563 | To the Earl of Shelburne


    No 22

    Boston Sepr. 7 1767

    My Lord

    I take the earliest Opportunity to inform your Lordship that the Apprehensions of fresh Disturbances which have prevailed here for two or three Weeks past, are now quite over: Many of the Faction have declared that no such Thing is intended; and Peoples Minds are quite quieted about it. It is also assured that there will be no Attempt to interrupt the Trade with Great Britain; as it would be absolutely impracticable1 to raise such a Confederacy without Violence. Many Things have contributed to bring about this Change which has been allmost as sudden as the Alarm itself was, among which we may reckon the following:

    1. The Meeting on Augst. 14 and the Seditious Papers published immediately afterwards occasioned2 allmost ev’ry Man of Property and Credit to express their Abhorrence of those Proceedings, and to intimate that they should not sit still and see the Town again in the Hands of the Mob. 2. Sev’ral of the Faction itself who have something to lose did not care to trust themselves to another Mob, who as they knew by Experience would not be under the Command of them that raised them. 3. There was a very general Declaration against the Proposal for interrupting the Trade of Great Britain as such Interruption must affect middling and little Traders many of whom must be ruined by it, whilst Men of great Property and Credit might be benefitted by it by becoming Monopolists.3 But what had possibly more Weight than any of the foregoing was, 4. That Advice was received by sev’ral Ways that Genl Gage had ordered the 14th Regiment from Halifax to Boston: This altho it has not been confirmed and therefore is beleived or disbeleived as each is disposed has certainly contributed to inspire the Faction with Notions of Acquiescence and Submission. Nevertheless they are not quite silent about Resentment to particular Persons; but I dont think any Thing will be done.

    This being the present State of the Town I hope I may now discontinue my Letters upon this Subject, and also the Transmission of Papers leading thereto; the Paper of today containing only a poor Piece of Declamation “full of Sound and Fury signifying nothing.”4 If this Business should be resumed your Lordship shall have the earliest Account of it, and the Series of seditious Papers shall be continued, But I hope I shall have no Occasion to give your Lordship any further Trouble with these factious Writers, whose Productions, except upon Account of their Tendency to disturb the peace of the Government are by no Means worth your Lordships Perusal.

    I am with great respect, My Lord, your most obedt & most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble The Earl of Shelburne

    dupLS, RC      CO 5/756, ff 118-119.