and at heart was truly loyal.
negatived the choice.
The negative, as unwise as it was unusual, excited in the whole colony1
undefined apprehensions of danger; but the House
, deferring to legal right, acquiesced without complaint, and substituted as its Speaker the respectable but irresolute Thomas Cushing
In the afternoon of the same day, at the choice of the Council, the four Judges
of the Supreme Court, of whom Hutchinson
was the Chief
, the King
's Attorney, and Oliver
, the Secretary
and late Stamp-master, all Members of the last year's Board, were not reelected; for, said Samuel Adams
, ‘upon the principle of the best writers, a union of the several powers of government in one person is dangerous to liberty.’2
The ballot had conformed strictly to the charter3
and to usage, and the successful candidates were men of prudence, uprightness, and loyalty.
the exclusion of the crown officers, and from the whole number of twenty-eight he rejected six5
of the ablest ‘friends of the people in the board.’6
He had the legal right to do so; and the Legislature submitted without a murmur.7
Here the altercation should have terminated.
But on the following day, Bernard
—an ‘abject’ coward,8
where courage was needed, and now insolent when