573 | To the Earl of Shelburne

    No 28

    Boston Nov 14. 1767

    My Lord

    I have the pleasure to inform your Lordship that the Commissioners of the Customs are arrived & have enter’d the Town without any trouble & as far as I can judge will open their commission peaceably & quietly. Their ship came into the harbour on the 4th day of Novr: this was greatly regretted by those who apprehended a disturbance at their arrival; as the following Day was a Day usually observed with great Licentiousness & Disorder among the lower people. Nonetheless the Gentlemen landed on Nov 5 in the Evning & even passed by one of the bonfires without receiving Any affront whatsoever. Nor was there Any rudeness expressed upon the Occasion, except by an inscription or two on the pageants which were carried about upon the day, as usual, which Were not Worth Notice; so that The Apprehension of tumults which was so threatning 2 or 3 Months, & has been gradually dying away for sevral Weeks past is now entirely over.

    The only thing that now remains is the Subscription which has been set on foot to engage people not to buy certain enumerated British goods. And this has been so genuinely rejected & discountenanced by the principal Gentlemen of the Town, that It can have no effect; notwithstanding the Select-men of the Town have taken upon them to write circular letters to evry Town in the province to recommend this Scheme.1 But as far as I can learn,2 The Country is generally dissatisfied with the late proceedings of the Boston Faction, & begin to open their Eyes to the imposition which has been put upon the province by these Seditious men.

    I shall not call the Assembly till towards the end of January, when I shall endeavour to bring them into such a temper that they may know their real friends & their true intrests; both which have been strangely neglected for some time past. Your Lordship may have observed that I have had no dispute of my own with the Assembly for twelve months past: and for many months past I have been personally spared in the Newspapers; except only upon the ^last^ prorogation of the Assembly, which produced an insolent paragraph in the Newspapers, which could not but be expected.3 For It must be a sensible Mortification to the Faction, that they could not be allowed to try their skill in inflaming the Assembly on the Subject of the new parliamentary legislations. But they should have considered that it was not my business to assist in promoting purposes so flagitious as were publickly avowed in these weekly libells. Upon the whole I flatter myself that this Government will soon come to rights, unless some new Cause of Uneasiness should arise which is not now to be foreseen.

    I am, with great respect, My Lord, Your Lordships most obedient and most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble The Earl of Shelburne.

    ALS, RC      CO 5/757, ff 1-2.