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‘ [251] of the Parent State.’ He had put many sugges-
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Jan.
tions on paper, but behind all he had further ‘thoughts, which he dared not trust to pen and ink.’1

‘Poison will continue to be instilled into the minds of the people,’ wrote Hutchinson's brotherin-law, Oliver,2 ‘if there be no way found to take off the original incendiaries.’ The Bedford Address for shipping American traitors to England having come to hand, a way was open for ‘talking them off;’ and Bernard and Oliver and Hutchinson, the three relentness enemies to Colonial freedom, with the Attorney-General, were very busy3 in getting evidence especially against Samuel Adams; and affidavits, sworn to before Hutchinson,4 were sent to England, to prove him fit to be transported under the Act of Henry the Eighth. Nor was he alone to be called to account; but Edes and Gill, also, ‘the trumpeters of sedition,’ and through them ‘all the chiefs of the Faction, all the authors of numberless treasonable and seditious writings.’5 ‘A few individuals stigmatized,’ wrote one of Hutchinson's underlings,6 “would cause us to reform.”

‘I sometimes wish,’ said one of a neighboring Colony, ‘that two thirds of the gentlemen of the law, and as great a number of the printers, had been shipped to some sandy spot on the African shore for at least seven years.’7

1 From the Letter Book; where the person to whom the letter is addressed is not named.

2 Andrew Oliver to Thomas Whately, Boston, 13 Feb. 1769; in Letters, &c., 30, 31.

3 Bernard to Hillsborough, 24 January, 1769.

4 Copies of the Affidavits in my possession.

5 Bernard to Hillsborough, 25 January, 1769.

6 N. Rogers [connected with Hutchinson and Oliver], to W. S. Johnson, Jan. 1769.

7 J Chew of New London, Conn.

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