458 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston, March 29, 1766.

    Dear Sir

    In a former Letter1 I gave you a Hint that it was become a Question, whether the Lt Govr or I should go home upon this present Emergency. It is agreed between us that One of us should by all means attend at Westminster next Winter, if it may well be: & there are so many Objections to the Expedition as well as inducements to it; that we neither of us know what is most advisable or desirable. We have therefore concluded, that I should write to the Secretary of State to propose that one of us should be ordered to attend; & leave him to determine which. I have therefore wrote to the Secretary of State upon this Subject, which I have enclosed in a Letter to Secy Pownall, to whom I have wrote fully upon this occasion.2 Copies of both these Letters I have enclosed with a Letter to Ld. Barrington3 which I shall put under a Cover to you, leaving it open that you may Peruse these Letters, before you seal it up, & deliver it to Lord Barrington.

    What I have to desire upon this occasion, is that you & Mr Pownall would consult together, & with Lord Barrington, as far as you can venture to trouble him, & determine, whether it is best for me to come over to England before next Winter: & if you should judge for the affirmative, that you’d endeavour to give the affair this Turn at the Secretary’s Office; in which last perhaps Lord Barrington will assist you. If I was to enter into the Various Reasonings which have agitated my mind pro & con upon this Subject this Letter would know no bounds.

    I will therefore only say that my Situation is very disagreable, & I see no prospect of it being mended. The order of the House of Commons to print the Letters from America, which we have just now been advised of,4 will be a severe blow upon the Governors; even tho’ greater pains than I expect should be taken to conceal the Writers. For evry thing that bears hard upon the Colonies, will be imputed to the Governors, whether they deserve it or not: & the strictest Truth in relating the late Transactions will be most offensive. However I have been so hardened by difficulties of this Kind, that I shall still bear up against them: tho’ I heartily wish I was out of the way of them.

    I am, Dr Sr &c.

    R Jackson Esqr.


    There has been a Solicitation subsisting for some time to procure a sign manual for my son to be joined in the naval office with Mr Pemberton or alone, on securing to Mr Pemberton a share of the profits according to agreement. This has been in Lord Barrington’s hands for some years, & by a late letter6 he sayes he has good hopes of it. If it should be brought to a conclusion, be so good as to advance what fees are necessary upon the occasion.

    I enclose the apology of Brigr Ruggles, who has been cruelly used for doubting about the Authority of the King & Parliament. He is a very valuable man; & I have Printed a few coppies of this, & as it was denied a place in the Votes have annexed it to them. If it is worthwhile I should be glad to have it in the English papers.7

    AL, LbC      BP, 5: 97-99.