Dr. Benjamin Franklin before the Privy Council in London, Jan'y 29th, 1773., (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 112
A personal animosity between Governor Bernard, Lieutenant-Governor Hutchinson, and some distinguished patriots of Massachusetts, contributed to perpetuate a flame of discontent in that province though elsewhere it had abated . . . in 1773 . . . they charged their Governor and Lieutenant-Governor with being betrayers of their trust, and of giving private, partial, and false information . . . Mr. Wedderburne (afterward Lord Loughborough), who defended the accused royal servants, inveighed against Dr. Franklin in the severest language as the formenter of disputes between the two countries . . . Dr. Franklin was dismissed from his deputy postmastership in America, and Mr. Wedderburne placed himself on the road to high advancement . . . The next morning after the meeting of the privy council, Dr. Priestly breakfasted with Dr. Franklin, when he said: 'he had never before been so sensible of the power of a good conscience; for that if he had not considered the thing for which he had been so much insulted as one of the best actions of his life, and what he should certainly do again in the same circumstances, he could not have supported it. Vide "Memoirs," etc., by Wm. Temple Franklin, London, 1818. [Pp. 21-22; excerpted from a two-page narrative of the incident.]
Catalogue of Pictures, Statuary, and Bronzes in the Gallery of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. 1870.