He wrote in "The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved," 1764:
As colonists became resistant, General Thomas Gage, Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in America, was ordered to bring them into submission.
- Boston Port Act (June 1, 1774);
- a new Quartering Act (June 2, 1774);
- Administration of Justice Act (May 20, 1774);
- Massachusetts Government Act (May 20, 1774); followed by the
- The Quebec Act (June 22, 1774), which confiscated western lands owned by Americans, causing other colonies, especially Virginia, to side with Massachusetts.