552 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston. June 30. 1767.

    Dear Sr

    In my last letter of June 6 I tell you that I should in my next consider more fully that of yours dat. Ap. 16.1 But in truth the more I consider it the less inclined I am to enter upon the subject minutely. I think that the instance in which I show my attention to your interest which has given so much Offence being an official Act, in which I ought to have acted ^in^ the same manner as I did tho you had been a stranger to me, has been treated a little too severely. Your Delicacy may make you indifferent about the disgrace it your pay, but my concern for the province wont let me be indifferent about the disgrace it must suffer by your not being paid. Abstractedly from friendship & private interest, I must feel for the dishonor of the Government over which I preside, & must endeavour to avert it: & without naming your name or professing any regard for your person, I must show my disapprobation of all measures which tend to make the General Court, of which I am a third part, appear ungratefull & dishonest. If your feelings oblige you to desist from your sollicitation of my business & support of my interest, you have no obligations to break but what have been voluntary and are binding only during pleasure. But the support of what has happend to become your interest here is part of my public duty & cannot be departed from, without reflecting dishonor to myself as well as the other Members of the General Court. However I shall give you as little offence as possible, by not using your name or expressing any ^personal^ regard for you. I have not mentiond your name or subject to the House, since the Message at the beginning of the winter Session. The only Acts I have done in business of this kind are the negativing two votes for granting money to Mr Deberdt, the one of the Winter Session for £200 the other of the last Session for £300 and I will negative 20 more such, untill they shall think fit to make the Compensation general instead of partial.2 The last Session passed over tolerably quiet: The friends of Government had at least an equal weight: & if they could not carry salutary questions they were able to prevent obnoxious ones. Otis’s party are very much cast down: they have been continually recieving bad accounts from England; & several of their party are quitting them as well as they can. It is generally believed, that even now his reign is quite over. The Council have begun to recover themselves, & have the last Session shown a spirit against the house, of late unusual. The Grant to Mr Deberdt passed only by nine out of 18 which ^was^ made a majority by 3 out of the other nine declining voting. And it was followed immediately by a message to the House setting forth that they concurred the Grant only as considering it to be a reward for his Services in the repeal of the Stamp Act; but they declared against its being a precedent for making a grant to a Separate Agent of the House for the future: & offerd to join in the Choice of a General Agent: but the House declined it. I kept the vote by me to the last hour of the Session & then enter’d my dissent. I have wrote fully to my Lord Shelburne on the subject of an Agent for the House both now & before.3

    The Ship that has brought my Son & your letter of May 11th is just arrived.4 In it are come advice of the resolutions of parliament on May 13.5 They give real Joy to the friends & well wishers of Government, & are a thunderstroke to the Factions. However, they endeavor to keep up their spirits by threats of new disturbances: which however they wont be able to raise tho they should set6 seriously about it. The merchants & prudent people of no party are very well satisfied with these regulations, & think they shall be well off, if nothing worse happens.7 Wise People here see the expediency of making the Governor Judges &c independent; as the abuse of the popular power in this respect has been a principle Cause of the dissensions which have ^distracted^ at one time or other most of the Governments in America. I know you think otherwise, but I believe if you had seen as much of American affairs Assemblies as I have you would think with me on this subject. For my part, this Measure appears to me to be wise & politick as well as just & equitable, & will prove very beneficial to the Colonies in their internal State, as ^well^ as improve the Connection between them & the Mother Country. If I had the vanity to think that anything I have wrote or said could have contributed to this necessary regulation, I should not be ashamed of the part I had in it. But I can make no such pretensions; altho I have never concealed my sentiments on this subject, nor shall not my approbation of the measure.

    I think I have mention’d, that if it shall be resolved to confirm the Penobscot Grants, We can quickly pass a new set of Grants to obviate the clause of the Defeasance.8 But the Grant of Mount Desert is not liable to that objection: & I hope Ld Shelburne will remember that if you have any difficulty in reminding him of it. I have no Settlers at Passimaquoddy as yet; tho’ the quakers who were treating about it, are not otherwise provided, & may yet agree. I talked with their representative about it t’other day.9 If the Government here should be settled to my satisfaction & I made easy in it, I shant at present put myself to the expence of a Voyage to England, which would cost me perhaps £2,000 for my own diversion of business. I cant afford it, as I be had Nothing10 but my Salary to recieve of late, & that is but a scanty Subsistance. Govr. Murray uses me very ill: I advanced the Money upon his letter of credit; it has been owing 6 Years; I have wrote many letters upon it11 & now he doubts whether it has not been paid already. If he refuses it, I[‘]ll apply to the Pay Office by a memorial, as it was money advanced for his Majesty’s Service, upon his certificate. I think I have nothing more to add, unless it is of matters, which I cannot now enter upon. I am Dr Sr.

    R Jackson Esq.

    L, LbC      BP, 6: 25-30.