Neither was it only from their experience of the class with which they had directly to deal, that they formed such an Opinion. They could not fail to be more or less affected by the representations obtained through these sources, of the motives and acts of the Colonists generally. The effect was thoroughly to poison the sources of their information. The office holders wrote what they thought would be agreeable and ingratiate themselves, rather than what was true. They ridi ouled the Opposition to the obnoxious measures, and instigated to the perseverance in them at all hazards. Whenever a popular outbreak happened, ministers were told that it was the work of a few factions dis organizers, that it was only momentary, and would soon die away. When things looked more serious, they were urged to persist, and to send out a few regiments and some Ships of war, who would frighten nobody but a few old women, and yet would secure obedience. They were stimulated at last to adopt the motto, we will subdue you, which ended in the catastrophe at Lexington and Bunker's hill. May God ever protect a hapless people from the influence of such desperate advisers! In this cause no man proved more energetic and more officious than Thomas Hutchinson, a native of Massachusetts, once the idol of her population, but who had bartered their affections and his own principles for the possession of the highest places in the province. He served like a perpetual blister on the body politic, at once to inflame and to torment it. Such men play a part more or less prominent in every age. From traitors to Liberty, whether made so by the mere love of pelf, or the more lofty but not less selfishaspira tions for power, Good Lord, in all seasons, deliver us.
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