Proceedings of the People in the Province of Massachusetts Bay after the arrival of General Gage as Governor to the Close of 1774
1774 may 13 general gage arrived at Boston as Governor of the Province and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Troops, and brought with him the Act for blocking up the Port of Boston, which was to take place the 1st June.
Instead of shewing a disposition to comply with the conditions of the Act, the People sent Expresses to the other Provinces, to excite them to join in resisting the authority of Great Britain; and no sooner was the General Court met than the House petitioned the General to appoint a Fast  that, according to the trumpet of Sedition, might be sounded from the Pulpit. But instead of complying with their request the General adjourned them to meet him at Salem and he went to reside at Danvers near Salem.93
The Port of Boston being now shut up and the Officers of the Customs removed from thence[,] the Commissioners established their Board at Salem.
Early in June two Regiments of foot arrived at Boston from England, and towards the latter end two more. And encamped on the Common, under the command of Lord Percy. And on the 1st July Admiral Graves arrived in his Majesty’s Ship Preston, to relieve Admiral Montagu. 
The other Colonies entered into Subscriptions for relief of the distressed inhabitants of Boston, and Vessels laden with provisions were sent by way of donations, from many parts; and the Assemblies of Virginia, and New Hampshire, were dissolved by their Governors, for adopting measures for support of the Bostonians.
The Council, in their address to General Gage, charged his two predecessors as Authors of their grievances, upon which he stopt them short, and would hear no more, but answered them, that their address was an insult  on the King and his Privy Council, and an affront to himself and he would not receive their address.94
The Governor finding the Assembly were about appointing Members to a General Congress and other matters than what belonged to the business of the Province, he sent the Secretary to prorogue them. The House suspecting his errand, locked the doors against him. Upon which he returned to the General who sent him back immediately, directing him to dissolve them. which Order he published on the outside the House, the doors being still locked against him.95 
As the Governor would not consent to appoint a Fast, the Ministers of Boston took upon them to appoint a day of prayer through out the Province for Sunday, July 17.
A form of an agreement was now circulated through the Country which the people were called upon to sign, being a Solemn League and Covenant, whereby they engaged not to hold any intercourse or consume any manufactures of Great Britain. And the Governor issued a Proclamation against the Publishers and Signers of the said Solemn League and Covenant.
At a Town Meeting at Boston it was proposed  to dismiss the Committee of Correspondence, which motion was supported by the Addressors to Governor Hutchinson, but after warm debates it was carried against the proposal and the Addressors became more particularly the objects of resentment.
In the month of July the General went from Danvers to Boston, and remained there about ten days. But notwithstanding the presence of the General and so large a military force encamped, and the operation of the Port Act, yet no disposition appeared in the people to comply with the requisitions of it. Nay, they were supported in their resistance by the Donations and promises from the other Colonies. No one stood forth in the cause of Government, the liberty spirit  increased in the Country, and the people in the back parts of the Province, inflamed by false reports of taxes to be raised upon them, and the alteration of their Government, adopted every measure that was proposed to them of resistance to the authority of Great Britain. The town meeting of Boston fomented this Spirit and at the latter end of July, sent a General letter to all the Towns in the Province, urging them to advise and act in this dangerous Crisis: in consequence of which, it was resolved that County Meetings should be held.
Early in August the Scarborough Man of War arrived from England, with the New Acts of Parliament, for an alteration of the Charter, and regulating the Government of the province which took place the 1st August. 
The 59th Regiment from Halifax and the 23rd from New York arrived at Boston. And one Lt. Col. [Charles] Lee, on half pay in his Majesty’s Service who had been stirring up Sedition in the Southern Provinces, arrived at Boston from New York and associated himself with the leaders of the Faction.
The New Council were sworn in at Danvers. Four Gentlemen named to be Counsellors, took time to consider, only ten qualified this day, and were not enough to act.
The next day a town meeting by adjournment was held at Boston, and on the 10th the Delegates from the Province to the Continental Congress, set out from Boston for Philadelphia.
The General sent for the Select Men of Boston,  and acquainted them, that if they had any business that they thought necessary to call a town meeting upon, if they would propose it to him, he would consider it. They said they had an adjournment of one already to be held. Upon which he said, that by the late act that could not be and that he should take care the Act should be carried into execution. However, not only Town Meetings are about to be held in other places, but Country Meetings are also performed, by Delegates from the several Towns, to advise and act at this alarming Crisis.96
The General met the Council at Salem, when they who qualified this day, with those who had before accepted, made twenty five Members. 
Before the meeting of the Council, it was strongly reported that the Country Members would not qualify, they being greatly threatened by the people. However, when they got together they seemed to pluck up their spirits, and when the Board broke up they appeared satisfied with what they had done; and they who had not before seen the Governour, were quite happy and pleased with his spirit, and behaviour.
The next day, the Council met again, and proceeded on business with great harmony, good dispositions, and spirit. But the people in the Country are yet in a state of infatuation, and madness. They have begun to hold their County Meetings, and have resolved not to suffer the Courts of Justice to be held, under the new Acts. 
August 23. The Town Meeting was notified to be held at Salem the next day, in defiance of the new Act for regulating the Government of the Province. The next morning early the General came to Salem from Danvers, sent for the Committee, and ordered them to disperse the people that were assembling. They accordingly seperated, but before they had notice in an hurrying manner, below stairs, they named sundry persons to appear at the County Meeting. The Governour published a proclamation against these illegal town meetings, and a few days after, Mr. Fry, a Justice of the peace, issued a Warrant for arresting the Committee of Correspondence at Salem, two of them entered into Bonds to appear to answer the charge, the rest  refused to recognize. And the Justice had not the fortitude to commit them. Immediately, town meetings were held in many places, and they proceeded in all the towns, to chuse Delegates to their County Meetings.97
Now followed a general persecution of the new Councellors, and a resistance to the Courts of Justice.
At Barrington, the people prevented the Inferior Court of Justice from proceeding in business, though prior to the new Act taking place; they seized and detained the person of the Judge, and obliged him to adjourn the Court sine die,98 saying they would have no more Courts.
At Springfield, they compelled the whole Court to  appear before the people then assembled, to the number of 3000, and obliged them to sign an engagement, not to take or execute any office, under the new Regulating Act.
At Worcester, the Committees of Correspondence for the County met, and published resolves to urge the Inhabitants to prevent the sittings of the Courts of Justice under the new act and to devise ways to reassume their original mode of Government: and the people assembled, when the Court of Justice was to have sat, and prevented their proceeding to business. Several Gentlemen of that town, having protested against the proceedings of the people on a former occasion, were now compelled to sign a recantation, as were six of the Justices of  the County, for having aspersed the people in their Address to General Gage.99
At Concord, they prevented the Court from proceeding to business, and at Boston the Jurors all refused to act, denying the legality of the Court.100
The people now assembled in many parts of the Country, and visited the dwellings of the several new Counsellors. Some were intimidated, and resigned their seats. Others were compelled to resign by threats of violence, from numbers of people in Arms; and the rest were obliged to fly to Boston for security. So that though twenty-six had qualified in August, only fourteen were remaining, and in Boston, early in September.
The next day the people from many towns to the number of 3 or 4000, assembled at Cambridge, seized the persons of Mr. [Thomas] Oliver, the Lieut. Governor, of Mr. Phips, the high sheriff, of Mr. Lee and Mr. Danforth, Counsellors. The two latter resigned their offices and the high sheriff was compelled to sign a paper that he would not issue the Writs under the new Act.
Mr. Oliver was permitted to go to Boston, to see the Governour, and returned to the people again; he was not apprehensive of all their designs and gave such an Account of the matter to the Governor as made him not suspect any danger to the Lieut. Governor, otherwise, the Governor would  have taken measures for his security, and protection.
When Mr. Oliver returned home, the people grew more violent, and outragious, and they finally compelled him to sign a paper, renouncing his seat as Counsellor. Whilst the people were assembled at Cambridge, and were waiting the return of Mr. Oliver from Boston, the Commissioners of the Customs passed through the town, on their return from Salem. The people suffered the first chaise to pass quickly along, but soon pursued Mr. Hallowell and he narrowly escaped being taken. He happened to have a brace of pistols. The cry was “stop him, stop him, he has  killed a Man. When the chace grew warm he got out of his chaise, mounted his servant’s horse and, with a pistol in each hand, kept the people off, and got safe to the Guard on Boston neck, and that evening all the Commissioners of the Customs went into Boston for safety.
Upon occasion of removing the powder from the Magazine at Medford, and the affair of the following day at Cambridge, a report was spread through the Country, that the troops had fired upon the people, and that several of them were killed; and that the Admiral had fired on the town of Boston, and was laying it in Ashes. Immediately expresses were sent off from place to place with this intelligence, and it was carried in a short time to New York.101 
The people from several towns of Connecticut marched out with their Arms, towards the relief of Boston, and were with difficulty persuaded to return, when the Account was contradicted. One Justice of the Peace remonstrated with them, and told them it was high treason to take up Arms against the King; upon which he was brought before the Tribunal of the people, and obliged to sign a recantation, of their drawing up.
From this time appearances grew every day more hostile. The people were preparing their fire Arms, and melting all the lead they could get into bullets, and there was not a musket to be sold in Boston, but was bought up. Town meetings, and Country meetings were frequently holding  and the people were training in Arms, and assembling in bodies in many parts. The Courts of Justice were shut up, and all civil Officers were either silenced, and intimidated, or parties in the forwarding Anarchy, and rebellion.
The General now thought fit to bring some Cannon to the neck, and to throw up an Entrenchment thereon, and he caused the 59th Regiment, that was stationed at Salem, to encamp on the neck, to cover the works that were carrying on. Five Regiments were in the town, and one at the Castle; notwithstanding which, the people expressed themselves in the most insolent manner, and threatened to come down, and destroy the fortifications that  were erecting. They secretly removed several Cannon from Boston, and dragged them into the Country beyond Watertown.
The Governor now removed the province papers from Salem, which had been the Established seat of Government, and the Board of Customs, since the Boston Port Act took place; and the Commissioners of the Customs ordered their officers from thence to Boston. Several transports were dispatched to Quebec for two Regiments, and to New York for one from thence.
Whilst things were in this state of confusion, and disorder, and people’s minds were in a constant ferment, it is no wonder that their passions were vented in frequent acts of outrage and violence. 
The latter end of August, and early in September, County Meetings were held for Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex, in which they entered into many resolves, denying the authority of the British Parliament, and determining to resist the operation of its acts, and giving their opinion that a provincial Congress was necessary. Refusing obedience to the Courts of Justice under the present Constitution, requiring the Counsellors to resign their seats, forbid[d]ing the Collectors of taxes to pay any Monies to the provincial Treasurer, and urging the people to appear in Arms.
It is said the intention of the people, is to resume their original Charter, that the Representatives now to be chosen, shall appoint a new Governor, and Council, and that the Government is to be established at Worcester. 
The Select Men waited on the General, with an Address, expressing the apprehensions of the Town, and Country, from the Fortress erecting at the entrance of the Town, and soon after, the Delegates of the County of Suffolk, presented another, on the same subject, and assured him that nothing less than an immediate removal of the ordnance, and restoring the entrance of the town to its former state, could place the inhabitants in that state of peace, and tranquility they ought to live.102
All this time they were arming, removing Cannon, and making every hostile preparation in their power; which the General mentioned to them in his answer.
Bricks were bought at Medford, for the Barracks  which were laden on board two Vessels, but no sooner was it known they were for the use of the Army, than the people rose, and sunk the Vessels and the person who sold them was obliged to fly for shelter to Boston. Straw that was bringing from the Country, for bed[d]ing for the soldiers, was taken, and burnt, by the people at Roxbury.
The Episcopal Clergy in Connecticut are now the objects of persecution. Those Ministers at a Convention held at New Haven, were drove out of the town; one of them, a Mr. Peters, had his house searched for papers, and at this meeting was very ill used by the people, his gown was striped off his back, and torn to pieces, they crying out, it was the Emblem of the Whore of Babylon; a little Girl, his Daughter, who clung about him whilst they were abusing him, had a sword  run into her thigh. He is since come to Boston for safety.
The people are now greatly elated with the news from the Congress, which has approved, and adopted, the resolutions of the County of Suffolk.103
The convention of committees for the county of Worcester, have divided the county into seven districts, each of which is to raise a Regiment. The Captains and subalterns are to be chosen by the private men and the field officers by the Captains, and subalterns, and it is recommended to each of them, to provide themselves with one, or more field pieces, and the Civil Officers under the Charter, prior to the first day of June, are desired by them to exercise their respective Offices.
A number of Carpenters have been employed for  several days past, in preparing Barracks for the Troops, but the select men and Committee of Correspondence now order them to desist.
Several Cannon are now mounted on the fortification lately thrown up on the Neck.
A Provincial Congress is to be held the second Tuesday of October, at Concord; the town of Boston has chosen Delegates there, and instructed their Representatives to join them, after they are Dissolved, which they take for granted will follow, as soon as they meet as a General Court, which is to be at Salem the 5th October.
September 29th. The Governour’s Proclamation was published for the General Court not to meet as was intended the 5th October.104
The General having purchased some Ordnance Stores of  one Mr. Scott, the people having notice, would not suffer them to be carried away, and a guard of soldiers was obliged to be sent to the store to bring them off.
The people afterwards assembled about Mr. Scott’s house, threatened him severely, and marked him as an object of their resentment.
The building of the barracks having been suspended by the orders of the Committee of Correspondence to the Workmen, and one Master Carpenter having dared to continue to work for the military notwithstanding, he was this Evening seized by a number of men who put him on board a Boat, and carried him with a halter about his neck to Cambridge, where after much ill usage, they suffered him to go  about his business. And he returned the next morning to Boston.
October. Whilst the people were training themselves to Arms, and making every hostile preparation on their parts, they seemed greatly dissatisfied with the general proceedings, for the defence of the town, and the security and accommodation of the troops; and they prevented the bringing in of straw, and materials for the Barracks, and the Carpenters and Labourers from being employed in the service of Government. They even would not suffer a Boat to be built for the use of the Navy in the town, and in their behaviour towards the Military, they shewed the height of insolence, notwithstanding which, the General, the Officers, and Troops, behaved with great temper, forbearance.*105 *Their acts of outrage were not resented, and many impertinent requisitions of the Committee were acquiesced to, but all was construed into fear, for upon every concession they grew more audacious. And the  Committees of Boston, and Worcester, had the presumption to send to the General, that if he did not level the Works he had prepared on the neck, the Country would come in, and demolish them.106 
1 Henry Hulton, “Observations. In the course of sundry Tours, and voyages”, 80 [hereafter “Observations”], from the Mark and Llora Bortman Collection in the Howard Gotlieb Archival and Research Center, Boston University, with some changes to the punctuation. Hulton repeated these sentiments (with but slight variation) in his “Sketches,” 49–50, ca. 1780, William L. Clements Library Mss., University of Michigan.
2 Adams to Jefferson,  July 1813, apparently in response to Jefferson on June 27th, in Lester J. Cappon, ed., The Adams-Jefferson Letters (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959), 349 and 336, resp. (“apparently,” because getting a letter from Monticello to Quincy in just eight days verged on the miraculous). For Jefferson and his concern over Revolutionary era historiography, and his place in it, see Francis D. Cogliano, Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006), 44–73.
3 “American loyalists have suffered the fate of those who lose the contest—history has relegated them to brief paragraphs at best, or to footnotes at worst,” commented Lawrence Leder in his The Colonial Legacy: Loyalist Historians (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), 1. Hulton proved the point all too well; even Leder does not mention him. For the continued status of loyalists as “marginal figures” see Keith Mason, “The American Loyalist Diaspora and the Reconfiguration of the British Atlantic World,” in Eliga H. Gould and Peter S. Onuf, eds., Empire and Nation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), 240–259; and also Maya Jasanoff, “The Other Side of the Revolution: Loyalists in the British Empire” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series 65 (2008):205–232, who contended (on 209) that “Loyalist émigrés demand a larger, more significant narrative of their own that extends, as the refugees did, across the globe.” For a fine case study, set in historiographical context, see Colin Nicolson, “‘McIntosh, Otis & Adams are our demagogues’: Nathaniel Coffin and the Loyalist Interpretation of the Origins of the American Revolution,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 108 (1996):72–114.
4 In writing to Jedediah Morse on 1 January 1816, where he repeated now famous lines about the Revolution being in the “minds of the people” even before Lexington and Concord, he mentioned the dispatch of troops to Boston in 1768 to protect the American Board of Customs commissioners. He forgot to include Hulton in his list of Board members. Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Works of John Adams, 10 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1850–1856), 10:197–199.
5 Although at least one descendant, Sir Philip Charles Henry Hulton Preston, has a copy of the advice that Henry Hulton prepared for his sons and knows the basic outlines of Henry Hulton’s life quite well.
6 With the exception, that is, of John Temple, already in Boston and alienated from the other four commissioners, whose positions and presence he resented.
7 Niall Ferguson, Empire (London: Allen Lane, 2002), 60. Also see James Horn, “British Diaspora: Emigration from Britain, 1680–1815,” in P. J. Marshall, ed., The Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 28–53, the second of five volumes in The Oxford History of the British Empire. For an even broader context of this outmigration and how it helped transform the world—though not always for the better, see Alfred W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).
8 David B. Quinn & Alison M. Quinn, eds., Discourse of Western Planting (London: Hakluyt Society, 1993), p. 64.
9 A view of the world discussed in Arthur O. Lovejoy, The Great Chain of Being (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1936), though with no particular reference to the problems of empire.
10 Peter N. Miller, Defining the Common Good (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Gerald Newman, The Rise of English Nationalism, 1740–1830 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997); David Armitage, The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000); and Eliga Gould, Persistence of Empire (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000) offer observations about identity in the empire that ought to be contrasted with Benedict Anderson’s more general arguments in Imagined Communities, revised ed. (London: Verso, 1991).
11 The Declaration echoed the Boston Gazette and Country Journal, 16 November 1767, which complained of the “swarm of various officers”—members of the customs board included—that had descended upon the town, all of them part of a larger scheme to deprive the colonists of their rights.
12 In going to Massachusetts he did not necessarily enter a socially different world, however, despite what he might have thought; personal connections mattered there too—for which see Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992), 3–92. Nevertheless, any characterization of this as a “deferential” society ought to be made carefully, as the scholars who contributed to the discussion in “Deference in Early America: The Life and/or Death of an Historiographical Concept,” Early American Studies 3 (2005):227–401 emphasized. That discussion returned to issues addressed in “Deference or Defiance in Eighteenth-Century America?,” a roundtable in the Journal of American History 85 (1998):13–97. Any notion that eighteenth-century England can serve as the model of a deferential society should be qualified as well.
13 He seemed to have in view the lifestyle of the “modest gentleman” described in G. E. Mingay, English Landed Society (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1962) who owned perhaps 1000 acres and had income from a variety of sources, not just farm produce or land rents, to lead a “genteel but restricted life” (22), with an annual income of £300 or so. For the “gentlemanly ideal” as empire-wide phenomenon see H. V. Bowen, Elites, Enterprise and the Making of the British Overseas Empire, 1688–1775 (Houndmills, England: Macmillan Press, Ltd., 1996). See too Martin J. Wiener, English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981) for the economic downside of the country gentleman ideal. Hulton’s poetic tribute to Chester is transcribed infra, on 427–429.
14 Henry Peacham, The Compleat Gentleman (London: Francis Constable, 1622).
15 See Jay Fliegelman, Prodigals and Pilgrims (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982) for the new notions of patriarchy and paternal authority that were gaining ground in parts of the western world at just this moment.
1 Odysseus to his son Telemachus, in Homer, The Odyssey, trans. by Robert Fagles (New York: Viking, 1996), 345 (Book 16, 232–236).
2 Hulton, “Account of Travels,” 7 [hereafter “Travels”], John Carter Brown Library, Brown University Mss.
3 Ibid., 2–3.
4 All five are entered in the Crook Street Presbyterian Church, Chester, baptismal register, The National Archives [hereafter TNA], Public Record Office [hereafter PRO] 400, Record Group 4/161 (from the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, film no. 20046): John (born 6 August 1720, baptized on 19 August); Samuel (born 1 March 1722, baptized 20 March); Edward (born 29 August 1724, baptized 6 September); Ann (born 26 December 1726, baptized 18 January 1727); and Henry (born 14 June 1730, baptized on 1 July). There is a genealogical table for the Hultons that begins with Henry’s great-grandfather Edward, located in volume 22 of the manuscript History of the Bennetts of the District of Chester, 49 vols., begun by J[ohn] H[enry] E[lliott] Bennett, Cheshire Record Office (Family History Library film no. 375325). It omits Henry’s brothers Samuel and Edward, inserts a sister named Mary, and puts Ann’s birth as 10 July 1730. See too the apparently more reliable source cited at 90 n. 216 infra.
5 The indenture of Edward Hulton (Henry’s father) to John Hulton (Henry’s grandfather), for 25 March/6 April 1705, from the Chester and Cheshire Archives ZM/F-ZM/AI, is listed on the National Archives website. According to a number of pedigree charts, John Hulton descended through a family line that had been in Chester for several generations at least and could be traced back further still to Hultons in Lancashire, with lands and titles dating from as early as the reign of John I.
6 Hulton wrote his will on 10 July 1730. It was proved in the archdeaconry court of Chester on 24 April 1731. Archdeaconry of Chester, Wills and Probate Records, Cheshire County Council Archives and Local Studies (Family History Library film no. 2145589).
7 Hulton, “Travels,” 10 for education, 9 for thirst.
8 Ibid., 12. There is a brief sketch of Richard Gildart in Romney Sedgwick, The House of Commons, 1715–1754, 2 vols. (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1970), 2:63. Gildart’s commercial interests involved the transatlantic slave trade as well as the Baltic.
9 John Hulton’s associate, James Gildart, is included among the merchants listed in George T. Shaw, ed., Liverpool’s First Directory (Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons, 1907), 35, which was taken from the 1766 list compiled by John Gore. Adam Lightbody and Robert Nicholson are on the list as well (at 41 and 43, resp.). All three would be included in Gore’s subsequent directories of 1767, 1769, and 1773.
10 Hulton, “Observations,” 21.
11 Hulton, “Travels,” 18.
12 Hulton, “Observations,” 44.
13 Charles Chenevix Trench, George II (London: Allen Lane, 1973) has a fair amount on the king and his mistresses, including Walmoden. See too Jeremy Black’s more expansive George II: Puppet of the Politicians? (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2007), and Black’s America or Europe? British Foreign Policy, 1739–1763 (London: University College of London, 1998) for Hanover’s place in the empire at this time.
14 Hulton, “Travels,” 24.
15 Hulton to Newcastle, 22 July 1752, with the apostrophe inserted, Add. Ms. 32728, fo. 254 (Newcastle Papers), British Library [hereafter BL].
16 Hulton, “Travels,” 26–27.
17 For which see Jeremy Black, The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century (Phoenix Mill, England: Alan Sutton, 1992).
18 Hulton, “Observations,” 24–26 for Germans, 83 for the French, 77 for being carried ashore.
19 Hulton, “Travels,” 32–35.
20 Ibid., 38.
21 Ibid., 40. Apparently Hulton did not go to Liverpool between returning to England in October 1760 and departing for Germany the following April. His brother died that August, intestate. It also appears that Samuel Hulton had died sometime before, since Ann and Henry are the only siblings mentioned in the documents arranging the payment of fees for and management of John Hulton’s worldly goods. Ann Hulton was named as administrator; she and family friends Robert Nicholson and Edward Cropper agreed to cover the costs of taking the estate out of probate. See Diocese of Chester, Wills and Administrations Proved at Chester, 1761, Cheshire Record Office (Family History Library film no. 88781).
22 Hulton, “Observations,” 109–110.
23 A close to contemporaneous picture was sketched by Bryan Edwards in The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies, 5th ed., 5 vols. (London: W. B. Whitaker, 1819; orig. ed. 1793), 1:453–517 for the Leeward Islands in general, and 472–495 for Antigua in particular.
24 Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000) is incisive on such matters. See in particular 60–62 and the endnotes to the observations offered there.
25 Hulton, “Observations,” 100–105.
26 For background see Richard Pares, Yankees and Creoles (London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1956), and Hulton, “Observations,” 134–135, for the Yankee preference for foreign sugar and molasses.
27 “Perhaps what human ingenuity could devise, human ingenuity could find a way to circumvent,” observed Lawrence Harper in his seminal work, The English Navigation Laws (New York: Columbia University Press, 1939), 97.
