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[151] and natural rights on concealed accusations? With
Chap Xxxiii} 1768. May
truer loyalty towards the mother country, Samuel Adams,1 through the Agent, advised the repeal of the Revenue Acts, and the removal of a Governor, in whom the Colonies could never repose confidence.

But Bernard went on, persuading Hillsborough that America had grown refractory2 in consequence of the feeble administration of the Colonies during the time of Conway and Shelburne; that it required ‘his Lordship's distinguished abilities’3 to accomplish the ‘most arduous task of reducing them into good order.’ ‘It only needs,’ said Hutchinson,4 ‘one steady plan, pursued a little while.’ At that moment the people of Massachusetts, confidently awaiting a favorable result of their appeal to the King, revived their ancient spirit of loyalty. At the opening of the political year on the last Wednesday in May, the new House of Representatives came together with a kindlier disposition towards England than had existed for several years. The two parties were nearer an equality.5 On the day of election, after hearing a sermon in which Shute of Hingham denied the supreme authority of Parliament and justified resistance to laws not based on equity,6 the Legislature seemed willing to restore Hutchinson to the Council, and on the first ballot he had sixty-eight votes where he needed but seventy-one.7

1 Samuel Adams to S. de Berdt, 14 May, 1768.

2 Bernard to Hillsborough, 19 May, 1768.

3 Bernard to Hillsborough, 12 May, 1768.

4 Hutchinson to——, 26 May, 1768.

5 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, 14 June, 1768.

6 Letter of Hutchinson, 21 July, 1768.

7 Compare Bernard to Hillsborough, 30 May, 1768; Hutchinson to Nathaniel Rogers, 7 June, 1768.

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