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[462] reflection, ‘the originals are more proper for that
Chap. XLIX.} 1773. June.
purpose, than the copies;’ and he refused to communicate other letters, declaring that it had not been the design of them ‘to subvert the constitution of the Government, but, rather to preserve it entire.’1 Then conscious of guilt, he by the very next packet sent word to his confidential friend in London, to burn such of his letters as might raise a clamor, for, said he, “I have wrote what ought not to be made public.” 2

He had written against every part of the Constitution, the elective character of the Council, the annual choice of the Assembly, the New England organization of the towns; had advised and solicited the total dependence of the judiciary on the Crown, had hinted at making the experiment of declaring Martial Law, and of abrogating English liberty; had advised to the restraint of the commerce of Boston and the exclusion of the Province from the fisheries; had urged the immediate suppression of the Charter of Rhode Island; had for years ‘been begging for measures to maintain the supremacy of Parliament,’ by making the denial of that supremacy a capital felony; and all for the sake of places for his family and a salary and a pension for himself. To corrupt pure and good and free political institutions of a happy country, and infuse into its veins the slow poison of tyranny, is the highest crime against humanity. And how terribly was he punished! For

1 Message of the Governor to the House of Representatives, 9 June, 1773; in the Representations, &c. 61.

2 Hutchinson to Sir Francis Bernard, probably, 14 June, 1773.

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