It did not take long for the redcoats to make their presence felt. After Adams prevented them from being quartered in other areas, the redcoats found a garrison in old Boston warehouses from where they could keep an eye on the city at all times. Parliament readied an old statute that allowed Americans to be extradited to Britain for treason–a move that caused shivers throughout the Sons of Liberty. Adams, James Otis, and the others were relieved when the Massachusetts attorney general could not come up with a chargeable offense of treason for any of them. The redcoats patrolled the whole city and challenged everyone who entered or left Boston. Cannons were placed across the street from the legislature and soldiers overran the Town House. Adams smarted and waited for the day when full martial law would be installed.
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