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The difficulty respecting taxation was heightened

Chap. XXXII.} 1768. Feb.
by personal contentions, which exasperated members of the Legislature of Massachusetts. The House1 discovered that their leaving the Crown officers out of the Council had been misrepresented by Bernard to Shelburne; and in the most temperate language they wisely suggested the recall of the Governor,2 of whose accusatory letters they requested copies.3 ‘It is not in the power of these people to move my temper,’ wrote Bernard.4 The indignation of Otis rose almost to a frenzy; a paper in the Boston Gazette, bearing the marks of his excited mind,5 exposed ‘the obstinate malice, diabolical thirst for mischief, effrontery, guileful treachery, and wickedness’ of Bernard. The Governor called on the House to order a prosecution of the printers. ‘The
Liberty of the Press,’ they answered,6 ‘is the great bulwark of freedom.’ On occasion of proroguing the Legislature, Bernard7 chid in public its leading Members. ‘There are men,’ said he, ‘to whose importance everlasting contention is necessary. Time will soon pull the masks off those false patriots, who are sacrificing their country to the gratification of ’

1 Bradford, 117, 118. Shelburne to Bernard, 17 Sept. 1767, received Feb. 1768. Bernard to Shelburne, 2 Feb. 1768. Resolve of the House, 13 Feb. 1768, in Bradford, 112, 113. Bernard to Shelburne, 20 Feb. 1768. Bernard's message to the House of Representatives, 16 Feb. 1768, in Bradford, 113. Answer of the House of Representatives, 18 Feb. 1768. In Bradford 113-116.

2 House of Representatives to Shelburne, 22 Feb. 1768.

3 Compare Bernard to Shelburne, 5 March, 1768.

4 Bernard to Shelburne, 22 Feb. 1768.

5 In the supplement to the Boston Gazette, No. 674, 2, 3, of Feb. 29, 1768.

6 House to Governor, 4 March, 1768.

7 Bernard's speech on Proroguing the Legislature, 4 March, 1768. Br. 120, 121.

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