183 | To John Stevens

    Boston Decr. 27th. 1762


    I should have acknowledged your favor of Apr.677 concerning Capt. Chambers sooner if I had not been engaged in writing of much more importance. In Answer to Capt. Chambers Assertions I now send you my son’s Narrative, on the truth of Which you may depend, as my Son’s Veracity, to those who know him, is unquestionable to those who know him; and as he could appeal to several persons, that he complained of his being put in the Stearage & being denied a birth in the Cabbin. What therefore Major Gates678 sayes of his lodging in the steerage by choice & that he might have lodged in the Cabbin if he thought proper, must be from report only; for he was certainly much dissatisfied with his birth, Altho his good nature & Easiness of Temper might make him appear satissfied to Majr. Gates. As to Civilities in other things, especially from his fellow passengers, he has given all due credit for them. As for those of Capt. Chambers, they have a great counter-ballance by excluding him from the Cabbin in so rude & imperious a Manner. As I cannot reconcile myself to this, I must once more desire you to communicate the Enclosed paper & such part of this letter as you shall think fit to Capt. Chambers & take his further answer. I am sorry to give you so much trouble: but really this treatment of my Son has much offended me

    I am Sr. your most faithfull & obedient &c &c

    Mr J Stevens679

    L, LbC BP, 2: 291-292.