e revenue schooner Gaspke (1772) occasioned hardly more than local excitement.
Colonial newspapers continued to print essays on American rights, and houses of assembly embodied their views in resolutions; but these occasional writings, while doubtless not without their influence upon public opinion, hardly constitute a political literature of importance.
To this early period of revolutionary agitation belong also the first two volumes of Thomas Hutchinson's History of the colony of Massachusetts Bay (1764-67）
See also Book I, Chap.
II. and the famous Hutchinson Letters, which, although not made public until 1773, date from 1768-69.
Written by Hutchinson, previous to his governorship, to a friend in England, the Letters discuss events in Massachusetts from the point of view of a loyalist official who, deeply attached to the colony, was also deeply concerned at the grave course which affairs were taking, and who could honestly declare:
I wish the good of the colony when I