560 | To Richard Jackson

    Jamaica Farm near Boston Aug. 30. 1767

    Dear Sr:

    I received your kind Letter of June 19 late last Night:1 I am much obliged to you for it; for nothing can be more acceptable to me in my present Situation than Advice for my Conduct, Which I have little Opportunity of procuring here at any Rate. And the Advice you give me is the more agreeable, as it happens to coincide exactly with my own Sentiments & Desires. For whenever I have appeared to act in any other Way or to any other Purpose than what you propose I have acted under necessity and not by Choice. It is my great Desire that the Differences in my Government may be composed within itself, And I am allways ready to make any Concessions for that Purpose which are consistent with the Honor & Safety of Government. I cannot be supposed to Want Judgement so as not to discern that if I could compose this Government by myself, it would conduce more to my Honor my Ease & my Security than any Support I can have from the Authority at Home.

    You by no Means wish that I should submit to the insolence and Folly of Otis & his Gang. If I did I shou’d give a deep Wound to this Government & put a great Affront upon that of Great Britain. If it was known here that I treated ^with^ him by Way of Compromise2 I should never recover the Disgrace. The only Way left is to detach his deluded Partisans from him. And that would have been done before now, if it had not been for some unlucky Accidents noways relating to the Government or me. Last Session both his Spirit & his Power failed him; he attempted little & did less: The Friends of Government were at least an Equality and if they could do no great Good, they prevented any Mischief being done.

    I think he will not be able to make head again: This Party in Boston is so sensible of it, that they think there is nothing now left but to raise another Disturbance. Their Paper therefore which had been silent for 4 or 5 Weeks, now teems with Observations upon the Proceedings of Parliament professedly calculated to raise the Mob against the New Establishments.3 But it is the universal Opinion that they will not be able to make another Insurrection. However I have thought it necessary to inform My Lord Shelburne of these Proceedings, as they are precisely of the same Kind as those which proceeded the former Insurrections. I shall not call [the] Assembly ‘till next January without a special Cause:4 by which Means there will be Time for the People to be familiarised to the new Acts of Parliament, which are to be plaid of as a fresh Ca[use] of Discontent. In the Mean Time I shall do [what?] I can to reconcile those to Government who [are?] reconcilable: for I assure you I desire no Victory so much as I do a quiet easy Coalition.

    In Regard to my visiting England scarce one of the Reasons which induced me to sollicit it twenty Months ago are remaining now . I have gone thro’ the Dispute which I wanted to avoid: I am in no Danger of my Person now, (for I dont realise a new Insurrection ^as^ yet) I am in a fair Way of seeing this Government quieted & still in a fairer of seeing the Government properly supported; I have no desire to be concerned in the further regulations of America; and I would particularly avoid being thought to have any Concern in them. So that if I have received my Licence now I should postpone the Use of it at least to next Summer. But I have still other Motives to desire to see England; I have been now absent near 10 Years, and I have some Businesses to do there which tho not worth a Journey of themselves; make a Weight in the Balance about one. To these we may add a Desire of seeing some valuable Friends yet remaining; and even Curiosity has its Weight. The Cheif Difficulty will arise from the Expence, which I am little able to bear, having of late unavoidably exceeded my Income which since the Beginning of the Troubles has been reduced to bare 1000 Guineas a Year. But probably this may be removed by an Agreement with the Lt Govr: when we know what our sev’ral Salaries are. I therefore shall be glad to receive Leave of Absence, if it leaves me at Liberty as to the Use of it.

    I wrote to you on Fryday last a short Letter to Introduce to you Col Jarvis the Capt. of the Company of Cadets here, whose good Service in the late Troubles will I hope recommend him in England: I know not that he has any Things to ask; He sailed yesterday, & this I hope will follow tomorrow

    I am with great Truth and Regard &c

    R Jackson Esq:

    L, LbC      BP, 6: 42-45.