556 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston July 29 1767.

    Dear Sr

    When I wrote to you my last dated June 30.1 I had no explication of your short letter sent by my Son, & therefore understood my being provided for, as mention’d by you, to mean nothing more than the intended parliamentary establishingment for all Governors. Some time after the Lieutenant Govr communicated to me your letter to him, from which I understand that the provision to be made for me is other than what I hold at present.2 I can give no Answer to a proposal before I know the terms of it; & it would by no means become me to disapprove of what shall be intended for my benefit, tho it should not conform to my Ideas of my own necessity & convenience; especially as I suppose nothing will be determind therein without my being consulted therein & consenting there to.

    But what I am most apprehensive of from the plan which you communicated to me him is, that it may be the occasion of putting his & my interests in different scales, & making my care of my own interest appear an obstruction of of 3 his fortune. Which would be very hard upon me; when it is considered that my connecting myself with him & endeavouring to support him & his offices have been a principal Cause of the disputes I have had with the faction, which has treated him with so much violence; & indeed for a year past it has been almost the only Cause: But I made no private merit of it: for I acted upon principles superior to personal regard. But possibly these Apprehensions may arise from my not knowing what is designed for me. However they will be excusable when I mention my present sentiments upon the Subject. There does not appear to me at present to be any expediency political or otherwise to remove me from this Government: & therefore I must suppose that such intended removal if there is one, must be design’d for my benefit. 24 There is no Government that I can concieve likely to become vacant at this time that I would accept of except Barbados: in a former letter I mention’d So Carolina;5 but have since been very thankfull that it did not succeed . 3 I have no conception of any place in England within my reach, which in the present state of my family (9 children unprovided for) would not probably be ruinous to me; what an Appointment [in?]6 England assisted with an American Sinecure might do, must depend upon the circumstances ^particulars^ of each.

    I have mention’d these difficulties to the Lieutt. Govenor in a free & open manner; which is the way I use to preserve or at least diserve freinds. At the same time I mentiond to him a scheme of mine, which I had always intended to propose in form when I could do it, & have already hinted it to the Ministry;7 which would provide for him in a very agreeable manner, without his waiting for my Government. This was [that?] as the Lieut. Governor was a necessary residentiary, he ought to have a standing salary, when the Governor was resident: which supposing to be but 500 £ with the like Sum as Cheif Justice would place him in a more agreeable Seat than I have been in for time past: & more beneficial than I have been in at any time; & at the same time would facilitate the attendance of the Govr. in England when it should be wanted without too great a defalcation of his income.

    You say I shall have leave to go home; If it is only leave in the way of indulgence I shall decline using it: for in truth as much as I desire to see my freinds in England, I cannot at present afford it. I have in the best times made but very little progress in the Augmentation of my fortune: for the last 2 or 3 years I have gone backward in it. But if I recieve an order to attend upon the Kings service in England, I must at all [events?] object; & in such case much endeavor to obtain that my attendence may be made as little detrimental to me as possible. By my indifference to a Voyage to England, you may suppose, that the times are altered: they are so; the faction, which so long triump’d here is sinking into the Earth. They shall mutter threats, but I wont think that they will dare or be able to [raise] another Disturbance here.

    I must beg leave to trouble you with the enclosed, as I know not with certainty how to direct to Mr Cockle. From his last it should be to J. C Esq at Mr Alderman Cockle’s at Lincoln. But [he?] is so [in circo?]8 but that he may have removed from thence before this arrives. We wait impatiently for the Packet, which, we have advice, left London May 2[3]d. I may then expect a longer letter from you with some explication

    I am Dear Sr Your &c.

    R Jackson Esq


    Since I have wrote this my Son has mention’d to me that you told him that you thought that it was necessary to remove me upon account of my disagreement with the people. There is no such necessity; at present as I doubt not but my being supported from home & paid by act of Parliament wch will put an end to all disagreements here, which [lie?] not with the people in general, but a particular & small faction. Besides in such case the Lieut Govr. would be an improper Successor for in all my squabbles He has been a partner or rather in most Cases a principal. And it would be strange if I should be removed for making myself ungracious in supporting the Cause of him who is to succeed me, I believe in general I can continue in the Government with at least as much ease as he can assume it. Besides I may must say that my removal in any way but that of a notorious advancement at my own desire would be of infinite disservice to the Government at home, by making them appear to give way to a faction that has so grosly insulted the Government at home & is now becoming very contemptible here. Besides it would surely appear very injurious for me to bear all the heat of the Battle, & another come in after it is over & carry away all the honor & reward at the same I think the Lt Govr ought to be [rewarded?] but not at my expence.9

    L, LbC      BP, 6: 30-35.