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PAULINE.

PAULINE.

PAULINE.

PAULINE.

MONS, DESCHAP.
Come, let me hope that Beauseant's love-

Say that, if his eye
PAULINE.

Could read this heart, its struggles, its templations,

His love- His love itself would pardon that desertion ! Talk not of love ; love has no thought of self! Look on that poor old man; he is my father; Love buys not with the ruthless usurer's gold

He stands upon the verge of an abyss ; The loathsome prostitution of a hand

He calls his child to save him! Shall I shrink Without a heart! Love sacrifices all things

From him who gave me birth ? withhold my hand, To bless the thing it loves! He knows not love. And see a parent perish? Tell him this, Father, his love is hate, his hope revenge !

And say that we shall meet again in Heaven! My tears, my anguish, my remorse for falsehood ;

MELNOTTE. (aside.) These are the joys he wrings from our despair ! The night is past; joy cometh with the morrow. MONS. DESCHAP.

(Aloud) Lady, 1-1-what is this riddle ? what If thou deem'st thus, reject him! Shame and ruin The nature of this sacrifice ? Were better than thy misery; think no more on't.

PAULINE. (pointing to Damas.) My sand is well nigh run; what boots it when

Go ask him! The glass is broken? We'llannul the contract,

BEAUSEANT. (from the table.)
And if lo-morrow in the prisoner's cell

The papers are prepared ; we only need
These aged limbs are laid, why still, my child, Your hand and seal.
I'll think thou art spared; and wait the liberal hour

MELNOTTE.
That lays the beggar by the side of kings!

Stay, lady; one word more.

Were but your duty with your faith united, No, no, forgive me! You, my honored father ; Would you still share the low born peasant's lot ! You, who so loved, so cherish'd me, whose lips Never knew one harsh word! I'm not ungrateful, Would I? Ah, better death with him I love I am but human! hush! Nuro, call the bridegroom; Than all the pomp, which is but as she flowers You see I am prepared; no tears; all calm ;

That crown the victim! (turning arvay) I am ready. But, father, talk no more of love !

(Melnotte rushes to Damas.) MONS. DESCHAP.

DAMAS.
My child,

There,
Tis but one struggle ; he is young, rich, noble; This is the schedule, this the total.
Thy state will rank first mid the dames of Lyons; BEAUSEANT. (to Deschappelles, showing notes.)
And when this heart can shelter thee no more,

These Thy youth will not be guardianless.

Are yours the instant she has signed; you are
Still

the great house of Lyons !

I have set (The nolary is about to hand the contract to Pauline, My foot upon the ploughshare; I will pass

when Melnotte seizes and tears it.) The fiery ordeal. (Aside) Merciful Heaven, support

BEAUSEANT.

Are you mad ? And on the absent wanderer shed the light Of happier stars, lost evermore to me !"

How, sir! What means this insult ?

MELNOTTE. The important actors in the drama have arrived, and

Peace, old man! are present during the following dialogue. Claude I have a prior claim. Before the face

Of man and Heaven I urge it! I outbid Melnotte in disguise :

Yon sordid huckster for your priceless jewel

.

(Giving a pocketbook.) “PAULINE.

There is the sum twice told ! Blush not to take it : " Thrice have I sought to speak; my courage fails me. There's not a coin that is not bought and hallow'd Sir , is it true that you have known, nay, are

In the cause of nations with a soldier's blood !
The friend of Melnotte ?

BEAUSEANT.
MELNOTTE.

Torments and death!

Lady, yes! Myself
And misery know the man!

That voice! Thou art-
And you will see him,

Thy husband ! And you will bear to him, ay, word for word,

(Pauline rushes into his arms.) All that this heart, which breaks in parting from him, Would send, ere still for ever.

Look up! Look up, Pauline ! for I can bear

Thine eyes! The stain is blotted from my name.

He hath told me ! I have redeem'd mine honor. I can call
You have the right to choose from out the world On France to sanction thy divine forgiveness !
A wortbier bridegroom; he foregoes all claim Oh, joy! oh, rapture! By the midnight watch fires
Even to murmur at his doom. Speak on!

Thus have I seen thee! thus foretold this hour!
PAULINE.