28 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 10 February 1760, one of Hulton’s twenty-one letters to Nicholson from 1760–1776, in Ms. William Shepherd, vol. XVIII, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University [hereafter “Nicholson Letters”], on 3, transcribed at infra 207–208. Wallace Brown edited all but the first five letters for “An Englishman Views the American Revolution: The Letters of Henry Hulton, 1769–1776” Huntington Library Quarterly 36 (November 1972):1–26 and (February 1973):139–151.
29 Hulton, “Travels,” 67.
30 [Henry Hulton] A Poem Addressed to a Young Lady (St. John’s, n.p., 1757), which he reworked and expanded into three parts when he was living in Massachusetts, but had it printed under the same title by John Green and Joseph Russell of Boston in 1773. The friend was Major (soon to be Colonel) Melville of the 38th regiment. They met on the voyage out and shared lodging on the island for a time. Writing the poem became an exercise that Hulton ended up putting in the “no good deed goes unpunished” category: “She cleared about twenty pounds by it. However our readiness to assist the poor woman, was imputed to a cause that did us no great honor, for it was generally insinuated that we took that method of paying her for all favors.” Hulton, “Travels,” 51. Following printer/historian Isaiah Thomas’s original view, Wilberforce Eames, “The Antigua Press and Benjamin Mecom, 1748–1765,” American Antiquarian Society. Proceedings 38 (1928):303–348 concluded that Mecom, apparently the first printer on the island, had not been the publisher of Hulton’s book because he returned to his native Boston the year before. Given Hulton’s later antipathy to Benjamin Franklin, it would have been a nice irony if Mecom—Franklin’s nephew and onetime apprentice—had indeed done the book.
31 Hulton, “Travels,” 60–61.
32 Ibid., 52–53. There are sketches of Samuel Martin and his two most famous sons (Samuel Jr. and Josiah) in Evangeline Walker Andrews, ed., Journal of a Lady of Quality (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921), Appendix, 259–273. There is an entry for the elder Martin in H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), 36:976–977. Richard Sheridan, Sugar and Slavery (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973) also has good material on Martin, and Sheridan refers readers there to two of his journal articles that have even more information. Martin was by all accounts a progressive farmer and kind master to his slaves, which Hulton no doubt noticed. But kind masters were not necessarily abolitionists in the making and for all too many slavery was part of the natural order of things in an unequal world. For Martin’s brand of paternalism and Antigua’s slave culture in general see David Barry Gaspar, Bondmen and Rebels (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).
33 Samuel Martin to his son, Samuel Martin, 18 July 1760, in the Martin Papers, vol. II, fos. 45–46. Add. Ms. 41, 347, BL.
34 There is an essay on Martin in Sir Lewis Namier and John Brooke, The House of Commons, 1754–1790, 3 vols. (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1964), 3:114–117. The younger Martin is most remembered, if at all now, for his 1763 duel with John Wilkes. Wilkes had ridiculed Martin as “base, selfish, mean, abject, low-lived, and dirty” in The North Briton, 3 vols. (Dublin: J. Potts, 1763), 2:174–175 in the 5 March 1763 issue (no. 40). Martin and Wilkes both sat in Commons. Martin wounded Wilkes with a pistol shot in their duel. They reconciled later in Paris. See George Nobbe, The North Briton (New York: Columbia University Press, 1939), 245–250; and Peter D. G. Thomas, John Wilkes (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), 42, who does not pursue the suggestion made by Horace Walpole and picked up by George Rudé, Wilkes and Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1960), 34 n.4, that Martin had been target-shooting beforehand, with plans to kill Wilkes, not simply wound him. Also see Arthur H. Cash, John Wilkes (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006). For the connection to army provisioning in Germany see 37 n. 43 infra. Ann Hulton commented briefly on Wilkes, Martin, and their duel in a letter to Elizabeth Lightbody of 10 December 1763, at 212–213 infra.
35 Hulton, “Travels,” 82.
36 Hulton to Nicholson, 24 January 1761, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 15, transcribed at 208–210 infra.
37 “My health was much impaired,” he wrote in his “Observations,” 182. For context see Richard Harding, “British maritime strategy and Hanover, 1714–1763,” in Brendan Simms and Torsten Riotte, eds., The Hanoverian Dimension in British History, 1714–1837 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 252–274.
38 From Hulton’s “Matters, relative to the Conduct of the Commissariat which attended the Allied Army in Germany, 1760, 61, 62,” on 2 and 3, resp., Franklin Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. This is Hulton’s most detailed surviving account of his time in Germany. Hulton reported to the Treasury through Martin.
39 From comments made under “Germany 1763,” which may have been in the form of a memorandum rather than from a letter to Nicholson; in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 20–21, transcribed at 210–211 infra.
40 Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 5–6.
41 Hamish Macdonald Little, “The Treasury, the Commissariat and the Supply of the Combined Army in Germany during the Seven Years War (1756–1763),” Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1981). Little utilized Hulton’s “Conduct of the Commissariat” and concluded that Hulton and Cuthbert were able commissioners, though they were perhaps too strident in their zeal to uncover corruption, presuming that those they investigated were guilty unless they could prove their innocence (see 204–208). Cuthbert joined Thomas Pownall and Charles Wolfran Cornwall as commissioners in September 1763 to investigate the claims. Hulton declined the post, offered to him before Cuthbert because his name had been first on their original commission. In The King’s Three Faces (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), 220, Brendan McConville suggested that Pownall exemplified “a new type of man” that appeared in the expanded empire, “the bureaucratic adventurer.” Perhaps so—and if so, it is a characterization that could be applied to Hulton too.
42 Hulton, “Observations,” 149.
43 An excellent case in point is that of John Jacob Uckermann, who spent five years seeking £20,000 in compensation for forage that he claimed he had provided the British Army between 1761–1762, and for which he had not been paid. With allegations of fraud being leveled on both sides the government finally ruled against Uckermann in 1766, three years after Hulton had gone on to other things. Uckermann’s case can be traced in Hulton’s “Conduct of the Commissariat,” passim (see in particular Hulton’s accusation that Uckermann bilked the British, at 103–104), and Treasury papers at the TNA, PRO/T1/431 through PRO/T1/455, passim. See too Hulton and Cuthbert’s instructions on accounts dating from 1760 (including Uckermann’s) to Thomas Higgins, 1 May 1762 and 5 April 1763, in the Halsey Family Papers, DE/HL/15246 and 15291, resp., Hertfordshire Archives (Frederick and Thomas Halsey had been part of the commissary in Germany during the war). Hulton suspected that he had been moved aside, even though thanked and rewarded, for political reasons. There was much money to be made by those charged, ironically, with ferreting out graft and corruption—profiting from the attempts to control profiteering. Wilkes had alleged in his North Briton no. 40 that John Ghest (whose duties were similar to those of Hulton) had essentially been blocked in his 1761 efforts to expose corruption in the sale of oats to the army; Wilkes mentioned Uckermann in passing. See 35 n. 34 supra. Gordon E. Bannerman’s Merchants and the Military in Eighteenth-Century Britain (London: Chatto & Pickering, 2008) examined domestic contracts rather than those on the Continent and found little price-gouging or profiteering among British suppliers.
44 Hulton’s figures, as recorded in “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 173.
45 See Hulton and Cuthbert’s petition to Newcastle of 16 May 1766, Add. Ms. 32, 975 (Newcastle Papers), fo. 197 BL. Ever in search of recognition and compensation, they reminded Newcastle of their service and “humbly hope for your Grace[’]s favorable opinion of our conduct, and that by your Grace[’]s accommodation we may reap some benefit from our Services to the Publick.” Also see Hulton’s memorial to the Duke of Grafton of 19 November 1766 in the “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 187–193.
46 For administrative structure see Charles McLean Andrews’s classic work, “England’s Commercial and Colonial Policy,” the final volume of The Colonial Period of American History, 4 vols. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934–1938); and these more specialized studies: Dora Mae Clark, The Rise of the British Treasury (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960); Elizabeth Evelynola Hoon, The Organization of the English Customs System, 1696–1786 (New York: Appleton-Century, 1938); Arthur Herbert Basye, The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1925); and Franklin B. Wickwire, British Subministers and Colonial America, 1763–1783 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966).
47 Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 170. He made no attempt to hide his disdain for Pownall in this private reminiscence (see 89–95); publicly it is doubtful if he ever said anything critical—far too risky politically to do so. Pownall, he felt, who had also been sent over to review accounts, tried to undercut his authority once he failed to bring him within his own personal orbit. For Pownall see infra 211 n. 2.
48 Proof that London did not see colonial charters as sacrosanct, the Dominion combined all of the colonies north and east of the Delaware River into one between 1686 and 1688. Plans to do the same for the remaining colonies to the south were never formalized. The Dominion was brought down in a quasi-revolutionary coup in 1689. New Englanders of the Revolutionary era drew analogies between their situation and that of their forefathers under the Dominion, making Edward Randolph, a customs official, the arch-villain of their past. See Michael G. Hall, Edward Randolph and the American Colonies, 1676–1703 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1960); Richard R. Johnson, Adjustment to Empire (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1981); and Robert M. Bliss, Revolution and Empire (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990).
49 As cited in a privy council report of 5 October 1763, printed in James Munro and Almeric C. Fitzroy, eds., Acts of the Privy Council of England. Colonial Series, 6 vols. (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1908–1912), 4:569. The customs board had registered complaints with the Board of Trade about problems within the navigation system in 1758, in the midst of war. See the Board of Trade minutes for 9 November and 5 December 1758 in the Journal of the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, 14 vols. (London: His Majesty’s Printing Office, 1920–1938), 10:424 and 433, resp. Also see the “Hints respecting the Settlement of our American Provinces,” dated 25 February 1763 and signed “G.,” with sweeping recommendations for reform, including fixing the problem of “the Independency of the Revenue Officers on the Governors; for as the Governors have no power over them, they are very little attentive to their Conduct, and the Officers knowing themselves to be accountable only to one another in America, and to the Lords of the Treasury here, they agree among themselves what liberties they shall take, without any regard to the Duties of their Offices.” Governors ought to control them more directly, with their salaries increased and paid by the crown, and fees and other perquisites being eliminated. See Add. Ms. 38335 (Liverpool Papers CXLVI), fo. 18 BL.
50 Hulton’s commission was (backdated) to take effect on 10 October 1763, the lords commissioners of the customs who issued it referring to their own report of September 28th, which no doubt helped to trigger the Treasury recommendation to the privy council a week later. Dated 19 October 1763, in TNA, PRO/T11/27, fo. 359.
51 Expertly put into context by John Brewer in The Sinews of Power (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989). Alvin Rabushka’s detailed study of Taxation in Colonial America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008), does not, oddly enough, draw on Brewer, but Rabushka does examine taxation in all its forms and in all of the colonies that eventually rebelled, and he attempted to do so without getting caught up in the historiographical disputes over a reciprocal empire. Even so, he concluded (on 757) that, allowing for exceptions in certain areas, the navigation system “may have been a net positive for the colonies.” For Grenville’s program in particular see John L. Bullion, A Great and Necessary Measure (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1982); with the reaction by Thomas Slaughter, “The Empire Strikes Back: George Grenville and the Stamp Act,” Reviews in American History 12 (1984):204–210; and P. D. G. Thomas, British Politics and the Stamp Act Crisis (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975). Also see Eliga Gould’s “Fears of War, Fantasies of Peace: British Politics and the Coming of the American Revolution,” in Gould and Onuf, eds., Empire and Nation, 19–34; and the overview in Jacob M. Price, “The Imperial Economy, 1700–1776,” in Marshall, ed., The Eighteenth Century, 78–104.
52 Letter of 10 December 1763, edited by E. Rhys Jones and printed as “An Eighteenth-Century Lady and Her Impressions,” Gentleman’s Magazine 297 (July–December 1904):195–202; quotation from 196, transcribed infra on 212–213.
53 See, for example, his report on ships caught smuggling between the end of the war in September 1763 and the following March. “No certain Account of Seizures in N. America can be prepared in this Office unless the Collectors of the Customs in the several provinces be duly Authorized to Receive the King[’]s share of Fines & Forfeitures,” he informed the customs board. What he learned, if he did not already know from his days on Antigua, was that customs officials did not always work well with each other, much less with provincial authorities, and even officers in the Royal Navy. Report of 22 March 1764, signed by Hulton, in Add. Ms. 38, 337, fo. 245 (Liverpool Papers) BL.
54 Andrews, “England’s Commercial and Colonial Policy,” vol. 4 of The Colonial Period of American History, on 2, though, on 425n-428n, Andrews does make a distinction between the “old colonial system” and the policies pursued after 1763.
55 See Hulton’s memorandum “Germany 1763,” among the “Nicholson Letters,” 20–26; and his letter to Nicholson of 17 December 1763 in ibid., 26–32, transcribed at infra 210–211 and 214–215, resp. Also see his petition to the Treasury of 27 June 1766—with attorney general Fletcher Norton’s supportive finding of 8 December 1764 attached—in TNA, PRO/T1/445, fos. 217–221. The petition was read before the lords of the Treasury on 2 April 1766, with consideration postponed—indefinitely, by all indications. Along the way Hulton had appealed to the Duke of Newcastle in January 1766 (see Add. Ms. 32,973, fo. 326, Newcastle Papers, BL) and through Newcastle, to the Marquess of Rockingham then, and again in July (Add. Ms. 32,972, fos. 759–761 and Add. Ms. 32, 976, fos. 15–17, Newcastle Papers, BL, resp.). Since the appeal to Rockingham is still among Newcastle’s papers, it would appear that the Duke chose not to send it along.
56 Henry Hulton, “Some Account of the Proceedings of the People in New England from the Establishment of a Board of Customs in America, to the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1775,” 2, unpublished manuscript, Andre De Coppet Collection, Princeton University Library. Transcribed infra, beginning at 107.
57 Hulton, “Travels,” 96–97, with some changes to capitalization.
58 Ibid., 101. Material was appended on 160–167, noting the marriage at St. Anne’s in London, the birth dates and places for all five boys, the death dates for Henry and Elizabeth, and their being interred at a church (St. Mary’s) in Andover. The official marriage record, for 20 September 1766, is in St. Anne’s Church (Soho, Westminster), Church of England parish registers, 1686–1931 (Family History Library, film no. 918609).
59 Hulton, “Travels,” 101. Thomas was born in London on 29 August 1767.
60 Ibid., 99. Hulton’s concerns were shared widely, though not necessarily always expressed publicly. According to William Knox the Earl of Bute told him, when contemplating imperial policy after the French and Indian War, that “we ought to set about reforming our old Colonies before we settled new ones.” See Knox’s recollections in Historical Manuscripts Commission, Report on Manuscripts in Various Collections, 8 vols. (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1901–1914), 6:282. For Knox as imperial reformer see Leland J. Bellot, William Knox: The Life & Thought of an Eighteenth-Century Imperialist (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977), at 42–70 for Bute and Knox’s report that prompted the comment.
61 The three key elements in Townshend’s program are in Danby Pickering, ed., The Statutes at Large, 46 vols. (Cambridge: Joseph Bentham, et al., 1762–1807), 27:447–449, 7 George III c. 41 (customs commissioners) and 27:505–512, c. 46 (new duties); and 28:70–71, 8 George III c. 22 (reconfigured vice-admiralty courts), with details for the latter laid out in Munro and Fitzroy, eds., Privy Council, 5:151–153.
62 Dora Mae Clark, “The American Board of Customs,” American Historical Review 45 (1940):777–806; and idem, Rise of the Treasury, 174–184, discuss the Board’s genesis, pointing out that most contemporaries thought Townshend was the man who pushed it and that some thought Charles Paxton played some sort of behind the scenes role too.
63 See the customs commissioners report to the lords of the Treasury of 30 April 1767, recommending the American board’s creation, in TNA, PRO/T1/459, fos. 84–85.
64 Grey Cooper, who was friendly to Townshend as well as to members of the opposition in Rockingham’s camp, introduced the bill in the Commons on June 3, which passed its third reading twelve days later and went from there to the Lords. R. C. Simmons and P. D. G. Thomas, eds., Proceedings and Debates of the British Parliament Respecting North America, 6 vols. (White Plains, N. Y.: Kraus International, 1982–), 2:510 and 512, resp.
65 P. D. G. Thomas, The Townshend Duties Crisis, 1767–1773 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987) noted (on 33) that Philadelphia had been considered at one point and that the choice of Boston “proved a political blunder.” See too John Phillip Reid, In a Rebellious Spirit (University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1979), 6–10, on how the choice of Boston fed local fears that Whitehall and Westminster acted provocatively, in a dangerous attempt at law enforcement—a danger that Hulton understood, perhaps better than those who sent him there.
66 Published to show the public precisely what was intended, as George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To our trusty and well-beloved Henry Hulton, John Temple, William Burch, Charles Paxton and John Robinson, Esqs. Greeting (Boston, 1767), 2.
67 The 1772 salary schedule is included in Great Britain Commissioners of Customs in America. Customs Papers, 1764–1774, Ms. N-2091, Massachusetts Historical Society library [hereafter MHS]. A 1768 report done at the request of the new American board, signed by Joseph Harrison (collector) and Benjamin Hallowell (comptroller), laid out the structure for Boston as it had evolved to that point. It is in TNA, PRO/T1/465, fos. 179–193. George Wolkins edited it as “The Boston Customs District in 1768,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 58 (1925):418–445.
68 Commenting on affairs in Boston that led to the dispatch of troops to the town, Moses Franks wrote to the Marquess of Rockingham on 3 October 1768: “‘Tis very certain, my Lord, that the new Board of commissioners at Boston (at best discordant) brought many of the troubles on themselves, by a conduct the reverse of conciliating in times so imbittered. But as if they studied to aggravate the ill humour of that misguided unfortunate Country, to drive them to some outrage, in order to justify measures of violence against them. They have requird of the Merchants (thro the provinces) to do, what absolutely is not in their power. They have ordered that all duties shall be paid in Silver only, Gold is rejected, & paper too. Tis repeating the Severity of the Egyptian Task Masters, make Bricks without Straw. And must operate fataly, to unite the whole in the Boston Spirit, which was generaly disaprov’d; but it will not rest there; for it will inevitably occasion a Universal system of illicit Trade, when all will Be set at deffiance.” Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments [WMM]/R1/1101, Sheffield Archives.
69 Although the Boston-Evening Post, 9 April 1770, misreported the commissioners’s salaries by adding an extra zero to each amount, boosting them to £5000 each, for a total of £25,000—an honest mistake or an attempt to fix more public attention on the customs service?
70 For Robinson as symbol of imperial policy gone awry, see Edmund S. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1953).
71 “Arrived Capt. Watt from London, in whom came a most unwelcome Cargo, Vizt. Henry Hulton, Wm. Burch and Charles Paxton, three of the Commissioners appointed to receive the Duties by the late Act of Parliament imposed on the Colonies.” Entry for 6 November 1767 in “John Boyle’s Journal of Occurrences in Boston, 1759–1778,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 84 (1930):142–171, 248–272; quotation from 252. Boyle noted that they were accompanied by Samuel Venner (their secretary), John Porter (comptroller general), John Williams (inspector general), and a “number of Clerks;” and that Robinson and Temple were already in Boston.
72 For an example of these earlier contacts see Joseph Harrison’s letters from London to John Temple of 12 July and 9 August 1765 in the Bowdoin-Temple Papers, Winthrop Papers (reel 46), MHS; also printed in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 6th series 9 (1897):65–66, 67–69. Harrison, collector for the port of Boston, had gone to see Hulton about the arrears in his pay, stretching back all the way to 1761. Hulton was kind and patient, Harrison assured Temple, and he was looking into Temple’s complaints about another matter that involved John Robinson as well as Governor Bernard.
73 Acting on a rumor that the Massachusetts council would be appointed by the crown rather than by the lower house of the assembly, Paxton importuned Viscount Townshend, Charles Townshend’s older brother, to ask the king to name him to it. See Paxton to Townshend, 22 December 1764, Ms. S-691, MHS. He was ten years premature. That change would not come until the Massachusetts Government Act of 1774—but Paxton’s request shows how widespread the talk was of making changes to tighten imperial authority. Looking back on the underlying causes of revolt, John Adams would point to Paxton as a customs officer in Boston—and James Cockle in Salem—because they were using writs of assistance as early as 1759, which in turn helped precipitate the debate over them two years later. See Adams to William Tudor, 29 March and 15 April 1817 in Adams, ed., Works, 10:244–247 and 274–277, resp.; and the discussion in M. H. Smith, The Writs of Assistance Case (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978). For Paxton and the “local demonology” that developed in Boston, see Smith’s “Charles Paxton: Founding Stepfather,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 94 (1982):15–36.
74 Hulton, “Travels,” 107.
75 James Parker to Benjamin Franklin, 21 January 1768, in Leonard Labaree, et al., eds., The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, 39 vols. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959–), 15:27.
76 Oliver M. Dickerson, The Navigation Acts and the American Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1951); with observations made more briefly in idem, “England’s Most Fateful Decision,” New England Quarterly 22 (1949):388–394. Not only was Dickerson overly influenced by the complaints of protesting Americans in the 18th century, he was reacting to post-World War II protectionism that he thought was a throwback to that era and a danger to the free trade ideas that had taken hold of the Atlantic world in the 19th century. Dickerson’s assertion that “had it not been for the unfortunate personalities of Robinson, Paxton, and Hulton there might have been no Revolution” (Navigation Acts, 210) is good drama, but not especially good history. Variations on Dickerson’s view seeped into many works, from Wickwire’s British Subministers, pp. 121–131 to Lawrence Henry Gipson’s magnum opus, The British Empire before the American Revolution, 15 vols. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936–1970), 10:119–120, 241–242.
77 A point made persuasively in Thomas C. Barrow, Trade & Empire: The British Customs Service in Colonial America, 1660–1775 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1967); underscored in Thomas M. Truxes, Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).
78 The views of Thomas Cushing, speaker of the Massachusetts House, expressed in a letter to Stephen Sayre of 6 November 1770, can be taken as fairly representative of this position. In response to the charge that complete repeal of the Townshend program would bring a “rise in our Demands,” that the colonists would “insist upon the Repeal of the Navigation Acts & be contented with little short, if any thing, of a state of Independency,” Cushing responded “I can assure You that is so far from the Truth; that in case the Revenue Acts were Repealed, the Board of Commissioners removed, and the Troops withdrawn & we were put in the same state we were in before the stamp act was passed that People in general would be satisfied & so far from being desirous of being Independent of Great Britain that they would dread the very thought of it.” Misc. Bound Documents, 1770–1773, MHS. Cushing was not being disingenuous, but events to come could make it appear that he was—unless, again, the fluid state of social identity and political aspiration within the empire are taken into consideration.
79 Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985), 46–50. “The dispute between Britain and the colonies was not over Parliament’s right to regulate this or that trade, or to tax a particular activity, or to pursue a specific policy,” McCusker and Menard concluded. “The conflict centered on the issue of power over the long haul, on the shape of things to come, on who would determine the future of the British Empire in the Americas.” (357)
80 For which see Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1967).
81 Even John Adams, who prided himself on his use of logic and law, wrote a harangue for a Braintree town meeting in March 1772: “What is the Tendency of the late Innovations? The Severity, the Cruelty of the late Revenue Laws and the Terrors of the formidable Engine, contrived to execute them, the Court of Admiralty? Is not the natural and necessary Tendency of these Innovations, to introduce dark Intrigues, Insincerity, Simulation, Bribery and Perjury, among Custom house officers, Merchants, Masters, Mariners and their Servants?” L. H. Butterfield, et al., eds., Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, 4 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1961), 2:58.
82 Hulton’s letter of appointment, dated 29 June 1768, is in the TNA, PRO/Admiralty [hereafter ADM] 80/131. Hulton was still deriving income from this fund long after he had left Massachusetts and was living in relative comfort in the English countryside. The last payment to his account was on 9 October 1783, for £16:17:11 (in TNA, PRO/ADM80/132). See too Joseph Freese’s essays, “Some Observations on the American Board of Customs Commissioners,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 81 (1969):3–30; and “Henry Hulton and the Greenwich Hospital Tax,” American Neptune 31 (1972):192–216. John Phillip Reid, Constitutional History of the American Revolution, 4 vols. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986–1993), 2:170–171, placed the hospital tax in the context of disputes over Parliament’s authority to tax the colonies.
83 From the “Journal of the Times” for 24 October 1768; see also 16 December 1768. Items for the “Journal” were composed in Boston, sent to papers in other colonies where they were printed, and then turned around and reprinted in sympathetic Boston newspapers; gathered and edited by Oliver Morton Dickerson (and hence his eventual bias?) as Boston under Military Rule (Boston: Chapman & Grimes, 1936), on 10 and 36, resp. The allegation in the “Journal” for 22 May 1769 (on 102), condemning the “anti-commercial principles” behind the Townshend program and the “haughty[,] imperious and indelicate behaviour” of the American board would be echoed by Dickerson.
