Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the first American writers who obtained world-wide recognition. Hawthorne wrote short-stories, stories for children and novels. The central character of this short story is William Phips, the first governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. As a man of poor origin he was not well educated but became famous after his treasure-hunt campaigns. Eventually, due to the the influence of his family he was granted the position of the governor. It was his initiative to eastablish a court associated with the Salem Witch Trials, the court that later he himself disbanded. This short story depicts this man's personality and his way of ruling through an episode from his life. Read the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne to know what that infamous man was like.