Assembly, destroyed their moral power by
exposing their duplicity.
‘Cool, thinking, deliberate villains; malicious and vindictive, as well as ambitious and avaricious,’ said John Adams
, who this year was chosen into the Council but negatived by the governor.
‘Bone of our bone; flesh of our flesh; born and educated among us,’ cried others.
, who was angry at being named in the correspondence, determined to lay bare their hypocrisy; and Cooper
from the pulpit preached of ‘the old Serpent, which deceiveth the whole world; but was cast out into the earth and his angels with him.’
The letters had circulated privately in the Province for more than two months, when on Wednesday the second of June, Samuel Adams
read them to the House
in secret session.
They were by no means among the worst which their authors had written, but they showed a thorough complicity with Bernard
and the Commissioners
of the Customs, to bring military sway into the Province, and to abridge Colonial liberties by the interposition of Parliament.
, after a debate, voted by one hundred and one against five, ‘that the tendency and design of the letters was to subvert the Constitution
of the Government
, and to introduce arbitrary power into the Province.’
‘I have never wrote any public or private letter that tends to subvert the Constitution
,’ was Hutchinson
's message the next day.
, on the fourth, sent him a transcript of their proceedings, with the date of his letters that were before them; and asked for copies of these and such others, as he should think proper to communicate.
‘If you desire copies with a view to make them public,’ answered Hutchinson
after five days