UNION OF BEDFORD AND THE KING. THE REGULATORS OF NORTH
CAROLINA. HILLSBOROUGH SECRETARY FOR THE COLONIES.
THE people of Boston had gone out of favor with almost everybody in England. Even Rockingham said, the Americans were determined to leave their friends on his side the water, without the power of advancing in their behalf a shadow of excuse. This was the state of public feeling when, on the nineteenth of July 1768, Hallowell arrived in London, with letters giving an exaggerated account of what had happened in Boston on the tenth of June. London, Liverpool, and Bristol grew anxious; stocks fell. There arose rumors of a suspension of commerce, and America owed the merchants and manufacturers of England four millions sterling.
Nearly all the ministers united in denouncing “vengeance against that insolent town” of Boston. “If the government,” said they, “now gives way, as it did about the stamp act, it will be all over with its authority in America.” As Grafton was in the country, Hallowell was examined at the treasury chambers before Lord North and Jenkinson. He represented that the determination to break the revenue laws was not universal; that the revenue officers who remained there were not insulted; that the spirit displayed in Boston did not extend beyond its limits; that Salem and Marblehead made no opposition to the payment of the duties; that the people in the country would not join, if Boston were actually to resist government; but that the four commissioners at the castle could not return to town till measures were taken for their protection.