Conversely, Adams's movement quickly grew under the watchful eye of the troops. The redcoats' presence in Boston polarized the area, and moderates and even some rural conservatives began to come over to Adams's side. The Tories recognized that they remained safe only as long as the British troops remained and that, if the troops withdrew, the Sons of Liberty would show little mercy. At Adams's alma mater Harvard College, the heart was ripped out of a portrait of Governor Francis Bernard. Bernard had finally had enough, and he left in such a hurry that he did not wait for his wife but hopped on the first ship out of Boston. His ship barely made it out of Boston harbor before it stalled, and while he sat there for the rest of the day and through the night, he could hear the celebrations of his departure back in Boston. Adams–having rid the colony of yet another governor–then began his campaign against
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