THE ARRIVAL OF THE TROOPS.
IF we look back through the controversy that preceded the independence of America, the year 1768 stands out as an important one. The adoption by the Assembly of Massachusetts of the state papers described in the preceding chapter signalized the opening of the year. These were presently after published together in England by that liberal-handed friend of America, Thomas Hollis, under the title, "The True Sentiments of America." They impressed profoundly public sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic. Events of commensurate importance presently followed, and the year was not to close without a marked increase in the estrangement between mother-land and colonists.
In Pennsylvania the "Farmer's Letters" of John Dickinson were meeting with wide approval and quickly obtained circulation in the colonies in general. They were entirely in accord with the Massachusetts utterances, and