The Loyalists in the American Revolution

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CHAPTER II.
THE FIRST EXILES.

THE coming of General Gage and the retirement of Governor Hutchinson became the occasion for the first associated action of the Tory party. In Boston, the Tories had assembled in the coffee houses in numbers respectable enough to give them temporary freedom of speech, but their public declarations had consisted of tavern talk and anonymous letters to the gazettes which the Whigs declared were the work of "ministerial hirelings" to whose "pensioned pen" the "sons of despotism" were reduced. 1 But the Tories, even then, asserted that the press was not a safe medium for their arguments, though a Whig writer might appear there "in all the terrible pomp of his own horrid visage." Now, however, loyalty was no longer in terror, and began to assert itself.

The Episcopal ministers and wardens of Boston were the first to assure Hutchinson, the retiring governor, of their gratitude for his generous attention -- especially to matters of religion, which fell "more immediately within their province." They manifested a greater solicitude for his "eternity

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Force "American Archives", series 4, Vol. II., p. 8.

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