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[250] Revenue Act;1 recommended to remove the main
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Jan.
objection to Parliamentary authority, by the offer to the colonists of such ‘a plan of representation’ in the British Parliament, as he knew they must reject;2 informed against the free constitutions of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island as tending to produce another Congress;3 and advised and solicited and importunately demanded such an extension of the laws of Treason as would have rendered every considerable man in Boston liable to its penalties. In letters to a member of that Parliament,4 whose authority he wished it made treasonable to deny,—written for public purposes,5 and communicated to Grenville6 himself, to Temple,7 and to others,—he declared that ‘measures which he could not think of without pain were necessary for the peace and good of the Colony.’ ‘There must be,’ said he, ‘an abridgment of what are called English Liberties.’8 He avowed his desire to see some further restraint, lest otherwise the connection with Great Britain should be broken; and he consoled himself for his advice, by declaring it impossible for so distant a Colony to ‘enjoy all the liberty ’

1 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, 24 Jan. 1769.

2 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, 24 Jan. 1769, and to Gov. Pownall, 29 Jan. 1769.

3 From the Draft by Hutchinson.

4 Thos. Hutchinson to T. Whately, 20 Jan. 1769.

5 Of a previous Letter Whately writes, ‘I have not been wanting to signify through proper channels,’ &c. &c. Whately to Hutchinson, London, 11 Feb. 1769.

6 Compare for example, Whately to Grenville, 3 Dec. 1769. ‘Another Correspondent, the same gentleman, one of whose letters I lately sent you,’ &c. &c. The gentleman was Hutchinson. This confirms Almon's statement.

7 Almon's Biographical anecdotes of Eminent Men; II. 105. Biog. Of Thomas Whately. ‘Mr. Whately showed them to Mr. Grenville, who showed them to Lord Temple, and they were seen by other gentlemen.’ This refers to the very letter of Hutchinson above cited. Almon is good authority for what relates to Temple.

8 The Letters of Gov. Hutchinson and Lieut. Gov. Oliver 16 17.

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