refused to contribute, or grant aids to the
crown. The assemblies, every year during the war, voted considerable
sums, and formed bills to raise them. The bills were, according
to the constitution of that province, sent up to the council, or
upper house, for concurrence, that they might be presented to the
governor, in order to be enacted into laws. Unhappy disputes between
the two houses--arising from the defects of that constitution
principally--rendered all the bills but one or two abortive. The
proprietary's council rejected them. It is true, Maryland did
contribute its proportion; but it was, in my opinion, the fault of
the government, not of the people.
_Q._ Was it not talked of in the other provinces as a proper measure,
to apply to parliament to compel them?
_A._ I have heard such discourse; but as it was well known, that the
people were not to blame, no such application was ever made, nor any
step taken towards it.
_Q._ Was it not proposed at a public meeting?
_A._ Not that I know of.
_Q._ Do you remember the abolishing of the paper-currency in New
England, by act of assembly?
_A._ I do remember its being abolished in the Massachusett's Bay.
_Q._ Was not lieutenant-governor Hutchinson principally concerned in
_A._ I have heard so.
_Q._ Was it not at that time a very unpopular law?
_A._ I believe it might, though I can say little about it, as I lived
at a distance from that province.
_Q._ Was not the _scarcity of gold and silver_ an argument used
against abolishing the paper?
_A._ I suppose it was.
_Q._ What is the present opinion there of that law? Is it as
unpopular as it was at first?
_A._ I think it is not.
_Q._ Have not instructions from hence been sometimes sent over to
governors, highly oppressive and unpolitical?
_Q._ Have not some governors dispensed with them for that reason?
_A._ Yes, I have heard so.
_Q._ Did the Americans ever dispute the controling power of
parliament to regulate the commerce?
_Q._ Can any thing less than a
He was a pious and prudent man; She, a discreet and virtuous woman.Page 15
du Port Royal.Page 17
It was the second that appeared in America, and was called the New England Courant.Page 25
Keimer made verses too, but very indifferently.Page 30
At Newport we took in a number of passengers for New York, among which were two young women, companions, and a grave, sensible, matron-like Quaker woman, with her attendants.Page 32
We hardly exchang'd a civil word afterwards, and a West India captain, who had a commission to procure a tutor for the sons of a gentleman at Barbadoes, happening to meet with him, agreed to carry him thither.Page 39
He had half ruin'd Miss Read's father by persuading him to be bound for him.Page 47
On one of these days, I was, to my surprise, sent for by a great man I knew only by name, a Sir William Wyndham, and I waited upon him.Page 55
All our cash was now expended in the variety of particulars we had been obliged to procure, and this countryman's five shillings, being our first-fruits, and coming so seasonably, gave me more pleasure than any crown I have since earned; and the gratitude I felt toward House has made me often more ready than perhaps I should otherwise have been to assist young beginners.Page 62
One Whitemash, a compositor I had known in London, an excellent workman, now came to me, and work'd with me constantly and diligently; and I took an apprentice, the son of Aquila Rose.Page 80
| | | +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+ I determined to give a week's strict attention to each of the virtues successively.Page 84
" And I believe this may have been the case with many, who, having, for want of some such means as I employ'd, found the difficulty of obtaining good and breaking bad habits.Page 88
HAVING mentioned a great and extensive project which I had conceiv'd, it seems proper that some account should be here given of that project and its object.Page 98
Our articles of agreement oblig'd every member to keep always in good order, and fit for use, a certain number of leather buckets, with strong bags and baskets (for packing and transporting of goods), which were to be brought to every fire; and we agreed to meet once a month and spend a social evening together, in discoursing and communicating such ideas as occurred to us upon the subject of fires, as might be useful in our conduct on such occasions.Page 101
Both streets were fill'd with his hearers to a considerable distance.Page 121
The American office never had hitherto paid any thing to that of Britain.Page 123
colonies, so united, would have been sufficiently strong to have defended themselves; there would then have been no need of troops from England; of course, the subsequent pretence for taxing America, and the bloody contest it occasioned, would have been avoided.Page 129
counties have lately complained to the Assembly that a sufficient currency was wanting; you have an opportunity of receiving and dividing among you a very considerable sum; for, if the service of this expedition should continue, as it is more than probable it will, for one hundred and twenty days, the hire of these waggons and horses will amount to upward of thirty thousand pounds, which will be paid you in silver and gold of the king's money.Page 132
The enemy, however, did not take the advantage of his army which I apprehended its long line of march expos'd it to, but let it advance without interruption till within nine miles of the place; and then, when more in a body (for it had just passed a river, where the front had halted till all were come over), and in a more open part of the woods than any it had pass'd, attack'd its advanced guard by a heavy fire from behind trees and bushes, which was the first intelligence the general had of an enemy's being near him.Page 140
In the dormitories I observed loopholes, at certain distances all along just under the ceiling, which I thought judiciously placed for change of air.