10 April 1771. MS
: Colonial Office, 5:760). Prepared by a committee appointed and reporting the same
day, composed of John Hancock, JA
, and John Gallison.
The committee listed above was to prepare a bill for a grant of £506 to Hutchinson
for his services as lieutenant governor. A second committee, of which JA
was not a member, was appointed to draft a bill for Hutchinson's support as governor,
an appointment which he had announced to the General Court on the opening day of its
fourth session, 3 April. Both bills were passed on 10 April, and JA
served on the committees which delivered them to the Council that day (Mass., House Jour.
, 1770–1771, p. 200–202). Admitting that Parliament had made provision “for the Support
of the Civil Government in the Colonies as His Majesty shall judge Necessary” (same,
252), Hutchinson delayed action on the engrossed bills and finally disallowed them
(Hutchinson to Hillsborough, May 1771, MHi