214 | To John Pownall

    Castle William. May 22. 1763

    Dr Sr

    On the 14th instant I recieved letters from the Lds of 9 & 11 of Mar.802 I am extremly glad that yr board is again vested with full Powers.803 Let the abilities of a Secretary of State be ever so great, if his office is over charged with business the inconvenience will fall some where. In the former times, America has experienced this very feelingly. I have wrote to Mr Townsend804 to congratulate him upon this occasion & to make a tender of my Service. As the Letter was addressed to him alone, I thought it not proper to use the term805 Ldship: sure I am right.

    If I had recieved the kind letter of their Ldships dated March 11. sooner I should have saved you the trouble of the Apology I sent you. Since I may now conclude that my conduct has appeared in a different light, that the NS remonstrance had set it in. Certainly my intentions were upright, & I informed my Judgement as well as I could.

    I have sent you by the Hannah Brig Capt Jarvis, which is arrived in London about the end of March, with many Letters, a triplicate of the Grant of Mt Desart: it was my original draught;806 but hapening to be fair wrote I had it authenticated with the other two, one of which was lost at Sea in a cover to their Ldships.807 I have sent by the Devonshire Hunter for London, 4 letters to the Lords,808 2 to yr self,809 1 to Mr Jackson, 2 original Grants of the 6 Townships in a Cover to Mr. Jackson, a large map of the 6 Townships from an actual Survey, & very neatly drawn all which I hope will come safe to hand.810

    I am &c

    John Pownall Esq.

    L, LbC BP, 3: 69-70.