And, mid the roar of battle, thus have heard
Tell him, for years I never nursed a thought

The beating of thy heart against my own!
That was not his; that on his wandering way,

BEAUSEANT.
Daily and nightly, poured a mourner's prayers. Fool'd, duped, and triumph'd over in the hour
Tell him, er'n now that I would rather share

Of mine own victory! Curses on ye both!
His lowliest lot, walk by his side, an outcast ; May thorns be planted in the marriage bed!
Work for him, beg with him; live upon the light And love grow sour'd and blacken'd into hate,
Of one kind smile from him, ihan wear the crown Such as the hate that gnaws me.
The Bourbon lost !
MELNOTTE (aside.)

Curse away! Am I already mad ? And let me tell thee, Beauseant, a wise proverb And does delirium utter such sweet words

The Arabs have: "Curses are like young chickens, Into a dreamer's ear? (Aloud) You love him thus,

(Solemnly.) And yet desert him ?

And still come home to roost!"

me!

MONS. DESCHAP.

PAULINE.

PAULINE.

MELNOTTE.

MELNOTTE.

MELNOTTE.

DAMAS,

BEAUSEANT.

PAULINE.

MELNOTTE.

DAMAS.

“ The Hawaiian Spectator, VOL 1, No. 1; Conducted by 20 as.

Their happiness sociation of gentlemen. January, 1833. Hoaolulo, Oahu, Maddens my soul! I am powerless and revengeless! Sandwich Islands. 1838.”

(To madame.) An unexpected stranger is now introduced to our read. I wish you joy! Ha, ha ! The gardener's son! (Exilers, and we doubt not will meet with a cordial reception;

DAMAS. (to Glavis.)
Your friend intends to hang bimself! Methinks

for who is so a pathetic as to be indifferent of a people, You ought to be his travelling companion !

which has constituted an important portion of that beGLAVIS,

nighted race which has been illumed by the benevolent Sir, you are exceedingly obliging!

(Exit. operations of the missionary enterprises of the present Oh! My father, you are saved, and by my husband. judiciously condàcted, we shall be able to obtain in

philanthropic age? By means of such a periodical, Ah! blessed hour!

portant information concerning the geological features Yet you weep still, Pauline !

of this interesting group of islands, the climate, soil PAULINE.

and natural products, the moral and physical powers of But on thy breast! these tears are sweet and holy! the natives, and last, though not least in importance,

MONS. DESCHAP.
You have won love and honor nobly, sir !

the influence of the missionary scheme, whether for Take her ; be happy both !

weal or wo. A very interesting sketch of the MarqueMADAME DESCHAP.

sian character occupies several pages of the present

I'm all astonish'd ! number.
Who, then, is Colonel Morier ?
You behold him!

“ The Hesperian; or Western Monthly Magazine. Edited by MELNOTTE.

William D. Gallagher and Otway Curry. Columbus, Ohio. Morier no more after this happy day!

1838.” I would not bear again my father's name

We have received the first and second numbers of Till I could deem it spotless! The hour's come! this western star, and hail it as an able co-laborer in Heaven smiled on conscience! As the soldier rose

the field of American literature. We wish it a success From rank to rank, how sacred was the fame That cancell'd crime and raised him nearer thee!

commensurate with its deserts.
MADAME DESCHAP.
A colonel and a hero! Well, that's something !
He's wonderously improved! I wish you joy, sir !

“ Catalogue of the Officers and Students of William and Mary MELNOTTE.

College : Session of 1837-38.” Ah! the same love that tempts us into sin,

We are glad to find that this venerable institution of If it be true love, works out its redemption ;

learning continues to receive a considerable portion of And he who seeks repentance for the past,

the students of Virginia, and trust that what is so richly Should woo the angel virtue in the future !”

deserved, will be long continued. The present cas, one hundred and eleven, is within two of being the

largest ever assembled within her classic walls. We “ The Last Man. Petersburg: From the press of Edmund Ruf. copy the following summary :fin. 1839."

A pamphlet of nineteen pages, written in blank “The number of students attending the respective verse, with this modest title-page, has been handed to departments are :

76 us, and its contents have been perused with great plea- T. R. Dew, Pro- Junior Moral Class,.

fessor. Senior Political Class,

38 sure. Although the fastidious or hypercritical may find ground for criticism, yet there is in it much to ad. mire. We look upon it not as "the ripened fruit of a matured plant, but the blossom of a youthful vine”- J. MILLINGTON, Chemistry,...

70 the promise of the future. Genius of a rare order is

Professor. Natural Philosophy, impressed upon it.

