349 | To John Pownall

    Boston, May 6, 1765.

    Dear Sr,

    I am favourd with your letter of Jan 12,1 which adds much to the many obligations I am under to You. It did not come to me ’till the 17 of Apl; & I take the first opportunity of acknowledging it.

    You may be assured that I dont want a due consideration of the multiplicity of Business you are engaged in, nor are feeling for what you have suffered by your attention to it. Indeed, the kind repetition of your friendly regards is very pleasing to me, altho’ I have never doubted of the continuance of your friendship, having never, I hope, done anything to forfeit it

    I am extremely obliged to my friends for their attention to my intrests, & particularly in regard to the Complaints of Mr Temple. I am very impatient to receive the Copies you promised me: the febry mail did not bring them; I hope the March Mail will not fail. I can’t help thinking that my defence alone will disgrace this Gentleman: however I shant rest there. It is my intention to reduce my Complaints against him to a set of Articles, & pray a Commission to enquire into them. I have allready laid before Lord Halifax some of these Matters,2 but not articulately, as I have acquainted you with others of a more particular Nature, which I mean to be used as you shall think fit. But now I find myself publickly attacked by him, it is my desire to connect the whole chain of his treatment of me since he came into his Office. Certainly there never was a Governor so ill treated by a subject of the Government, since the Colonies were first planted. You will receive a fresh matter of Complaint against him with this, which I will not anticipate here.3

    I have a perfect confidence in your Assurances concerning mount Desert. The Reason why I gave you the last trouble was, my apprehension, that the Germans whom I had engaged would be discouraged from coming thither, by the precariousness of my title: But if these are satisfied in that, I shall be easy on my Part. I fully expect them this Summer, & shall be disappointed with considerable Loss, if they do not come. I have now a sawmill building, &  am going to send a Brickmaker down, wholly for their use: I postpone all Provisions for them, that will bear it. It is a strange Country this, where one must be so sollicitous to prevail upon this People to accept lands for nothing. I am much obliged to you for the kindness you showed to the Germans, & doubt not but it will be a considerable inducement to bring them to mount desert.

    I am sorry that this Province suffers in the Opionion4 of their Superiors for the misdeeds of a few particulars. I can assure you that the people in general [are]5 extremely well disposed to Government: & it is owing only to the Wickedness & folly of a few politicians, chiefly of this Town, that it does not allways appear so. One of them, the Author of the Rights of the Colonies, now repents in Sackcloth & ashes for the hand he had in that book & in the printed Letter to the Agent. In a pamplett6 lately published he has in humblest7 manner of the Ministry & of the Parliament for the liberties he took with them. This Confession, which is sincere, is like, to cost him his seat in the Assembly altho’ he had evry Vote at the last Election.8 I was in hopes that the Petition of the Council & House last October, which had a comparative merit, being much decenter than any other of the kind, would have made amends, for the letter of the house only to the Agent: but I find that the latter had made too deep impressions to be easily obliterated. It is impossible to make the Councils of the Genl. Court uniform; but generally they are respectfull to Government.

    I am &ca____Dr Sr.

    J Pownall, Esqr;

    dupAL, LbC BP, 3: 287-289.