770 | To John Pownall

    Boston May 9 1769

    Dear Sir

    Having prepared some letters to my Lord Hillsborough1 & expecting that a Brig will be ready to sail with them tomorrow I can only add a few Lines to you.

    The Order for my going to England2 came too late for my embarking before the Assembly met & therefore I find it proper not to let my Intention be known bef till the Assembly meets. At that time I shall find it necessary to profess it; & it is very apropos that my going home is now founded ^up^on the King’s Order rather than his Licence. This will be of considerable Use in the passing the Act for the Support of the Government: for it will assist me in defeating the Scheme, which, I understand is formed, to disappoint that Act. I don’t think that I have any Intrest in the Event of the Act myself, as I doubt not but the Differences by its failing would be made good to me: but it seems to me to be of great Consequence ^to Government^ that this Act should not be discontinued or that the Reasons for discontinuing it should be known & avowed. If any Dispute upon this Subject should happen, it will be farther explained; if not, a farther Explanation will be unnecessary.

    The Fury occasioned by the Arrival of the Copies of my Letters is something abated: but there is some great Mischeif intended which I must wait for the Breaking out ^of^.3 One thing is remarkable that since the Arrival of the Advice of the honour conferred upon me, out of 10 Councellors whom I have been in Company with only 4 have congratulated me. The other six are indeed the cheifs of the Party in the Council; & it is obvious that they have entered into an Engagement for that Purpose; for t’other Day I was in Company with several of the Council for some Hours, & one of them distinguished himself by uncommon Civility to me, but was quite silent as to Congratulation. The next Day being Council Day4 I mentioned the Affair myself & read to them My Lord Hillsboroughs kind & polite Letter5 upon the Occasion: a total Silence ensued; & even they who had before congratulated me privately, durst not repeat it in Public. This shows to what a Degree of Servility the Annual Election has reduced these People.

    I have wrote to my Lord H that I don’t expect to embark from hence till towards the End of July.6 Disagreeable as it is I had rather attend the Assembly than appear to run away from them. I desire, for the last Thing I do in this Province, to hear all they have to say against me. In the Assembly near 12 Months ago In the Articles of Impeachment preferred against me which, tho rejected by the House were nevertheless printed, all that had any Foundation were charges against me for doing my Duty. They have Nothing now to charge me with, but that I have made a faithful & impartial Account of their Proceedings accompanied with such Observation as occurred to every Man of Sense who was acquainted with the Subject.

    I am Dr Sir Your &c

    John Pownall Esq

    L, LbC     BP, 7: 286-297.

    Minor emendations not shown. In handwriting of Thomas Bernard.