reflection, ‘the originals are more proper for that
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.”
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!