84 See Carl Ubbelohde, Vice-Admiralty Courts and the American Revolution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961), and how military officers as well as civilian officials got caught up in enforcement in Neil R. Stout, The Royal Navy in America, 1760–1775 (Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1973).
85 See, for example, the fees paid to the custom house in Piscataqua, New Hampshire—a busy port, just upriver from Portsmouth—in 1765, in TNA, PRO/T1/483, fo. 239, and the case study offered by Alfred S. Martin in “The King’s Customs: Philadelphia, 1763–1774,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series 5 (1948):201–216.
86 Typescript of Carleton’s letter to the American Board of Customs, 4 July 1770, Great Britain Commissioners of Customs in America, Ms. N-1511, MHS. As a contrast, see the appeal from the collectors of Boston, Portsmouth, and Falmouth that they continue to be allowed to set their own fee schedules, undated but circa 1770, preserved in Add Ms. 38,391, fos. 155–156 (Liverpool Papers) BL.
87 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, 9 December 1767, Thomas Hutchinson Letterbooks, Massachusetts Archives XXV:230, from the MHS typescript, 225. He had earlier described the newly arrived board members as “sensible and discreet men” to Israel Mauduit, Mass. Archives XXV:223–224, from the MHS typescript, 209. Bernard Bailyn, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1974), 141–147, noted that Hutchinson’s name had come up when the board was being formed. It was not a post Hutchinson wanted. “There is no Office under greater discouragement than that of the Commissioners. Some of my friends recommended me to the Ministry. I think myself very happy I am not one.” Hutchinson to _____, August 1768, Mass. Archives. XXVI:320, from the MHS typescript, 663. He feared that to take it would be political suicide in the province. He was probably right, but then he ended up committing political suicide anyway.
88 For the permutations of this affair, which pitted James Cockle, collector for Salem (see 48 n. 73 supra), against Temple as surveyor general see the folder “1764 Mr Cockles Suspension,” in Great Britain Commissioners of Customs, Letters [typescripts], 1764–1774, Ms. N-1511, MHS, fair copies in PRO/T1/441, and originals between Temple and Thomas Whately in the John Temple Papers, STG Correspondence, Box 13, folder 6, Henry E. Huntington Library, where Whately discloses that Temple was being considered for the American board back in the earliest planning stages. Temple had complained to Whately of Bernard’s “insatiable avarice” even before the Cockle affair broke—see his letter of 10 September 1764, ibid, fo. 10. Neil Stout edited most of the collection at the Huntington as “The Missing Temple-Whately Papers,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 104 (1992):123–147. He noted that Temple has yet to have his biographer, beyond what Stout offered there and the brief essay by Charles Akers, “New Hampshire’s ‘Honorary’ Lieutenant Governor: John Temple and the American Revolution,” Historical New Hampshire 30 (1975):78–99. Stout would later write the entry for Temple in John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography [hereafter ANB], 24 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999–2004), 21:433–435. Also see Jordan D. Fiore, “The Temple-Bernard Affair,” Essex Institute Historical Collections 90 (1954):58–83.
89 Secretary Samuel Venner’s report to London on how the commissioners began their tenure at once underscores and understates the problem of separable lines of imperial authority: “Mr. Hulton, Mr. Burch, and Mr. Paxton arrived here on the 5th instant, and on the 16th qualified themselves together with Mr. Temple to enter upon the Execution of their Office as the Law directs, and opened their Commission that day, having previously accommodated themselves with a proper House for carrying on the Business of the Customs, in Obedience to their Lordships Commands signified to them by your Letter of the 4th of September last.” Venner to the Treasury Lords, 21 November 1767, TNA, PRO T1/461, fo. 266. Bernard is nowhere mentioned and was apparently in no way involved.
90 The commissioners would have received a chilly reception, even under the best of circumstances. They arrived at a particularly poor time, little more than a week after the town meeting resolved to “promote industry, Oeconomy, & Manufactures among ourselves” to offset the “heavy debt incurred in the course of the late Warr” and the weight of “very burdensome Taxes.” A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing the Boston Town Records, 1758 to 1769 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1886), 223, from the town meeting of 28 October 1767, and the report agreed to on December 22nd (226–230) that complained about the impact of the Townshend duties on local trade.
91 Colin Nicolson, The “Infamas Govener” (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001) sympathetically—though not uncritically—reviews Bernard’s stormy career. That town selectmen and governor had nothing but disdain for each other by the time that Bernard returned to London showed through all too clearly in an exchange of notes between them in February 1769. The selectmen implied that Bernard had misrepresented the town to London, that misrepresentation resulting in the dispatch of troops then bivouacked among them. Bernard retorted that whatever difficulties the town had, it had brought upon itself. Printed in A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing the Selectmen’s Minutes from 1769 through April, 1775 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1893), 6–9, along with the town’s original “address” of 16 February 1769, Bernard’s curt response two days later, the town’s rejoinder on the 22nd, and Bernard’s, even more terse, on the 24th. Bernard had already reached an impasse with the General Court, with the lower house asking for his recall the previous July.
92 G. B. Warden, Boston, 1689–1776 (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970) is incisive on Boston’s peculiar place in the imperial crisis. See too Pauline Maier, From Resistance to Revolution (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973); William Pencak, War, Politics, & Revolution in Massachusetts (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1981); and John W. Tyler, Smugglers and Patriots (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1986).
93 As explained by Ann Hulton to Elizabeth Lightbody, 25 August 1772, in Letters of a Loyalist Lady [hereafter Loyalist Lady] (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1927), 51–52, transcribed infra on 271–272. The editors, Harold Murdock and Charles Miner Thompson, only identified themselves by their initials, at the end of their introduction (on xii), not on the title page. The title page states “Ann Hulton,” the introduction “Anne Hulton,” and indeed both spellings turn up in contemporary documents. Even so, Henry used “Ann,” her name is recorded as Ann in the Chester baptismal registry (see supra 26, n. 4), and she signed her older brother John’s will “Ann Hulton” (supra 30, n. 21). Also see infra, at 340 n. 2.
94 In an earlier letter to Elizabeth Lightbody, 29 May 1770, ibid., 20, transcribed infra at 242.
95 Letter of 5 November 1771 to Robert Nicholson in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 26. Hulton mentioned the apple trees and greenhouse in a letter to Nicholson of 21 November 1772, ibid., 66. Both are transcribed infra, at 261–262 and 273–274 resp.
96 According to the entries Hulton made at the end of his “Travels,” 160–162, Henry was born on 18 May 1770, Edward on 18 October 1771, and Preston on 2 October 1773.
97 Hulton left the fullest account in his “Observations,” 191–226, a variation of which was printed in the Appendix to Loyalist Lady, 100–107. He offered additional details in some of his letters, most notably those of 28 October and 3 December 1772, in “Copies of Letters & Memorials written from Boston commencing Anno 1768,” 2 vols. [hereafter “Letterbooks”], 1:52–61, Houghton Library, Harvard University, transcribed on 272–273 and 276–278 infra; and to Robert Nicholson of 21 November 1772 and 10 May 1773 in the “Nicholson Letters,” 65–67 and 62–65, resp., and transcribed on 273–274 and 278–279 infra. Also see Hulton, “Sketches,” 123–126. In May 1771, when Elizabeth was pregnant with Edward, they had taken a briefer, less arduous trip by carriage through southern Massachusetts and into Connecticut.
98 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 10 May 1773, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 62, transcribed on 278–279 infra. As he wrote to his brother-in-law, Jacob Preston, “she behaved heroically, and never was daunted, or lost her spirits, under any difficulty. And we were sometimes in circumstances that put our fortitude to the tryal.” Letter of 28 October 1772, in “Letterbooks,” 1:53, transcription on 272–273 infra.
99 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 10 May 1773, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 63, with a transcription infra at 278–279.
100 Hulton to Jacob Preston, 28 October 1772, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:52. Transcribed at 272–273 infra.
101 See infra 395 for the poem, from Hulton, “Observations;” 226–227; also in Loyalist Lady, Appendix, 106–107, with the usual slight differences (and 103 for the “remarkable” comment).
102 Hulton to his brother-in-law, Jacob Preston, 31 August 1771, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:38, transcription on 260–261 infra.
103 Letter of 21 April 1772, addressee unidentified, ibid.,” 1:46 and 45, resp., transcribed infra at 266–268.
104 Letter of 31 August 1771, ibid., 1:40–41, with some changes to capitalization and punctuation. For an even more sarcastic edge when Hulton talked of “foolish notions of Independence,” see his letter to Samuel _____ of 24 May 1774 in ibid., 1:88–93. They are transcribed on 260–261 and 300–302 infra, resp.
105 After he retired he wrote of his time in Germany: “When I look back on the scene of severe trial I endured, I almost tremble at the recollection, and wonder I shou’d so have combated, and prevailed. I consider this arduous service performed the most trying and important of my life.” Hulton, “Travels,” 142.
106 Hulton to Thomas Bradshaw, secretary to the Treasury lords, 29 June 1770, in Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 239–240, with the full letter transcribed at 245–246 infra.
107 The board in general and Robinson in particular became the target of a biting series by “Candidus”—possibly Samuel Adams—in the Boston Evening-Post, 21 November, 12 and 26 December 1768, into 16 January and 13 February 1769. The more famous “Junius Americanus” series would later take swipes at the commission too, notably in ibid., 17 and 24 December 1770, and 28 January 1771.
108 Perhaps the most famous case involved John Malcom, who was tarred and feathered by a Boston mob in January 1774. See Thomas Hutchinson to the earl of Dartmouth, 28 January 1774, in TNA, PRO/CO 5/763, fo. 45 (where Hutchinson spelled the name “Malcolm”). That incident was included in the list of outrages compiled for The Report of the Lords Committees, Appointed by the House of Lords to Enquire into the several Proceedings in the Colony of Massachuset’s Bay (London: Charle Eyre and William Strahan, 1774), 33–34, and used to justify tougher policies against the colonists. For details on and documents pertaining to this affair, see Frank W. C. Hersey, “Tar and Feathers: The Adventures of Captain John Malcom,” Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts 34 (1937–1942):429–473.
109 See the note signed by Hulton, Robinson, Burch, and Paxton requesting sanctuary on 11 June 1768, in Add. Ms. 38,340, fo. 259 (Liverpool Papers) BL. They justified their actions in a letter to the Treasury Lords of January 1769, a copy of which is in Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 197–201. Bernard’s vindication of their withdrawing to the Castle, dated 22 December 1768, is in ibid., 202–205 (also signed by Hutchinson, Andrew Oliver, and Robert Auchmuty).
110 Hulton alludes to the Liberty affair in his “Account,” transcribed at 128 infra. Legal scholar John Phillip Reid uses it to show how local control of the law could be used to negate claims of imperial authority. See his In a Rebellious Spirit, 74–130. George Wolkins, “The Seizure of John Hancock’s Sloop ‘Liberty,’” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 55 (1921–1922):239–284 has stood up well. Thomas Hutchinson recounted the event in his The History of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, 3 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1936), 3:136–140. Also see Hutchinson’s letters to Richard Jackson of 16 June and 7 July 1768 in the Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXVI:310–312 and 315–316 (MHS typescripts 644–648 and 656–658, resp.); Francis Bernard to the earl of Hillsborough, 11 and 18 June 1768, in the Francis Bernard Papers, 6:311–314 and 623–624 in the Ms. Sparks 4, Houghton Library; Benjamin Hallowell’s affidavit of 11 June 1768 in Add. 38,340, fo. 251 (Liverpool Papers) BL; and Hallowell’s testimony before the Treasury lords on 21 July 1768 in TNA, PRO/T1/468, fos. 338–340.
111 The town meeting’s assertion (on 13 September 1768) of rights and condemnation of troops being sent to Boston—which also called for a convention of town delegates from throughout the province to meet (see Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Boston Town Records, 1758 to 1769, 261–264)—did not single out the commissioners for attention. Josiah Quincy would in his 1774 pamphlet (see infra 74 n. 161), an indication of how individual grievances were gradually combined into one conspiratorial whole.
112 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 6 April 1769, Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 34, transcribed infra at 225–226.
113 Hulton, “Travels,” 111.
114 As Hulton reported to Robert Nicholson, 6 April 1769, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 36, transcription infra on 225–226. Perhaps it was this incident, or more likely the earlier incident in town, that a local historian referred to many years later when he stated that “an inhabitant has acknowledged that, in youth, he joined with other thoughtless boys in breaking” Hulton’s windows because he was “a tory.” John Pierce, An Address at the Opening of the Town Hall in Brookline on Tuesday, 14 October 1845 (Boston: White & Potter, 1846), 22.
115 Hutchinson, History, 3:201.
116 For Temple’s pleas to his colleagues to reconvene, see the typescript of board minutes from 8 March-1 July 1770, where Temple could not get his colleagues to meet, in Great Britain Commissioners of the Customs in America, Ms. N-1511, 42–64, MHS. His complaint to Lord North, then first lord of the Treasury and head of the ministry, on 2 July 1770, ibid., is in the folder “Mr. Temple’s Letters to Superiors in England,” 32. The standard account of developments leading up to the “massacre,” the event itself, and the aftermath remains Hiller B. Zobel, The Boston Massacre (New York: W. W. Norton, 1970). For a contrasting view see my “Rival Truths, Political Accommodaton, and the Boston ‘Massacre’,” Massachusetts Historical Review 11 (2009):57–95. Zobel has a fair amount on the American board. I do not discuss it in my essay.
117 “Mr. Hulton has long been of Opinion that one of us should go home. Mr. Burch has been obstinate against it. Paxton has been rather neuter, but inclining to Mr. Burch’s opinion. It is certain that if Government does nothing this Parliament that we cannot stand our Ground, and it will not be a small support that will enable us to make head against the Opposition.” Robinson to Thomas Hutchinson, 1 November 1769, in the Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXV:335a, from the MHS typescript, 340.
118 Commissioners to Grafton, 3 April 1770, TNA, T1/476, fos. 233–237. Another copy is in Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 209–218. In the press battle that took place between the “massacre” in March and the trials that began in October, the commissioners became a favorite target, their requests for troops and their efforts to control trade helping to precipitate a crisis. See the pointed criticism of them offered in both A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1770) and Additional Observations to a Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston (Boston, 1770). True to form, Oliver Dickerson contended that someone may well have fired shots from the custom house windows, in his “The Commissioners of Customs and the Boston ‘Massacre’,” New England Quarterly 27 (1954):307–325. The commissioners were also caught up in the controversy surrounding provincial secretary Andrew Oliver, who was accused of making public in camera proceedings of the council on the “massacre” and, more importantly, of repeating—or misrepresenting?—one councillor’s comment that there were plans in place to drive all of the soldiers and the commissioners out of town. See Royal Tyler’s supposed statement to that effect in TNA, PRO/CO 5/759, fos. 114–116, and the subsequent hearings on fos. 623–659, which were later printed as The Proceedings of His Majesty’s Council of the Massachusetts-Bay, Relative to the Deposition of Andrew Oliver, Esq. (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1770), and also included in Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, 55 vols. (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1919–1990), 47:257–289.
119 From the instructions to the town’s representatives to the General Court—one of whom was John Hancock—approved by the town meeting on 15 May 1770, printed in A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Containing the Boston Town Records, 1770 Through 1777 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1887), 26–32; quotation on 26.
120 Ibid., 34, minutes of 13 July 1770, and their letter of that same day to Benjamin Franklin, who acted as the lower houses’s agent in London, printed in Labaree, et al., eds., Papers of Franklin, 17:186–193.
121 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 11 May 1770, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 47, transcribed infra at 241. Also see Hulton to Lord North, 25 June 1770, and to Hutchinson four days before, in “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 229–232 and 233–235, resp., transcribed at infra, 243–245. He had gone briefly to Rhode Island almost immediately after returning home, worried that he was still not safe. Colin Nicolson, “A Plan ‘to banish all the Scotchmen’” Massachusetts Historical Review 9 (2007):55–102, connects this incident to larger tensions in the colony produced by conflicting notions of “Britishness.”
122 Hulton, “Travels,” 116–117. Hulton recorded one incident in particular in their stay at the Castle (which lasted from June into November): “In the month of October we had a violent storm of wind and we were apprehensive that our house (which was situated in the highest part of the Castle) would tumble down about our ears. About the height of the storm, at ten o-clock in the morning, it came into my Sister[’]s head, to take up the little child Henry out of his bed lest the chimney shou’d fall that hung over the room he was in. In about a quarter of an hour after he was taken up, the chimney did fall, broke thro’ thereof, and filled the bed out of which the child had been take quite over with bricks and rub[b]ish: so that had he not been providentially taken up the child must have been killed.” Ibid., 119.
123 The Governor’s Council did not accuse Hulton of staging the incident, though it did conclude that whatever happened “would not have been committed at all had he been in Boston.” In other words, he brought his troubles on himself. See the note about the Council for October 1770 in the Bowdoin-Temple Papers, Winthrop Papers (reel 47).
124 Ann Hulton repeated the rumor that Temple was involved in an undated letter written sometime in 1771, in Loyalist Lady, 39–40, transcribed infra on 255–259. She considered Temple “as diabolical” a person who ever lived.
125 Sympathetic as Hutchinson was to the board’s plight, he also recognized that it had become its own worst enemy. See his unsent letter of 16 February 1769 and an undated letter, apparently to John Pownall, in the Mass. Archives XXVI:345–347 and 417–419, MHS typescript, 725–727 and 912–915, resp.
126 Paxton to Viscount Townshend, the lord lieutenant of Ireland, 6 November 1769, in Misc. Bound Documents, 1766–1769, MHS.
127 Temple to Thomas Whately, 4 November 1768, Temple Papers, fo. 59. Temple did not actually leave for another two years, during which he decided not to discuss the board anymore with Whately, since Whately was being sent letters by Bernard, Hutchinson, and others arguing that he was in fact the problem. See Temple’s “Memorandum,” ibid., fos. 59–61, and his “memorial” of February 1772, fos. 72–73, protesting his removal and the behavior of the other board members. He found out he had been removed from the board when he arrived in London in late December 1770. Hulton considered Temple so poisonous that he attributed James Bowdoin’s turn against Bernard to Temple’s influence rather than to any significant policy differences. See Hulton’s history, 145–146 infra.
128 Temple to George Grenville, 7 November 1768, Bowdoin-Temple Papers, Winthrop Papers (reel 47). Also printed in William James Smith, ed., The Grenville Papers, 4 vols. (London: J. Murray, 1852–1853), 4:396–397. “So long as such men are continued in offices in America,” Temple wrote to Admiral Samuel Hood on 7 July 1770, “it may be expected animosities between Britain and the Colonies will continue even if all the late Revenue Laws were repealed.” Bowdoin-Temple Papers, Winthrop Papers (reel 47) MHS. Interestingly enough, Temple, whose pen could drip acid, particularly when it came to Paxton and Bernard, did not direct anything personally insulting toward Hulton.
129 See Temple’s complaint to the duke of Grafton, 14 May 1769, in “Mr. Temple’s letters to Superiors in England,” a folder in Great Britain Commissioners of Customs, Letters [typescripts] 1764–1774, 10, MHS; echoed in his letter to Newcastle, 25 October 1769, TNA, PRO/T1/469, fos. 185–189.
130 See Venner’s memorial to the Treasury of 29 October 1770, protesting his treatment by the board, in TNA, PRO/T1/476, fo. 429; also his memorial of 14 May 1771 in TNA, PRO/T1/482, fo. 192. Much of the Venner material has been transcribed, in the folder “Memorial of Samuel Venner to the Lords of the Treasury,” in Great Britain Commissioners of Customs, Letters [typescripts], 1764–1774, MHS.
131 The board’s frustrations with Sewall and Venner (because Venner allegedly informed Sewall of what the board was passing on to London) are evident in the minutes from board meetings held at Castle William, from August 1768 into January 1769, in TNA, PRO/T1/471, fos. 7–15. The board’s complaints to Treasury about Temple and Venner are in ibid., fos. 429 and 435–436, resp., dated 20 February 1769. For Sewall, the board, the Liberty affair, and divisions among imperial officials see Carol Berkin, Jonathan Sewall (New York: Columbia University Press, 1974), 45–77 and passim. This appears to be the same David Lisle who was involved in the controversial case of onetime slave Jonathan Strong, a case that caught the attention of Granville Sharp and is discussed in F. O. Shyllon, Black Slaves in Britain (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 18–23 and passim. Lisle, a barrister with the Inner Temple, had previously acted as solicitor for the Wine License Office in London. See the affidavit of Williams Adams, dated 8 September 1767, in the TNA, PRO T1/456, fo. 132 attesting to Lisle’s qualifications for the customs commission.
132 Grey Cooper, for the Treasury, to the American Board, 29 June 1769, TNA, PRO/T28/1, fos. 338–342.
133 Yet another case brought to their attention eventually would be that of inspector general John Williams. His grievances—from the board’s appointment of another man whose assignment impinged on his own, to his allegedly poor treatment by the board (Temple excepted; Temple took his side)—were expressed in a letter to the board of 13 March 1769, in Ms. S-363, Great Britain Customs, MHS, and in a letter to the Treasury of 1 March 1776, in TNA, PRO/T1/522, fos. 309–310. Williams proved he was made of stern stuff a month after the Liberty incident, facing down a mob that formed at his Boston house, demanding that he resign his post. He refused; the crowd went away. See Bernard to Hillsborough, 18 July 1768, Bernard Papers 7:7–10; and Hutchinson to ___, 21 July 1768, Mass. Archives XXVI:315–316, MHS transcript, 656–658.
134 Benjamin Hallowell, Temple’s eventual replacement, and Francis Bernard joined Robinson in testifying before the Privy Council over a two-day period, 26–27 June 1770. TNA, PRO/Privy Council [hereafter PC] 1/9/48, fo. 5.
135 Journals of the House of Commons, 32:107–108 for the resolution, which was introduced in the Lords in December and made its way through the Commons, to be approved the following February. Letters from the customs board were among the evidence presented—see ibid., 32:75, for 28 November 1768. The resolutions passed by the Massachusetts House on 29 June 1769 are printed in Speeches of the Governors of Massachusetts, From 1765 to 1775; And the Answers of the House of Representatives to the Same (Boston: Russell and Gardner, 1818), 176–180. They included: “Resolved, as the opinion of this House, that the constituting a board of commissioners of customs in America, is an unnecessary burthen upon the trade of these colonies, and that the unlimited power of the said commissioners are invested with, of making appointments, and paying the appointees what sums they please, unavoidably tends so enormously to increase the number of placemen and pensioners, as to become justly alarming, and formidable to the liberties of the people.” The House here essentially repeated allegations against the customs board first made in its circular letter of 11 February 1768. Printed in Journals of the Massachusetts House, 44:236–239 (the resolutions of 29 June 1769 are in ibid., 45:168–172). The House had already complained to Dennys DeBerdt, agent for the colony in London, that it could be argued that trade “may be easily carried on, and the acts of trade duly enforced, without this commission; and, if so, must be a very needless expense, at a time when the nation and her colonies are groaning under debts contracted in the late war, and how far distant another may be, God only knows.” Letter of 12 January 1768, printed in Speeches of Governors, 130. Also see the “letter” from the Massachusetts House to the Treasury, 17 February 1768, printed in the Boston Evening-Post, 4 April 1768, where the Board is ignored in favor of higher concerns. The “Merchants of Boston” would complain about the board in Observations on Several Acts of Parliament (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1769).
136 Proof of which can be seen in the October 1769 committee report “appointed to vindicate” the town, in Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Boston Town Records, 1758 to 1769, 303–325, and two pamphlets, all sparked by the Liberty affair and the subsequent dispatch of troops. Letters to the Ministry (Boston: Edes & Gill, 1769) reproduced letters from the commissioners, Bernard, Gage, and Hood to London, contending that mobocracy was taking hold in Boston because they had insufficient authority to act. An Appeal (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1769), published “By Order of the Town,” endeavored to counter that view, emphasizing the abuse of power committed by imperial officials—the American board of customs included, whose members were never in real danger. Their flight to the Romney and then to Castle William was farcical, staged to justify the stationing of troops among civilians. In this dispute as in the later “massacre” controversy, both sides relied on what legal historian John Phillip Reid called “forensic” evidence, where they argued their side of the case, leaving it to their opponents to argue for themselves, yet they claimed to be telling the whole truth. “Facts were shaded by the people of Boston just as they were by the commissioners of the American customs,” observed Reid, Rebellious Spirit, 51.
