20 May 1771133

    Messieurs EDES & GILL,

    YESTERDAY, immediately, after public worship, Charles Paxton, Esq.; a commissioner of the customs, waited on his Excellency at the Province House. The good people of the town suppose something of great importance to the people under his excellency’s administration, must have given rise to this friendly interview, at a season especially set apart, for the service of GOD. It is of great consequence for the subject to know, when publick affairs are so urgent as to require a portion of holy time for their dispatch; and therefore we wish that when the officers of the crown are to advise, consult, &c. upon the Sabbath, that they would appear in the face of day, and not sneak thro’ the covered way or a by-alley. It had a bad look. People are jealous at these times. No wonder:—These are times of court-addresses—not to say adorations: and panting lovers are always jealous of their mistresses.

    However no good and liege-man will dare suspect his Excellency of a wanton breach of the Lord’s-Day—“Who contrived, framed, and got passed into a law the W rd-n A-t?”134—Who in a populous assembly asserted in support of the same act, that the Sabbath was no where so remissly kept as in this town; an assertion as remarkable for it’s truth, as for the unhypocritical gravity with which it was delivered?—May the just reward of such unfeigned regard for religion, without one interested view to that popularity or HONOUR, which his Excellency has experienced in this life, prepare him for the smiles of that master, who abhors hypocrisy, slavery and tyranny.

    May 13th 1771