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[307] the transportation of ‘incendiaries’1 to England; the
Chap XLII.} 1769. Aug.
prohibition of the New England fisheries2 with other measures, which he dared not trust to paper,3 and recommended only by insinuations and verbal messages. At the same time he entreated the concealment of his solicitations. ‘Keep secret every thing I write,’4 said he to Whately, his channel for communicating with Grenville. ‘I have never yet seen any rational plan for a partial subjection;’ he writes to Jenkinson's influential friend Mauduit; ‘my sentiments upon these points should be concealed.’5 Though he kept back part of his thoughts, he begged Bernard to burn his letters. ‘It will be happy if, in the next Session, Parliament make thorough work,’6 he would write to John Pownall, the Secretary of the Board of Trade; and then ‘caution’ him to ‘suffer no parts of his letters to transpire.’

‘I humbly entreat your Lordship, that my letters may not be made public,’ was his ever-renewed prayer to successive Secretaries of State, so that he conducted the Government like one engaged in a

1 See the Affidavits taken by Hutchinson, in 1769, and compare Hutchinson to Sir F. Bernard, 20 Oct. 1770. ‘I wish you would read the story of the 30 colonies in the 27th and 29th books of Livy.’ This cunning way of hinting advice is characteristic. See Livy, XXVII. Sees. IX. x., and XXIX. Sec. XV. Compare other letters.

2 Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, 20 October, 1770. ‘Exclude them from the fishery, and the like;’ ‘they cannot long subsist without trade.’

3 For example, Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, 19 April, 1770. ‘If besides a penal Act of Parliament, something is not done, which I dare not trust to a letter,’ &c. &c. Same in other letters.

4 Hutchinson to Whately, 20 or 26 Oct. 1769.

5 Hutchinson to I. Mauduit, 27 Oct. 1769.

6 Hutchinson to J. Pownall, 27 July, 1770, and 26 Nov. 1773.

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