714 | From John Pownall

    Whitehall. Nov. 19. 1768

    Dear Sir

    Whatever other opinions may have been of the Spirit or want of Spirit in your answer to the committee of the Town meeting in June1 and in the missives you penned upon that occasion; my opinion was & is still that your conduct in that business and in every other, throughout the whole of the very difficult part you have had to act, has been uniformly wise prudent & firm: ____ I had nothing in view in my letter of the 30 July2 but to guard your mind against that diffidence and despondence which under such circumstances as attended your situation, the finest men might have yielded to: I am not however sorry that so much has been said to you by others, since it has produced the Letter from you now before me, which,3 allow me to say, is filled with observations that do honour to your conduct & Sentiments.

    It has been read by the -------4 and has produced every consequence that your best friends could have wished; and you may rest assured that every favorable intention of my noble freind5 towards you, will be not only kept alive; but cherished with the greatest good will & I hope e’er long will have its full Effect. Your resolution to continue at Boston some time longer is highly approved & commended & the good effects of it have been seen in every event that has happened from the 5 of Septr. to the 8 of October.

    For my own part I never had a doubt that the troops would not be opposed____ Such opposition appeared to me neither practicable nor consistent with the Views of the Enemys to the authority of Parliament. ____ If there is any settled resolution to resist that authority the Scheme must lye deeper than in fruitless struggle with two Regiments at Boston, & go further than the seeking a quarrel with them by creating perplexity and embarrassment in quartering ____ for as to that proceeding and every other transaction at Boston they are within our reach, but I have great ground to fear more dangerous Combinations than the self important Convention, that thing of Straw, which at last was afraid of it’s own shadow. ____ Inclosed I send you a strong anonymous Letter from Boston; if you can guess at the author or procure any intelligence about it, it may be usefull.

    It is impossible, in considering the State of Boston, with a view to measures, not to see the necessity of a reform in respect to the Council __ and the bringing to Justice the Persons guilty of possibly the Treasons, but certainly the high Crimes & misdemeanors which have been committed; — but what will be done I cannot yet say, — by the next opportunity you will hear further from

    Your most faithfull & affct Friend & humble Servt.

    J Pownall

    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 21-24.

    Endorsed by FB: [_]6 d Nov 19 1768 r Jan 16 1769. Docket: approvg of Govr B. The enclosure (not found) was an “Anonymous Letter” in manuscript, “feigned” by one of FB’s enemies.7