12 October 1772191

    To the honorable JOSEPH HAWLEY, Esq;


    THE great respect I have for your understanding, and the deep veneration I entertain of your integrity, prompt me thus publickly to give you information of a report which has been industriously propagated from one end of the province to the other;—by whom I need not inform you.—The report I mean is the same with that which makes it’s appearance in Draper’s last week’s paper, under the head of “Extract of a Letter from London, August 3, 1772.” In which pretended extract by the “Gentleman of distinguished character” is meant yourself.—That you declared yourself in the General Assembly at the Spring-Sessions for making an addition to the Judges salaries I have very little doubt; because if their commissions were during good behaviour, I presume every friend to his Country, would second the motion:—but that you then declared “that if the Assembly refused to make any addition to the small salaries of the Judges, you thought NO EXCEPTION could be taken to Parliament’s providing for their salaries”, is what I will not believe, unless you give your own testimony to this report, or by silence give your consent to it.—The interposition of the Parliament of G. B. in this matter and at this time, being in my humble opinion the most fatal and daring measure in the whole deep-laid and compacted system of American bondage:—A measure which if suffered to take effect, will in future render our lives and personal Liberties as precarious and insignificant, as our rights and properties are at present worthless and transitory in the hands of British Legislators and American Judges of Admiralty.

    With unfeigned regard, I am your friend and fellow countryman,