The Town of Boston affords a recent and melancholy demonstration

The Town of Boston affords a recent and melancholy Demonstration of the destructive Consequences of quartering Troops among Citizens in a Time of Peace

“The Town of Boston affords a recent and melancholy Demonstration of the destructive Consequences of quartering Troops among Citizens in a Time of Peace, under a Pretense of supporting the Laws and aiding Civil Authority. Every considerate and unprejudic’d Person among us was deeply impressed with the Apprehension of these Consequences when it was known that a Number of Regiments were ordered to this Town under such a Pretext, but in Reality to enforce oppressive Measures, to awe & control the legislative as well as executive Power of the Province, and to quell a Spirit of Liberty which, however it may have been basely oppos’d and even ridicul’d by some, would do Honor to any Age or Country. A few Persons amongst us had determin’d to use all their Influence to procure so destructive a Measure with a View to their securely enjoying the Profits of an American Revenue, and unhappily both for Britain and this Country they found Means to effect it. . . .” Boston Gazette, March 12, 1770

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