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[313] that all would be set right if Parliament,1
Chap. XLII.} 1769. Oct.
within the first week of its session,2 would change the municipal government of Boston,3 incapacitate its patriots to hold any public office,4 and restore the vigor of authority by decisive action. He would abolish the existing ‘vague, uncertain sort of government;’ he would have no ‘partial subjection.’5 But he prepared also for the inaction of Parliament; writing orders for a new and large supply of teas for his sons' shop; and instructing his correspondent how to send them to market, so as to elude the vigilance of the Boston committees.6

Meantime languor crept over all the servants of Government. Two regiments remained to preserve order; ‘I consider myself to be without support,’7 said their Commander; who could get no leave to employ his little army. On Saturday the twenty-eighth, a great multitude of people laid hold of an informer,8 besmeared him with tar and feathers, and with the troops under arms as spectators, carted him through the town which was illuminated for the occasion. Mein, a printer, whose caricatures of leading patriots had given offence, engaged in a quarrel, fired pistols, and fled for shelter to the main guard, whence he was obliged to escape in disguise,

1 Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, 19 Oct. 1769.

2 Hutchinson to Whately, 20 Oct. 1769; and see Whately to Grenville, 3 Dec. 1769; in Grenville Papers, IV. 486.

3 Hutchinson to John Pownall Secretary of the Board of Trade, at which Hillsborough presided, 23 Oct. 1769.

4 Same letter.

5 Hutchinson to Israel Mauduit, 27 Oct. 1769.

6 Hutchinson to William Palmer, 24 October, 1769. Compare Same to Same, 5 Oct. 1769.

7 Dalrymple to Gage, 28 October, 1769.

8 Hutchinson to Hillsborough, 31 Oct. 1769. Dalrymple to Gage, 29 October, 1769. Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, 30 Oct. 1769.

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