358 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston, June 5, 1765.

    Dear Sir,

    I have recd both your letters of April 13 & 15th:1 but not having them with me, they being in the Country with other papers, I can’t answer them in form. Indeed as to the principal subject of them, I am sensible that nothing I can write now will come time enough to influence your determination concerning the Agency. However I can’t help saying now, that if you refuse it, you’l greatly mortify other good friends of yours as well as myself. I should be more concerned at it at this time, because Mr T  has hinted, that what he has wrote will determine you to refuse the Agency. And I must own, I should be sorry, for your sake as well as my own, to have it believed here, that his opinion, especially in a matter of this kind has greater weight with you, than that of myself the L Govr.2 But it is certain, that if you do refuse, he will assume the credit of it; altho’ it will be the credit of doing the Province a considerable mischief for the sake of embarrasing me.

    I reconcile myself, as well as I can, to your avoiding informing me of the Particulars of Mr Temple’s complaints against me; altho’ in its consequences it has greatly distressed me. You refer that information to Lord B & Mr Pownall: from the former I have not had a Line; from the latter I recd an exceeding kind letter by the Janry mail, with an assurance that I should soon receive Copies of all Mr Temple’s Complaints.3 Whilst I wait for these, I am acquainted by you that these complaints have made impressions to my disadvantage; and I have a private hint of one Article only, which is the basest falsehood & easy to be confuted. Resume4 upon my innocence as you safely may; & imagine my eagerness to be put upon my defence. And after all, feel for me, when I tell you that 3 mails are come in since that which brought Mr Pownall’s letters: and yet I remain unacquainted with the particulars of the Charge against me; & seem to be as far from entring upon my defence, as I was, when first informed I had one to make.

    I hereby inclose you my Speech at the opening this Session. The Assembly is reckoned a better one than the former, the Alterations made by the new Elections, being generally favourable to Government. But such is the ill humour arising from the Stamp Act, but I can’t promise that they will be advised. The Opposers of Government are now trying their utmost to improve this ill humour to the purposes of faction: but I think they will not succeed. The friends of Government are so greatly superior;5 that, it seems, they must prevail in the end. I should be obliged to you that, if you think it not improper, you would communicate the speech to Mr Greenville, that he may see that I am not affraid to oppose the popular prejudices of America.6

    Your Account of T Pownall’s refusing to let me have a whole share of the Nova Scotia lands surprises me. It was ever stipulated in the commencement & progress of this undertaking, that I should have an whole Share: what have I done to forfeit it? I was not consulted in the Florida Scheme; as soon as I knew of it, I protested against having any share in it:7 why then should anything be taken from me upon that account? I can’t but repeat, that I will not take anything less than a whole Share: & must add that if I am to have the right of the warrant made to Mr Mitchell taken from me, it shant be with my own Consent. I want very much to hear from you, whether I may venture to take up the land between the falls of Passimaquoddy & the most eastern river called by the modern Indian St Croix; as I am desirous to secure that Spot.

    I am &c

    R Jackson Esqr

    L, LbC BP, 4: 5-7.