477 | From John Temple

    Boston June 23d: 1766


    Mr. Savage the Comptroler at Falmouth2 having detained at the Custom House six packages of English Goods Imported in the Scarbrough3 Mast ship from London for want of a proper Cocket,4 and having applied to me for advice how to proceed in the matter I have given him my Opinion that seeing there was no Fraud intended, or that could have been executed, as the Goods were all of the Manufacture of Great Britain, he might deliver the same up, first taking a Bond to the Crown with good Security that the claimers shou’d produce a duplicate of the Cocket for said Goods from the Custom House at Plymouth where they were first shipt.

    Mr. Savage having acquainted you with the same tells me, you say that you protest against delivering the said Goods, that your directions are that they should be Libelled and prosecuted by the Advocate Whose directions you say must be taken and followed.5

    As I cannot but look upon this as Interfering with the Authoritys given to me in the fullest manner, and in a matter merely Official I think it Indispensably my Duty to represent it home, that We may be set right in this matter, for the Officers of the Customs cannot act under directions, Militating from different departments, in the mean time Mr. Savage may follow the Advice that I have given him, or the directions that he has received from you; the Authority of which you tell him was never before my arrival disputed in Custom House matters.

    Mr. Savage also acquaints me that you was pleased to advise him to take the Surveyor Generals Opinion in writing least that Gentleman should hereafter forget that he had given such Opinion.

    My Superiors in England have given me the proper Mode of Conveying my Orders to the Custom Houses, and such modes are well understood by the Officers. Nor can I mistake your insinuation when you advised that my Opinion should be taken in writing.

    However Sir! there is one thing that you may depend upon, I shall not forget.

    Sir Your most Obedient and most humble Servant

    J: Temple

    To Governor Bernard

    L, LbC      Temple Papers, 1762-1768: Cockle’s Suspension, 262-263.