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[342] and Molineux, were chosen to proceed to the Council
Chap. XLIII.} 1770. March
Chamber, where in the name of the Town they delivered this message:‘The inhabitants and soldiery can no longer live together in safety; nothing can restore peace and prevent further carnage, but the immediate removal of the troops.’1 To effect this, they asked the exertion of his power and influence.

Hutchinson desired to parley with them.2 ‘The people,’ they answered, ‘not only in this town, but in all the neighboring towns, are determined that the troops shall be removed.’ ‘An attack on the King's troops,’ replied Hutchinson, ‘would be High Treason, and every man concerned would forfeit his life and estate.’ The Committee unmoved, recalled his attention to their peremptory demand and withdrew.

My readers will remember, that the instructions from the King which placed the army above the civil power in America, contained a clause, that where there was no officer of the rank of Brigadier, the Governor of the Colony or Province might give the word. Dalrymple, accordingly, offered to obey the Lieutenant Governor, who, on his part, neither dared to bid the troops remain, nor order their withdrawal. So the opinion which had been expressed by Bernard during the last summer, and at the time had been approved by Dalrymple, was called to mind as the

1 Hutchinson to Gage.

2 We have the account of what passed in Council, by Hutchinson to Gage, to Hillsborough, and to Council, Sir Francis Bernard; by Dalrymple, in his Narrative sent to Hillsborough; by the Affidavit of Andrew Oliver, Secretary, in his Narrative sent through Hutchinson and Bernard to Hillsborough; by the Report of the Committee of the respecting the Representation made by Secretary Oliver, in Bradford, 264. Compare also Private Letters of Cooper, Hutchinson, and others.

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