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[41] planatory publication by Hawley,1 dismissed him ar-
Chap XXVII.} 1766. Dec.
bitrarily from practising in the Superior Court.

The patriots of New England did not doubt Shelburne's attention to its real interests and respect for its liberties; but they were exquisitely sensitive to every thing like an admission that the power of taxing them resided in Parliament. Bernard was rebuked, because, with consent of Council, he had caused the Billeting Act to be printed by the printer of the Colony laws; and had made that Act his warrant for furnishing supplies at the Colony's expense to two companies of artillery,2 who, in stress of weather, had put into Boston. Otis attributed the taxing of America by Parliament to Bernard's advice. ‘I know,’ said he, ‘the room, the time, and the company, where the plan was settled.’ And he added publicly, ‘Those who are appointed to the American Governments are such as are obliged by their crimes or their debts to fly their country.’3 The debates unmasked the hypocrisy of Hutchinson; and roused the public to a sense of danger from Paxton's4 voyage to England. The jealous Legislature dismissed Richard Jackson from the service of the Province; and the House elected the honest, but aged Dennys De Berdt as its own particular Agent.

This is the time from which Hutchinson dated the revolt of the Colonies; and his correspondence and advice conformed to the opinion.5 But Samuel

1 Hutchinson to Bollan, 31 Oct. 1767; same to another, 10 Nov. 1767.

2 Bernard to J. Pownall, 16 Dec. 1766; same to Shelburne 6 and 24 Dec. 1766.

3 Bernard to Shelburne, 22 Dec. 1766.

4 Hutchinson to Paxton, Dec. 1766.

5 Hutchinson's History, III. 173. ‘The revolt of the Colonies ought to be dated from this time, rather than from the Declaration of Independence.’

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