806 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 4

    Pallmall Nov 4 1769

    Dear Sir

    I should have wrote to you by the Ships which have lately left London, if I had had any thing of Consequence to communicate. But the public Business has been of late so much post-poned & particularily1 that of America, that we know nothing of what is to be done or what is about. Lord Hillsborough arrived here on the 24th of Octr; I have seen him several times; but tho’ I have free Access to him, I can’t make full Use of it as yet, till he is more free from Hurry than can be expected at present.

    Two days ago I received your Letter of Sepr 8th with a duplicate & a ps. of the 11th. and also another Letter which is not now before me;2 & I have communicated such Parts thereof as I thought proper. As soon as I can learn what is like to be done to quiet the Disturbances with which your Town is harrast, I will let you know it. At present I can only say with the ancient Atheist, Cum omnia sint in incerto, fave tibi.3

    I received from Mr Oliver very early Advice of the Death of Sir H Moore.4 I suppose it will raise among my Friends at Boston some Expectation of that Event being turned to my Advantage. It created, just at first such an Idea in me; but it was of short Duration: I soon saw that it would not be prudent in me to sollicit it. And yet I like the Country, I like the People, I like their Manners; and if they would look forward only I see Nothing that could prevent my being easy & happy with them. But, their Vicinity to the Seat of the Faction which has treated me so wickedly & injuriously, the Remains of that Animosity which is too apt to take Root in illiberal Minds, & the present unsettled State of American Pretensions, which may produce fresh Troubles, deterr me from looking for Rest at New York or in any other Government that has taken a principal Part in the late Disputes. I say with Horace

    O Navis, referent in Mare te novi Fluctus?

    O quid agis? fortiter occupa Portum.5

    And yet I expect to go to America again but would willingly see the Question of their Relation to Great Britain settled first.

    This is to go by the Packet, & I must send it presently to the Secretary’s Office. I will write again by the first Opportunity. I have just heard that Mr Jackson,6 who was in France when I came here, is arrived at Dover: so I shall have an Opportunity of delivering your Letters to him in a Day or two.

    I am &c.

    Lt Govr Hutchinson.

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 13–14.