476 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston, June 18, 1766.

    Dr Sr

    I continue to send you papers of the genl Court, the only way I can now take to inform you of their proceedings. With this you will receive the Address of the Council; you will perceive in it a good deal of the popular Leaven. There were not above 3 or 4 of the Faction left in the Council: but a principal of these got himself at the Head of a Committee to prepare an address Answer to my Speech,1 which he framed in Consultation with some of the Cabinet Councellors of the Faction. The Council disapproved of it in general, but had not Spirit enough to reject the Whole. They cut off above half of it, & endeavoured to mend the Rest: nevertheless it retains a good deal of its Original Complexion. However it afforded me an Opportunity to return a Civil Ansr to it, & to conclude in some manner the Altercation about the Election.2

    They have now sat about three Weeks & done nothing but Squabble.3 They have postponed the Consideration of indemnifying the Sufferers, to next Session, by a majority of one onely:4 This is called giving it the go-by. They have reduced the Garrisons in a manner that they know I shant consent to: this is contrary to the Unanimous Opinion of the Council; but they will leave it to me to fight the Battle. After a fortnights delay they Voted my Salary unanimously: I should have liked it better had they refused it. I am endeavouring to detach myself from their Councils as much as I can, that I may be at more Liberty to make a free use of my Power; which is the only way I have left to support my Authority.

    Yesterday I recd your Letter of Apl 28;5 which I will Ansr more fully as soon as I can. In the mean Time I thank for Your Care of my Sons appointment, & shall hope to receive it soon: If you had sent me a Copy of it, I could have acted upon it, so as to seal the Commission, in which I would lose no Time that could be helped. I have made some progress in my Quaker Settlemt. I keep up to Octuple Duty, & I think I have reconciled the Chief man to the Terms; He says that if the Encouragemt is approved, he can bring 150 Families: they are fond of the place, & own it to be a choice Situation for fishery of all Kinds.6 I shall write fuller upon this subject in my next.7 When I get rid of the Assembly, which will be in a week or 10 days,8 I shall retire to my Farm, & discharge all Epistolary Dues.

    I am Sr. &c.

    R Jackson Esqr.

    AL, LbC      BP, 5: 131-133.