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[11] Stamp Act, and directing the several Governors to
Chap. XXV.} 1766. June.
‘recommend’ to the Colonial Legislatures an indemnification of all sufferers by the riots which it occasioned,1 Bernard renewed his complaints that the principal crown officers had been dropped from the Council. ‘If,’ said he, ‘this proceeding should be justified by asserting a right, the justification itself would serve to impeach the right.’2 And inviting them again3 to choose among others Hutchinson, whom, after thirty years uninterrupted concern in public affairs, the thought of a retreat, though with the occupation of Chief Justice and Judge of Probate, had plunged into melancholy,4 he added, ‘The fate of the Province is put in a scale, which is to rise or fall according to your present conduct.’

‘The Requisition5 is founded upon a Resolution of the House of Commons,’ he continued, employing the word which that body, after debate, as well as Conway, had purposely avoided. ‘The authority with which it is introduced should preclude all disputation about complying with it.’

The patriots of Massachusetts could hardly find words6 fit to express their indignation. Bernard's speeches fell on the ear of Samuel Adams, as not less ‘infamous and irritating’ than the worst ‘that ever came from a Stuart to the English Parliament;’7 and with sombre joy he called the Province happy in having for its Governor, one who left to the people no

1 Prior Documents, 89.

2 Speech of Governor Bernard to the Legislature, 3 June, 1766, in Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 81.

3 Bernard to Lords of Trade, 7 July, 1766.

4 Hutchinson to Bollan, 2 June, 1766.

5 Bernard in Bradford, 82.

6 John Adams's Private Diary. Works, II. 204.

7 Samuel Adams to Arthur Lee, 19 April, 1771.

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