The Life of Thomas Hutchinson, Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

The Life of Thomas Hutchinson, Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

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The Life of Thomas Hutchinson, Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

The Life of Thomas Hutchinson, Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

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Lessing once projected a series of papers to which he purposed to give the name Rettungen (Rescues), his design being to vindicate from obloquy great men of the past to whom harsh measure had been dealt out. It was a generous thought of a most just and courageous mind, and deserves imitation in every age. The history of America, like that of every land, has its bêetes noires, characters remembered, for the most part, only to be execrated, some of whom certainly do not deserve their bad fame; and of these there is no more pathetic example than Thomas Hutchinson, the last royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay before the futile effort of England to divide with the sword the perplexities of the on-coming Revolution.

Says Lecky of the American Loyalists: "They comprised some of the best and ablest men America has ever produced, and they were contending for an idea which was at least as worthy as that for which Washington fought. The maintenance of one free, industrial, and pacific empire, comprising the whole English-speaking race, may have been a dream, but it was at least a noble one." Such a declaration sounds in American ears very British and extravagant, but it is certainly right that the characters and principles of the Tories should be restudied. The number of those . . .

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