721 | To John Pownall

    Private & Confidential

    Boston Dec 24 1768

    Dear Sr

    The inclosed Letter is the Result of divers Conferences I have had with some of the cheif Members of the Government & the principal Gentlemen of the Town, in the Course of which I have scarce ever met with a Difference to the Opinions there laid down. I have been frequently importuned to write to the Minister upon these Subjects, that the fair Opportunity which now offers to crush the Faction,1 reform the Government, & restore Peace & Order may not be lost. I have however declined it not thinking it decent in me to appear to dictate to the Minister so far as to prescribe a Set of Measures. Besides I have thought the Subject & manner of treating it too delicate for a public Letter. However as it appears to me that the Wellfare of this Province, the Honour of the British Government & the future Connexion between them both depend upon the right Improvements[. For]2 the Time present I have put the Thoughts to writing in a Letter, in which I have avoided all Personalities which discover the Writer & even the signing & addressing it. If these Hints are like to be of Use communicate them in such a Manner that the Writer may not be known unless it is in Confidence. If they come too late or disagree with the present System destroy the Paper. All I can say for them is they are fully considered & are well intended.

    I am &c

    J Pownall Esqr

    L, LbC     BP, 7: 252.

    Probably in handwriting of Thomas Bernard.