. Presumably this is the second in the series of Winthrop-Bradford letters, never published
abandoned the approach taken in it, that of discussing Philanthrop's general principles,
in favor of dealing with a particular issue: Bernard's refusal to administer oaths
of office to two men, which Philanthrop raised 26 Jan. 1767.
concluded No. VII
, above, with a promise of another letter about Philanthrop's “sober principles of
civil and ecclesiastical tyranny.” The present document begins “I promised you, another
Letter,” and No. X
, below, printed in the Gazette
, also mentions the promise, but notes that it will depart from the original plan.
In the issue of 2 Feb. 1767 the printers of the Gazette
announced that a letter from Winthrop to Bradford had arrived too late for publication
and would appear in the issue of 9 Feb. (its continuation appeared 16 Feb.). This
circumstance suggests that the present document was written before 2 Feb.