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[285] true to his New England town. Nor let history speak
Chap. XLI.} 1769. May.
the praise only of those who win glory in the field or high honors in the State; a place should be reserved for a husbandman like him, rich in the virtues of daily life, of calm and modest courage, of a character trustworthy and unassuming, who was sent from cultivating his fields to take part in legislation, and carried to his task a discerning mind and an intrepid and guileless heart.—The town of Roxbury recommended a correspondence between the House of Representatives in Massachusetts, and the Assemblies of other Provinces.1

Meantime, Bernard received letters, destroying his hope of an appointment in Virginia, and calling him to England. The blow came on him unexpectedly; as he was procuring settlers for his wild lands, and promising himself a long and secure enjoyment of the emoluments of office under military protection. True to his character, he remained to get if he could an appropriation for his own salary for a year, and to bequeathe confusion to his successor.

On the last day of May, the Legislature, before even electing a clerk or a speaker, complained to the Governor of the presence of ‘the armament by sea and land, in the port, and the gates of the city, during the session of the Assembly.’2

‘Gentlemen,’ said Bernard, in reply to what he thought insolent terms, ‘I have no authority over his Majesty's ships in this port, or his troops in this town; nor can I give any orders for the removal of the ’

1 Bradford's Hist. of Mass. i. 181.

2 Message from the House of Representatives to the Governor, 31 May, 1769, the day of general election.

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