(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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