619 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston June 6. 1768.

    Dear Sr

    Since ^I wrote^ my last to you of Mar 14:1 I have recieved yours of Mar. 11.2 I was in hopes to have been able to have wrote fully to you by this packet: but my time will not permit it. However I must give you a short account of the opening of the new Assembly.3

    It was in general apprehended that the Lieutenant Governor would be elected; but the Otises took infinite pains to prevent it, & the elder of them never showed a more unrelenting malice than he did upon this occasion. I had it given it out (not as directly from me) that if the Lieut Governor was elected the Governor would most probably consent to Mr Otis Senr. coming into Council. The Old Man upon that declared that he had rather be turned out of every place he had & be reduced to the very bottom of the people than that the Lieut Governor should get into Council. Nevertheless He was very near it, having at the first poll got to be within the 18; but wanting 3 of a Majority of the Electors as is required in elections here, He was obliged to Stand another poll.4 Then Otis5 sprung a Mine he had in reserve: he declared that the Lieut Governor had a pension from Great Britain charged upon the new duties, have upon which he had a warrant for 200 £ a Year. There was no denying the fact, but it might have been explained so as to exculpate the Lieut Governor, namely that it was an addition to his Salary as Cheif Justice which was before scandalously mean.6 But the Hurry of the Business they were about left no time for any explanation: so upon the second poll many that had voted for him before fell off; & his friends were obliged to give him up.

    When the first advice of this grant arrived here, it gave ^neither^ pleasure to the friends of the Lieut.-Governor, ^nor^ encouragement to the Officers of Government. It was so unequal to any purposes it could be intended for, that it could neither be deemed a Salary of the Officer nor a confiscation to the Man, whereas it was sure to be improved to make him obnoxious to the people. I immediately saw that it would be the Cause of his losing his Election, tho’ I did not imagine he would come so near. But It was owing to me that he did make so good a figure; for I took uncommon pains to engage the friends of Government to exert themselves on this Occasion; & if there had not been an extraordinary non attendance of some of the Cheif of them, it would have been carried with ease. The Faction also attacked several other Councellors who were distinguished as supporters of Government; but they failed in the principal of them by a few votes & turned out only 2 one a Man of no Consequence,7 the other one who will get into the House where he will be as serviceable as in the Council.8 In short the Friends of Government are quite tired with waging so unequal a War, whilst the Enemy is permitted to raise continual Commotions disturbances in the Government by frequent insults of the Administration & parliament of Great Britain. They therefore say that they must lie by till the Faction receive a sufficient check from home. I send you my Speech & the Councils address thereupon. I have long ago left off making reel Speeches; such as9 these are only calculated to keep up the form without giving any opportunity for a dispute.

    I am Dr Sr

    R Jackson Esqr.

    AL, LbC     BP, 6: 119-122.

    Enclosures (not found): FB’s speech to the Council and the House of Representatives, 26 May 1768 (for which see JHRM, 45: 9); the House’s answer delivered on 31 May (ibid., 17); the Council’s address to FB of 31 May (see CO 5/827, f 75).