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[38] to raise five thousand pounds, and the next year ten
Chap. XXVII.} 1766. Oct.
thousand more, to build a House for the Governor at Newbern.1

In Boston, 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. He opposed4 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

1 Martin's North Carolina, II. 227, 228, 229, 230; Wheeler, i. 55.

2 From a Paper by Sylvester Judd, from the Reminiscences of Benjamin Tappan of Northampton.

3 Compare his own Mss.

4 Bernard to Shelburne, 14 Nov. 1766.

5 Hutchinson to J. Williams, of Hatfield, 7 Dec. 1766; and J. Williams in reply, 5 Jan. 1767. Hutchinson to Charles Paxton, then in London, Dec. 1766.

6 Bernard's very long letter to Shelburne, of 24 Dec. 1766.

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