137 With tensions escalating the town meeting issued a statement of grievances and rights in November 1772. The customs commissioners were singled out in two of the twelve “Infringements and Violations” of those rights, printed in Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Boston Town Records, 1770 Through 1777, 94–106.
138 TNA, PRO/PC1/9/48, fo. 17. For examples of complaints from the field by harassed officials, see the board’s report to the Treasury of 12 June 1769, TNA, PRO/T1/471, fo. 371; and Arthur Savage to Thomas Hutchinson, 20 February 1770, Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXV:355–360, from the MHS typescript, 363–365. Bernard had complained to Hillsborough in a letter of 9 July 1768 that “every Seizure made or attempted to be made on land at Boston, for three years past,” had been “rescued or prevented.” Letters to the Ministry, 39.
139 Bernard to Lord Barrington, 4 March 1768, Bernard Papers 6:96–99; also printed in Edward Channing and Archibald Cary Coolidge, eds., The Barrington-Bernard Correspondence (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1912), 147–150.
140 Bernard’s noncommittal position was implicit in the customs board minutes for June 1768 that ended up in Add. Ms. 38340, fos. 265–285 (Liverpool Papers) BL. Bernard had made them explicit, even before the Liberty incident, in a letter of 9 May 1768, to Barrington, in Channing and Coolidge, eds., Barrington-Bernard Correspondence, 157. Also see ibid., Appendix III (264–293), and the fair copy in Bernard Papers 8:182–228, Bernard’s recapitulation of the “State of the Disorders” leading from the Liberty affair to the arrival of the troops, written probably just as he was preparing his Select Letters (see infra 95, n. 231).
141 See Bernard’s series of notes to the commissioners of October 8th, 19th, and 22nd, and November 12th, in the Bernard Papers, 7:211–215. “The State of affairs in Boston is full as bad as the Reports you have received make it,” he had written to Lieut. Col. William Dalrymple in Halifax, on 2 July 1768. “All real Power is in the hands of the lowest Class; Civil Authority can do but what they will allow.” Bernard Papers, 5:266. He dared not request that Dalrymple come at the head of troops. The commissioners had already written to both Dalrymple and General Thomas Gage in New York, Dalrymple’s commander, asking for their aid. They responded that their hands were tied. See Gage to the commissioners, 21 June 1768, and Dalrymple, 23 June 1768, in TNA, PRO/T1/465, fos. 181 and 185, resp. Admiral Samuel Hood, with an independent naval command, did respond, sending two small warships down from Halifax.
142 Hulton’s second son, Henry, born in 1769. Burch was the other godfather; Ann Hulton was godmother—as she would be for Edward and Preston too. From Hulton’s “Travels,” 161–162.
143 For a taste of which see various “Journal of the Times” entries in Dickerson, ed., Boston under Military Rule, notably that of 10 October 1768; and the “Candidus” essays in the Boston Evening-Post, beginning 21 November 1768 and running intermittently through 13 February 1769. “Peter” was one of the few who came to the commissioners’ defense, in the Boston Gazette, 29 August 1768.
144 Ann Hulton to Mrs. Lightbody, on 21 December 1770, Loyalist Lady, 29, transcribed infra, on 250–251.
145 Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, in London, 18 April 1768, Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXVI:300, from the MHS typescript, 624. For Hutchinson, disputes did not reach a head until January–March 1773 and his debate with the council and house over imperial authority versus colonial autonomy. The customs commissioners became part of that debate because of their role in enforcing the Navigation Acts and their salaries being paid by London. See John Phillip Reid, ed., The Briefs of the American Revolution (New York: New York University Press, 1981).
146 Hulton to the Reverend _____, 8 October 1773, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:66–69, transcribed at 282–283 infra.
147 See Hulton’s “Letterbooks,” 1:106–107, from a letter of 8 September 1774 (transcription on 308–309 infra), and his “Account,” 182, 213 infra. Hallowell’s version of events is in a letter to Grey Cooper of 5 September 1774, TNA, PRO/CO5/175, fos. 52–55. On September 1st General Thomas Gage, by then governor of Massachusetts as well as commander-in-chief of the British armed forces in North America, had sent soldiers from Boston to seize munitions stored in Medford, just outside Cambridge. Local militiamen mustered (too late), believing that his troops had taken stockpiles belonging to the people of the province rather than, as he contended, to the crown.
148 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, letter of 3 August 1771, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 52, transcribed on 253–255 infra.
149 Which is not to say that the board ever changed its tune about the need for a more effective show of imperial force—such as in the letter to the Treasury (signed by Hulton, Paxton, and Hallowell) after customs official Charles Dudley experienced difficulties in Rhode Island. “So long as People may go on undisturbed in the commission of illicit practises Things may remain quiet in this Country, but when an attempt is made to check and restrain them we shall find the same resistance and opposition as we have allready experienced; and we are firmly persuaded that our present security, and the peaceable state of this Town, is owing to the Rendezvous of His Majestys Ships in this harbour, and the apprehension that some further measures would be taken by Government.” Letter of 6 May 1771, TNA, PRO/T1/482, fo. 200.
150 Robinsons’s additional leave requests of July 1771 and August 1773, which the Treasury lords approved, are in TNA, PRO/T28/1, fo. 359.
151 Hulton to “P______ Esq.” in London, 8 December 1773, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:77, transcribed infra at 308–309.
152 See Barrow, Trade & Empire, 244–245, with Barrow working directly off the records compiled for 1768–1772 by Charles Steuart, the American board’s paymaster (in TNA, PRO/AO1/844/1137). “An Account of the Gross Receipt, Payments and Net Produce of the Customs in N America” for the years 1767–1774 ranged from a low of £8235 (in 1767) to a high of £49,113 (in 1772), with a slip back down to £30,156 (in 1774). Those totals included revenue generated by seizures and confiscations as well as the routine collection of duties. Thus, £3119 of the £49,113 brought in during 1772 came from seizures and penalties, with over half of that total resulting from the actions of naval officers rather than customs officials. TNA, PRO T1/461, fos. 243–244.
153 Just as Hulton had had questions about the local tax liability with his salary as plantations clerk, he worried over whether his customs board salary could be taxed by Massachusetts. A legal opinion given to the Treasury said that it could—see the report of John Dunning and William de Grey of 13 February 1770 in TNA, PRO/T1/479, fo. 13, but the privy council determined that it should not be—see the 1771 order from the king-in-council sent to Governor Hutchinson, printed in Leonard Woods Labaree, ed., Royal Instructions to British Colonial Governors, 1670–1776, 2 vols. (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1935), 1:375. The General Court had pressed for collection the year before, which Hulton paid. Hutchinson, following his instructions, argued for the exception; the House refused. See Speeches of the Governors, 306 (Hutchinson on 4 July 1771) and 307 (the House the next day). Earlier the House had pressed on collecting the rent it believed it was due when the commissioners took up residence at Castle William. See its resolution of 14 July 1770 in Journals of the Massachusetts House, 45:188—yet another flashpoint pitting executive against legislative authority, and imperial against provincial power.
154 Israel Williams of Hatfield to Hutchinson, 23 January 1770, Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXV:352, from the MHS typescript 360.
155 For British actions in 1774 see P. D. G. Thomas, Tea Party to Independence (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991); and David Ammerman, In the Common Cause (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1974), for the American reaction.
156 Discussed masterfully in Benjamin Woods Labaree, The Boston Tea Party (New York: Oxford University Press, 1964).
157 Montagu to Charles Jenkinson, a vice-treasurer, 8 December 1773, Add. Ms. 38208 (Liverpool Papers), fo. 21, BL.
158 Montagu to Philip Stevens, Treasury secretary, 17 December 1773, in TNA, PRO/CO 5/247, fos. 173–174.
159 The customs commissioners to the Treasury Lords, 30 May 1774, from a copy in Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 259–262; quotation on 260.
160 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 22 January 1776, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 95, transcription at infra, 341–342. Pepperrell, grandson of the victor at Louisbourg, had inherited the baronetcy and the estate. He was one of the few Council members who had sided with the crown and went into exile, and a godfather (along with Admiral John Montagu) to Henry’s son Preston, born in Brookline in October 1773.
161 Josiah Quincy Jun’r, Observations on the Act of Parliament commonly called the Boston Port-Act Bill; with Thoughts on Civil Society and Standing Armies (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1774).
162 From a letter of 18 January 1774, apparently to Jacob Preston, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:82, transcribed on 292–293 infra.
163 Letter of 12 June 1775, addressee unknown, ibid., 1:131, transcription infra on 323–324.
164 See his letter of 21 April 1772, addressee unknown, ibid. 1:45, transcribed on 266–268 infra, where even that early he had an inkling that his reputation in London could soon be ruined.
165 Hulton letter of 30 November 1775 (presumably to Elizabeth Lightbody), ibid., 1:169, for Ann; letter of 30 July 1775, to Robert Nicholson, ibid., 1:142, for Elizabeth. Both have been transcribed infra, at 338 and 330–331, resp.
166 The King wanted the commissioners safely out of Boston as soon as he heard about the tea party—see Dartmouth to the Treasury lords, 1 February 1774, in TNA, PRO/CO 5/250, fos. 145–146. The Treasury lords anticipated that revenues—and supplemental salaries—would be adversely affected as a result, so they directed “the Commissioners to report” to them “how much it may be reasonable to allow such Officers respectively as a compensation for such their losses.” Treasury board minutes, 31 March 1774, enclosed with the King’s instructions to Governor Gage, 5 April 1774, in TNA, PRO/CO 5/205, fos. 462–463.
167 See the letter of 7 October 1775 signed by Hulton, Paxton and Hallowell, with a legal finding by Daniel Leonard in their support, accepted by General William Howe, stipulating that they still had authority in Boston. TNA, PRO/T1/513, fos. 287–289. By the time that Hulton sailed for home, trade between the rebellious colonies and the mother country had been statutorily cut off, beginning with New England, then all but New York, North Carolina and Georgia (when they still had a semblance of royal government), and finally all the colonies that eventually declared independence. For the sequence see Pickering, ed., Statutes, 31:4–11 (25 George III c. 10), 31:37–43 (25 George III c. 18), and 31:135–154 (26 George III c. 5). And with that the navigation “system” essentially came to an end, but, the mercantilistic thinking behind it did not necessarily disappear as well, even as formal empire in the Americas became eclipsed by informal empire. See Vincent T. Harlow, The Foundiing of the Second British Empire, 2 vols. (London: Longmans, 1952, 1964), 2:1–6, 254–280; and Esmond Wright, “The British Objectives, 1780–1783: ‘If Not Dominion Then Trade,’” in Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds., Peace and the Peacemakers: The Treaty of 1783 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1986), 3–29.
168 He repeated the rumors as facts in letters of 7 and 21 May 1775, addressed to Robert Nicholson and “Sam’ (possibly Samuel Horne) respectively, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:146–153 and 127–130, resp. (out of chronological order). The letters are transcribed sequentially at infra 320–323.
169 From Hulton’s “Journal at Boston,” begun on 2 December 1775 and kept through 10 April 1776, when the family found accommodations in Halifax, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:189, 190, transcribed infra at 350, with slight changes to some capitalization.
170 Ibid., 1:197–221, note for 3 April 1776, transcribed infra, on 352.
171 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 22 August 1776, Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 98, transcribed at 358 infra. James H. Stark, The Loyalists of Massachusetts (Boston: James H. Stark, 1910), included (on 133) a list of those men who removed to Halifax from Boston. Hulton is shown as having twelve in his household, which meant that he, Elizabeth, and the four boys were accompanied by a half dozen servants. Which of those servants had first come out from England, whether any had joined the household in Massachusetts, and how many crossed over (or back to) England is not clear.
172 Ann Hulton to Elizabeth Lightbody, 19 August 1776, Loyalist Lady, 88–90, transcribed infra at 357. Also see Henry to Robert Nicholson, 22 August 1776, Hulton,“Nicholson Letters,” 98, with a transcription infra at 358.
173 He went from renovating the manor house that Hulton visited to building an entirely new one within a decade. See the discussion (and illustrations) of both in Richard Haslam, “Beeston Hall, Norfolk,” Country Life (February 1983), 270–274, brought to my notice by Sir Philip Preston, who gave me his copy.
174 Letter of November 1776, Hulton “Letterbooks,” 2:7–12; quotation from 9, transcription on 359–360 infra.
175 Letter of 25 August 1777 to Ann, ibid., 2:13, transcribed infra on 362.
176 Hulton, “Travels,” 126 and 134, resp. The American version of this was the yeoman farmer, which carried with it the same tensions between ideal and real, between farming as noble experiment and commercial enterprise—for which see Drew R. McCoy, The Elusive Republic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980).
177 Hulton, “Travels,” 127.
178 Henry to Ann, 19 September 1777, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:16–18, transcription at 362–363 infra.
179 Hulton to Ann Hulton, 10 December 1777, ibid., 2:24–25, transcribed on 365–366 infra.
180 Hulton to Dr. Percival, March 1778, ibid., 2:55, transcription infra on 372–374. Cuthbert died in November 1768, Martin in March 1776. Cuthbert had left Hulton a £150 cash bequest in his will. See TNA, Prerogative Court of Canterbury [hereafter PCC] 11/943, fos. 181–182.
181 Quotation from a letter to Mrs. F. Hincks, 13 January 1779, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:62, transcribed at 382 infra. Also see Hulton’s letters on the same date to Mr. Cotgreave, and Elizabeth Lightbody, Ann’s longtime friend and correspondent when she lived in Massachusetts, in ibid., 2:60–61 and 64–65, resp., transcribed infra at 381–382, 383. Hulton had commented on her illness, which may have been stomach cancer, in a letter to a Mrs. Tylston, 24 August 1778, ibid., 2:85–86, transcriptions infra at 378–379.
182 Hulton, “Travels,” 128. Ann’s burial at St. Cuthbert’s is recorded in the parish burial register, but the exact spot near the chancel, if ever marked, was lost with renovations done during the Victorian era. My thanks go to Ruth Harris, a volunteer at St. Cuthbert’s, and Sheila Jenkins, the verger there, for tracing what they could of this faint trail; thanks also to John Isherwood, for putting them on it.
183 Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 27 September 1777, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:19, transcription infra at 363–364.
184 Hulton to Dr. Percival, 1 September 1780, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:101–102, transcribed on 391 infra. Hulton dealt with a fellow named Michell who had a leasehold from the earl, rather than with the earl himself.
185 Hulton dealt with a land agent, Mr. Leversuch, rather than with the actual owner. The current owners of the house and lands, Sir Christopher and Lady Jennie Bland, kindly shared with me an informal history of the Hall. There were a number of different owners in the eighteenth century and an even larger number of occupants who rented or leased the property. At one point the house was later renamed Clanville Lodge. The Blands have chosen to take it back closer to the older name. It is now Blissamore Hall.
186 Hulton, “Travels,” 129–131.
187 This figure comes from a “Survey by Farmer Winter with additions 1792, 1794, 1797 & undated survey of Weyhill,” Ms. DD Ewelme d. 50, Bodleian Library, which was transcribed and sent to me by local Andover historian John Isherwood. Leversuch, who set the amounts, was apparently not above gouging renters like Hulton who came in from outside and were not familiar with the going rate or lands in the area.
188 The Treasury’s ruling on 20 December 1776 is in TNA, PRO/T29/45, fo. 426. The commissioners’ warning that the fund was being drained dry is in TNA, PRO/T49/48, fo. 291. Hulton expressed his frustrations about the insufficient produce of his farms, and legal problems too. “During the winter of 1783 I thrashed my Crop at Blissmore Hall, and was happy to get rid of the burden of that farm in the Spring, especially as I had a very troublesome litigious man of a Landlord to deal with, who lay upon the watch to take any advantage; and actually commenced an action against me in the King’s Bench in Westminster, of which Court he was an attorney, in order to extort money from me, by dread of a Law suit; which he being an attorney cou’d carry on without expence, and I was glad to pay ten pounds extorted from me by him to get his receipt in full.” Hulton, “Travels,” 133.
189 No future provision in Hulton, “Travels,” 132. Hulton noted North’s refusal to see him, but without any bitterness, in his “Travels,” 129.
190 The recommendation for formal termination is dated 16 October 1783, in TNA, PRO/T28/2, fo.185.
191 A ruling handed down 21 May 1783, in TNA, PRO/ADM80/132. The claims commissioners put the estimated value of his confiscated Brookline estate at £1294, and his personal estate at £1200.
192 Hulton, “Travels,” 147–153.
193 Thomas Aston Coffin to Mary Coffin, 16 September 1784. Thomas Aston Coffin Papers, Box 1, Ms. N-1005, MHS. Coffin wrote that “the Whole Board of Commissioners that were at Boston have been much neglected & I believe are most of them very poor.” However, “Mr Paxton tho rather older is the same—he bows & scrapes & is the gay Man he ever was—complaining very much of his Poverty—but then those that know him say without Reason & that he has got Money.”
194 For the loyalist claims commission in general (with nothing in particular on Hulton) see John Eardley-Wilmot, Historical View of the Commission for Enquiring into the Losses, Services, and Claims, of the American Loyalists (London: J. Nichols, 1815); and Hugh Edward Egerton, ed., The Royal Commission on the Losses and Services of American Loyalists, 1783 to 1785 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915). There were over £10 million in claims filed for lost property (real and personal) and unpaid debts. Over 3200 claims were settled, with virtually no one receiving a full amount, but nearly 2300 claimants received something—Hulton among them. The Penn family was awarded just over half of its claim—£500,000, the largest by far (of £944,817 claimed).
195 Laid out in TNA, PRO/T50/31, fo. 10. The final installment was prorated at £25:6:8, because he died during the January–April 1790 quarter. With that the installment payments ended and Elizabeth presumably received the balance at some point.
196 Proceedings of the Commissioners of American Claims, in TNA, PRO/ADM12/109, fo. 164, dated 31 March 1790—after Henry had died. He had been paid £420 by installments, so the balance to his heirs stood at £1130.
197 After Henry’s death Elizabeth tried for well over a decade to recover assets in Massachusetts through a lawyer that Henry had hired there, John Lowell of Boston. Before leaving they had entrusted some of their furniture to Mrs. George Inman. She indicated in her will that the furniture was theirs, but on her death it was sold anyway. The Hultons wanted the cash value for the furniture from that estate sale. They had left a bond with yet another party, from which partial payments were made to them in 1789 and 1791. Payment then stopped, even though Lowell had succeeded in getting the bond transferred to his own account. Elizabeth wanted the balance (total value of £888, of which £400 had been paid) in annual installments of £100, the arrangement to which she and Henry had agreed with the original bondholder. She did not receive satisfaction on either issue, despite trying with Lowell’s son after the senior Lowell died, and even after pointing out that her son Henry was a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn. See Elizabeth’s three letters to the Lowells, the first undated (but before January 1792), 14 November 1800, and 20 January 1803, in bMS. Am. 1582, fos. 267–269, Houghton Library.
198 Disarming, on May 8th, safeguarding property, on May 3rd, in The Journals of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775 (Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1838), 202 and 534, resp. That this eventually turned into a problem is evident from the Massachusetts house of representatives resolution 23 March 1776 to send a committee to Boston to track the “abandoned” property of the customs commissioners and other “avowed Enemies of the Rights of their Country.” The committee reported (on April 3rd) that buildings had been occupied without permission, and property had been illicitly seized or even sold by private parties. Journals of the Massachusetts House, 51 (part III): 37 and 75, resp.
199 A Mrs. Abigail Newell of Roxbury took furniture out of the Hulton house at Brookline. She refused to return it and does not appear to have been prosecuted for her pilfering. See David Edward Maas, The Return of the Massachusetts Loyalists (New York: Garland Publishing, 1989), 281.
200 An Act to prevent the Return to this State of certain Persons therein named, and others, who have left this State, or either of the United States, and joined the Enemies thereof (Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1778), passed by the Massachusetts state legislature on 16 October 1778. Thomas Hutchinson headed the list, with Francis Bernard next in line. Hulton, Burch, Hallowell, and Paxton were all there too.
201 Purchased at auction by David Cook, on 12 May 1781. See Maas, Massachusetts Loyalists, charts on 308 and 309 resp. For the value assigned to Hulton’s estate before it was put up for auction see the reports of 14 September 1779 and 26 March 1781 in TNA, PRO/AO/12/82, fos. 93 and 92, resp. Also see John T. Hassam, “Confiscated Estates of Boston Loyalists,” Massachusetts Historical Society. Proceedings 10 (1895–1896):162–185. There were 159 “estates” sold in that fashion in Suffolk County (Boston and outlying communities, Brookline included). The house and property of William Pepperrell sold for the most (£102,000), with Thomas Hutchinson’s a close second (just under £100,000).
202 Wallace Brown, The King’s Friends (Providence: Brown University Press, 1965), noted that claimants from Boston represented only 1 in 100 of the residents there, and claimants from the rest of the colony only 1 in 1000 of the total population. Roughly 90% of the claimants were native-born. “In the last analysis,” Brown concluded, “Loyalism was often a state of mind, an emotional commitment.” (40) Also see Brown’s less statistical, more discursive The Good Americans: The Loyalists in the American Revolution (New York: William Morrow and Company, 1969); and Maas, Massachusetts Loyalists. For individual portraits, Stark, Loyalists of Massachusetts, is still useful, as are Lorenzo Sabine, Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution, 2 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1864); and E. Alfred Jones, The Loyalists of Massachusetts (London: The Saint Catherine Press, 1930). All three have information on Burch, Hallowell, and Paxton as well as Hulton.
203 The most thoughtful discussion remains William Nelson, The American Tory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1961).
204 Thomas Hutchinson did stay in contact with Charles Paxton, “who seemed much affected with the thought of being buried in London . . . he would give 100 guineas to be laid by his father and mother under the Chapel in Boston.” Peter Orlando Hutchinson, ed., The Diary and Letters of His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq., 2 vols. (London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1883, 1886), 2:240–241. He also stayed in touch with Burch, who he had in fact suggested as a successor to his deceased lieutenant governor, Andrew Oliver. He had thought his exile would be temporary; it was not. See Hutchinson to Dartmouth, 29 March and 4 April 1774, in TNA, PRO/CO 5/769, fos 71–73 and 74–75, resp.
205 Mary Beth Norton, The British-Americans (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972) tracked 1440 heads of families who left the colonies for England, noting, at least in London, the clustering of some groups in some neighborhoods. Adapting to their new circumstances was taxing—“an intensely disillusioning experience” for all too many (42).
206 Although he did have enough interest in American affairs to be among the subscribers to William Gordon’s The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the United States of America, 4 vols. (London: Charles Dilly, 1788), from the list at the beginning of volume 1. Curious about American society and increasingly sympathetic to colonial protests against imperial policy, Gordon had left England for Massachusetts and secured a pulpit at Roxbury in 1772—in a local congregational church, not an Anglican parish. Hulton heard him preach there and was favorably impressed—see Ann Hulton’s undated letter, ca. 1771, transcribed infra, at 255–259. Gordon returned to England in 1786, after gathering a cache of documents and interviewing leading Revolutionaries for his history.
207 In a letter from Henry to Ann, March 1778, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:30, transcribed on 366–367, infra, with some changes to capitalization, and the apostrophe added. He expressed similar sentiments in other letters: to Charles Dudley, 25 March 1778, ibid., 2:39–46; to William Pepperrell, 28 March 1778, ibid., 2:36–38; and to Thomas Cotgreave, 15 April 1778, ibid. 2:57, transcription at 368–372 and 376–377 infra. Also see Hulton’s attempts to console Cotgreave upon the death of a loved one, in a letter of 18 March 1780, ibid., 2:97–98, with a transcription infra at 389–390. He emphasized the joy of the separated in life being reunited beyond the grave.
208 Noted in Hulton, “Travels,” 162.
209 Hulton to Dr. Percival, March 1778, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:48, transcribed on 372–374 infra.
210 “Sketches. With a view to fix right Principles in the minds of Children, and lead them to Just Sentiments, and a virtuous Conduct.” Manuscript copy in the Norfolk Record Office, MC 36/139, 481X1, portions of which are transcribed on 417–427 infra. As Hulton explained to Elizabeth Lightbody, his sister Ann’s longtime friend, “I have a desire that my Children should reap some advantage from my having lived; that they should be distinguished by liberal endowments, and virtuous improvements; and would flatter myself that if in future life they find advantages from the benefits of a right cultivation, they may reflect with pleasure that they owed something to the example, and precepts of their father,” Letter of 8 September 1778, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:91–92, transcribed infra at 380–381.
