547 | To the Earl of Shelburne

    No 14

    Boston May 9 1767

    My Lord

    I have now before me the Acts passed in the last Session, in order, according to my usage, to make such observations upon them as shall appear to be requisite. But I find Very little business of this kind, as most of the Acts relate to domestic regulations & are not objects of the Councils of Great Britain.

    Of the public Acts the principal is the Act of impost & tunnage: this is an Annual Act & differs not materially from those that have gone before.1 The most particular Circumstance attending this Act is that it has not this year, as for many years past it has usually been, been accompanied with an Act of Excise. This last ^branch of^ Revenue has been suffered to expire; whether because they did not agree upon the manner of renewing it, or because they did not think that the treasury stood in need of this part of the Ways & Means, I cannot say: I beleive both operated in the dropping the bill.2

    The Act for preventing the currency of bills of credit of Connecticut New Hampshire & Rhode Island &c3 has been found necessary to be continued ever since this Province got rid of their paper money: This is a strong instance of the extensiveness of the Mischeif which arises from paper Money: as this Government has been obliged for many years, to exercise its power over persons in office under it to prevent the specie of this province being exchanged for the wretched currency of their Neighbours. The contrast between this province & Rhode Island in this respect would create a general abhorrence of paper money, if a consideration of present profit did not get the better of the Concern for future Wellfare.

    I have been used to run over the whole proceedings of the general Court, as they appear in the Votes of the House, & take notice of what seemed worth observation. But if I was to do it now, I should double the quantity of paper I have allready wrote upon the subject; which I beleive your Lordship would not thank me for. However it is not my intention to omitt Any intelligence that appears proper for your Lordship’s consideration: tho’ I am very diffident in selecting Matters out of the Multiplicity which lies upon my mind. At present it may be best to give your Lordship & myself a little Respite.

    I am with great respect, My Lord, Your Lordship’s most obedient & most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble The Earl of Shelburne

    ALS, RC      CO 5/756, ff 71-72.