801 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 2.

    Pall Mall Sep 19 1769.

    Dear Sr

    I have received your Letter of Augst 8th & its duplicate within a few Days of one another.1 In Answer to your Accounts of the Proceedings against Importation I can inform you that actual Importation of English Goods to New England prevails here, tho perhaps not in such Quantities as usual. I have been assured that Hancock’s Ship Captn Scot is gone full of English Goods & particularly a large Quantity of Tea.2 Other Ships have got good Freight tho not full. A Merchant of the City assured me that he had underwrote Policies for 32,000 pds worth for Rhode Island which is supposed to be intended cheifly for Boston. So it is said that the Bostoners are so fond of clandestine Importations, that they will import English Goods no other Way.

    I can’t find that the Proceedings of the Boston Merchants are like to have any Influence over the Proceedings of the Ministry. They encrease the general Prejudice against that Town, & may, some say will, prevent the Repeal of the late Acts of Revenue as intended by the Ministry. But when it is considered that this Objection comes from Boston only which is but a small Part of the whole Continent, I hope the Madness which prevails there will not be urged as an Argument for refusing the Redress which the rest of the Colonies are willing to accept. I shall apply what little Weight I may have for the Repeal of these Laws; not only because I never approved of them as proper Means for raising Money in America, but for that I am desirous of giving ^affording^ the Americans an Opportunity of retreating with Honour from an ill concerted Scheme, which, if it has Effects, must begin with the Ruin of America, before it can reach Great Britain.3

    Your Postscript I considered of such Consequence that I took the Liberty of communicating it. And tho you speak doubtfully of the Information it contains, it is confirmed in positive Terms in other Letters which are full of the same Purpose.4 I shall nevertheless be glad to hear from you more and more authentick particulars of the Negotiation.

    Last Thursday Mr Deberdt presented the Remonstrance of the House against me. Nothing could have happened more lucky to give me an Opportunity of clearing myself in such Part of my Conduct as may possibly have been misrepresented or misunderstood. If I had had the draughting the Remonstrance I could not have made it more favorable to me. I shall have an official Notice of it tomorrow; & shall directly petition the King in Council for the hearing and determining it.5 I shall acquaint you with the Proceedings as they go on. It is now certain that the Parliament is not to sit before Christmas:6 ^I am obliged to you for the Newspaper[s?]7 you sent me;^ I wish you or Mr Oliver would constantly supply me with that Paper & such others as you shall think may be of Use in Covers to Mr Pownall.8

    I am Sir &c

    The Honble Lt Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 8–11.