Government received official information,1
people of Boston
had thrown the tea overboard, and this event swelled the anger against the Americans
In this state of public feeling, Franklin
on the twenty-ninth, assisted by Dunning
and John Lee
, came before the Privy Council, to advocate the removal of Hutchinson
, in whose behalf appeared Israel Mauduit
, the old adviser of She Stamp Tax; and Wedderburn
the Solicitor General
It was a day of great expectation.
of the Council were present; a larger number than had ever attended a hearing; and the room was filled with a crowded audience, among whom were Priestley
, Jeremy Bentham
and Edmund Burke
The Petition and accompanying papers having been read, Dunning
asked on the part of his clients the reason of his being ordered to attend.2
‘No cause,’ said he,
is instituted; nor do we think advocates necessary; nor are they demanded on the part of the Colony.
The Petition is not in the nature of accusation, but of advice and request.
It is an Address to the King's wisdom, not an application for criminal justice; when referred to the Council, it is a matter for political prudence, not for judicial determination.
The matter, therefore, rests wholly in your Lordships' opinion of the propriety or impropriety of continuing persons in authority, who are represented by legal bodies, competent to such representation, as having (whether on sufficient or insufficient grounds) entirely forfeited the confidence of the Assemblies