Recipient: Hutchinson, Thomas
Recipient: Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony
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23 October 1770. MS
not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour.
, 1770–1771, p. 111. Prepared by a committee appointed 17 October composed of Samuel
, James Warren, John Hancock, and James Prescott (same, p. 101).
In his speech at the opening of the General Court's third session (27 Sept.), Hutchinson
announced that provincial troops had been withdrawn from Castle William and, by order
of the Crown, replaced by British regulars (same, p. 81). The House expressed indignation
at the “very false Representations” that presumably had persuaded the King to take
this step and demanded to know whether Hutchinson still commanded the post or whether
Castle William had been transferred from civilian to military jurisdiction (same,
When Hutchinson's reply to the House (17 Oct.) did not satisfy the representatives,
they named the committee described above. The committee's report proposed a message
demanding that Hutchinson “in an explicit Manner assure us, Whether you still hold
the Command of his Majesty's Castle-William.” Hutchinson's reply is printed at p.