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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
ed and stirred; Tread light! that fall of serried feet The dead have heard! The first drawn blood of Freedom's veins Gushed where ye tread; Lo! through the dusk the martyr-stains Blush darkly red! Beneath the slowly waning stars And whitening day, What stern and awful presence bars That sacred way? What faces frown upon ye, dark With shame and pain? Come these from Plymouth's Pilgrim bark? Is that young Vane? Who, dimly beckoning, speed ye on With mocking cheer? Lo! spectral Andros, Hutchinson, And Gage are here! For ready mart or favoring blast Through Moloch's fire, Flesh of his flesh, unsparing, passed The Tyrian sire. Ye make that ancient sacrifice Of Mall to Gain, Your traffic thrives, where Freedom dies, Beneath the chain. Ye sow to-day; your harvest, scorn And hate, is near; How think ye freemen, mountain-born, The tale will hear? Thank God! our mother State can yet Her fame retrieve; To you and to your children let The scandal cleave. Chain Hall and Pulpit, Court
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Margaret Smith's Journal (search)
ly pinched my arm, saying apart that, after all, we weaker vessels did seem to be of great consequence, and nobody could tell but that our head-dresses would yet prove the ruin of the country. June 4. Robert Pike, coming into the harbor with his sloop, from the Pemaquid country, looked in upon us yesterday. Said that since coming to the town he had seen a Newbury man, who told him that old Mr. Wheelwright, of Salisbury, the famous Boston minister in the time of Sir Harry Vane and Madam Hutchinson, was now lying sick, and nigh unto his end. Also, that Goodman Morse was so crippled by a fall in his barn, that he cannot get to Boston to the trial of his wife, which is a sore affliction to him. The trial of the witch is now going on, and uncle saith it looks much against her, especially the testimony of the Widow Goodwin about her child, and of John Gladding about seeing one half of the body of Goody Morse flying about in the sun, as if she had been cut in twain, or as if the Devil
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
ck to the House greatly changed and curtailed, and it was lost by the disagreement of the two branches. Governor Bernard threw his influence on the side of slavery. In 1774 a bill prohibiting the traffic in slaves passed both Houses; but Governor Hutchinson withheld his assent and dismissed the Legislature. The colored men sent a deputation of their own to the Governor to solicit his consent to the bill; but he told them his instructions forbade him. A similar committee waiting upon General storm-cloud and pointing its thunder-bolts; for, as the elder Mather pertinently inquires, how else is it that our meeting-houses are burned by the lightning? What was it, for instance, but his subtlety which, speaking through the lips of Madame Hutchinson, confuted the judges of Israel and put to their wits' end the godly ministers of the Puritan Zion? Was not his evil finger manifested in the contumacious heresy of Roger Williams? Who else gave the Jesuit missionaries—locusts from the pit
es of the freemen of this Commonwealth are such as to require men of faithful integrity to God and the State, to preserve the same. Their liberties, among others, are chiefly these:—1. To choose all magistrates, and to call them to account at the General Court; 2. To choose such burgesses, every General Court, as, with the magistrates shall make or repeal all laws. Now both these liberties are such as carry along much power with them, either to establish or subvert the Commonwealth. Hutchinson, I. 436. Words that are as true to-day as when written, and as applicable to affairs of state now as then. Are not men of faithful integrity to God and the State, just now especially needed in high places to preserve the liberties these early Colonists were so zealous in establishing, which we are enjoying, and which it is our highest duty to hand down intact to posterity? During the year 1631, but few ships arrived. These were well laden with all sorts of cattle, which in a few year
evolution, i. 142-144. Compare also Richard Jackson to Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson, 18 Nov. 1766. Charles Townshend has often turned thate Archbishop of Canterbury, and Seeker to Johnson. R. Jackson to Hutchinson, 13 Aug. 1764, and Hutchinson to Jackson, 15 October, 1764, relatHutchinson to Jackson, 15 October, 1764, relate to the same subject. The purpose against Rhode Island and Connecticut was transmitted through successive ministries till the Declaration ofuch is the testimony of Richard Jackson, in a letter to Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson of 26 December, 1765, quoted in Gordon's History of the57. Gordon had an opportunity of examining the correspondence of Hutchinson. The letter which he cited should now be among tile records of Mgratefully welcomed in the New World. We in America, said Otis Hutchinson's History of Massachusetts, III. 101, 102. to the people of Bosto Statutes at large, VII. 443. 3 George III. chap. XXII. Lieut. Governor Hutchinson's private letter to R. Jackson, 17 Sept. departments of p
