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. For the activities of Henry Mitchell and Edmund Dunkin, see Thomas Digges' letter
of 8 June
, and note 6
(above). The two men had married Mary and Susan Bethune, daughters of George Bethune,
prominent Boston merchant and loyalist, and Mary Faneuil. A supporter of Thomas Hutchinson,
Bethune had been appointed a justice of the peace in 1774. Following the battles of
Lexington and Concord, he fled to Long Island, N.Y., and after the British occupied
New York City, Bethune associated with the loyalists there, but in 1778 he quietly
returned to Boston and resumed his commercial activities in association with his sons-in-law,
thus explaining Warren's indignation (Sibley's Harvard Graduates
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.