211 Hulton, “Travels,” 151.
212 TNA, PCC 11/1190, fo. 186, dated 4 September 1789, with a codicil added 7 February 1790, just five days before he died. This will is at the TNA, but also available online now through the National Archives website, as are all of the other wills noted below. And Hulton’s last message to his sons, as expressed here? “I have only to wish they may continue by their good Conduct to deserve the affection of their surviving parent and the blessings of heaven.” Henry left Elizabeth stocks and cash (the amounts not enumerated), £750 in bank drafts, a house in Chester being rented to three doctors, the leasehold at Hippenscombe, furniture, and personal effects—essentially everything. She could dispose of any of it as she saw fit, even should she marry again, so long as “she made provision for their children.” Brief notices of Henry’s passing appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine 60 (February 1790):185, and The European Magazine, and London Review (February 1790):160. Mrs. G. M. Turner, of the Hampshire Record Office, kindly ran down the entry in St. Mary’s register for Henry’s burial (17 February 1790).
213 Jacob Preston’s will is in TNA, PCC 11/1207, fos. 193–203, dated 28 May 1774, with a codicil added 8 March 1786. Preston had named Henry Hulton and Whitley Heald, his brothers-in-law, as executors to the original will (despite Hulton’s being in Massachusetts), along with his wife, Mary. It was a considerably larger estate than Henry’s. Elizabeth Hulton’s will is in TNA, PCC 11/1140, fos. 69–73, dated 30 May 1790, with two codicils (in 1799 and 1804). The will was not proved until 28 August 1805, though she had died on April 16th of that year. She was generous to all of her sons and to her servants in her bequests as well.
214 His will is in TNA, PCC 11/1672, fos. 183–187, drawn up 12 February 1823, opening with language that no doubt would have pleased his father: “I commit my Soul to the God of all mankind in the hope of a joyful resurrection through the merits of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ.” The royal license authorizing Thomas Hulton to add the surname Preston was issued 22 May 1805 (from a photocopy of the warrant itself, kindly provided by Sir Philip Preston). There are at the Norfolk Record Office various examples of agreements between the Prestons and tenants on the family estate. I even found (and purchased) one through the online auction house, eBay, dated 11 October 1803, where the sisters rented 117 acres, “more or less,” at the Beeston Park Farm to Mary and John Cubitt. The annual rent was paid mostly in kind (117 bushels of wheat, 234 bushels of barley). Alice Preston Heald’s will is in TNA, PCC 11/1467, fos. 187–193. Alice died in 1807. Jane Preston’s will is in TNA, PCC 11/1756, fos. 60–63. She died in 1829, without marrying. Her grand-nephew (the grandson of Henry Hulton), Henry George Hulton of Lincoln’s Inn, was one of the witnesses to the will. The family eventually sold Beeston Hall and the lands around it.
215 See the entries for Thomas and Edward Hulton in J. A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, 10 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1922–1954), Part II, 3:483 and 484, resp. Edward Hulton’s will is in TNA, PCC 11/2010, fo. 146, written on 28 November 1816. Cambridge also awarded him the LL.D., in 1815.
216 Henry Hulton’s will, dated 19 May 1820, is in TNA, PCC 11/1629, fos. 295–298. The will of his son, Henry George Hulton, from 9 January 1845, is in TNA, PCC 11/2010, fos. 353–354. Sarah Lawrence, The Descendants of Philip Henry, M.A. (London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1844) includes (on 53–55) genealogical information for Anne Henry, daughter of Philip Henry, who had married Henry Hulton’s grandfather, John, information that is carried through Henry and Elizabeth Hulton, and their five sons. According to this source, Preston Hulton, who became a cavalry officer, married but had no children, and George, also a cavalry officer, did not marry. The genealogical chart preserved among the Bennett materials in the Cheshire Record Office (see supra 26 n. 4) lists Preston as a captain in the 21st Light Dragoons and George as a captain in the 1st Royal Dragoons, with George dying in Spain in 1814.
217 For the inscription, transcription on 430 infra. The stone slab that covers the vault was once part of the floor in the nave of St. Mary’s. When the church was rebuilt in the 1840s a new floor was built above the old and the vault cover is now part of the floor to the crypt. There is also a plaque to Henry and Elizabeth Hulton’s memory in the west entrance to St. Mary’s, which is pictured in the guide to St. Mary’s Church Andover (Andover, England: Hearn & Scott, 2005), 14, and supra, 24. The five sons paid for the plaque, stating on it that they “survive to lament the Loss of their much respected Parents.”
218 J. Wright, ed., Sir Henry Cavendish’s Debates of the House of Commons, during the Thirteenth Parliament of Great Britain. 2 vols. (London: Longman & Co., 1841, 1842), 1:31, speech from the throne of 8 November 1768. George III—or, more correctly, the advisers who drafted his speech—missed the mark here. There had been no dramatic shift in attitudes or behavior between June and November 1768. Those wanting to “throw off” dependence were seeking some sort of governmental autonomy within the empire, not complete political independence from it.
219 Hulton to de Ruling, May 1772, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:49–50, transcription on 268–269 infra, with some changes to punctuation and capitalization.
220 He claimed that he offered this advice to Townshend in 1767, before being named to the commission—not just in his “Account,” written when he was safely back in England. See his letter when he was still in the thick of it in Boston: see 21 April 1772, addressee unknown, in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:42–48, transcribed infra at 266–268.
221 Hulton to de Ruling, 23 August 1768, ibid., 1:3, transcription infra on 223–224.
222 Hulton to Edward ______, 5 February 1770, ibid., 1:9, transcribed at 228–231 infra.
223 Letter of 21 April 1772, unknown addressee, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:43, transcription on 266–268 infra.
224 Letter of 26 May 1768, apparently never sent, in the Hutchinson Letterbooks, Mass. Archives XXVI:307, from the MHS typescript, 639. Hutchinson found a sympathetic ear with Hulton—as he found a sympathetic reader, Hulton having read the first volume of Hutchinson’s History. Still, they did not agree on all things. Hulton would have hope for the Massachusetts Government Act in 1774; Hutchinson would not.
225 Hulton to Samuel ______, 21 May 1775, Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:129, transcribed at 322–323 infra. Dennys De Berdt, when agent for the Massachusetts House, had thought that Bernard was a “Tool” of Hillsborough, whose ideas would only further the earl’s “oppressive measures.” See De Berdt to House Speaker Thomas Cushing, 1 June 1769, in Albert Matthews, ed., “Letters of Dennys De Berdt, 1757–1770,” Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts 13 (1912):375.
226 Bernard to Barrington, 15 December 1761, in Channing and Coolidge, eds. Barrington-Bernard Correspondence, 43–44. A more complete compilation of Bernard’s writings is being edited by Colin Nicolson as The Papers of Francis Bernard, 3 vols. (Boston: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2007—). This particular letter is in 1:166–68. Also see Bernard’s letter to Charles Townshend of 18 May 1763 (ibid., 1:360), where Bernard commented that Massachusetts “alone affords an ample field for such disquisitions [on imperial reform]; but they are too delicate for any but private letters.”
227 Bernard to Barrington, 23 November 1765, ibid., 95–99, quotation from 96; original in the Bernard Papers, 5:47–55; quotation from 50.
229 As a case in point see Bernard’s letter to Lawrence Monk, 23 December 1768, Bernard Papers, 7:239–249.
230 George Chalmers, a native Scot who made a career for himself as a lawyer in Maryland and then left in the loyalist exodus, stands as a good example. See his Political Annals of the Present United Colonies from their Settlement to the Peace of 1763 (London: J. Bowen, 1780), and his more sardonic, embittered An Introduction to the History of the Revolt of the Colonies, 2 vols. (London: Baker and Galabin, 1782 for vol. 1; Boston, 1845, for vol. 2), which he recognized had too hard an edge (given his office-seeking), so he withdrew it before the second volume was released. Grace Amelia Cockcroft discusses both books in The Public Life of George Chalmers (New York: Columbia University Press, 1939); Lawrence Henry Gipson reviews the first book, John A. Schutz the second, in Leder, ed., Colonial Legacy, 13–36 and 36–58, resp. Peter C. Messer, Stories of Independence (DeKalb, Il.: Northern Illinois Press, 2005), 45–69, also has insights on Chalmers. John Schutz, along with Douglass Adair, edited Peter Oliver’s Origin & Progress of the American Rebellion (San Marino, Calif.: The Huntington Library, 1961). Oliver was in places even more biting and bitter than Chalmers. He barely mentioned the customs board and did not talk about Hulton at all, despite their knowing each other in Boston. Janice Potter, The Liberty We Seek (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983) discusses loyalist fears that a delusive search for equality would only bring anarchy (though with no mention of Chalmers or Hulton).
231 Bernard’s Select Letters on the Trade and Government of America (London: W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1774) were published on 15 February 1774, just as the debates leading to the Massachusetts Government Act were getting underway. See Pickering, ed., Statutes at Large, 24 George III c. 40 for the act itself. For Bernard as reformer see Nicolson, “Infamas Govener,” 82–108; Aeilt E. Sents, “Francis Bernard and English Imperial Reconstruction” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Missouri, 1973); and Richard Koebner, Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1961), 130–149.
232 See, for example, Bernard to the Earl of ___, 25 October 1763, in Bernard’s Select Letters, 1–4.
233 Bernard to Barrington, 23 November 1765, Bernard Papers, 5:51; printed in Channing and Coolidge, eds., Barrington-Bernard Correspondence, 93–102. He thought it prescient enough to include in his Select Letters, 29–37.
234 Bernard, Select Letters, v. As he put it, “we must admit the Execution of it would probably be attended with great difficulties, if its theory should be approved; and therefore it may be considered only as a pleasing reverie.” Bernard attached his “Principles of Law and Polity,” a sort of imperial syllogism extended through ninety-seven points to lay out his “plan” for imperial reform (71–85). There is a variation on it in Add. Ms. 38342 (Liverpool Papers, special papers, 1773–1777) BL.
235 For which see my Neither Kingdom Nor Nation: The Irish Quest for Constitutional Rights, 1698–1800 (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1994).
236 See my two essays: “Federalism and the Failure of Imperial Reform,” History 86 (2001):155–179; and “Thomas Crowley and Americans in Parliament, 1765–1775” Quaker History 91 (2002):1–19.
237 From Leonard’s 5th “Massachusettensis” essay, 9 January 1775, reprinted in Bernard Mason, ed., The American Colonial Crisis (New York: Harper & Row, 1972), 37. “All colonies have their date of independence,” proclaimed Isaac Barré during debates in the House of Commons on 3 February 1766. “The wisdom or folly of our conduct may make it sooner or later. If we act judiciously, this point may be reached in the life of many of the members of this House.” Simmons and Thomas, eds., Proceedings and Debates, 2:144.
238 “Men were always only half aware of where their thought was going,” wrote Gordon S. Wood in The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969), 389, about the Revolutionary generation’s experiment with republicanism, a theme he developed more fully in his Radicalism of the American Revolution. Also see Edmund S. Morgan, Inventing the People (New York: W. W. Norton, 1987); and Terry Bouton, Taming Democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
1 This is the case with his letters to Robert Nicholson between 1760–1776, one set of which is the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, the other at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Neither would appear to be in Hulton’s hand. Nor are they identical, but, unless the originals are ever found, it is impossible to know how the copyists altered them. The Norfolk County Record Office has one copy of the “Principles” (see 418 n. 1 infra) that Hulton composed for his sons and it too does not appear to be from his pen. It was made from the original in the possession of Hulton descendant Sir Philip Preston. The other four copies—one having been written for each of the five boys—have yet to turn up.
2 These are the two volumes at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. Hints that the letterbooks were highly selective, both in the letters they included and, among those they included, which portions, can be found in Hulton’s letters to Thomas Percival of March 1778 and Elizabeth Lightbody of 13 January 1779, at 372–374 and 383 infra, resp.
3 And since it too seems to have been composed as a type of summary, with Hulton consulting letters and journals as he went, the difficulties of determining when true originals were used only multiply.
4 I am thinking here of two very fine books, whose purposes differ somewhat from mine: J. A. Leo Lemay and P. M. Zall, eds., The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: A Genetic Text (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1981), with its heavily bracketed material; and Verner W. Crane, ed., Benjamin Franklin’s Letters to the Press, 1758–1775 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1950), with its many footnotes.
5 Not only from the “Principles” (see supra 101 n. 1), but from the “Sketches” at the William L. Clements Library mss., University of Michigan.
6 Which is to say, all twenty-four that were published previously in Letters of a Loyalist Lady (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1927), and one from E. Rhys Jones, ed., “An Eighteenth-Century Lady and Her Impressions,” Gentleman’s Magazine 297 (August 1904):195–198. The Reverend Jones apparently obtained these letters through the Lightbody family line. If he owned them outright, there is nothing to indicate that they were part of his estate when he died. See the will for Edward Rhys Jones, probated 3 September 1946, listed in the Principal Probate Registry index, Wills & Admons H-J, voume 4 for that particular year.
7 Pickering, ed., Statutes at Large, 16:374–379, 6 George II c. 13. It taxed rum at 9 pence per gallon, molasses at 6 pence per gallon, and sugar at 5 shillings per 100 “weight avoirdupois” (100 pounds, at 16 ounces to a pound) if brought into the British American colonies from outside the British empire, with certain exceptions. It did not affect the sugar trade between the British colonies and those of Spain and Portugal—showing that the driving concern was to control, not necessarily to exclude, foreign trade, with France the primary threat and therefore the French West Indies the primary target. Nevertheless, the statute’s emphasis on the importance of the West Indies plantations to the empire, coupled with the expressed intent to punish anyone who interfered with enforcement by the customs service, no doubt rubbed some merchants on the mainland colonies the wrong way. Equally galling was the profit incentive for those involved with enforcement, the proceeds from penalties or forfeitures to be divided, “one third part thereof for the use of his Majesty, his heirs and successors, to be applied for the support of the government of the colony or plantation where the same shall be recovered, one third part to the governor or commander in chief of the said colony or plantation, and the other third part to the informer or prosecutor who shall sue for the same.”
8 That is, pence per gallon.
9 Michael Kammen’s Empire and Interest (Philadelphia: J. P. Lippincott Company, 1970) gives the scholar’s stamp to the contemporary’s observation, with Kammen finding that national policy had become increasingly the creature of interest group politics.
10 The national debt had stood at roughly £75 million by the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1756 and exploded to nearly £140 million by war’s end seven years later. Annual interest on the debt was just under £5 million and annual expenses hovered around £8 million, with annual revenues at £10 million—which meant there loomed an annual revenue shortfall of £3 million or so. Grenville wanted to curtail, not end, deficit spending. It was estimated that posting troops on the North American mainland after the war and paying the expenses of an expanded customs service would run roughly £400,000 annually. Grenville knew that his entire program, both the introduction of new navigation acts and better enforcement of old laws, would not have covered even that amount. It would, however—he hoped—get the colonists used to the idea of paying higher taxes and impress on them the legitimacy of parliamentary supremacy. He knew that he had taken a calculated risk in raising financial, political, and constitutional issues simultaneously.
11 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 26:33–52, 4 George III c. 15, which stated at the outset that revenues would be raised “for defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing” the North American mainland colonies. It included foreign coffee and wine as well as sugar, molasses and rum. Foreign sugar was taxed at 6 pence per 100 weight avoirdupois (see 107 n. 7 supra), foreign molasses at 3 pence per gallon and foreign rum was banned altogether. The “drawbacks”—tax rebates, in effect—allowed on certain wines, calicoes, and muslins are proof enough that the drawbacks granted to the East India Company for its tea in the Townshend duties three years later were a continuation of, not a departure from, established practice. There were also detailed provisions on enforcement, Parliament realizing that the new duties would not bring in the intended revenue if the old lackadaisical mode of collection was not changed. And yet smuggling cases could still be prosecuted in common law courts as well as before vice-admiralty judges, the question of overlapping jurisdiction never being answered to the satisfaction of provincial or imperial authorities. The act regarding Royal Navy involvement, passed separately, is in ibid., 28:70–71, 3 George III c. 22.
12 Hulton (or his scribes) did not underline or italicize such things; I made the change, here and infra.
13 See the discussions in Stout, Royal Navy, 65–68; and David S. Lovejoy, Rhode Island Politics and the American Revolution, 1760–1776 (Providence: Brown University Press, 1958), 36–37.
14 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 26:179–204, 5 George III c. 12.
15 See Morgan, Stamp Act Crisis, 119–158 for the rioting in Boston and elsewhere in the colonies; and also the documents that Morgan assembled and edited as Prologue to Revolution (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1959).
16 C. A. Weslager, Stamp Act Congress (Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 1976), 200–202, prints the resolutions of 19 October 1765 from which Hulton quoted, along with the memorials to the king, lords, and commons, on 204–214. A contemporary copy of the resolutions can be found in Proceedings of the Congress at New-York (Annapolis, Md.: Jonas Green, 1765), 15–16, with the three memorials on 17–24.
17 Hulton blurred what American patriots had kept distinct at this stage in their protests. Those who argued most forcefully for American rights—notably Daniel Dulany in response to Grenville’s program and John Dickinson in response to Townshend’s—did not advocate “independence.” Rather, they argued for some sort of legislative autonomy, but without rejecting parliamentary authority altogether. See Dulany’s Considerations on the Propriety of imposing Taxes in the British Colonies, For the Purpose of raising a Revenue, by Act of Parliament (Annapolis, 1765) and Dickinson’s Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: David Hall and William Sellers, 1768), which brought together essays first published individually in newspapers around the colonies, beginning in December 1767. Both Dulany and Dickinson argued for rights within the empire and professed their attachment to crown and country. Even after the shooting started in 1775, Dulany rejected the notion that full independence was either necessary or desirable; Dickinson embraced it only reluctantly. Thomas Whately, adviser to George Grenville and friend to John Temple, figured in the debate with his defense of “virtual representation” in The Regulations lately Made concerning the Colonies and the Taxes Imposed upon Them considered (London: J. Wilkie, 1765).
18 Pitt was still in Commons, not yet elevated to the peerage as earl of Chatham. His speech, part of a back-and-forth debate with Grenville in the Commons on 14 January 1766, can be found in Simmons and Thomas, eds., Proceedings, 2:88. Also see ibid., 2:135–151, Commons debates of 3 February 1766, where the three basic positions on the question of American taxation were laid out: that Parliament neither could nor should tax Americans directly (Isaac Barré, echoing his mentor, Pitt); that Parliament constitutionally could tax them but, for practical political reasons, should not (Henry Conway, in a position taken by many who followed the Marquess of Rockingham); and that Parliament had both the constitutional authority and the political and financial need to do so (Hans Stanley, in what would be the clear government position only after North formed his ministry in March 1770). Pitt had upheld Britain’s sovereignty and parliamentary supremacy in his January 14th speech, even as he denied Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists directly. He objected to the stamp act as a perversion of the navigation system, which he fully supported.
19 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 27:275–287, 6 George III c. 52 for the 1766 revision to the 1764 sugar act. Under this new act all molasses imported into the colonies was taxed at 1 pence per gallon, the British West Indies included. Here the concern for revenue took priority over the preferences of the West India lobby. Other goods were covered as well, with some being eligible for drawbacks.
20 Ibid., 27:505–512, 7 George III c. 46. Indicative of the power struggle going on beneath the surface between provincial and imperial authority, the act also provided that anyone taking an imperial official to court in a dispute over enforcement of the navigation acts would have to pay treble the court costs if the suit failed—an attempt to counter the intimidation of customs officials by local mobs. Even more important, the act (as Hulton quoted in part) provided for a civil list to free royally-appointed imperial officials from provincial legislatures by allowing “such monies to be applied, out of the produce of the duties granted by this act, as his Majesty, or his successors, shall think proper or necessary, for defraying the charges of the administration of justice, and the support of civil government, within all or any of the said colonies or plantations.”
21 Ibid., 27:19, 6 George III c. 11 for repeal of the stamp act. Note that Hulton did not call attention to the Declaratory Act (ibid., 27:19–20, 6 George III c. 12), coupled by Parliament with that repeal, which stipulated “That the said colonies and plantations in America have been, are, and of right ought to be, subordinate unto, and dependent upon the imperial crown and parliament of Great Britain; and that the King’s majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons of Great Britain, in parliament assembled, had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.” The controversial word “tax” was deliberately not used in this sly but futile attempt to assert imperial authority and yet not provoke a constitutional dispute. For context see my “William Dowdeswell and the American Crisis, 1763–1775,” History 90 (2005):507–531.
22 Repeal was actually in 1770, near the beginning of North’s ministry. Subsequent revisions to the regulation of the tea trade in the colonies between 1771 and 1773 are in Pickering, ed., Statutes, 29:4–8, 160–165, 12 George III c. 7 and c. 60, resp.; and 30:74–77, 14 George III c. 44.
23 For the navigation system as it was supposed to work see the fourth and final volume of Andrews, Colonial Period; and Barrow, Trade and Empire, for how it actually worked.
24 Robert G. Albion, Forests and Sea Power (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1926) and Joseph J. Malone, Pine Trees and Politics (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1964) discuss the problems associated with regulating the use of colonial timber for the Royal Navy, with its need for masts and spars, a variation on the larger problem faced by the navigation system. The American Board of Customs was not directly involved in this aspect of trade. A surveyor-general of the woods was supposed to manage the forests.
25 In Rhode Island and Connecticut virtually all provincial posts were elective, as provided by charters approved by Charles II in 1663 and 1662, respectively. These and other colonial charters can be found, arranged alphabetically, in Francis Newton Thorpe, ed., The Federal and State Constitutions, 7 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909). The proprietors of Pennsylvania (the Penn family) and Maryland (the Calverts) appointed the governor and other key officials but, as in “royal” colonies like Massachusetts—where the crown appointed the governor—much power had shifted to the assembly. Leonard Woods Labaree laid out the general structure in Royal Government in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930); Jack P. Greene, The Quest for Power (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1963) showed how, even in the supposedly more placid Southern colonies, the same divisive issues over liberty and authority, and provincial versus imperial power, arose as in New England. Also see Bernard Bailyn, The Origins of American Politics (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968).
26 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 16:374–379, 6 George II c. 13 (the 1733 molasses act).
27 Ibid., 26:33–52, 4 George III c. 15 (the 1764 sugar act).
28 Hulton, like Bernard and other imperial officials, was convinced that opposition politics compromised national policy. They all feared that when a Camden or a Pitt (Chatham) criticized acts of Parliament, or questioned Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists, the “demagogues” among the colonists were emboldened, causing an overwrought minority to intimidate a loyal but more passive majority into silence.
29 writs of assistance.
30 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 26:33–52, 4 George III c. 15 (sugar act) and 27:505–512, 7 George III c. 46 (Townshend duties).
31 Ibid., 8 George III c. 22. When Hulton took office as plantations clerk in 1763 there were eleven vice-admiralty courts in the mainland colonies. The judges, almost all of whom were themselves colonists, were not paid salaries. They were expected to subsist off of court fees. A new court based at Halifax was added in 1764, a salaried (£800 per annum) English judge on the bench, with original as well as appellate jurisdiction over trade and revenue cases from anywhere in the colonies. The 1768 reconfiguration added another three courts—in Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston—to create four distinct districts, with all four courts having both appellate and original jurisdiction. Cases heard in the other vice-admiralty courts could be heard there on appeal, as well as cases on appeal that started in common-law courts. The four judges (largely colonists) were paid £600 a year, but they were still expected to supplement their income from court fees. For the jurisdictional boundaries laid out in 1768, see Fitzroy and Munro, eds., Privy Council, 5:151–153. It was 1769 before the new system was fully in place. See Ubbelohde, Vice-Admiralty Courts, 128–147. Despite all the changes, vice-admiralty court jurisdiction was concurrent with, not separate from or superior to, that of the provincial common-law courts.
32 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 26:305–318, 5 George III c. 33, the “quartering act” that was part of Grenville’s 1765 program.
33 Hulton was most likely thinking of his frustrations with Massachusetts attorney general Jonathan Sewall in the 1768 Liberty case.
34 The New York suspending (or “restraining”) act is in Pickering, ed., Statutes, 27:609–610, 7 George III c. 59. Acting on the complaint of General Thomas Gage, Parliament instructed the New York assembly not to pass any new legislation until it had complied with the quartering act of 1765. The issue, which dragged through 1766 and into 1767, was sidestepped when the legislators eventually granted funds without specifying that they would be used for housing and provisioning the small (but growing) contingent of regulars then in New York. See Merrill Jensen, The Founding of a Nation (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968), 211–240, 334–335; and Joseph Tiedemann, Reluctant Revolutionaries (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997), 117–124. John Dickinson, as the “Pennsylvania Farmer,” thought Parliament’s intervention in this dispute every bit as dangerous as the revenue-raising motives behind the Townshend duties.