t that day branded as a libel. Wilkes was arrested; but on the doubtful plea that his privilege as a member of parliament had been violated, he was set at liberty by the popular Chief Justice Pratt. The opponents of the ministry hastened to renew the war of privilege against prerogative, with the advantage of being defenders of the constitution on a question affecting a vital principle of personal freedom. The cry for Wilkes and Liberty was heard in all parts of the British dominion. Hutchinson's History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, III. 163. In the midst of the confusion, Grenville set about confirming himself in power Grenville's Account of himself to Knox. by diligence in the public business. His self-conceit, said Lord Holland afterwards, Lord Holland to George Selwyn. as well as his pride and obstinacy, established him. For the joint secretary of the treasury he selected an able and sensible lawyer, Thomas Whately, in whom he obtained a firm defender and
ted only of an ensign, a sergeant, and perhaps fourteen men; and were stationed at points so widely remote from one another, that, lost in the boundless woods, they could no more be discerned than a little fleet of canoes scattered over the whole Atlantic, too minute to be perceptible, and safe only during fair weather. Yet, feeble as they were, their presence alarmed the red man, for it implied the design to occupy the country which for ages had been chap. VII.} 1763. May. his own. Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, August, 1763. His canoe could no longer quiver on the bosom of the St. Mary's, or pass into the clear waters of Lake Huron, or paddle through the strait that connects Huron and Erie, or cross from the waters of the St. Lawrence to those of the Ohio, without passing by the British flag. By what right was that banner unfurled in the west? What claim to the red man's forest could the English derive from victories over the French? The French had won the affection of th
eased his austere vanity to be the first and only minister to insist on enforcing the laws, Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, Grenville's Secretary in the Exchequer, Sept. 1763: The real cause of the to effect the greatest possible reduction of the duty on foreign West Indian products, elected Hutchinson as its joint agent with Mauduit. But before he could leave the province, the house began to distrust him, and by a majority of two, excused him from the service. Hutchinson's Ms. Letter Book, II. 76, 77. Novanglus, 283. The designs of government were confided to the crown officers in House of Commons declared against the stamp-duty, while it was mere matter of conversation. Hutchinson, III. 116. Nor could Grenville have been ignorant that Pitt had in vain been urged to propose s was a contribution towards the requisite revenue which was said to be fixed at £ 330,000. Hutchinson to Williams. These new taxes, wrote Whately, the joint Secretary of the Treasury, will certain
nt nothing was done, though Jackson wrote to Hutchinson of Massachusetts for his opinion on the righion that taxation by parliament was tyranny, Hutchinson addressed his thoughts to the Secretary of t than by your present schemes. Abridged from Hutchinson's draft. The remonstrance of Hutchinson Hutchinson reflected the opinion of all candid royalists in the colonies; but the pusillanimous man entreated hs on trade enough to drain us thoroughly. Hutchinson to Ebenezer Silliman, 1764. Compare HutchinHutchinson to Bollan, 7 Nov. 1764. And it is affirmed, that to members of the legislature of Massachusetts, from whom he had ends to gain, Hutchinson denied utterly the right of parliament to tax America. e of Commons, yielded to the persuasions of Hutchinson, and chap. X.} 1764. Oct. consented to pleaProvidence Gazette of 23 Feb. 1765. Compare Hutchinson to a friend in Rhode Island, 16 March, 1765, in Hutchinson's Letter Book, II. 132. The ministry, in December, were deliberating how to prese
opening of the year 1765, the people of New chap. XI.} 1765. Jan. England were reading the history of the first sixty years of the Colony of Massachusetts, by Hutchinson. This work is so ably executed that as yet it remains without a rival; and his knowledge was so extensive, that, with the exception of a few concealments, it ewould bear. For the present he attempted nothing more than to increase the revenue from the colonial post-office by reducing the rate of postage in America. Hutchinson to a friend, 9 April, 1765: I have a letter from a member of parliament, who, although he says this right of taxing the colonies is to be exercised with great th to Richard Jackson. Norwalk, 23 Feb. 1765. of Connecticut, elected by the people, to Jackson. It can be of no purpose to claim a right of exemption, thought Hutchinson. It will fall particularly hard on us lawyers and printers, wrote Franklin Franklin to Ross, 14 Feb. 1765. to a friend in Philadelphia, never doubting it wo
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