810 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 8

    Pall Mall Nov 17. 1769.

    Dear Sir

    I was obliged to finish a Letter to you very abruptly to day,1 as my Time was out when I had an Appointment at the Treasury; & I was desirous to send what Letters I had by the ship which was appointed to sail to day. But I have been since informed that I have till tomorrow past Noon to add what I have Occasion to my Packet which I have allready sent to the Bag.

    Whilst I was at the Board of Trade Mr Pollock2 brought me the Letters inclosed in your Packet, among which I have yours of Sepr 20th[.]3 I have allready wrote to you my Thoughts upon Sir H Moores Death: there is no Temptation in that Government to induce me to wish for it; of which I have allready sufficiently explained myself.4 There is not the least Probability of Mr Franklin’s being removed to the Government;5 if it was so my Fondness for New Jersey would engage me to ask it with a little Assistance, to eke out the scanty Income, from the Treasury; which for me would not be difficult to obtain. There is no other Government on the Continent which I can think of with Pleasure: possibly when the Disputes with Great Britain are settled I may think more favorably of that Kind of Advancement. At present I want to lye by without Loss, till America is become quiet6

    I shall be glad to do the Settlers near the New York Line any Service in my Power.7 At present there is such an Arrear of Business that there is no urging an original Matter. I shall watch an Opportunity to thrust it into the Business of New York, if I can find a good Opening — The Order for proroguing your Assembly till March I had no Knowledge of till after it was made. It was a meer Official Act passed only upon the Consideration of the Propriety of your receiving the Sentiments of his Majesty upon the Proceedings of the last Session of the Assembly before you met them again. Probably you will receive Instructions in this Matter by the next Mail: at least I will endeavour that you shall.8

    Your Idea of the Empire of Commerce is very just & such as I beleive never entered into the Head of the late Writer upon that Subject. But as it necessarily produces that Monster in Politicks Imperium in imperio, this Commercial Empire must be made subordinate, or there is an End of the civil Empire.9

    I will certainly take Care to introduce the Subject of the Advocate & Attorney general by the first Opportunity, & will urge the Necessity of their being supported from hence. The Appointment of Mr Fitch I will not neglect. I will see Sr Edward Hawke & Mr Stephens upon the Occasion and observe such Form in the Application as the latter shall advise.10 I will not forget the Appointment Gentleman whom you recommend as Attorney General. I don’t see how you could possibly appoint or recommend the Person proposed to you under the present Notoriety of his Connections. I was asked by one of the Ministry to day who that John Adams was: I gave as favorable an Answer as I could, but not such as would have justified the Appointment of him to an Office of Trust.11

    I am &c.

    The Honble Lieut Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP 8: 21–23.