35 See Stout, Royal Navy, for the ill-fated Liberty, 140 and 193 n. 54, Hancock’s sloop that was confiscated and turned to customs service duty in 1768. The rules for naval involvement in the profit-sharing aspects of cargoes and ships condemned for smuggling were laid out in Pickering, ed., Statutes, 25:345–351, 3 George III c. 22. (in 1763).
36 For the crowd as mob, and the mob as political weapon, see Gordon S. Wood, “A Note on Mobs in the American Revolution,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series 23 (1966):635–642; Pauline Maier, “Popular Uprisings and Civil Authority in Eighteenth-Century America,” ibid., 3rd series 27 (1970):3–35; Richard Maxwell Brown, “Violence and the American Revolution,” in Stephen G. Kurtz, ed., Essays on the American Revolution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1972); Dirk Hoerder, Crowd Action in Revolutionary America (New York: Academic Press, 1977); and Jesse Lemisch, Jack Tar vs. John Bull (New York: Garland Publishing, 1997).
37 Morgan, Stamp Act Crisis, 119–158, examined how Boston set “the pace” in resisting imperial authority by targeting those charged with enforcing the navigation acts, the stamp act first and foremost. Also see Barrow, Trade and Empire, 186–212, and (on 202) the September 1766 affair of Daniel Malcom, to which Hulton may have been referring (may, because it involved a search for possible seizure rather than a straightforward seizure). Benjamin Hallowell and Charles Paxton, among others, were thwarted in their desire to search Malcom’s warehouse. See too TNA, PRO/T1/446, fos. 103–133 and TNA, PRO/T1/452, fos. 205–212. When Paxton sailed to England he would use this incident as proof of the need for reforming the customs service—leading indirectly to the creation of the American board.
38 [Dickinson], Letters from a Farmer. Bernard characterized Dickinson’s Letters as an “American creed” and therefore a dangerous sign of what could follow. Bernard to John Pownall, 20 April 1768, Bernard Papers, 6:109. Bernard, like Hulton, did not see the distinction between taxation and legislation made by some members of Parliament as well as by protesting Americans, much less follow Dickinson’s argument about legislative intent as the crucial factor in separating the constitutional from the unconstitutional. By contrast, the anonymous editor of The Report of the Lords Committee, Appointed by the House of Lords to Enquire into the several Proceedings in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay (London: William Bingley, 1774) saw the distinctions that Hulton, like Bernard, missed. Most American patriots at this point accepted some modicum of parliamentary authority, despite their objections to being taxed directly. Even as late as 1774 and the first Continental Congress, the delegates there were reluctant to squeeze Parliament out of the legislative picture altogether, a reluctance that explains the careful wording of their resolutions—for which see my “The First Continental Congress and Problem of American Rights,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 122 (1998):354–383. For Dickinson’s importance see Bailyn, Ideological Origins, 160–229; Robert Webking, The American Revolution and the Politics of Liberty (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988, 41–60; Clinton Rossiter, Seedtime of the Republic (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953), 326–361; and Milton Flower’s biography, John Dickinson: Conservative Revolutionary (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1983).
39 Arthur Schlesinger, The Colonial Merchants and the American Revolution (New York: Columbia University Press, 1918) remains a basic source on merchant associations and the non-importation movement in general. J. E. Crowley, This Sheba, Self (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974) takes a provocatively different approach. Whatever success Americans enjoyed in seeing the stamp act repealed had as much to do with opposition within Parliament and support among London merchants as it did with attempts to unify the colonies through economic warfare: non-importation of British goods, stimulation of home manufactures. They would not receive as much transatlantic support in protesting Townshend’s program, and they could not stay unified among themselves either.
40 Nicolson, “Infamas Govener,” 162–163; Hutchinson, History, 3:13. The essay in question, a brief piece by “A True Patriot”—apparently Joseph Warren—actually appeared in the Boston Gazette on 7 March 1768, not February 29th. It was in reaction to a letter to Bernard from the earl of Shelburne, secretary of state for the southern department, endorsing Bernard’s blocking of some who had been selected for the Council by the House (printed as well). Shelburne emphasized that Bernard had acted properly and chided the Council for not letting Hutchinson take a seat on it, simply because he was already a holder of multiple offices. The “true patriot” condemned the notion of executive power behind Bernard’s actions as an “odious doctrine” and implied that Bernard was a “villain” for holding it. Bernard later wrote Hillsborough (on 25 January 1769) that he thought Benjamin Edes and John Gill, owners of the Boston Gazette, verged on treason—“mercenary” printers at the beck and call of “Faction.” Bernard Papers, 7:126–128.
41 The text of the House’s circular letter of 11 February 1768 is in Journals of the Massachusetts House, 44:236–239. In enumerating the “hardships” caused by Parliament’s new acts, the House included: “And also the commission of the Gentleman appointed Commissioners of the Customs to reside in America, which authorizes them to make as many appointments as they think fit, and to pay the appointees what sums they please, for whose mal-conduct they are not accountable: from whence it may happen, that officers of the Crown may be multiplied to such a degree, as to become dangerous to the Liberty of the people, by virtue of a commission which doth not appear to this House to derive any such advantages to trade as many have been led to expect.” (238) In April the King called on the House to rescind its letter. In June it refused and asked that Bernard be replaced with someone more “worthy to represent the greatest and best Monarch on Earth.” (Ibid., 45:96, 30 June 1768) See, in this same appendix (217–235), various letters written by the House in January–February 1768 to Camden, Chatham, Rockingham and others, professing loyalty to crown and parliament, and yet protesting policies championed by both. Logic would say that they would not be happy with anything short of independence. They were trying desperately to avoid pursuing that logic.
42 By the summer of 1768, Bernard had become convinced that the moment of truth had arrived. “We are now just entering into that critical Situation which I have so long ago foreseen must come sooner or later; that is, the Time of Trial, whether this Town &c will or will not submit to Great Britain when she is in earnest in requiring Submission.” Letter to John Pownall, 11 July 1768, Bernard Papers, 6:131.
43 House resolution of 29 June 1769 and petition to the crown of 27 June 1769 in Speeches of Governors, 176–180 and 188–191, resp.
44 Nicolson, “Infamas Govener,” 198–210.
45 Complaining of Boston’s lawlessness, Benjamin Hallowell, then comptroller for the port, warned Lord North “as long as this spirit prevails here, every officer under the Crown who does his duty will be the object of popular resentment.” Letter of 17 December 1765, Add. Ms. 61,683, fo. 9 (Blenheim Papers) BL.
46 See 150 infra for another election day incident, five years later. The first incident in particular captured the personal element in the battle over imperial authority and local autonomy. Town selectmen—Hancock one of them—would not give permission for Faneuil Hall to be used for the election-day dinner until they were promised that the commissioners would not be invited to attend. Once the Governor’s council assured them that no invitation would be forthcoming, they approved, with Hancock underscoring “that the Hall is at their service on said Day with the restriction enjoin’d by the Town.” A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing the Selectmen’s Minutes from 1764 through 1768 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1889), 292, minutes of 11 May 1768.
47 See 121 n. 35 supra.
48 Hulton was right, but only in part. Neither the town nor the army looked for an excuse for a bloodletting; on the contrary, both would compromise—within limits. On September 21st the selectmen had been emphatic: according to their understanding of the quartering act, no troops could lawfully be billeted in the town proper until the barracks at Castle William were filled. Once the troops arrived, however, the selectmen proved more flexible, after they were given an indication that they could carry their theoretical point without causing a practical conundrum. Both the 14th and 29th regiments went into town, not to the Castle. Some were sent to encamp on the Common. Note the significance of the word “favor” as recorded in the following, when Colonel William Dalrymple, overall commander of the newly-arrived troops, approached town authorities: “The Collo. afterwards represented to the Selectmen that he had not a sufficient number of Tents for his Troops and entreated of them as a favor the use of Faneuil Hall for one Regiment to lodge in till Monday following, promising upon his honor to quit said Hall at that time—in consequence of said request & taking into consideration the hardship of the Troops must be exposed to while remaining in the open air, the Selectmen consented thereto—”; from Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Selectmen’s Minutes from 1764 through 1768, 311. The selectmen pressed Dalrymple to move his men out once that Monday came, and resisted allowing him to use the old factory house in that odd (to an outsider, at least) combination of confrontation and avoidance that had come to typify imperial and local relations.
49 The commissioners’s complaints—dismissed as whining by their political opponents—were turned against them by being made public, such as in Letters to the Ministry (Boston: Edes & Gill, 1769), 85–86, a memorial of 16 June 1768 from the commissioners to Treasury, printed to embarrass Hulton and his colleagues.
50 From the Treasury’s response, written by Grey Cooper, 29 June 1769, TNA, PRO/T28/1, fos. 338–342.
51 The first steps toward the resolution were taken on 28 November 1768, when North presented sixty letters, memorials, and other documents to the House of Commons as proof of unrest in Massachusetts. The resolution was actually drafted in the House of Lords and revised by Commons before final approval in February 1769. Printed in the House of Commons Journal, 32:107–108, but already circulating in the colonies as it worked its way through Parliament—see the Boston Evening-Post, 20 March and 17 April 1769.
52 An Appeal to the World; Or a Vindication of the Town of Boston (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1769).
53 Samuel Venner, as secretary; David Lisle, as solicitor; John Williams and John Woolton as inspectors general. Hulton did not make it clear, here or elsewhere, which two clerks he had in mind.
54 Venner was dismissed from office in 1769—see 66–67 supra for the controversy surrounding his firing.
55 He was no doubt leaving space for Thomas Pownall, governor from 1757–1759. Though an Englishman—and, like Hulton, someone who tried to make his way up in society through government appointments—Pownall had succeeded the thoroughly unpopular William Shirley. His ability to get on well with provincial leaders meant that his time in office would be idealized by Bernard’s and Hutchinson’s critics, on the assumption that he would have done better. Perhaps so; perhaps not. Hulton had no reason to care for Pownall, who had been a rival in Germany during his investigations of the commissary there.
56 John C. Miller’s Samuel Adams: Pioneer in Propaganda (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1936) gives us a Samuel Adams whose actions—though not his motives—echo Hulton. Pauline Maier’s essay in The Old Revolutionaries (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 3–50, presents a more complex man, noting that just because Adams predicted a war for independence as early as 1768 does not mean that he advocated it at that same moment. Likewise see William Fowler’s brief but incisive Samuel Adams (New York: Longman, 1997); and John K. Alexander, Samuel Adams (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
57 For Otis go first to Williams Pencak’s essay in ANB, 16:838–840; and Clifford K. Shipton, et al., Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, 18 vols. (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1933–), 11:247–287 (class of 1743), a continuation of the series begun by John Langdon Sibley in 1873, picked up by Clifford Shipton decades later, long since published by the MHS, and now edited by Conrad Edick Wright. William Tudor’s florid The Life of James Otis (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1823) ought to be balanced with John J. Waters Jr., The Otis Family (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968). For more on Mercy, Otis’s sister who was married to leading patriot James Warren, see Kate Davis’s Catharine Macaulay & Mercy Otis Warren (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), and Lester H. Cohen’s introductory comments to the reissue of Warren’s History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution, 2 vols. (Indianapolis, Ind.: Liberty Fund, 1989; original ed., 1805). Warren’s history depicts the commissioners in just the way Warren’s brother probably saw them. Charles Akers wrote a biography of Samuel Cooper, The Divine Politician (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1982). Cooper, pastor of the Brattle Street congregational church in Boston, was one of the “black regiment” of ministers decried by Peter Oliver—see Schutz and Adair, eds., Peter Oliver Origins, 29 and 43–45, with Cooper part of a “sacerdotal Triumvirate,” along with Jonathan Mayhew and Charles Chauncy. Hulton slammed the “Independant Ministers” in his “Account,” 179 infra. The best starting place for James Bowdoin, as for his son-in-law John Temple, is in the ANB, in this case an essay by Gordon C. Kershaw (at 3:272–274), who also wrote a full-length biography, James Bowdoin II (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1991). Bowdoin was in the Harvard class of 1745 (see Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, 11:514–550).
58 William Fowler, The Baron of Beacon Hill (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980) is decidedly more sympathetic, as are virtually all of Hancock’s biographers.
59 Otis was struck down in the doorway of his home, in just the manner Hulton described—and as Otis himself had apparently wished—on 23 May 1783. Hulton was thus working on the “Account” at least as late as 1784, and probably beyond.
60 John Mein. William Pencak wrote a brief piece on him for the ANB 15:201–202. Revolutionary-era printer Isaiah Thomas also offered reflections on Mein in his The History of Printing in America, 2 vols. (Albany: Joel Munsell, 1874; orig. ed., 1810), 1:152–154.
61 Select Letters (see supra, 95 n. 231); Nicolson, ‘Infamas Govener’ is Bernard’s only biographer to date.
62 Nelson’s chapter on Hutchinson in The American Tory, 21–39, paved the way for Bernard Bailyn’s The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1974). John Phillip Reid took issue with parts of Bailyn’s argument in a review eventually reprinted in Hendrik Hartog, ed., Law in the American Revolution and the Revolution in the Law (New York: New York University Press, 1981), 20–45. William Pencak, America’s Burke (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1982) also questioned some of Bailyn’s characterizations, most notably the notion that Hutchinson was a prudent pragmatist, “bewildered by revolutionary change” (vi). Pencak saw a passion that drove Hutchinson to develop a martyr’s complex. Close to his extended family but aloof otherwise, it was unlikely that Hutchinson and Hulton could ever have become confreres. Also see Andrew Stephen Walmsley, Thomas Hutchinson & the Origins of the American Revolution (New York: New York University Press, 1999). Neither Walmsley nor Pencak have anything on Hulton, and they deal with the customs board only in passing.
63 This is the first of several insertions that Hulton (or his scribe) made, on this page and on others that follow, marked by the “#” where a paragraph would have been inserted, had space allowed. It was instead written off to the side. I moved it into the text proper.
64 [John Mein], A State of Importations from Great-Britain into the Port of Boston (Boston, 1770). See too the one-page broadside ordered printed At a Meeting of the Merchants & Traders, at Faneuil-Hall, on the 23d January 1770 (1770) identifying and condemning those who had not complied with the non-importation stipulations, who in so doing “have in the most insolent Manner too long affronted this People, and endeavoured to undermine the Liberties of this Country, to which they owe their little Importance; and that they deserve to be driven to that Obscurity, from which they originated, and to the Hole of the Pit from whence they were digged.”
65 The Boston Gazette 12 March 1770 account was soon after coupled with Paul Revere’s engraving of the event, which depicted a massacre, pure and simple—innocent American civilians slaughtered by murderous British soldiers. Three from the crowd died that night, one the next morning, and a fifth well over a week later. Another half dozen were wounded. Zobel, Boston Massacre, remains unsurpassed on the events leading to the “massacre,” the “massacre” itself, and the subsequent trials.
66 The town produced A Short Narrative, which was countered by a rival view and different affidavits in A Fair Account of the Late Unhappy Disturbance At Boston in New England (London: B. White, 1770), which in turn prompted the town’s retort in Additional Observations.
67 Thus Ann Hulton’s snide comments about Temple (see supra 65 n. 124). If Temple was involved, there is no proof of it yet.
68 Preston’s trial ran from October 24–30; Preston was acquitted and set free. He soon after returned to England. The trial of the eight soldiers ran longer, from November 27-December 5. Six were acquitted of all charges; two were convicted of manslaughter, allowed to plead benefit of the clergy, and released after being branded on their left hands. Their regiment had been transferred to New Jersey months before. L. Kinvin Wroth and Hiller Zobel brought together various sources in an attempt to reconstruct Preston’s and the soldiers’ trials in volume 3 of Legal Papers of John Adams, 4 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1965). The printed transcript for the soldiers’ trial was published from the notes by John Hodgson, The Trial of William Wemms . . . (Boston: J. Fleeming, 1770). The record as constituted there—which John Adams, one of the counsel for the defendants, found objectionable—ought to be contrasted with the version sent by Hutchinson to London, in the PRO/CO 5/759, fos. 382–402. The testimonies for Preston’s trial are in fos. 355–368. The four civilians, Manwaring included, were tried in a single day, December 12th, with the jurors not even leaving their seats before pronouncing the men innocent. There is no surviving transcript for that trial, just brief notices in the Massachusetts Gazette, 13 December 1770; the Boston Evening-Post, 17 December 1770; and the Boston Gazette, 17 and 24 December 1770; and ibid., 18 and 25 March 1771, and 1 April 1771, for the fate of Charles Bourgatte, the “French servant.” A fragment of what is apparently Bourgatte’s testimony is in the Boston Public Library, Ch.M.1.8, 217. Manwaring, who worked for the customs service, later petitioned the Treasury for compensation, 4 August 1771, TNA, PRO/T1/486.
69 Hulton gives the impression that a formal plan had been agreed to at Whitehall to punish Massachusetts, when in fact it had not. See the discussion in Nicolson, “Infamas Govener,” 186–191.
70 There is no evidence that Temple went about poisoning people’s minds. It is interesting to note, however, that the Short Narrative included a half dozen sworn affidavits that muzzle flashes could be seen coming from the Custom House or, more vaguely, that the sound of guns firing could be heard above the heads of the soldiers on King Street. With the acquittal of Manwaring and the other three civilian defendants in the third trial the matter was dropped, although their innocence was separable from the issue of whether or not someone else was in the Custom House and indeed fired down into the street from an upstairs window. Revere’s engraving of the scene shows a gun barrel; Henry Pelham’s original version, from which Revere borrowed, did not. For more, go to Clarence Brigham, Paul Revere’s Engravings (New York: Atheneum, 1969), 52–78. As in much else about the “massacre,” this question has yet to be answered.
71 The pamphlet in question was a spoof, A Dialogue between Sir George Cornwell . . . and Mr. Flint (Boston, 1769), with Cornwell a visiting Englishman and Flint a native New Englander. Flint walked Cornwell about Boston, disparaging various “prerogative” men, including the “lieutenant governor” (Hutchinson), once an “unsuccessful smuggler” who was driven by “ambition and avarice.” (5) Temple denied that he was the author. See the discussion in Bailyn, Thomas Hutchinson, 128–130.
72 Copy of Letters (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1773). Printed there were eighteen letters written between May 1767 and October 1769, all to Thomas Whately, with six from Hutchinson, four each from Andrew Oliver and Thomas Moffat, and one each from Robert Auchmuty, Nathaniel Rogers, G[eorge] Rome, and Charles Paxton (Paxton, a single paragraph, on 20 June 1768, calling for troops). The most infuriating to local patriots was Hutchinson’s of 20 January 1769, calling for “an abridgment of what are called English liberties.” (16) The Liberty incident had prompted Hutchinson to come to the defense of the board, which also irritated his political opponents: “People have absurdly connected the duties and board of commissions, and suppose we should have had no additional duties if there had been no board to have the charge of collecting them.” (ibid. 7, letter of August 1768).
73 House resolutions of 16 June 1773 and a letter from the lower house and council to the Earl of Dartmouth, 29 June 1773, printed in Speeches of the Governors, 405–409 and 398–400 resp. Hutchinson had aggravated his political opponents with his response that the letters he sent Thomas Whately were essentially none of their business. See his message to the House of 9 June 1773 in the Journals of the Massachusetts House, 50:40–41 (the House resolutions of June 16th are on 58–61). The House request that both Hutchinson and Oliver resign passed overwhelmingly on June 23rd, 80–11 (ibid., 50:75).
74 “May 27 . Two of the Commissioners were very much abused yesterday when they came out from the Publick Dinner at Concert Hall, Mr Hulton and Mr Hallowell. Wm Mollineux, Wm Dennie, Paul Revere & several others were the Principal Actors.” Edward Lillie Pierce, ed., Letters and Diary of John Rowe (Boston: W. B. Clarke, 1903), 245.
75 Most of the dispute leading to the duel and the duel itself, which produced its own set of accusations about Temple’s behavior (did Temple stab Whately with his sword when Whately was down and defenseless?), can be found in A Faithful Account of the Whole of the Transactions relating to a late Affair of Honour between J. Temple, and W. Whately, Esqrs. (London: R. Snagg, 1774). Both men wisely walked away from the dispute after the resort to pistols and swords. Temple remained emphatic that he stole nothing from Whately—see his letter to Earl Temple, 14 December 1773, Add. Ms. 57,828, fos. 1–7 (Grenville Papers) BL. Temple and Thomas Whately, who had been very friendly through the mid-1760s—Whately having recommended Temple for the customs board when it was being formed—had developed strains in their friendship as the result of Temple’s political allegiances in Boston. See, for example, Temple to Whately, 21 January 1771, Temple Papers. Also see Benjamin Hallowell to John Pownall, 29 September 1773, in B. F. Stevens, ed., Facsimiles of Manuscripts in European Archives relating to American Affairs, 1773–1783, 25 vols. (London: G. Malby and Sons, 1889–1895), no. 2029, where Hallowell sounds very much like Hulton in his low regard for Temple, in the Whately affair and in general. Also see the Hulton letter of 15 March 1774, transcribed infra at 298–299.
76 Printed in the Faithful Account, 21; also in Labaree, et al., eds., Papers of Benjamin Franklin, 20:513–516. Also see the “Tract relative to the Affair of Hutchinson’s Letters” in ibid, 21:414–435. Bailyn, Hutchinson, 244–259 discussed the Temple-Whately affair and the “mystery” surrounding the letters. Bailyn thinks that Thomas Pownall may have given the letters to Franklin, but concedes that his conclusion is “conjectural.” (225 n. 7) Hutchinson offered his own view in his History, 3:282–298. Also see the discussion by Hutchinson’s great-grandson in Hutchinson, ed., Diary and Letters, 1:82–93, and Hutchinson’s account of a reconciliation between the two in London (ibid., 1:209–211), when Temple called on Hutchinson “alone and unexpectedly.” John Doran, editor of The Last Journals of Horace Walpole During the Reign of George III From 1771–1783, 2 vols. (London: John Lane, 1910), 1:243n. passed along the claim that Hugh Williamson got the letters for Franklin from the (as yet non-existent?) “British Foreign-Office.”
77 Hulton’s animus toward Franklin had erupted as early as the Boston siege, when he called him an “archtraitor! this most atrocious of men,” on 22 January 1776, in the “Nicholson Letters,” 93, transcribed at 341–342 infra. That Franklin could be capable of duplicity at any point in his career is clear in the tone of Cecil Currey’s Road to Revolution: Benjamin Franklin in England, 1765–1775 (New York: Anchor Books, 1968). David T. Morgan, The Devious Dr. Franklin (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1996) is not as caustic. Gerald Stourzh provides a sophisticated appraisal of Franklin’s changing positions and changing loyalties in Benjamin Franklin and American Foreign Policy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954), as has, more recently, Gordon S. Wood in an essay on Franklin in Revolutionary Characters (New York: Penguin Press, 2006), 65–90, which offers a briefer version of views first expressed in The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (New York: Penguin Press, 2004).
78 Alexander Wedderburn, the solicitor general, took an hour to verbally eviscerate Franklin in the cockpit on 29 January 1774, for which see Labaree, et al., eds., Papers of Franklin, 21:37–70. Catherine Drinker Bowen used the cockpit scene as her closing Franklin vignette in The Most Dangerous Man in America (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1974), 227–243.
79 See The Votes and Proceedings of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Town Meeting assembled, According to Law (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1772), for the proceedings beginning on October 28th and carrying through November 2nd. Richard D. Brown, Revolutionary Politics in Massachusetts (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970) reviews this stage in Boston’s drift toward revolution.
80 Legal scholar John Phillip Reid edited these January–March 1773 exchanges expertly as The Briefs of the American Revolution (New York: New York University Press, 1981). They were also printed, without comment, in Speeches of the Governors, 336–396.
81 Labaree, Boston Tea Party, surveys many of these developments. Francis S. Drake assembled contemporaneous documents for his Tea Leaves (Boston: A. O. Crane, 1884). Alfred F. Young’s biography of George Robert Twelves Hewes, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999) notes the differences that crept into Hewes’s supposed recollections of the event offered a half century later, but perhaps Young should have been even more skeptical of Hewes as a reliable source than he already was. Hulton’s “many hundreds” may not have numbered even one hundred actual participants on board the Beaver, Eleanor, and Dartmouth.
