467 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston Ap 28, 1766

    Dear Sr.

    Since I wrote my last1 inclosed in a Box to you by the Ship Britannia Capt Deverson which sailed this Day Sevnight, I have received by Capt Jacobson of the Ship Boscawen2 your letter of Mar. 3,3 which upon many accounts ^is very^4 seasonable. The Repeal of the Stamp Act is very acceptable to people of all ranks, parties & opinions; and it will, I hope, tho’ great pains are taken to prevent it, restore peace & good humour to this province, but you must not expect too much from it, that it will re-establish the Authority of Goverment:5 that will require other than negative means, for such I consider this repeal.

    But however this is a great point gained, when we consider what would have been the consequences of a different determination, which might probably have taken place. If it had been determined to have inforced the Stamp Act, the advice of it must have arrived long before the Goverments here could have received any Support from home. In this case I must have immediately retired to the Castle & fortified it; thither must have resorted all the principal Crown officers and there must we have remained till the Town of Boston had received a Garrison whereas now we shall keep up the form of Goverment, tho’ under disadvantages, which it did not labour with before.

    Upon the arrival of this Ship my Character begins to recover itself: there are other letters in town which give an account of the honour my Public letters have done me.6 Particularly one from young Mr Lane7 who sayes that my letters shewed the bad consequences of the Stamp Act.8 This as also your P.S. to the Lieut Govr have found a place in the Papers;9 & have been picked at to little purpose by Otis in his paper. To give you an Idea of the Wickedness of that Man I will enclose an advertisement wrote by him in the paroxysm of his fury upon the latest advices arriving. He now denies it: but his Stile is as well known as his countenance.10 What I fear is that the ravings of this Man will be taken for the Sentiments of the Americans by those who are not friendly to them.11

    I have long ago wrote fully on the Subject of St Croix: my last12 informed that I had secured a lot adjoining to the former grant, for Dr Franklin’s Warrant. I am now to expect two more warrants: I will endeavour to get them laid out adjoining to the others, if it can be well done; & for that purpose will strive hard to procure the two great Islands of Passimaquoddy & Deer Island to be included, with all others lying within them. I should be glad to have the affair of Mount Desart determined in my favour: I have suffer’d very much by delay & disappointment. It will be very suitable to have the Country there about put under some Goverment or other: the people encrease & live in great Anarchy & confusion. I am frequently applied to, to appoint Magistrates & officers among them: But I dare not do it, whilst our Jurisdiction is disputed, with our special Authority.13 I am extremely concerned for poor Michell, I want to hear further of him & yet dread it. I am under no concern about the proofs of the trust but am very apprehensive that the forms of proving it against a minor Heir will incur an expence of more than the thing is worth. If I could get an Amicable answer put in for Michell, or his heir if it so happens, I could have the business done in the Chancery of Nova Scotia, which would save much time & expence. You may let me have your thoughts of this.

    I expect to hear from you again very soon: so will conclude this

    I am &c

    Richard Jackson Esqr

    L, LbC      BP, 5: 108-111.