465 | To John Pownall

    Boston, Apl 13, 1766.

    Dear Sir,

    I enclose with this, duplicates of Letters to the Secry of State & yourself, which I sent to you by Mr Hutchinson in the Ship Pratt, Capt Freeman,1 about 10 or 12 days ago; also a duplicate of a letter to Lord Barrington, which went at the same Time. These are sent by way of Precaution against a miscarriage: if the former are come to hand, these may or may not be delivered, as you see occasion. If the Originals should not have arrived, these should be immediately made use of to save time. But in such Case; I must desire the letter to the Secretary of State, & also that to you, if you think proper, may be communicated to Lord Barrington & Mr Jackson, to whom I have wrote on that Subject:2 for which purpose I send the letter to the Secretary unsealed; as I do also that to Lord Barrington for your perusal, altho’ there is nothing new in it to you.

    I know not what to desire or wish for; I foresee, I shall most probably, be made very uneasy here: especially If I should find myself obliged, as I think will be unavoidable, to exert myself in using my Negative at the next Election. Something must be done to stop the Torrent of Otis’s Faction: & many of my Friends are of Opinion that a Spirited Exertion of my constitutional powers would have a good Effect at this Time. This I think I am determined upon, not to suffer any more of the Faction to come into the Council; but I can’t so easily resolve to turn out all those (which are very few) that are in: perhaps I may venture upon an example or two. It is a most unhappy part of this Constitution, that the Governor must be solely & personally engaged to keep Faction out of the Kings Council.

    We have as yet no certain Advice of the Fate of the Stamp Act; altho just now Advices are recd arrived by express from the Sons of Liberty at Newport to the Sons of Liberty at Boston that the Stamp Act was repealed on Feby 8: tho’ it comes so round about & through so many Hands that It does not gain General Credit. Thinking Men know not which will bring most danger, a Repeal or a Confirmation: the Latter they say will make the People mad with desperation; the former insolent with Success.

    I am, Dr Sir. &c

    J. Pownall Esqr.

    AL, LbC      BP, 5: 103-105.