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[344] and by the highest officers of the British Army and
Chap. XLIII.} 1770. March
Navy on the Station.

Hutchinson had done his utmost to get Samuel Adams shipped to England as a traitor; at this most important moment in their lives, the patriot and the courtier stood face to face. ‘It is the unanimous opinion of the Meeting,’ said Samuel Adams to him in the name of all, ‘that the reply made to the vote of the inhabitants in the morning, is unsatisfactory; nothing less will satisfy than a total and immediate removal of all the troops.’ ‘The troops are not subject to my authority,’ repeated Hutchinson; ‘I have no power to remove them.’ Stretching forth his arm which slightly shook as if ‘his frame trembled at the energy of his soul,’1 in tones not loud, but clear and distinctly audible, Adams rejoined: ‘If you have power to remove one regiment, you have power to remove both.2 It is at your peril if you do not.3 The meeting is composed of three thousand people. They are become very impatient. A thousand men are already arrived from the neighborhood, and the country is in general motion. Night is approaching; an immediate answer is expected.’ As he spoke, he gazed intently on his irresolute adversary. ‘Then,’ said Adams who not long afterwards described the scene, ‘at the appearance of the de-4

1 John Adams to Jedediah Morse, and Same to Tudor.

2 These are the words as I received them traditionally from John Quincy Adams, and they agree with Hutchinson to Bernard of the 18th of March, except that Hutchinson represented them as addressed to Dalrymple who stood at his side. But the Town and S. Adams addressed Hutchinson himself, and would not release him from his responsibility.

3 Andrew Oliver's Narrative.

4 Dalrymple's Narrative of the Late Transactions at Boston.

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