440 | To Richard Jackson


    Boston Febry 3, 1766.

    Dear Sr

    The Letter which bears date with this is intended to be shown to our Partners & is wrote accordingly.1 This is for Yourself only, & contains the whole Secret of my having an Additional Grant of 20,000 Acres added to the other 80,000, That you may judge freely of my intention not to be accountable to the partnership for this addition.2

    When I first made my Application to Mr Franklyn, now Lt Govr of Nova Scotia, to assist me in getting a good Allocation of Lands, I mentioned that I expected to receive a fifth Warrant for 20,000 acres more; & therefore I desired that when the Surveyor laid out the 80,000 Acres, he would lay out 20,000 acres more to be kept in reserve for the fifth Warrant when it should arrive.3 As the hurrying over this business to get it done before the 1st of Novr (whereby above £60 Stg Stamp Duty was saved) would not allow Time to consult me about the Grant, it was settled by Mr Franklyn & the Surveyor for the best. When it was transmitted to me, I was surprized to find my Name with 20,000 Acres added to the Others. I had never made any Application for myself, & therefore should have concluded that it was intended for the fifth Warrant, had there not been in Mr Franklyn’s letter giving an Account of this, some particular Expressions hinting that it was designed as a personal Compliment to me. As it was necessary I should be made certain of the true design of this, I wrote to Mr Franklyn in the following Words.

    “The fifth order which I have expected from England was not to be in my Name nor for my intrest: I have not yet received it; and as no mention is made of it in some late letters, I much doubt whether I shall now receive it at all. In such case, I shan’t think myself obliged to be a Trustee for such intended order, which does not take place; but shall consider the addition of 20,000 acres as a personal compliment of Govr Willmot to me. And if it should come, I shall then consult you whether I may tender it for a further addition. In this I shall be guided by your Opinion, & in the mean time shall avoid admitting that, I am a Trustee for this additional Quantity of Land.”4

    To this I recd an Ansr. In the followg Words.

    “In respect to the 20,000 acres your part of the Grant, if a Kings order should come out in any other persons favor you may with great propriety take up lands for it, as this was certainly intended by the Governor as a personal Compliment to your Excellency.”5

    I have accordingly returned Thanks to the Governor, & have considered this Favor as a debt from me.6 This being the Case, I can see no occasion to bring this addition to the general Account of the partnership, especially as it is now extended & qualified, so as to make my Relation to it very different from what it would have been, if it had been formed & confined as it was first proposed. I had allways foreseen that the trouble I should have in looking after this settlement would exceed the Value of my Share in it. But having Chiefly in View a Benefit to you & J Pownall, to whom I owe much more Service than this little business could pay, I never ballanced my intrest in it. But now this Business is got into many Hands, to most of which my Obligations do not extend, & to some not even my Acquaintance, I have thought it but reasonable to distinguish my own Right, especially since it has been unreasonably disputed in another instance.7 But I still retain so much of my Original intention, as to assure you that it will be very agreeable to me to share this new Acquisition with you; as I certainly should have brought it into the joined Stock, if the partnership had been confined to you, J. Pownall, & one more particular friend. I have thought proper to give you an exact account of this incident, that you may be able to prevent its being misunderstood or misrepresented.

    What you mention of Mr Mitchell amazes & alarms me: I have never heard any thing of him since I had a Letter from Mr Fydell a long while ago, acquainting me of his having separated from Mrs Mitchell. This Letter I answered, but have not had another Line from Mr Fydell on the Subject: so that yours surprizes me with an account I was not prepared to receive; & leaves me uncertain as to the nature of his disorder, whether of mind or of Body, or of Both. I have long had a great Regard for the man, & therefore beg you would not fail of being explicit upon his Subject soon after you receive this.8 As for procuring proofs of his being a Trustee for me, I must leave that to your management, desiring that it may not be forgot: the Estate is of very little Worth now; but some Years hence it may be valuable.

    As this Letter is intended for this Subject only, I shall conclude it with assuring you that I am with great Truth

    Sr &c.

    R Jackson Esq.

    AL, LbC      BP, 4: 113-116.