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[249] for an escape from strife by some Plan of Union;
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Jan.
that Grafton, who was much connected with New-York, was believed to be well disposed; that the population was not homogeneous in religion, language, customs, or origin; that the Government and the churchmen acted together; that the city was a corporation in which the mayor was appointed by the king; and the reasons appear why at the hotly1 contested election, which was the last ever held in New-York under the Crown, the coalition gained success over John Morin Scott,2 and the ardent Sons of Liberty.

In Massachusetts Bernard kept up the ferment. He knew it to be a part of Lord Hillsborough's3 system that there never should be another election of Councillors, and he4 and Hutchinson5 also, most secretly6 furnished lists of persons whose appointment they advised. They both importuned the Ministry to remove Temple,7 who would not conceal his opinion,8 that the affections of the colonists were wasting away from the mother country, from the incapacity and ‘avarice’9 of his associates. The wily Hutchinson opposed with all his influence the repeal of the

1 Moore to Hillsborough, 20 Jan. 1769.

2 Daniel Colden to his brother, 31 January, 1769.

3 ‘It is certainly a part of Lord Hillsborough's plan,’ &c., Hutchinson to Israel Williams, 26 Jan. 1769; and compare Bernard to Hillsborough, 4 Feb. 1769, ‘This opinion is so sanguinely entertained,’ &c. &c.

4 Postscript, Supplement to No. 4, Private; Bernard to Hillsborough, 14 Feb. 1769.

5 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, 28 January, 1769.

6 See the whole of Bernard to Hillsborough, 26 January, 1769.

7 Bernard to Hillsborough, 21 Feb. 1769. Hutchinson to the Duke of Grafton.

8 Boston Gazette of 6 Feb. 1769; 723, 1 and 2. The notes to the Letter from London are by Temple.

9 Temple to Grenville, 7 November, 1768; in Grenville Papers, IV. 396, and compare 460.

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