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70 of ancient languages in that institution, &c. Raleigh : 1938."

This is an able and eloquent appeal to the youth of B. Tucker, Pro- Junior Political (National Law,) North Carolina ; affectionately but cogently impressing fessor.

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| Municipal Law, upon them the necessity of selecting and pursuing a virtuous, moral, and religious life, from the even tenor of which they must reap happiness and influence.

J. MILLINGTON, Professor of Civil Engineering.....14

D. Browne, Professor of higher classics ..........13 “ Speeches of Joseph Hopkinson and Charles Chauncey, on the

Judicial Tenure. Delivered in the Convention of Pennsylva. nia for revising the Constitution. Philadelpbia : E. L. Carey

I CORRECTION.- In the biographical notice of the & A. Hart. 1938.”

thor of “ Clinton Bradshaw,» « The Emigrant," &c. In the day We commend these able intellectual efforts to the number of the Messenger, the biographer has accidentally it statesmen of our country, assured that they will gleanOn page 300, for the “Beechen Tree," read "The Adreatures

serted “Francis' in the place of Frederick William Thomas from them sound political views.

of a Poet; a tale told in rhyme.”

Vol. IV.

RICHMOND, AUGUST, 1838.

No. VIII.

T. W. WHITE, Editor and Proprietor.

FIVE DOLLARS PER ANNUM.

MENT.

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as the first emotion of pity felt by Angel breasts, for PROSE FRAGMENT. the doom pronounced upon their fallen peers, are the

aspirations of thy noble Soul! That Brow! (Who BY A BACHELOR.

doubts, that once has seen, the character and feelings The mind, says a modern writer, must have its appui. indexed by that Brow? Strange sympathy between Sterne had said before him that the good and feeling the mind and outward form!) The wisdom of Diviheart must have some object whereupon to base its nity hath written there the just and gentle Heart! That deep affections. Sterne was perhaps the more heartless queenlike step and air! I may not all portray their of the two; but his observation accords best with the Dignity and Grace. Do not the tones of thy soft and gentler feelings of our nature.

Alutelike Voice still linger round my memory, and haunt The mind must have its appui-a stay on which to it with a strange, unearthly melody? When shall its rest its thoughts, its hopes, its cares. Ambition that breathings fall upon the ear again! would sacrifice the liberty of nations-would chain up thought and action, and cement inglorious powers by the blood of those over whom they were acquired-has been the guiding passion of some. Thank God! the serpent's head hath been crushed in these our latter

MECKLENBURG days, and the world will henceforth suffer comparatively little from irresponsible power. Wealth has been reared DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.* into an idol. Sensual license hath had no small influence in impressing and controlling the characters of men.

The April number of the “Southern Literary MesLearning—the hidden secrets of nature-the wide vo- senger” contains a spirited article, entitled “The New lume opened by the incomprehensible incidents from an York Review of Mr. Jefferson Reviewed." In the unseen cause daily exhibiting its influence before us in course of the reviewer's remarks, allusion is made to our very dwelling places—the air-the stars--the per

the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, adopted fame of a flower-the innumerable mysteries of space, on the 20th of May, 1775. As the issue there preof time, and of existence—have called forth researches sented is clothed in rather a mystical garb, and as the and created speculations, that have occupied the minds subject is still new, and imperfectly understood by of thousands. Why mention other subjects which many in our common country, we have been induced have furnished the mental food of some, to the exclusion to believe that a condensed view of this novel and inteof all the purer and lovelier feelings of our kind ?

* As this is the second notice taken in the Messenger of the And thou, calm, meek, sublime Religion ! how hast Mecklenburg Declaration, and as it is, in itself, a very curious thou been the hope, the sustaining power, the appui of Revolutionary and Literary relic, we have thought it might many a rare and spotless spirit!

gratify the curiosity of our readers, to lay it before them. The Let me not elevate the selfish pleasures of sense and following is a copy of it, taken from Mr. G. Tucker's “Life of the anomalous pleasures derived from scientific and

Thomas Jefferson,” &c. speculative investigations-let me not depress the pure

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

(20th of May, 1775.) pleasures of religious feeling, properly directed, by com

( That whosoever directly or indirectly abets, or in any way, paring each or any of them with the pleasure that my form, or manner, countenances the unchartered and

dangerous heart would select for its own unmixed delight. Let to this country, to America, and to the inherent and undeniable me not enter into metaphysical discriminations between rights of man. these different feelings more clearly to develope my dissolve the political bands, which have connected us with the

* That we, the citizens of Mecklenburg county, do hereby idea. That is not necessary. It is the sordid mind mother country, and hereby absolve ourselves from all allewith a depraved moral sense—that cannot appreciate contract, or association with that nation, who have wantonly the pure charms of reciprocated affection—the unmea- trampled on our rights and liberties, and inhumanly shed the sured wealth that lies in a virtuous woman's love !

blood of American patriots at Lexington.

