to raise five thousand pounds, and the next year ten
thousand more, to build a House for the Governor
, the General Court resumed its session near the end of October; and received petitions from the sufferers by the Stamp Act.
The form of its an-
swer was suggested by Joseph Hawley
, the Member for Northampton
He was the only son of a schoolmaster, himself married, but childless; a very able lawyer, of whose singular disinterestedness his native town still preserves the tradition.
Content with a small patrimony, he lived securely in frugal simplicity,2
closing his house door by a latch, without either bar or bolt.
Inclined by temperament to moods of melancholy,3
his mind would again kindle with a brighter lustre, and be borne onwards by its resistless impulses.
All parties revered his purity of life and ardent piety; and no man in his neighborhood equalled him in the public esteem.
relief, except on condition of a general amnesty.
‘Of those seeking compensation,’ said he, ‘the chief is a person of unconstitutional principles, as one day or other he will make appear.’5
The Resolves of Parliament were cited in reply.
‘The Parliament of Great Britain,’ retorted Hawley
, ‘has no right to legislate for us.’
At these words Otis
, rising in his place, bowed and thanked him, saying, ‘He has gone further than I myself have as yet done in this House.’6
It was the first time that the