Mr. Quincy labored hard with the governor to obtain his assent, but he was obstinate.
And as the Assemblies could not make permanent laws without his assent, so neither could he make a law for them without theirs.
When this act however came over, the proprietaries, counselled by Paris, determined to oppose its receiving the royal assent.
I had always understood from our charters that our laws were to be made by our Assemblies, to be presented indeed to the king for his royal assent, but that being once given the king could not repeal or alter them.
But the governor refusing his assent to their bill (which included this with other sums granted for the use of the crown), unless a clause were inserted exempting the proprietary estate from bearing any part of the tax that would be necessary, the Assembly, tho’ very desirous of making their grant to New England effectual, were at a loss how to accomplish it.
—B. My ideas at that time were, that the sect should be begun and spread at first among young and single men only; that each person to be initiated should not only declare his assent to such creed, but should have exercised himself with the thirteen weeks’ examination and practice of the virtues, as in the before-mention’d model; that the existence of such a society should be kept a secret, till it was become considerable, to prevent solicitations for the admission of improper persons,…
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She takes my silence as assent.
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Their murmurs of assent and disapproval gave her a sense of order and rightness.