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22. At the same time he was constantly entreating the Secretary to conceal his correspondence. To ensure the arrival of an armed force, the Com- Chap. XXXII.} 1768. March missioners of the Customs applied directly to the Naval Commander at Halifax, Commodore Hood to Mr. Grenville, Halifax, July 11, 1768, in Grenville papers, IV. 306. and also sent a second memorial to the Lords of the Treasury. They said that a design had certainly been formed to bring them on the eighteenth of March Halifax, July 11, 1768, in Grenville papers, IV. 306. and also sent a second memorial to the Lords of the Treasury. They said that a design had certainly been formed to bring them on the eighteenth of March to Liberty Tree, and oblige them to renounce their commissions. The Governor and magistracy, they add, have not the least authority or power in this place. The mob are ready to be assembled on any occasion. Every officer who exerts himself in the execution of his duty will be exposed to their resentment. If the answer from Government to the remonstrances of the Lower House of Assembly should not be agreeable to the people, we are fully persuaded, that they will proceed to violent measures.
d hardly indulged in this day-dream for twentyfour hours, when his expectations were dashed by the account of Botetourt's appointment, and he began to quake, lest he should lose Bernard to Hillsborough, 18 September, 1768. Massachusetts also. Of a sudden he was become the most anxious and unhappy man in Boston. On Monday, the nineteenth, Bernard announ- Chap XXXVI} 1768. Sept. ced to the Council, that two regiments were expected from Ireland, that two others were coming at once from Halifax, and desired that for one of them quarters might be prepared Bernard to Hillsborough, 23 September, 1768. within the town. The process in quartering, replied the Council, See Note to the Letter of the Major part of the Council to Lord Hillsborough, 15 April, 1769, in Letters to Hillsborough. must be regulated by the Act of Parliament; and that required the civil officers to quarter and billet the officers and soldiers in his Majesty's service in the barracks; and only in case there w
afton, and by the complaints of the merchants at the diminution of exports, were content with the Parliamentary sanction of their measures, wished the controversy with the Colonies well over, and sought to lull them into acquiescence. The plan for altering the Charter of Massachusetts on which Hillsborough had been definitively resolved, Hutchinson to J. Williams of Hatfield, 29 January, 1769. was for the present, laid aside; discretionary orders were transmitted to Gage to send back to Halifax the two regiments, which were brought from that station, and to restore the regular rotation by sending two other regiments to Ireland. Hillsborough to Gage, 24 March; 1769. Bernard was given up and recalled with a promise to the London merchants that he should not be employed in the Colonies again; and the government of Massachusetts was to be confided to Hutchinson, a town-born citizen of Boston. New-York was to be secured by a confirmation of its jurisdiction over Vermont, and the pe
lection of Councillors, he disapprov- Chap. XLI.} 1769. May. ed of no less than eleven; among them of Brattle and Bowdoin, who had been chosen by a unanimous vote. Bradford's History of Massachusetts, i. 185. The House then considered the presence among them of troops, over whom the Governor avowed that the civil power in the Province did not extend. At that very time Gage, who had been intrusted with discretionary authority to withdraw the forces from Boston, ordered two regiments to Halifax, and required Bernard's written opinion respecting the proper disposition of the rest. Gage to Mackay, 4 June, 1769; Mackay to Gov. Gage, 12 June. 1769. After some hesitation, Bernard to Gage, 12 June, 1769. and after conferring with his associates, Bernard reported it to be the opinion of all that the removal of the troops at that time would have very dangerous consequences; Bernard to Gage, 19 June, 1769. and that it would be quite ruinous to the cause of the Crown to draw th