539 | To John Pownall

    Boston, March 5, 1767.

    Dear Sr,

    I hereby transmit to you duplicates of letters to the Secry of State, the originals of which went from hence the 20 febry. I also send you some inclosures to show what a squabbling War I am obliged to maintain. In this however I keep myself clear of Offence & hereby have visible Advantages of the Enemy. This Governmt has recd so violent a shock by the late Commotions, that it is no wonder it has not come to itself. However, People begin to be very sick of the grand Incendiary; & I doubt not but when his machinations begin to have the Effect they must produce, he will be execrated by the whole Country. Hitherto the Faction has had no Check, & persuades itself that the Governmt at home is determined not to intermeddle. But whenever the contrary appears they’ll all break to pieces: in the meanwhile I shall use my best endeavours to separate them by other Means. I am Sr, &c,

    J Pownall Esqr.

    AL, LbC      BP, 6: 15-16.