540 | To Sir Henry Moore

    Boston, March 9, 1767.


    I’ve recd ^last Saturday Evng^ yr letter of feb 23,1 wherein you take notice of the Secry of State’s havg recd advices from Boston yt future disturbances were apprehended on the line between the 2 Provinces; which [have?]2 been a matter of Surprize not only to Genl Gage & yourself, but to his majesty’s Council at N York. What the Advices referred to are, I know not. I have carefully perused my letters upon that Subject (wch were very short as they served only to cover inclosures) & I find the contrary apprehensions in them. For I observe in the last letter I wrote wch was on Sep. 4, that I use these Words “I’ve since recd advice yt the regular Troops were returned & the Country was quiet.”3 This is the last Advice that went from me.

    A Letter I recd from the Earl of Shelburne datd Decr 11, expresses his desire “that the Difference relative to the boundaries of the respective Colonies may be settled, that the Cause of any future dissentions may be removed.”4 I therefore suppose yt the desireable Event mentioned in yr Letters relates only to the Settlemt of the boundary Line. For I cannot think yt any advices went from hence, yt after the Troops were withdrawn from Egremont, any other disturbances were apprehended. For I very will remember that upon such retreat^urn^, The People’s minds were quieted; to which yr Letters to me expressing yr disapprobation of their having passed the Line much contributed.

    In a Letter of mine to the Earl of Shelburne5 acknowledging the Rect of his last letters, I have these Words “I never understood yt the Governmt of N York gave the least Countenance to the Violences committed on the East Side of the Line reported by the Lords of Trade.”__ “Immediately after ys Irruption Sr H Moore. used all the means to retrieve it & to prevent the like for the future.” This wd be very contradictory to such Advices as you suppose have been sent from hence.

    Altho I had no occasion to take the Imputation mentioned in yr letters to myself, I’ve been the more particular upon it; as I should be sorry that You & Genl Gage, for whom I have, as I profess, a particular Regard shd think yt the least Hint to the disadvantage of either of yr Functions had escaped from [me?]

    I shall immediately communicate your proposal for appointing Commissrs to our Assembly wch is now sitting. If yr Province is as ready to acquiesce in the time reported by the Lords of Trade, as ours has hitherto seemed to be, I believe there will be no great difficulty in the Business. But I say this without Authority.6 I am, &c.

    Sr H. Moore. Bart.

    AL, LbC      BP, 5: 214-216.