You can be proud of the American restraint and leadership. Here they were, enduring increased “taxation without representation” and being controlled by the 4,000 “Redcoat” soldiers sent from Britain. Yet in October, 1774, the colonial leaders were meeting with representatives and sent a compromise proposal to London. They considered themselves to be British subjects and wished to be treated as such.
“To these grievous acts and measures Americans cannot submit, but in hopes that their fellow subjects in Great Britain will, on a revision of them, restore us to that state in which both countries found happiness and prosperity…”