Unformatted text preview: By 1760, Thomas Hutchinson's efforts to preserve the colony's upper-class rule began to worry Adams deeply. Hutchinson was now president of the Massachusetts Council, lieutenant governor, Captain of Castle William and probate judge of Suffolk County–not only did it look like Hutchinson's party would prevent the government from becoming egalitarian, but it looked like Hutchinson himself might prevent anyone else from holding office altogether. His efforts violated the colony's principle that the different branches of government should be separated from one another, and Adams's followers complained that the colony "groaned under his Tyranny." Adams was so caught up in his political activities that he had allowed his father's estate to dwindle to nothing, and by 1760, he was nearly broke, surviving on his meager income as tax collector. His wife's death in 1757 had left him to raise his two kids alone, income as tax collector....
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