" That we do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people; are, and of right ought to be, a sovereign and self

governing association, under the control of no power, other than Yea-after all, my thoughts are all of Thee ! that of our God, and the general government of Congress; to the

maintenance of which independence, we solemnly pledge to

each other, our mutual co-operation, our lives, our fortunes, How doth my spirit wander from the dull page of and our most sacred honor.

" That as we acknowledge the existence and control of no Science, lo summon forth thy bright and gentle glance ! law nor legal officer, civil or military, within this couniy, we Strangely commingled with the bold ideas of old philo- every of our former laws ; wherein, nevertheless, the crown

of sophy-linked to the half framed thoughts on codes, Great Britain never can be considered as holding rights, priand laws, and rights, as they rise upon the mind, steal vileges, immunities, of authority therein. o'er the sense those soft emotions born of Love and officer in this county, is hereby reinstated in his foriner com Faith and Thee! Gentle, yet vivid as that light which And that every member present of this delegation shall hencethe great Creator spoke into being o'er the new-made forth be a civil officer, viz. a justice of the peace, in the charac. world, is the radiant beauty of thy glorious Eye! Pure all matters of controversy, according to said adopted laws; and

VOL. IV.-61

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resting transaction would be acceptable to the readers | conveys salutary advice, and requires only time, in this of the Messenger, and impart summary information to instance, to receive additional confirmation. We are those who have not examined the testimony adduced fully disposed to render to Mr. Jefferson all that meed in its favor. Wherever an impartial investigation has of approbation to which his eminent services justly been instituted on this subject by the candid inquirer entitle him; but, at the same time, wish to guard after trulh, the universal conviction has been, that the against that overweening attachment or parasitical Mecklenburg Resolves are an original and bona fide admiration for a distinguished name which would make Declaration of Independence; and, as such, claim pri- us partial in our decisions. ority over all others. However sensitive the acknow- In preparing this succinct account of a memorable ledged author of the National Declaration was, on the event, and the most prominent causes leading thereto, first announcement of this subject in 1819, and what we shall draw our materials from the few recent pubever skepticism others may now exhibit, yet the vene- lications on the subject. If we differ in opinion from rable maxim, “Truth is powerful and will prevail,” either the reviewer or the reviewed, it will be an honest

difference-not resulting from dark revenge or rancorto preserve peace, union, and harmony in said county, and to use every exertion to spread the love of country and fire' of free. ous feeling—and our remarks, accordingly, will be dom throughout America, until a more general and organized more of a corrective and explanatory, than a controgovernment be established in this province. “ABRAHAM ALEXANDER, Chairman.

versial nature. On the greater portion of the article “ JOHN M'KNITT ALEXANDER, Secretary.

above referred to, touching Mr. Jefferson's religion, It is our misfortune to differ with Mr. Tucker about the cha- moral defects, &c. we are not disposed to offer any racter of this document. He is anxious to justify Mr. Jefferson critique of our own, but feel perfectly willing to permit against the charge of plagiarism, and he contends that the charge is the other way; that the Mecklenburg Declaration has

the literary combatants, been altered, both in its scope and expressions, from its original

“ With stomachs stout cast; that the two paragraphs in which the coincidence (be.

To fight it out." tween the Mecklenburg Declaration and Mr. J.'s Declaration) is found, have been subsequently interpolated, with a view of enhancing the merit of the act, and of making it a more une

Without, therefore, pretending to award the palm of quivocal Declaration of Independence ! One of Mr. Tucker's victory to either, we leave the matter where we find it

, arguments in favor “ of the probability of this supposition,” is, before the public tribunal—sub judice lis est, and shall that " it seems impossible, that if they had all been drawn at acquiesce in their decision. once, the second and third had not preceded that which now

