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[104] their resolves to be sent to all the towns in the Pro-
Chap. XXX.} 1767. Oct.
vince and also to the other Colonies.1

It was observable that Otis, heretofore so fervid, on this occasion recommended caution, and warned against giving offence to Great Britain.2 Even the twentieth of November passed away in quiet.

Nov.
Images and placards were exhibited; but they were removed by the friends of the people. A Town Meeting was convened to discountenance riot. Otis, in a long speech, which was said to have been entirely on the side of Government,3 went so far as to assert the King's right to appoint officers of the customs in what manner and by what denominations he pleased; and he advised the Town to make no opposition to the new duties. But months elapsed before any ship arrived laden with goods that were dutiable. The prospect of having their avarice gratified, blinded Hutchinson and Bernard. The latter reported that the faction ‘dared not show its face,’ that ‘the Province would recover its former reputation’ for loyalty. ‘Our incendiaries seem discouraged,’ wrote Hutchinson; and as he travelled the Circuit, he spread it through the country, that the New-Yorkers were all for peace, that the people of Boston would be left alone.

But on the banks of the Delaware the illustrious Farmer, John Dickinson, of Pennsylvania, who had been taught from his infancy to love humanity and liberty, came forth before the Continent as the champion

1 Hutchinson to [T. Pownall,] 10 Nov. 1767. Bernard to Shelburne, 30 Oct. 1767.

2 Bernard to Shelburne, 30 Oct. 1767.

3 Bernard to Shelburne, 21 Nov. 1767. Compare also Boston Evening Post of 23 Nov. 1767, and a Card from Otis in Boston Gazette, 30 Nov. 1767.

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