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. So General Gage suggested. Gage to Hillsborough, 5 March 1769, quoted in Dickerson, Navigation Acts
262 note. The delay may also be related to the Sewall-Venner affair, note 20
above. Sewall had refused to reveal Venner's name to the Commissioners. Apparently
with Sewall's tacit consent, Hutchinson told the Commissioners that Venner was the
informant in a letter dated 29 Oct. 1768. PRO
, Treas. 1:471, fol. 43; see Hutchinson to Commissioners, 3 Jan. 1769, id.
at fol. 81. The delays both in the suits and in revealing Venner may have been occasioned
by Sewall's reluctance to proceed until he had some kind of assurance of the Commissioners'
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