Chap. XXVII.} 1767. Jan.
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2 Charlemont to Flood, 29 Jan. 1767.
4 W. S. Johnson to Gov. Pitkin, 12 Feb. 1767. I follow the Account of Johnson from his Mss., of which I took and preserve copies. The story in Pitkin's Political and Civil History of the United States, i. 217, seems to me to have been fashioned by verbal tradition. I was told the same story, but not as to be found in the Mss. One English historian has quoted from Pitkin the passage, which might seem to prove that Townshend acted on a sudden impulse. The supposition would be erroneous. Townshend's policy was adopted deliberately.
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