772 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston May 11 1769

    Dear Sir

    You are not fond of writing upon American affairs; no more am I: and that is the Cause why our Letters have not been so long or so frequent as they used to be. Whilst we thought we could do any Good, our corespondence was closely kept up: and tho’ we differed about the Means, Our End was the same, the Conecting Great Britain and America upon a permanent System. It gives me great Pleasure to reflect that our Correspondence upon this important Subject, [which]1 has been concluded with our joining of our own Accord, and without any Influence, one over the other in an uniform Opinion of the only Measure that was left to preserve the Connexion of Great Britain with America. In other Difficulties Particulars our differences of opinion has arose in a good Measure from the difference of our Situation. A good Friend of yours observed t’other day upon your still being an Advocate for the Constitution of this Government, that if you had seen the Effects of it upon the Spot, for these last 3 Years you would be of the same Opinion with us.

    The Sons of Liberty at Boston are as [high] as ever: and indeed if nothing more is done in Parliament after the resolutions and the address, as they are assured there is not, they have good reason. I now send you a Specimen of the Fear & Reverence they have for the King and Parliament, which will show how much they have been intimidated by the late Proceedings in Westminster. If I am informed right, much more than this is to be expected; And madness and Folly will be as triumphant as ever. I am [doomed?] to stand this Session; w^h^ether it will be for the best or not I cannot now say. I shall endeavour to give as little Offence as possible: but I apprehend that the Publication of my Letters will render all Prudence and Caution of little Effect. All that I depend upon [is?] that I think I know my Business, and I beleive they do not theirs.

    Heretofore I have had only leave to go home. I have now received an Order to attend the King to report to him the State of the Province. This was acompanied with a Signification of the honour being confer^r^ed, which has been long talked of. It was, I suppose, thus times to show the People that I was not called home in the Way of Disgrace. My Lord Hillsborough in this as in all other Things has acted with the utmost Kindess, and Politeness. As soon as the Session, which may last 6 Weeks [&?] not 6 Days, is over; I shall set about settling of the means of my Departure: the Latter I believe wont exceed all July.

    I am Sr Your &c

    Richard Jackson Esq.

    L, LbC     BP, 7: 289-291.

    In the handwriting of clerk no. 9. Minor emendations not shown. The enclosure, which FB described ironically as exhibiting “Fear & Reverence” for the King and Parliament, has not been found, but was evidently another copy of the newspaper cutting enclosed with No. 771.