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[110] were friends of the Duke of Bedford, and united re-
Chap. XXXI.} 1767. Dec.
specting America in one opinion, which it was pretended Grafton also had accepted.1

Nor be it left unnoticed, that Jenkinson, who took so large a part in framing the Stamp Act, held a place with Lord North at the Treasury Board. ‘In him,’ boasted Mauduit to his client, Hutchinson, ‘we have gained a fresh accession in strength.2 He is my fast friend, and has never yet failed me in any thing which he undertook for me. He empowered me to tell you he will make your affair one of his first concerns.’ Jenkinson, whose noiseless industry exercised a prevailing influence over the neglect of Grafton and the ease of Lord North, formed the active and confidential bond between the Treasury and the office holders in Boston. ‘They of Massachusetts,’ wrote Mauduit, ‘may be brought to repent of their insolence.’

To assert and maintain the authority of Parliament over America, was the principle on which the friends of Bedford entered the Ministry. Their anger3 was quickened by the resolutions of Boston to set on foot manufactures and to cease importations.4 ‘The Americans,’ it was said with acrimony, ‘are determined to have as little connection with Great Britain as possible;5 and the moment they can, they will renounce dependence.’6 The partisans of the new Ministers professed to think it

1 Israel Mauduit to Hutchinson, 15 Dec. 1767.

2 I. Mauduit to Hutchinson, 10 Dec. 1767.

3 Durand to Choiseul, 11 December, 1767.

4 W. S. Johnson to R. Temple, 12 Feb. 1767. Franklin to W. Franklin, 19 Dec. 1767.

5 N. Rogers to Hutchinson, London, 30 Dec. 1766.

6 W. S. Johnson to Governor Pitkin, 26 Dec, 1766.

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