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He himself was the cause of his defeat. As the

Chap. Xxxiii} 1768. May.
Convention were preparing to ballot a second time, Samuel Adams rose to ask whether the Lieutenant-Governor was a pensioner; on which Otis, the other ‘chief head of the faction,’ stood up and declared that Hutchinson had received a warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for two hundred pounds a year out of the proceeds of the new duties; and distributing votes for Artemas Ward, he cried out: ‘Pensioner or no pensioner; surely the House will not think a pensioner of the Crown a fit person to sit in Council.’ ‘But for the warrant,’ confessed Hutchinson, ‘I should have been elected.’ ‘And that,’ added Bernard, ‘would have put quite a new face upon public affairs.’ ‘I,’ said Hutchinson, ‘gave Ward a Lieutenant Colonel's commission in the Provincial Forces, thinking to bring him over;—he is a very sulky fellow.’1 ‘The Government,’ repeated Bernard, ‘should insist upon it, that the Lieutenant Governor and Secretary should have seats and votes at the Council Board without an election.’2 ‘This annual election of the Council spoils the Constitution,’ wrote Hutchinson,3 though he afterwards uttered the falsehood of denying his opinion. ‘The House,’ reported Bernard to Hillsborough, ‘has shown ingratitude, undutifulness and insolence.’ ‘They will not come to a right temper,’ said Hutchinson, ‘until they find that, at all events, the Parliament will maintain its authority, and that to oppose ’

1 Hutchinson to T. Pownal, 7 June, 1768.

2 Bernard to Hillsborough, 30 May, 1768.

3 Hutchinson to R. Jackson, 4 June, 1768.

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