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‘ [345] termined citizens, peremptorily demanding the re-
Chap. XLIII.} 1770. March
dress of grievances, I observed his knees to tremble; I saw his face grow pale; and I enjoyed the sight.’1 As the Committee left the Council Chamber, Hutchinson's memory was going back in his reverie to the days of the Revolution of 1688.2 He saw in his mind, Andros seized and imprisoned, and the people instituting a new government; he reflected that the citizens of Boston and the country about it were become four times as numerous as in those days, and their ‘spirit full as high.’ He fancied them insurgent, and himself their captive; and he turned to the Council for advice. ‘It is not such people as formerly pulled down your House, who conduct the present measures;’ said Tyler, ‘but they are people of the best characters among us, men of estates, and men of religion. It is impossible for the troops to remain in town; there will be ten thousand men to effect their removal, be the consequence what it may.’

Russell of Charlestown, and Dexter of Dedham, a man of admirable qualities, confirmed what was said. They spoke truly; men were ready to come down from the hills of Worcester County, and from the vale of the Connecticut. The Council unanimously advised sending the troops to the Castle forthwith. ‘It is impossible for me,’ said Dalrymple again and again, weakening the force of what he said by frequently repeating it, ‘to go any further lengths in this matter. The information given of the intended rebellion is a ’

1 Samuel Adams to James Warren, of Plymouth, 25 March, 1771.

2 Hutchinson to Lord Hillsborough, 12 March, 1770.

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