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[252] While Hutchinson, eager to find ‘proceedings1
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Jan.
amounting to treason,’ was taking depositions, so that ‘the principal ac ors might be called to account,’ those whom he sought to arraign as traitors were aware of his designs, publicly2 reproached him for his baseness in performing ‘the office of an informer’ while he held the post of Chief Justice, and avowed their opinions more boldly than ever. ‘Parliament will offer you a share in the representative body,’ said the royalists; and the suggestion was always indignantly spurned, since a true representation was impossible.3Boston may be deprived of its trade,’ thus they foreshadowed the policy adopted five years later. ‘What then?’ it was asked. ‘Will the decline of British credit be remedied by turning our sea-ports into villages?’ ‘Governor Bernard has been spoken of with great respect;’ reported the official journal. ‘And so has Otis,’ rejoined the Boston Gazette; ‘and has been compared to the Pyms, the Hampdens, the Shippens of Britain.’ ‘Bernard has had some very uncommon difficulties to contend with,’ said royalists in his excuse. ‘And Otis and his compatriots,’ retorted Samuel Adams, ‘have doubtless had none! no toils, no self-denials, no threatenings, no tempting baits! All the virtue is on one side; virtue was never known to be separated from power or profit.’4 ‘We should have been ruined by this time, had not the troops arrived,’5 wrote one who was grasping at a lucrative

1 Hutchinson to Israel Williams, 26 Jan. 1769.

2 Boston gazette, 20 Feb. 1769, 725, 3, 1.

3 E Compare A. Eliot to T. Hollis, 29 Jan. 1769.

4 Samuel Adams under the signature of Shippen, in the Boston Gazette of 30 January, 1769; 722, 2, 1, 2 and 3.

5 N. Rogers to W. S. Johnson, 12 Jan. 1769.

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