485 | To John Pownall

    Boston July 24 1766

    Dear Sr:

    My public Dispatches have taken up so much Time that I shall be obliged to be very short in my Letter to you; tho’ I have much fresh Matter to mention, if I had Time for it.

    I hoped my Spirited Conduct at the opening the last Session will be approved: whether It is or no, I had no other Part to act unless I would have surrendred myself & my Authority into the hands of the Faction & left the Government to their Mercy. I have great Expectations that my having thus stood in the breach, will preserve the Citadell; but it will much depend on the Countenance & Assistance I shall receive from home. If my Conduct is publicly approved of, if I receive Orders to persevere in it, & am directed to keep out of his Majesty’s Council all persons who have distinguished themselves by Opposition to the Government & to be very careful in the Disposition of public Offices, that they be conferred upon none but such as have shew1 an Disposition ^Inclination^ to support Government, It would cast such a Damp upon the party, that many of the principals would withdraw themselves from it. On the other hand If I should appear to be left to myself & to act upon my own Bottom only, The Party would be greatly encouraged to expect, as it must be the Case, that I could not venture to persevere in the free use of my Negative, as I have begun, unsupported by any greater Authority than my own. Hitherto my Conduct has been approved of by almost every liberal & thinking Man in the Town & Country, & I have received numberless Compliments upon it in the highest terms. But the Case might be much altered, if I should seem not to be effectually supported at home.

    What I am now endeavouring at is only to patch up a rotten Constitution, untill more effectual Remedies can be applied; which must come from much abler Hands than mine & must be such as will eradicate the Disease instead of palliating it.

    I have by me many news papers which I have intended to send to you; but have had no Time to digest & observe upon them. At present I enclose to you the proscription or black List mentioned in my Letter of July 7th page 2nd for their perusal if you think fit; also the printed Letter, which I have taken Notice of at the End of my Observations &c.2 I also send you as a Curiosity, a System of American politics republished in the New York Gazette, on which I will make no Observations but desire you to peruse it carefully, & then make what Use of it you please3

    I am &c

    John Pownall Esqr

    L, LbC      BP, 5: 136-137.