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[290] was rescued from the revenue officers, whose ship
Chap. XLI.} 1769. July.
named Liberty, was destroyed.1

Just as this was heard of at Boston, Hillsborough's Circular promising relief from all ‘real’ grievances and a repeal of the duties on glass, paper and colors, as contrary to the true principles of commerce, was received by Bernard, and was immediately made public. At once the merchants, assembling on the twenty-seventh of July, voted unanimously, that this partial repeal was insufficient, since the duty on tea was to be retained to save ‘the right’ of taxing; and it was resolved to send for no more goods from Great Britain, a few specified articles excepted, unless the revenue Acts should be repealed. The inhabitants of the town were to purchase nothing from violators of this engagement; the names of recusant importers were to be published;2 and the Acts of Trade themselves came under the consideration of a committee,3 appointed to prepare a statement of the embarrassments to commerce, growing out of the late regulations.4

In the midst of this commotion Bernard, having completed his pecuniary arrangements with Hutchinson to his own satisfaction,5 on the evening of the last day of July left Boston to sail for Europe. ‘He was ’

1 Hulton, Temple, Paxton, to Gov. Pitkin, 7 Aug. 1769. William Reid's Affidavit. Representation to the King of Commissioners of Inquiry, 22 June, 1773.

2 See Vote in Boston Gazette, 31 July, 1769; 747, 1, 2.

3 Frances to the Duke of Choiseul, 8 September, 1769, gives a very good account. Hutchinson's History, III. 252, 253.

4 Observations on Several Acts of Parliament, passed in the 4th, 6th and 7th years of his present Majesty's reign, &c. &c.; published by the Merchants of Boston, 1769.

5 For the preceding jealousy of Bernard, see Andrew Oliver to Hutchinson, 22 June, 1769. Letters passed between Hutchinson and Bernard. Compare I. Williams of Hatfield to T. Hutchinson, 3 May, 1769.

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