At an early period in the history of North Carolina, stands first. We can (says he) more easily believe that so sin. gular an inversion of natural order was caused by the wish to may be traced manifest signs of that spirit of freedom conceal and counterfeit interpolation, than that it ever could and secret aspirations after liberty, which afterwards have suggested itself to any mind that had written all the five shone out in all their meridian splendor. The great resolutions."

distance of the mother country—the absence of royal We think, on the other hand, that all the propositions stand magnificence—the free exercise of religious opinions in their natural order; that the one grows necessarily out of the general mediocrity of society—the numerous obstathe other, as conclusions following their premises. Mark the necessary connexion !

cles surmounted in settling a wilderness and securing a The 1st proposition declares in substance that Great Britain home, all tended to produce among the colonies a sense has violated the charter of our rights,--so plainly and directly of self-dependence, and render them averse to every spethat no man can countenance the invasion, without being an cies of superiority or domination. They were so many enemy to America, and to the inherent rights of man. And because she has so directly invaded our charter and our

excitants in awakening successful enterprize, and gra. rights, therefore the 2nd resolution declares the political bonds, dually unfolding to view a progressive development of that have connected us with the mother country are hereby dis- national pride. From these causes and others of col. Bolved. Because these are dissolved, the 3rd proposition therefore all men were " created equal,” endowed with certain

lateral tendency, originated an early conviction that declares us to be a free and independent people, a sovereign and self-governing association, subject to no other control than the "inalienable” or “inherent rights,” and entitled to power of God, and the authority of the general government of certain “exclusive privileges." When it was resolved Congress--and they pledge themselves io maintain that inde- by Parliament on the 10th of March, 1764, to raise a pendence at every hazard. And because, as a consequence of this dissolution, they ac. delicate cord of " national rights” was sensibly touched

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revenue in the colonies by a system of taxation, the knowledge the existence of no law or officer (of the British government--as some temporary government is wanting within and ceased not to vibrate unlil the disturbing cause was hat county,) they, therefore, in the 4th proposition adopt, (of removed. On the 31st of October following, we find ineir own accord,) and as their rule of action, their former laws; the popular house of the assembly of North Carolina, disclaiming at the same time any authority in the British crown in their address to the Governor, openly avowing its to claim any rights, privileges, &c. under those laws.

And because they have voluntarily re-adopted the laws (and injustice and unconstitutionality. On the passage must have officers to carry them into execution), the 5th propo- the Stamp Act in 1765, the citizens of North Carolina sition therefore reinstales every military officer in the county in exhibited, in common with the other colonies, an unhis former authority and they also constitute civil officers, to qualified disapprobation of the “odious measure," and issue processes, and determine all matters of controversy, ac. cording to said adopted laws, &c.

a stern and unyielding opposition to its execution In all this it appears to us, that there is nothing forced, and no within her borders. This exasperated state of feeling inversion of the natural order--but that the several links form a and complete failure on the part of the British ministry connected chain of propositions—the 2nd naturally growing out to distribute stamps, we cannot pursue in detail Sufof the 1st, the 3rd out of the 2nd, until the whole are ex. fice it to say, it justly constitutes one of the proudest hausted.

But, though we cannot subscribe to Mr. T.'s suppositions, still and most brilliant achievements in the history of the we agree with him

in his main object. We clear Mr. Jefferson state. But another strong fomenting cause in North of the

charge of plagiarism, as we have shown in our April No. Carolina, of an early and continued repugnance against