82 Hulton was off by a month. Hutchinson’s speech, where the Governor was “required to signify His Majesty’s Disapprobation of Committees of Correspondence,” was on January 26th. The House committee appointed to carry on the correspondence went ahead with its business. See the Journals of the Massachusetts House, 50:102–103 and 112. The House had created the committee on May 28th, by a vote of 109–4, in response to a plea from the Virginia House of Burgesses, made on March 12th (ibid., 50:11–14).
83 The House resolution for impeachment, which carried 92–8 on February 24th, is in ibid., 50:199–201. Hutchinson’s refusal to accept that resolution two days later—because it appeared unconstitutional—is in ibid., 50:205. The House had taken its first move toward this position during the previous session (see proceedings for 25 June 1773, ibid., 50:86–88).
84 The House refused to accept Hutchinson’s view on March 7th; it had proceeded with formal articles of impeachment against Oliver on March 1st. See ibid., 50:232–236 and 212–217, resp.
85 All of the annual “massacre” orations delivered between 1771–1783 were gathered together and published as Orations Delivered at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston to Commemorate the Evening of the Fifth of March, 1770, second ed. (Boston: Wm. T. Clap, 1807); Hancock’s, of 5 March 1774, the fourth to be given, is on 39–53.
86 Pickering, ed., Statutes, 30:336–341, 24 George III c. 19. See Ammerman, Common Cause and Labaree, Boston Tea Party for general context, and the discussion of British policy-making in Bernard Donoughue, British Politics and the American Revolution (London: Macmillan & Co., 1964); and Thomas, Tea Party to Independence. See too the interesting back and forth offered by Ian R. Christie (British perspective) and Labaree (American perspective) in Empire and Independence, 1760–1776 (New York: W. W. Norton, 1976).
87 The address, dated 30 May 1774, was printed in the Boston Gazette, 6 June 1774, and reprinted in Stark, Loyalists of Massachusetts, 123–125. “Sundry inhabitants” of Marblehead felt compelled to object to the address, in a meeting of 3 June 1774 that was reported in the Boston Evening-Post, 6 June 1774. None of the commissioners signed the May 30th address—because they were not asked to, because they avoided involvement, or for another reason entirely? This address and another from barristers and attorneys offering their “testimonial” to Hutchinson’s service were first printed as broadsides, Addresses &c. to the late Governor Hutchinson (n.p.), which prompted a two-page response (also n.p.), “a true List” of those who had signed the merchants’ address, with their places of business identified, so “that every Friend to his Country may know who is Assisting to carry the Execrable Purposes of the British Administration into Execution”—in other words, so that they could be intimidated into silence, the sort of political bullying that prompted Hulton’s equation of democracy with anarchy. For Hutchinson’s failed efforts as peacemaker in London see Bailyn, Hutchinson, 267–330, and Hutchinson’s own brief retrospective in his History, 3:329–330, where he said that he arrived to find that the Massachusetts government act had been passed—whose consequences he “dreaded.” Where Hulton saw the possibility for improvement, Hutchinson foresaw disaster and proved the more astute of the two.
88 See Brown, Revolutionary Politics, 194–199; and the tantalizingly brief minutes for 27–28 June 1774 in Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Boston Town Records, 1770 Through 1777, 177–178.
89 Massachusetts government act, in Pickering, ed., Statutes, 30:381–390, 24 George III c. 45 (the new quartering act is in ibid., 30:410–411, 24 George III c. 54). Although, again, it was not as ambitious as the changes brought with the Dominion of New England in the late 1680s, it did attempt to redistribute power in the colony, from the legislative to the executive, and from the elective to the appointive, thereby—from the perspective of its supporters—restoring balance and ending the demagoguery born of anarchy. Not only was the council to be appointed by the crown, sheriffs were to be appointed by the governor, and sheriffs would in turn select jurors. Town meetings were to be called only with the governor’s approval and restrict themselves to agendas that he had approved. Thus there were implications for Massachusetts law as well as Massachusetts politics, as long-term reform was mixed with short-term punishment. But North’s timing in 1774 had been no better than Grenville’s in 1765. The supposed solution to one problem introduced yet another. Recriminations flew across the Atlantic in both directions; suspicions deepened rather than eased.
90 The Quebec Act is in Pickering, ed., Statutes, 30:549–554, 24 George III c. 83. Hulton exaggerated when he claimed that critics feared Catholicism would be imposed on them. Rather, they feared that the religious toleration allowed Catholics in Canada, coupled with the lack of a legislature there, would be the first step toward a tightening of imperial administration, leading ultimately to a crackdown on (even if not an elimination of) colonial legislatures, and perhaps some sort of attempt to tighten church government in the colonies through a much-feared Anglican episcopacy. See Carl Bridenbaugh, Mitre and Sceptre (New York: Oxford University Press, 1962), 333–334; Alan Heimert, Religion and the American Mind (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1966), 387–395; and Peter M. Doll, Revolution, Religion, and National Identity (Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000).
91 Issued as an untitled, two-page broadside, addressed “Gentlemen,” dated 8 June 1774 and signed by William Cooper, town clerk, also printed in Boston newspapers, and discussed in Brown, Revolutionary Politics, 191–209. The call for a “solemn league” against British importations caused a bigger stir than Hulton allowed for here, as town leaders in Boston found that sympathy for their plight did not guarantee a united response from other towns in the province. There were even dissidents in Boston—as over forty men made clear in a statement on June 29th, printed in the Boston Evening-Post, 4 July 1774. Gage had condemned the solemn league in a proclamation of 29 June 1774, printed in the Massachusetts Gazette, 30 June 1774.
92 For the June 23rd Windham town meeting that condemned those who signed the addresses to Hutchinson see Peter Force, ed., American Archives, 9 vols. (Washington, D.C.: M. St. Clair Clarke and Peter Force, 1837–1853), 4th series, 1:445.
93 Richard Frothingham’s intensely whiggish History of the Siege of Boston, 6th ed. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1903; orig. ed., 1849) presents a Gage who was as villainous as he was incompetent. Gage fares much better in John Richard Alden’s General Gage in America (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1948).
94 The Council’s message to Gage of 9 June 1774, with Gage’s response five days later, are in Speeches of the Governors, 414–415; also in the Journals of the Massachusetts House, 50:291.
95 Ibid., 416, on 17 June 1774. With Gage having dissolved the legislature, the next time he received a memorial would be in October, from the extra-legal provincial convention then sitting in Concord. Gage’s proclamation of June 17th dissolving the General Court was printed in the Massachusetts Gazette, 23 June 1774.
96 Gage informed the selectmen of the new rules governing town meetings under the Massachusetts government act. The selectmen responded that they “had no need of calling a Town Meeting for we had now two alive by Adjournment.” Gage “looked serious and said ‘he must think upon that,’ adding ‘that by thus doing we might keep the Meetings alive for ten years’.” That, of course, was precisely the point. Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Selectmen’s Minutes from 1769 Through April, 1775, 225; minutes of 13 August 1774.
97 See the Boston Evening-Post, 29 August 1774, for Salem, and other issues for various county meetings, such as Worcester on August 30th and Middlesex on August 31st (ibid., 12 September 1774) and Suffolk on September 6th (ibid., 19 September 1774). The Salem town meeting of June 19th had included in its message to Gage: “A happy Union with Great-Britain is the Wish of the Colonies., ‘Tis unspeakable Grief that it has in any Degree been Interrupted. We earnestly desire to repair the Breach. We ardently pray that Harmony may be restored. And for these Ends every Measure compatible with the Dignity and Safety of British Subjects we shall gladly adopt.” The conciliatory sentiments expressed here should not be dismissed as disingenuous—as they were likely to be by a Hulton or a Bernard, even if there was implicit threat combined with explicit plea. Printed in the Massachusetts Spy, 23 June 1774.
98 Without setting a date for the next sitting.
99 Developments in Worcester on the eve of war are the focal point of Ray Raphael’s The First American Revolution (New York: The New Press, 2002).
100 For Concord see Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World (New York: Hill and Wang, 1976).
101 When word reached members of the Continental Congress that Boston had been bombarded by the Royal Navy, there were those—John Adams included—who were almost relieved, thinking that the British had started what many concluded was an inevitable conflict. And yet these same men were also relieved to hear that the rumors were false after all, so confused were feelings at the moment. Fear of war could be coupled uneasily with eagerness for it, not to achieve full political independence and form a new nation, but to better secure rights within the empire—which I addressed in “Our First ‘Good’ War: Selective Memory, Special Pleading, and the War of American Independence,” Peace and Change 15 (1990):371–390.
102 The selectmen’s complaints and Gage’s answer, both on September 6th, are in Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Selectmen’s Minutes from 1769 through April, 1775, 227.
103 The Suffolk resolves were printed in the Boston Evening-Post, 19 September 1774 (and in other newspapers around the colonies), and were later included in Worthington Chauncey Ford, ed., Journals of the Continental Congress, 34 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1937), 1:31–39.
104 The Journals of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775 (Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1838) contain the proceedings over three sessions from October 1774 through July 1775, with those of county conventions appended. Gage’s September 28th directive is on 3–4. For the emergence of the provincial convention as quasi-legislature and as a crucial part of the transition from province in the empire to state in the nation, see Richard B. Morris, “The Forging of the Union Reconsidered: A Historical Refutation of State Sovereignty Over Seabeds,” Columbia Law Review 74 (1974):1066–1093, particularly Morris’s appendix on 1091–1093. Jackson Turner Main, The Sovereign States, 1775–1783 (New York: New Viewpoints, 1973), 123–142, saw the formation of provincial conventions as a first step toward revolution, subconscious though it might have been. In the case of Massachusetts the transformation occurred when the provincial convention resolved to continue meeting even though Gage ordered that it not. Also see Agnes Hunt, The Provincial Committees of Safety (Cleveland: Winn & Judson, 1904).
105 Inserted from the margin where it had been written by Hulton’s scribe, perpendicular to the text.
106 The selectmen had complained to Gage on 9 September 1774 about his “erecting a Fortress” on the neck. He responded on the same day that he did so as a precaution, not as a device to cut Boston off from the mainland. It was his duty, he stated, “to preserve the peace, and to promote the happiness of every Individual; and I earnestly recommend to you, and every Inhabitant, to cultivate the same spirit—and heartily wish they may live quietly and happily in the Town.” Report of the Record Commissioners . . . Selectmen’s Minutes from 1769 through April, 1775, 228. For context see Warden, Boston, 287–306, and, more broadly, Benjamin W. Labaree, Colonial Massachusetts (Millwood, N.Y.: KTO Press, 1979), 218–289.
107 Printed in Mass. Provincial Congress, appendix, 622–625.
108 Ibid., 5–7, for the provincial convention’s refusal to comply with Gage’s order, on October 5th.
109 Ibid., appendix, 601–660, prints the resolutions from nine different counties, starting with Berkshire (at a meeting in Stockbridge) on 6 July 1774.
110 Ibid., 19.
111 Printed in the Boston Gazette, 17 October 1774, from the meeting of October 14th.
112 Hulton must have had in mind the memorial approved by Congress on October 21st (see infra 175, n. 115).
113 Mass. Provincial Congress, 31–34.
114 The details for the “Association” are printed in Ford, ed., Journals of Congress, 1:75–80.
115 Printed in ibid., 1:82–90 (address to the people of Britain, approved on October 21st); 1:90–101 (memorial to the inhabitants of the colonies, approved that same day); and 1:105–113 (address to the people of Canada, approved on October 26th, just before Congress adjourned). There was also a petition to George III, on 1:115–121. A declaration of rights had been approved on October 14th—see 1:63–74. Edmund Cody Burnett, The Continental Congress (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941), 33–59, reviews what was done in this first congressional gathering. For Congress and the October 14th declaration see my “The First Continental Congress and the Problem of American Rights,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 122 (1998):353–383.
116 By the Governor. A Proclamation (Boston: M. Draper, ), also printed in newspapers, such as the Boston Evening-Post, 14 November 1774.
117 The fourth of nine resolutions agreed to on November 16th, printed in the Boston Gazette, 5 December 1774.
118 Mass. Provincial Congress, 69–72, a memorial addressed to the “Freeholders and other Inhabitants” of the towns in the province.
119 Order in council of 19 October 1774, with stipulations renewed in April 1775, and again thereafter. In Munro and Fitzroy, eds., Acts of the Privy Council, 5:401.
120 Reported in the Boston Gazette, 26 December 1774.
121 Mass. Provincial Congress, 62–65, resolution on December 8th for munitions, and 86–87, 7 February 1775, for public money to Gardner.
122 In this context: butchered.
123 For divisions in Marshfield, pitting pro-government townsmen against those favoring protest, see Force, ed., American Archives, 4th series, 1:1249–1256; and the Massachusetts Gazette, 9 March 1775.
124 Boston Gazette, 6 March 1775, supplement, and Massachusetts Spy, 9 March 1775, for contemporaneous accounts. Notable later accounts include Charles M. Endicott, “Leslie’s Retreat at the North Bridge of Salem,” Essex Institute. Proceedings 1 (1856):89–135; and Eric W. Barnes, “All the King’s Horses . . . And All the King’s Men,” American Heritage 6 (October 1960):56–59, 86–88. Hulton erred. The troops did indeed meet with “obstruction,” the locals refusing to lower a privately-owned drawbridge that the soldiers needed to cross to get to the north side of town. Leslie had already argued with the locals over whether he was marching on the king’s road or the people’s thoroughfare. Leslie briefly considered using force, then thought better of it, and a compromise was reached. Hulton missed a perfect illustration of the problems surrounding assertions of imperial authority and local autonomy.
125 The incident, involving Thomas Ditson of Billerica, was reported in the Massachusetts Gazette, 17 March 1775.
126 See Tiedemann, Reluctant Revolutionaries, 216–219.
127 Basing their findings on letters sent by Gage to London between June–December 1774, solicitor general Alexander Wedderburn and attorney general Edward Thurlow ruled on 2 February 1775 that the behavior of the Massachusetts provincial convention “is prima facie Evidence of the Crime of Treason.” TNA, PRO/CO5/159, fo. 48. George III denounced the rebellion in a proclamation of 23 August 1775 and asked Parliament at the opening of a new session the following October 26th to support his view that “those who have long too successfully labored to inflame My People in America, by gross Misrepresentation, and to infuse into their Minds a System of Opinions repugnant to the true Constitution of the Colonies, and to their subordinate Relation to Great Britain, now openly avow their Revolt, Hostility, and Rebellion.” Simmons and Thomas, eds., Proceedings and Debates, 6:89. The Lords voted their support by a margin of 76–33, with 19 peers soon after writing a dissent (ibid., 6:70–74); Commons approved, 278–108 (ibid., 6:88–90). The King and North had both considered Massachusetts as being in a state of rebellion by the Fall of 1774, and the King endorsed a joint resolution by the Lords and the Commons in February 1775 that a “part” of the province had rebelled against the constitutional authority of crown and parliament.
128 David Hackett Fischer, Paul Revere’s Ride (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994) may well become the equivalent for Lexington and Concord of what Hiller Zobel’s book has been for the Boston “massacre.” Note that Hulton—and his sister Ann—believed reports stating that the colonists had fired first at Lexington, and that they scalped British soldiers at Concord. See Henry to J. _____ Esqr., April 1775, in the “Letterbooks,” 1:123–127, and Ann to Mrs. Lightbody, also in April 1775, in Loyalist Lady, 76–80 (the original of which is in the Houghton Library, Murdock Ms. 24), transcribed infra on 318–319 and 316–318, resp.
129 Hulton passed along to his sons—and whoever else read his account—what had been rumored to be true when he was there. However wrong the supposition was, it did seem plausible to some in town at that moment, given the suspicions in the air and the credence given to tales of conspiracy. Gage only had about 3500 troops at his disposal and on April 19th well over half were engaged in a desperate struggle to get back to safety. When the troops were out, Gage was in a town that still had hostile residents within it and many of them were indeed armed; hence his insistence that weapons be turned into him in the days that followed. Frothingham, Siege of Boston, understandably passed over such rumors; so did Allen French’s more expansive, more rigorously researched, and better balanced The First Year of the American Revolution (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934), and 122–124, for Gage’s order that civilian arms be turned over to the military.
130 Hulton returns to the rumor that proved untrue. Fischer, Paul Revere’s Ride, 261–267, discusses the real as opposed to fanciful concerns that followed the fighting at Lexington and Concord.
131 French, First Year, 28–30 discusses Marshfield and at least alludes to most of the political and military developments that Hulton included in his account.
132 Resolution of 5 May 1775, Mass. Provincial Congress, 192–193, condemning Gage “as an instrument, in the hands of an arbitrary ministry, to enslave the people,” whose troops had, without provocation, “inhumanly slaughtered” innocent people.
133 Gage’s decree was printed as a broadside, titled simply A Proclamation, dated 12 June 1775, “By His Excellency The Hon. Thomas Gage, Esq.,” and was also printed in newspapers (see the Essex Gazette, 12 June 1775), although fewer than usual because of the turmoil in the Boston press caused by Lexington and Concord.
134 Hulton attached newspaper clippings to these pages.
135 Hulton inserted at the bottom of the page: “#September 3rd 1774.”
136 Hulton offered more details in his letter to Robert Nicholson of 20 June 1775, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 78–86, transcribed infra at 327–329. Richard Ketchum’s Decisive Day (Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday, 1974) has become the standard account of Bunker Hill.
137 Hulton wrote about aspects of the siege in letters to Robert Nicholson of 30 July 1775 and 22 January 1776, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 86–95, transcribed at 330–331 and 341–342 infra, resp.
138 Hulton inserted at the bottom of the page: “#below they were crouded, and choaked with smoke. upon deck, they were exposed to sleet, snow, and cold piercing march winds.”
1 The first of twenty-one letters from Hulton to Liverpool merchant Robert Nicholson between 1760–1776 [hereafter “Nicholson Letters”] in Ms. William Shepherd, vol. XVIII, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, on 1–6. Nicholson, who died in August 1779, was a friend to the entire family, as indicated in his involvement with the disposition of the estate of Henry Hulton’s older brother John (see supra 30 n. 21). There is another copy of Hulton’s letters to him in the Shepherd Mss. (MCO) in the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, with some slight variations in spelling and punctuation. It appears to be the later transcription of the two but, lacking the original, it is impossible to say which is the most accurate.
2 Referring, no doubt, to the British naval victory at Quiberon Bay off the coast of France and the surrender of Quebec, leading to expectations that all of New France would fall soon.
3 William Robertson, The History of Scotland, 2 vols. (London: A. Millar, 1759); Edward Wortley Montagu, Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Antient Republicks (London: A Millar, 1759).
4 Appended to the above letter as pp. 6–8 (“In Orcadam Regem,” the Latin original) and 8–12 (“On the King of the Fairies,” Hulton’s English translation of it).
5 Adam Lightbody, the husband of Ann Hulton’s friend and correspondent. Most of Ann’s surviving letters to Mrs. Lightbody are transcribed here.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 12–19.
2 Johan von Walmoden, illegitimate son of George II, who had befriended Hulton on his trip to Germany in 1751.
3 Inserted in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 20–26. Hulton appears to have extracted these paragraphs from a longer epistle, presumably to Nicholson.
4 Little, “The Treasury, the Commissariat and the Supply of the Combined Army,” passim, depicted Pownall as a very effective government agent, doing what he could to reduce fraud. The one full biography, by John A. Schutz, Thomas Pownall (Glendale, Calif.: Arthur H. Clark, 1951) has very little on Pownall in Germany (and that is at 197–199).
5 Hulton may well have wished that his career had taken him as far as Charles Wolfran Cornwall’s would carry Cornwall. After serving as a commissioner in Germany, Cornwall returned to England, was elected to the House of Commons five years later and eventually rose to become House speaker. But then he had connections that Hulton did not—as a onetime student at the Westminster School, as a barrister trained at Lincoln’s Inn, and as a cousin (and then brother-in-law) of Charles Jenkinson, the future earl of Liverpool, who was an undersecretary of state before he became a secretary to the Treasury lords.
1 E. Rhys Jones, ed., “An Eighteenth-Century Lady and Her Impressions,” Gentleman’s Magazine 297 (August 1904):195–198. Jones chose seven letters from a larger collection in his possession, of which this was the first in chronological order. The last three would be reproduced in the book identified at 217 n. 1 infra. Ann Hulton did not refer to Elizabeth Lightbody by her first name in their surviving correspondence, addressing her always as Mrs. Lightbody. Elizabeth Lightbody’s husband, Adam, was a very successful Liverpool merchant who left a sizeable estate upon his death in 1778. See TNA, PCC 11/1043, fos. 106–109.
2 “Hereditary prince” meaning the Duke of Brunswick, husband of Princess Augusta, George III’s oldest sister, who had been granted an £80,000 dowry by Parliament.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 26–31.
2 Hulton was alluding to the duel fought between Martin and Wilkes, prompted by Wilkes’s insulting comments about Martin. See supra 26 n. 35 and 37 n. 43.
1 H[arold] M[urdock] and C[harles] M[iner] T[hompson], eds., Letters of a Loyalist Lady (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1927), 3–7. This is the first of twenty-four letters written by Ann Hulton included in the book and transcribed here. Henry Hulton’s note of 13 January 1779 informing Elizabeth Lightbody of Ann’s death is the final letter in the text proper and is transcribed infra on 383. Henry’s letter to Robert Nicholson of 20 June 1775, transcribed infra at 327–329, is included as an appendix to the book, along with Henry’s notes about the 1772 trek to Canada.
2 She refers here to her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hulton, who had just given birth to Thomas, the first of the Hultons’ five sons.
1 Loyalist Lady, 8.
2 John Hincks, a cousin. Henry would use his influence to place him in a customs post in the West Indies.
1 Loyalist Lady, 9–10.
2 Apparently what follows to finish the sentence was lost—the editors left a blank space here.
1 Loyalist Lady, 11–14.
2 Joseph Harrison, the collector, was beaten badly, along with his son and Benjamin Hallowell, the comptroller, but all three men recovered. Harrison’s small boat was indeed hauled ashore and burned.
3 These lines from 2 Samuel 20:1, shouted by a dissident rallying those rebelling against King David, would have resonated with a devout Ann. The tribes of Israel, once united tenuously under David, were again dividing; the turmoil brought catastrophe. Whether Ann would have seen George III as causing the contention in his empire as David precipitated the crisis in his kingdom is another matter.
4 This is her characterization of local Congregationalists—ecclesiastical anarchists whose lineage could be traced to the English Civil War. In her mind they had been brought to life by Oliver Cromwell and they would not rest content until the Church of England had been utterly destroyed, with nothing left in its place.
1 Loyalist Lady, 14–17.
2 Robinson slept on the Romney, Paxton in the barracks. Temple actually spent many nights on shore.
3 The editors of a Loyalist Lady inserted a note at this point: “A piece of the letter is here torn away. Other blanks left in the following pages indicate a like mishap.” (16n) Readers should imagine the gaps above as if they were aligned at the right edge of the paper of the original letter.
1 Henry Hulton, “Copies of Letters & Memorials written from Boston commencing Anno 1768 [hereafter “Letterbooks”],” 2 vols., Houghton Library, Harvard University, 1:1–4.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:5–6.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 32–37.
2 Samuel Venner.
1 Loyalist Lady, 17–19.
4 The editors left a space here, meaning a break in the text—word(s) missing. They did this in many of the letters that follow as well.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:7–18.
2 very accomplished.
3 Thomas Hutchinson.
1 Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 206–209. Bradshaw was secretary to the Treasury lords.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 38–46.
2 Justice of the peace James Murray took depositions after the “massacre” at Hutchinson’s request. They were subsequently printed in the Fair Account in an attempt to counterbalance the town’s Short Narrative.
3 But as Zobel, Boston Massacre, portrait caption between 196–197, noted of merchant and justice of the peace James Murray (see supra), a transplanted Scot living in Boston, “the irascible Murray was not the man to allay Boston’s intense anti-Scottish, anti-Jacobite feelings.” The anti-Scot sentiments running beneath the surface in Wilkes’s North Briton dispute continued on with the earl of Bute’s presence at George III’s court. Anti-Scottish tendencies detectable in Boston simply mirrored those still present in London.
4 “The Whisperer” no. IV and “The Address, Remonstrance, and Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Livery of London” to the King were printed in adjoining columns in the Boston Gazette, 30 April 1770. The Londoners were protesting the removal of a judge, arguing for appointments on good behavior rather than at pleasure—an issue that would resonate with protesting colonists. Hulton would not have appreciated the “The Whisperer’s” opening lines: “BRITONS, Awake! arise! at the voice of liberty, of truth and nature: This voice is sounding through ENGLAND; and must be heard. Break the chains, which bind and disgrace you; CHAINS, that have been forged by tyranny, upon the anvil of imposture.”
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:29–36.
