494 | To William Williams

    Boston Augt. 20th. 1766


    The repeated accounts of riots and disorders upon the frontiers of this government and New York give me great concern. Upon this occasion there is need of great prudence in all who are in authority. You desire my direction1 as being at the head of the Militia. In the suppression of riots the Sheriff and the civil magistrate are more immediately concerned. Their duty is plainly pointed out to them by the law. I can by no means countenance or approve of any acts for this purpose by the military officers of any county or regiment, any farther than as they are lawfully aiding to the civil magistrate in the exercise of the powers, by law, committed to them. And it appears to me that the civil magistrate should consider these riotous proceedings without any animosity against the offenders on account of their coming out of another government, and that they should be treated in just the same manner as any of our own inhabitants guilty or suspected of the breach of the laws would be.

    I have by the advice of council wrote a second ^third^ time to Sir Henry Moore2 and have committed the letter to the care of Israel Williams & Oliver Partridge Esq together with you and in a letter directed to you jointly have given what further instructions appears to me to be necessary on the occasion3

    I am Sr your friend & Servant

    Fra Bernard4

    Willm. Williams Esqr.

    L, Copy      Mass. Archs., vol. 56: 494.