555 | To the Earl of Shelburne

    No 18

    Boston July 27. 1767

    My Lord

    As the Secretary is now transmitting the Acts passed here last Session, I should, according to my usage, have transmitted, at the same time, my observations upon the most remarkable transactions at the last Session. But I am prevented doing this by the Want of Votes; the printing of which has been delayed to an uncommon length of time by the negligence (or possibly the Design of the Clerk of the House.)1 However, as I have before represented to your Lordship some of most particular occurrences,2 It may be sufficient at present3 to add, that during the whole Session, which lasted 4 weeks, The friends of Government kept gaining ground and the faction sinking both in themselves & the Opinion of the People. So that I have great hopes that the Government will find itself Stronger ^in the House^ in the next Session than it has for two years past.

    Since the End of the Session, the Continual Advices of the Vigrous Measures which the parliament were taking for supporting their own as well as the Kings Authority over the Colonies has had a Wonderful Effect upon the disturbers of the peace of this Town. The Merchants in general appear to be satisfied with what is designed4 for trade, & are almost entirely detached from the faction. The friends of Government, among which is allmost evry person of fortune & fashion throughout the province, exult upon the prospect of it. The Authority of Government being restored & the independency of it’s Administrators being established. The Faction itself has thought proper to discontinue the weekly libells, which have, untill 4 or 5 weeks ago, ^for 2 years past^ been constantly issued in an infamous paper appropriated to that business, to the disgrace of civil Government. However Some of them have expressed their dissatisfaction at the proceedings in parliament, & have hinted that they will occasion fresh troubles in this Town; But I don’t beleive that they will either5 dare or be able to raise another disturbance here: if they should, it is most probable that the principal Gentlemen of the Town will join in suppressing & bringing the Offenders to justice.

    I have thought proper to give your Lordship this short detail tho’ it is no part of the business of this letter. In regard to the Acts now transmitted, there are none of them that at present require any Observations of mine. The Act for reviving the Indian trade Act was passed in obedience to your Lordships letter of Sep 13, which I by my letter of Dec 30th said I would lay before the Assembly at a proper time. This I did last Session, which was the time for reviving the Indian trade Act, & it passed with much less difficulty, than it has used to do. This Act, if it can be carried into Execution, which is Very difficult, sufficiently provides for the peace of the Indians .6

    I am, with great respect, My Lord Your Lordships most obedt & most humble Serv[ant]

    Fra Bernard

    The Right Honble The Earl of Shelburne

    ALS, RC      CO 5/756, ff 85-86.