2 George Roupell.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:19–28.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 47–48.
1 Loyalist Lady, 20–21.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 48–49.
1 Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 233–234. Ann Hulton’s deposition about the incident, given to justice of the peace James Murray at Castle Wiliam on September 5th, and the deposition of Mary Mitchel, a servant, also given to Murray, are on 235–238.
2 Presumably grenadiers, though Hulton may have not heard it that way.
1 Hulton, “Conduct of the Commissariat,” 229–232.
1 Ibid., 238–241.
1 Loyalist Lady, 22–27.
2 Castle William.
3 Inserted by the editors.
5 There are breaks and insertions through to the end of the paragraph, from presumably illegible parts in the letter. See Nicolson, “A Plan,” 55–102, which draws from this letter and others by Ann and Henry to help connect the experience of Scottish-born Boston merchant Patrick McMaster to the “ethnic violence” that accompanied colonial protest.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:37.
1 Loyalist Lady, 28–30.
2 Edward Manwaring’s servant, Charles Bourgatte, who was convicted of perjury, sentenced to the pillory, then flogged.
3 Original editorial insertions follow in brackets.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 49–51.
1 Ibid., 52–59.
2 Hutchinson’s message to the House of 4 July 1771 prompted the House’s rejoinder the next day, in Speeches of the Governors, 306 and 307, resp. See supra 72 n. 153.
3 John Robinson, who was in London. John Temple had been replaced by Benjamin Hallowell.
4 Zobel, Boston Massacre, discusses both incidents, on 147–151 and 229–231, resp.
1 Loyalist Lady, 38–47. The editors did not venture a guess as to when this letter was written, but it appears to have been soon after the July 1771 confrontation between Hutchinson and the House over taxing the commissioners’ salaries, and well before the birth of the Hultons’ third son, Edward, the following October.
2 This and other bracketed insertions were made by the editors; likewise for the blank space later in the letter.
3 Left blank by the editors.
4 This personal tie may explain why Hulton was a subscriber to Gordon’s History (see 86 n. 206 supra).
5 The week of the Pentecost, beginning on Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:38–41. Hulton scratched out Preston’s name, leaving only the “Esqr.”
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 59–61.
1 Loyalist Lady, 31–38, where it is dated 1771 rather than 1772. Either Ann Hulton or the editors erred. The mention of Edward Hulton’s birth five months previous—which occurred in October 1771—is one proof. Another is the mention of Henry Hulton as “sponsor” for the baptism of John Trecothick Apthorp, and that took place on 23 January 1771, as recorded in Franklin Bowditch Dexter, ed., The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles, 3 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1901), 1:85. Ann notes that that event took place roughly a year before the Apthorps drowned at sea, the “melancholy affair” she alluded to in this letter. Burch too had been a “sponsor.”
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:42–48.
2 He died in September 1767, apparently of typhus, just as the uproar caused by his program was beginning to grow.
3 Meaning the Duke of Grafton (first lord of the Treasury) and Charles Townshend (chancellor of the exchequer).
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:49–51.
1 Loyalist Lady, 47–50, the editors noting (on 47n): “This letter is undated except in the penciled script of some former owner of the MS. The date is obviously correct.” Probably so; Ann wrote that Henry and Elizabeth’s planned trip to Canada would be “soon.” They left on August 26th.
2 Elizabeth Hulton’s interest in stylish dinnerware (see too Ann Hulton’s letter to Elizabeth Lightbody of 21 November 1772, at 274–275 infra) nicely illustrates themes explored in Neil McKendrick, “Josiah Wedgwood and the Commercialization of Potteries,” in McKendrick, John Brewer, and J. H. Plumb, eds., The Birth of a Consumer Society (London: Europa Publications, 1982), 100–145. For the impact of a growing consumer community on the American revolutionary movement see T. H. Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
3 Left blank by the editors.
4 four shillings, six pence.
5 Left blank by the editors; likewise for other parts of the paragraph.
1 Loyalist Lady, 50–53.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:52–54.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 65–67.
1 Loyalist Lady, 54–56.
2 Space left open by the editors.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:55–61.
2 Having in mind, perhaps, Job 38:41, King James version [hereafter KJV]: “Who provideth for the raven his food? When his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.”
3 If intended literally, it is false shame; idiomatically it was closer to shyness or, if Hulton intended any irony, a disingenuous deference.
4 A small, two-wheeled carriage.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 62–65.
2 Captain John Knox, An Historical Journal of the Campaigns in North America for the years 1757, 1758, 1759, and 1760, etc., 2 vols. (London: W. Johnston and J. Dodsley, 1769).
3 Frances Brooke, The History of Emily Montague (London: J. Dodsley, 1769).
4 Phillis Wheatley, taken as a child from Gambia by slave traders and bought by the Wheatley family of Boston in 1761, was about to achieve wider fame with the publication of her collected poems in London during the summer of 1773. She was manumitted that fall, her skills as a self-taught writer—which included an expertise in Latin that may have rivaled Hulton’s—impressing many in Boston society, but not enough to insure a comfortable life. She died impoverished and all but forgotten in 1784.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 68.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:62–65.
2 That is to say, Thomas Whately.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:66–69.
1 Loyalist Lady, 56–62. The editors did not attempt to date this letter either. It could not have been any earlier than 2 October 1773 and the birth of Preston Hulton, to which Ann refers in the third paragraph.
2 See 246 n. 2 infra, Henry Hulton to Robert Nicholson, 29 January 1774, for the books in question.
1 Loyalist Lady, 62–65, but also from the original, Murdock Ms. 23, Houghton Library, one of only two originals there that Harold Murdock had in hand when he and Charles Miner Thompson edited the letters for the book. The changes that Murdock and Thompson made in the text—or I should say, what appear to my eye to be changes in capitalization, spelling and punctuation—are minor, but differences there are. The second original letter is infra 316–318, from April 1775.
2 John Hawksworth, An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere (London: T. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773); James Beattie, An Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth (London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1770), which had been printed in a new edition that year (1773). There were over four dozen collections of sermons published in London in 1773, none of whose titles show a connection to “Jartin”; nor do any collections for earlier years, in either England or the mainland American colonies. The original of the letter, current location unknown, is not available to check against Murdock and Thompson’s transcription.
3 Leslie, who would rise to general by 1776 and serve in the American theatre throughout the coming war, was the second son of the 5th earl of Leven (who also held the title 4th earl of Melville). The family had once been a powerful presence in Scottish politics.
4 She referred to Colonel William Dalrymple.
5 Drake, Tea Leaves, 34, 210 recounts this incident at Richard Clarke’s home. Also see Labaree, Boston Tea Party, 104–125.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:70–74. Hulton scratched out the last name.
2 Captain James Hall, of the Dartmouth.
3 “P.R.” most likely referred to Paul Revere, “J.W.” to Joseph Warren, and “G.E.” is most definitely Boston merchant George Erving, a onetime smuggler who, as Tyler, Smugglers and Patriots, 214, put it, had become a “government party man after his sour experiences with nonimportation.” See Henry Hulton’s letter of 19 June 1774 at 302–303 infra for Erving.
4 Captain James Bruce, of the Eleanor.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:74–75, with the last name of the addressee scratched out.
1 Ibid., 1:76–78, addressee’s last name again deleted, but it is almost certainly Jacob Preston, Elizabeth Hulton’s brother.
1 Ibid., 1:78–81.
1 Ibid., 1:81–83. Another letter to Jacob Preston (given the reference to “your sister” in the first paragraph).
1 Loyalist Lady, 65–68.
2 Presumably the same James Gildart who had been friends with John Hulton, whose younger brother failed to join up with Henry in Germany back in 1751.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 69–72.
2 Thomas Percival, Essays Medical and Experimental, 2 vols. (London: J. Johnson, 1772, 1773); and Anna Laetitia Aikin, Poems (London, 1773). Percival was a well-regarded physician; Aikin enjoyed considerable popularity as a writer, with her poems going through various editions. Percival had lived in Warrington, to the east of Liverpool, before he moved to Manchester; Aikin lived there too before her marriage. Both had Presbyterian backgrounds. There are brief entries for each in the Oxford DNB, 43:576–676 and 3:736–738, resp., with Aikin’s under her married name, Barbauld.
1 Loyalist Lady, 69–72.
2 Elisha Hutchinson and his wife, Mary. He went to England with his father in 1774, not realizing that he was going into exile. Caught in Massachusetts by the outbreak of war, Mary did not join him there until several years later.
3 For the Malcom affair see supra 59 n. 108.
4 Apparently the rest is missing; the editors did not say.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:83–86. The last name of the addressee has been scratched out.
2 “*Franklyn,” inserted at the bottom of the page.
3 “There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.” Job 3:17 (KJV) In reference to Andrew Oliver, who had died just days before.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:87–88. Last name eliminated.
2 Boston Port Act, to take effect on June 1st.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:88–93. Again, last name excised.
1 Ibid., 1:93–96.
1 Ibid., 1:96–99.
1 Loyalist Lady, 72–76.
2 This and the bracketed words that follow were inserted by the editors of Loyalist Lady.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:100–101.
1 Ibid., 1:102–103.
1 Ibid., 1:104–107.
2 Lieutenant Governor Andrew Oliver had died in March 1774; Thomas Oliver, who was not a relative, succeeded him. Thomas Oliver would be Massachusetts’s last royally-appointed lieutenant governor. He, like the Hultons, fled the province in March 1776. He too would be proscribed and banished, with property left behind sold at public auction. He lived out his days in England as an exile and died at Bristol in 1815.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:108–109.
1 Ibid., 1:110.
1 Ibid., 1:111–122.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 72–78.
2 See supra 164–171. Note that parts of this letter are virtually identical to another that Hulton wrote that month, supra 310–314.
1 Loyalist Lady, 76–80. The editors put a (?) between April and 1775. This is the second letter now in the collections of the Houghton Library (Murdock Ms. 24); the first is dated 25 November 1773 (see supra 286–288).
2 Starting in the next paragraph, extending through the paragraph thereafter and most of the one following, to be picked up again midway through the fourth, Ann drew a line to the left of the text, and noted in the left margin (writing perpendicular to the text): “What is marked with these Lines, you are at Liberty to make as publick as you please. Let the merits of Lord Percy be known as far as you can.”
3 The British suffered some 270 casualties, over 70 of those killed, out of a total of perhaps 2000 engaged. There were somewhere between 3000 and 4000 militiamen who fought them, with perhaps 50 killed and somewhat fewer than that wounded. Note how close Ann’s account is that of Henry, at 318–319 infra, both in style and content.
4 The editors to a Loyalist Lady (80n) noted that “three or four lines” near the bottom of the page were missing, torn away from the rest of the letter.
5 The last sentence stands alone, on the back of another page.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:123–127.
2 Hulton wrote a poem in tribute to Percy, transcribed at 399–403 infra.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:146–153. Hulton told readers that he had placed this letter out of order, after one on July 30th, and that they ought to read this one first.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:127–130, with the last part of the first name, and the full last name, erased, though family friend Samuel Horne seems the likely recipient.
1 Ibid., 1:130–133.
1 Ibid., 1:134–140. Once again, the name was obliterated. Thomas Falconer of Chester wrote to his friend Charles Gray, M. P. for Colchester, on 9 August 1775, that the “best account I have seen of it [the battle of Bunker Hill] was written by a lady at Boston to another lady at this place.” See HMC, The Manuscripts of the Earl of Buckinghamshire, the Earl of Lindsey, the Earl of Onslow, Lord Emly, Theodore J. Hare, Esq., and James Round, Esq., M.P. (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1895), 307. This certainly sounds like something from Ann Hulton to Elizabeth Lightbody, though if so it is not among the letters assembled in Loyalist Lady. And even if it was from Ann, it may have been the account written by Henry above or in the next letter and sent as an enclosure.
2 The “many thousands” were not even a thousand along this line of defense, the now famous stone wall and rail fence stretching down to the far shore. There may have been as many as three thousand militiamen on the peninsula at some point during the day, with perhaps half of those engaged with the enemy at any given time.
3 Pitcairn was actually killed just outside the rebel redoubt on Breed’s Hill. He was among those leading the third wave in a successful assault, the first two having failed to reach the enemy lines.
4 There were roughly 2500 British troops who were engaged in the fighting and they suffered well over 1000 casualties, with just over 200 killed and the rest wounded. American casualties were under 500, with perhaps 150 killed.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 78–86. The editors of Loyalist Lady included this letter as part of an appendix, on 97–100. They worked from the text provided them by the Reverend Jones. Jones may have had the original letter; he may also have passed along a copy—just as the version in the “Nicholson Letters” is a copy, not the original.
2 Dr. Joseph Warren. Hulton’s raw emotions spill forth here.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:141–145; also included, by a different hand, with variations in spelling and punctuation, in Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 86–90.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:153–156.
1 Ibid., 1:156–166.
2 Charles Dudley, who for years bore the brunt of local resentment when he tried to enforce the navigation acts in Rhode Island. He had succeeded John Robinson as the collector in Newport when Robinson was appointed to the customs commission. Like so many of the English-born customs officials who came to the colonies in the Revolutionary era, he returned to England—in his case, after the British evacuation of Boston. Like the Hultons, he went to Halifax first before re-crossing the Atlantic.
3 From lines spoken by Portius, a son of the Roman hero Cato, in Joseph Addison’s 1713 play “Cato” (Act 1, scene 1), most accessible now in Christine Dunn Henderson and Mark E. Yellin, eds., Cato: A Tragedy and Selected Essays (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2004), 9:
Remember what our father oft has told us:
The ways of heaven are dark and intricate,
Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with errors:
4 Church, an intimate of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and other Patriot leaders, started feeding information to Gage in 1774, when he had at the same time begun sitting in the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Not found out for nearly a year, he was later imprisoned and put on a ship in 1778, which went down at sea—with Church presumably still aboard. If there had been no Benedict Arnold, perhaps he would be better remembered today for his treachery. Still, the essay on him for Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, 13:380–398, opens, “Benjamin Church, the traitor . . .” He and Benjamin Thompson, the future Count Rumford, are the primary subjects/suspects in Allen French’s General Gage’s Informers (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1932). Also see David James Kiracoffe, “Dr. Benjamin Church and the Dilemma of Treason in Revolutionary Massachusetts,” New England Quarterly 70 (1997): 443–462.
5 For Boston’s smallpox outbreak, set in the context of a wartime epidemic, see Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pox Americana (New York: Hill and Wang, 2001), 46–55, and passim.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:167–169.
2 Left blank.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:169–171. The name is missing.
2 John Hincks.
3 Blank space.
1 Loyalist Lady, 80–84.
2 The editors rendered the signature as “Anne.” I suspect she signed with a flourish, making a swirl that could look like an “e.”
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 91–95.
2 Thomas Percival, A Father’s Instructions to His Children (London: J. Johnston, 1775), which Percival issued in three installments into 1776. It was reprinted many times over the next decade.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:171–173. Name again excised.
2 It is interesting that Hulton should characterize Pepperrell’s leaving for England as going “home.” The first William Pepperrell in Massachusetts was indeed an Englishman, born in Devon, but he arrived in the 1670s. The Sir William of Hulton’s acquaintance was actually born in Massachusetts as a Sparhawk, the son of Nathaniel Sparhawk and the first William’s grandaughter Elizabeth. He took on the Pepperrell name, inherited the baronetcy awarded to the second William Pepperrell to honor his service at the siege of Louisbourg, and the family lands near Kittery. He lived in grand style, with a townhouse in Boston and a country estate outside Roxbury that he leased from Francis Bernard, which is what made him a “neighbor” to the Hultons. He attended Harvard and had made only one visit to England before he went into exile, so it was “home” to him in only an idealized sense, as he, like so many of his loyalist colleagues, effectively became a man without a country after the coming of war. There is a brief sketch of Pepperrell in Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, 16:397–403.
1 Loyalist Lady, 84–87.
2 Admiral Molyneux Shuldham, who had been dispatched to replace Admiral Samuel Graves. For context see John A. Tilley, The British Navy and the American Revolution (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1987), 51–66.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 1:173–175.
1 Inserted at this point in ibid., 1:176–221, and with that an end to the first volume.
2 Local congregational chuches.
3 This marks page 197 in the first volume of the “Letterbooks.” 198 was left blank, and 199–214 contained “A Journal of a siege at Quebec, in a Letter dated Quebec May 12th 1776,” author unidentified. Hulton had it transcribed (or possibly transcribed it himself) and inserted it here. I did not, in turn, transcribe it for this volume. Hulton stopped numbering pages after this “Journal,” left two pages blank, then offered his closing thoughts, which follow.
4 Where goods could be sold or auctioned to the public.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 96–97.
1 Loyalist Lady, 87–88.
2 Editors’ insertion.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:5–6, the first entry in this second volume.
1 Loyalist Lady, 89–90.
1 Hulton, “Nicholson Letters,” 98–100.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:7–12.
1 Loyalist Lady, 91–92.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:13–15.
1 Ibid., 2:16–18.
1 Ibid., 2:19–20.
1 Ibid., 2:21–22.
1 Ibid., 2:23–27.
1 Ibid., 2:29–32; 28 is blank.
2 From Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, scene II, Hotspur before he challenges Prince Hal and is slain:
O gentlemen, the time of life is short!
To spend that shortness basely were too long
If life did ride upon a dial’s point,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
And if we live, we live to tread on kings,
If die, brave death, when princes die with us!
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:33–35.
2 Presumably King David of Israel, in his role as the psalmist.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:39–46.
2 Hulton referred, of course, to the Bible and the good news—the “happy tidings”—of the resurrected Christ. Thus the preceding paragraph, and “peace, be still,” as Christ calmed the waves on a stormy Galilee and reassured his frightened disciples, whose faith had faltered in the tempest.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:36–38.
1 Ibid., 2:47–50.
2 To lie in ease under a beech tree. These lines are from the opening of Virgil’s Eclogue, which would have been familiar to the Edinburgh-trained Dr. Percival.
3 “Wars, horrid wars,” from Virgil’s Aeneid, 6:86, a common phrase for this generation—as shown in Hulton’s 28 March 1778 letter to William Pepperrell, at 371 supra.
4 This was inserted in the “Letterbooks” at 2:55–56, five pages beyond the rest of the text. Initially Hulton had decided to excise these paragraphs, and then he changed his mind, but only after having moved on in his copying—or in the copying being done for him. This insertion is one example—another is provided in his draft of a letter to Elizabeth Lightbody on 13 January 1779 at 383 infra—of Hulton’s including only letters, and possibly even parts of those letters, that he felt it was important for his sons to read.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:83–84.
1 Ibid., 2:51–54.
1 Ibid., 2:56–57. The Cotgreaves were a prominent Chester family. Notes about the family are included among the Bennett papers collected in the Cheshire Record Office (see supra 26 n. 4).
1 Ibid., 2:58–59.
1 Ibid., 2:85–89.
1 Ibid., 2:93–94.
1 Ibid., 2:90–92.
1 Ibid., 2:60–61.
1 Ibid., 2:62–63.
2 “Unto the upright there ariseth up light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” Psalms 112:4 (KJV)
1 Loyalist Lady, 93–94. A draft of the letter is in Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:64–65.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:66–68.
1 Ibid., 2:95–96.
1 Ibid., 2:69–71.
2 “The mother of Sisera looked out a window, and cried through the lattice, ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?’” Judges 5:28 (KJV) Sisera, a Canaanite warrior, had been slain fighting the Israelities. His mother waited in vain for him to return a conquering hero.
3 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:36–37 (KJV)
4 Here Hulton turns, not surprisingly, to the Lord’s prayer, from Matthew 6:10, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (KJV)
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:72–78.
1 Ibid., 2:79–80.
1 Ibid., 2:81–82.
1 Ibid., 2:97–98.
1 Ibid., 2:99–100.
2 Nicholson had died on 19 August 1779 in Liverpool, where he was also buried.
1 Hulton, “Letterbooks,” 2:101–102.
1 Hulton, “Observations,” 226–227; also in Loyalist Lady, Appendix, 106–107. For Wolfe as hero, with a nice color reproduction of Benjamin West’s commemorative painting of the scene, see Simon Schama, “The Many Deaths of General Wolfe,” in Dead Uncertainties (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991), 3–70, a “fictional history” account that raised academic eyebrows, not least those of Gordon S. Wood. See Wood’s 27 June 1991 New York Review of Books piece, as reissued, with an afterword, in Wood’s The Purpose of the Past (New York: Penguin Press, 2008), 94–109.
1 Henry Hulton, “Sketches,” 97–110, William L. Clements Library mss, University of Michigan.
2 In effect: do not, my sons, become enthralled by war; neither should you turn the violence of war upon your homeland. Virgil’s Aeneid, 6:832.
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 111–117.
2 The first line being offered, perhaps, as a variation on Psalm 49:1 (KJV): “Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world . . .”
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 151–162. Hulton and Percy grew close during the Boston siege. Like Hulton, Percy believed that London had been far too lenient for far too long, and that a state of rebellion existed well before Lexington and Concord. Even so, initially he had thought that the people would not be “mad” enough to resist a show of force. Their tenacity on 19 April 1775 earned his grudging respect. Though he served honorably in the war until he returned to England in 1777, he had sat in the House of Commons for Westminster before his posting to Massachusetts and had never been a true enthusiast for using the military as a solution to a political problem. He went where his duty took him, despite his reservations. He later succeeded his father as Duke of Northumberland and inherited the family seat at Alnwick Castle. See Charles Knowles Bolton, ed., Letters of Hugh Earl Percy (Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed, 1902).
2 The effusive, less-than-literal sort of translation that Hulton would have been raised on—which in turn probably shaped his own poetic notions—is nicely captured in Thomas Creech, The Odes, Satires, and Epistles of Horace, 4th ed. (London: W. Taylor, 1715), 67, who rendered this passage from Horace’s Odes, II:xx, 1 as: “No weak, no common Wing shall bear, My rising Body thro’ the Air.”
3 Ibid., also from the Odes, II:xix, 30, which Creech translated as: “Thee Cerberus saw, and show’d the Way; He wag’d his tail, grew wond’rous kind; He licked thy feet, he fawn’d and whin’d.”
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 169–174. Hulton had joined a Masonic lodge when he lived on Antigua. He appears to have been fairly active in the Order while there, but less so when he lived in Massachusetts. Hulton helped out St. John’s Lodge (in Boston) once when it needed a meeting place, but there is no other record of his involvement in Proceedings in Masonry (Boston: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1895). For the difficulty of linking political allegiance with membership in the Brotherhood, see my “Freemasonry and the American Revolution,” The Historian 55 (1993):315–330.
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 127–130.
1 Ibid., 123–126.
1 Ibid., 61–96.
2 Initials for holy scriptures, in this case Proverbs 24:21:“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.” (KJV).
3 From Petronius’s Satyricon, 124, loosely translated: the gentle gods flee the troubled earth, and in disgust leave mankind to furiously drive itself to destruction.
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 29–40.
2 Initials, again, for holy scriptures. The full passage of 1 Samuel 18:1 (KJV), reads: “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
3 I turn again to Creech, Horace, 110, who rendered this passage from the Odes, III:xxix, 13, as: “From thy disgusting Plenty fly, Thy Palace leave, that mount on high.” More modern translations can be decidedly different—but even if more accurate linguistically, Hulton’s understanding of what the passage was meant to say may have come closer to that of Creech than later editors.
4 From Cicero, De Officiis, Book 1, line 55, in effect: for truly, if we find another who possesses that moral goodness that I have stressed, we are drawn to that person and want to become friends.
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 41–60.
2 Holy scripture: “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” Genesis 1:14 (KJV).
3 Manilius, Astronomica, Book 1, lines 475–477, in effect: the constellations are constant and know their proper place, and each displays its stars regularly, at the proper time.
4 [Henry Hulton], “With a view to fix right Principles in the minds of Children, and lead them to just Sentiments and a virtuous Conduct,” 9–48, Norfolk County Record Office, MC 36/139, 481X1.
5 On wisdom: “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17 (KJV)
6 Here Hulton alludes to the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30, with its variation in Luke 18:11–27 (KJV).
1 “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:10 (KJV)
2 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV)
3 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
4 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
5 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22 (KJV)
1 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV)
2 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:1–2 (KJV). Or, from John 14:15 (KJV): “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
3 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8 (KJV)
4 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:16–17 (KJV)
5 “O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” Psalm 34:9 (KJV)
1 “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” Psalm 4:6 (KJV)
1 Hulton, “Sketches,” 199–206.
1 Inscription on a vault cover, placed in what is now the floor to the crypt of St. Mary’s Church, Andover. Though the stone is worn and cracked, the inscription was cut deep and is legible still.