on Liberty Tree
; they were instantly taken
Chap. XXXII.} 1768.
down by the friends of the people.
The Governor endeavored to magnify ‘the atrociousness of the insult,’ and to express fears of violence; the Council justly insisted there was no danger of disturbance.
The day was celebrated1
by a temperate festival, at which toasts were drunk to the Freedom of the Press, to Paoli
and the Corsicans, to the joint freedom of America
; to the immortal memory of Brutus
Those who dined together broke up early.
There was no bonfire lighted, and ‘in the evening,’ these are Hutchinson
words, written within the week of the event, ‘we had only such a mob as we have long been used to on the Fifth of November, and other holidays.’
too, who afterwards made careful inquiry in Boston
, declared the disturbance to have been ‘trifling.’
reported a ‘great disposition to the utmost disorder; hundreds parading the streets with yells and outcries that were quite terrible.’
As the mob passed his house, ‘there was so terrible a yell that it was apprehended they were breaking in. It was not so; however, it caused the same terror as if it had been so.’—‘The whole made it a very terrible night to those who thought themselves objects of the popular fury.’
And this was said of a mere usual gathering of men, women, and children at a time of rejoicing, when no harm was done or intended.
‘I can afford no protection ’