of

British authority, and which ultimately exerted a more liquors, &c. Of these distracting questions the courtpowerful influence on the destinies of her people, than law controversy was the most prominent source of disgrievances of a common nature, is to be found in the satisfaction. number and frequency of her gubernatorial quarrels. In “For more than twenty years before the Revoluthe history of no one of the colonies, not excepting Mas- tionary war, the popular house and the Governors were sachusetts with her inexorable Hutchinson, can be traced divided on the details of a bill to establish Courts of such a continual conflict of opinion betwixt the Governors Law.” We will now advert to a few important transand people. Every arbitrary exaction, or unjust inva- actions in the administration of Josiah Martin, Tryon's sion of the people's rights on the part of the Governors, successor, and the last of the royal Governors. On who were mere instruments of power, clothed with a the 19th of November, 1771, Martin met his first assemlittle brief authority, strongly tended to aggravate bly. At each session of the assembly, from the year existing troubles, and weaken allegiance to the crown. 1771 to 1774, inclusive, there occurred a quarrel with Hence arose the belief that “moderation ceased to be the Governor, invariably terminating in a prorogation a virtue, when the liberty of the British subject was in of that body. These prorogations or dissolutions unidanger;" and to submit, under such circumstances, formly grew out of the adoption of some high-toned became a crime. From the 3rd of April, 1765, to the 1st resolution, or the passage of some bill on the several of July, 1771, North Carolina was governed by Wil- local questions which agitated the province. After the liam Tryon. During the whole term of his ad- dissolution of the assembly, in the spring of 1774, the ministration, the public mind was agitated by the situation of the province was little short of anarchy. passage of the Stamp Act. Tryon met his first assem- The total disregard to the wants of the people on the bly one month after entering upon the duties of his part of the Governor, could not fail to produce the most office. Rumors and reports from the North currently intense excitement. Owing to this incessant source of prevailed among the people, that the Stamp Act had vexation, and the universal discontent that prevailed, been passed by Parliament. “This intelligence reached we find the principal whig leaders of that day busily Wilmington shortly after the meeting of the assembly; engaged in maturing plans for the organization of a proand such was the violence exhibited by the members vincial Congress, “directly from the people, and indeof the popular house, that Governor Tryon suddenly pendent of the authority of the Governor.” The prorogued the legislative body on the 18th of the same following extract from a letter of William Hooper to month in which it had assembled. The popular house James Iredell, dated April 26th, 1774, forcibly illushad but just replied to the opening speech of the Go-trates the tone of thinking among some of the public vernor, and adopted the usual preliminary steps of characters on prospective events, in which it is said, legislation.” Such was the excitement produced, that “With you I anticipate the important share which the the Governor " apprehended an overt act of treason; colonies must soon have in regulating the political ba and to arrest the disease in its incipient stage, pro- lance. They are striding fast to independence, and will rogued the assembly.” The patriotic enthusiasm that ere long build an empire on the ruins of Britain ; will manifested itself, was so strong, that “the speaker, adopt its constitution, purged of its impurities; and, John Ashe, pledged himself that he would resist the from an experience of its defects, will guard against iniquitous law, and informed the Governor that the those evils which have wasted its vigor, and brought it people would support him in the holy cause. Had the to an untimely end." This is strong language, and Gorerror permitted the house to have organized itself sufficiently indicative of the spirit of the times. It is on the 30th of November, the day to which it stood here particularly adverted to, that the reader may mark prorogued, its proceedings would not have proved less the period that gave it birth. When the project of a treasonable in the eyes of royalty.

provincial and continental Congress was published In this year, 1765, a proposition was adopted by the abroad, the people embraced it with enthusiasm and assembly of Massachusetts, and warmly responded to zeal. About the 1st of July handbills were circulated by the other colonies, to form a general Congress, con- throughout the province, inviting the people to elect sisting of delegates from the popular house of each. delegates to a convention, to be held at Newbern on In this Congress, which convened in New York, seve- the 25th of August. The objects of the said convenral of the colonies were not represented. North Caro- tion were stated to be to express the sentiments of the lina was deprived of the opportunity of sending dele- people "on acts lately passed by the Parliament of gates, through the rash prorogation of the assembly Great Britain, and to appoint delegates to represent the above alluded to, just on the eve of entering into an elec- province in a continental Congress.” By the 1st of tion. The popular house was not permitted to convene August a large majority of the counties had held elecitself until November, 1766; being prorogued in Feb- tions, and returned their most faithful leaders. When ruary preceding, by royal proclamation. Thus, through information of these elections reached the Governor, the fears of the Governor, the province was deprived of who at first doubted the success of the plan, he issued, an assembly for more than eighteen months. · At this on the 12th of August, the usual missile of authority, a session occurred a quarrel with the Governor on account proclamation, condemning such proceedings. But the of the long chasm in the legislation of the province. proclamation proved of no avail- vox, et præterea nihilThe house likewise regretted its inability of acting in a vain and inoperative display of words. The deleconcert with the other colonies in the late Congress. gates punctually met in Newbern on the 25th of AuBut our limits will compel us to pass over many legis- gust, 1774. This was the first provincial Congress. The lative disputes growing out of acts of ministerial dicta- interesting proceedings on that occasion can receive in tion—the court-law controversy—the repeal of the acts this sketch nothing more than a passing notice. The of 1743 and : 1754, laying a poll-tax, and a duty on several acts of Parliament, imposing duties on imports,

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