• Most Important British Loyalist Thomas Hutchinson, Exiled, Signed Roxbury Document

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    THOMAS HUTCHINSON (September 9, 1711 – June 3, 1780) was a businessman, historian and a prominent Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay prior to the Revolutionary War. He has been referred to as “the most important figure on the Loyalist side in pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts.”  Hutchinson served as lieutenant governor and then governor (1758 – 1774).  John and Samuel Adams identified Hutchinson as a proponent of the hated British taxes.  Lord North, the British Prime Minister at the time, blamed Hutchinson for being a significant contributor to the tensions that led to the Revolutionary War. Hutchinson’s Boston mansion was ransacked in 1765 during the Stamp Act protests.  As acting governor in 1770, Hutchinson was exposed to a mob attack after the Boston Massacre.  His letters called for abridging the colonists’ rights.  Hutchinson was replaced by General Thomas Gage as governor in 1774 and went into exile in England where he advised the British government on dealing with the Americans.

     

    Offering a one-page DS T. Hutchinson as Judge of the Probate Wills, January 18, 1754, being the probate for will of Angus Bailey of Roxbury [MA].

     

    Toning, folds, a couple of abrasions and one hole, affecting nothing.  A fine piece of history signed by a man exiled to Britain for his loyalties to the crown.

     

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