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68 A PROCLAMATION.
By Scotchmen lov'd, by Scotchmen taught, By all your country Scotchmen thought; Fear Bute, fear Mansfield, North and me, And be as blest as slaves can be.
1 Tremble ! for know 7, Thomas Gage. Thomas Gage was the last royal governor of Massachusetts. He was appointed governor of Montreal in 1760, and in 1763 was commissioned commander-in-chief of all the royal forces in North America. In the government of Massachusetts, he inflicted the people of Boston with the most rigorous laws and restrictions, thinking it a duty he owed his king, and his departure for England in the fall of 1775, was hailed, by those people, with unbounded joy. He died in 1787.
2 To humble that rebellious band. The people of Virginia at all times resisted the attempts of Parliament to tax them without their consent. The bold declaration of Patrick Henry, before the House of Burgesses, in 1764, that " Caesar had his Brutus—Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third may profit by their example,'' still rang in the ears of royalty, and the patriots were looked upon as a " rebellious band that must be broken."
3 Hail Middlesex ! oh happy county! An inconsiderable number of the inhabitants of the county of Middlesex, in Virginia, during the early part of 1774, undertook to make some resolves, contradictory to the general sentiment of that colony. That gave occasion to the following production, written by a " Lady of Pennsylvania."
To manhood he makes a vain pretence, Who wants both manly force and sense; 'Tis but the form and not the matter, According to the schoolmen's clatter; From such a creature, Heaven defend her! Each lady cries, no neuter gender ! But when a number of such creatures, With woman's hearts and manly features, Their country's generous schemes perplex, 1 own I hate this Middle-sex.