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Chapter 42:

The non-importation agreement enforced.—the New Tory party installed in power.


August 1769,—January 1770.

‘the Lieutenant Governor well understands my
Chap. XLII.} 1769. Aug.
system,’1 said Bernard, as he transferred the Government. Hutchinson was descended from one of the earliest settlers of Massachusetts and loved the land of his birth. A native of Boston, he was its representative for ten years, during three of which he was Speaker of the Assembly; for more than ten other years, he was a member of the Council, as well as Judge of Probate; since June 1758,2 he had been Lieutenant Governor, and since September 1760, Chief Justice also; and twice he had been chosen Colonial Agent. No man was so experienced in the public affairs of the Colony; and no one was so familiar with its history, usages and laws. In the Legislature he had assisted to raise the credit of Massachusetts by substituting hard money for a paper currency. As a Judge, though he decided political questions

1 Bernard to Hillsborough, 29 April, 1769.

2 Hutchinson's History, III. 75.

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