818 | To Thomas Hutchinson


    No 12.

    Pall Mall Dec. 5. 1769

    Dear Sir

    Having dispatched the Letter preceding this with a Punctuality, which, I have since learnt, was unnecessary, I now proceed to what was intended to be Part of it.1

    I have been desirous that some Rule should be laid down, whereby you might govern the Use of your Negative in the next Election of Councellors. But I see that this not to be obtained: you must guide yourself by your own Judgement & Discretion, & act that Part which you think the Duty of your Office requires of you. If I mention the Difficulties you are under it is said that all public Offices are full of Difficulties, & at this Time more than ever; & every one must submit to those belonging to his Office; that the best Way to overcome Difficulties is to act with firmness & Resolution & to do that which is right in your own Eyes: & it has been instanced for Example that supposing that in the List returned ^for Councellors^ to the Governor there should be some who have actually subscribed against the Importation of British Goods, he could not with Propriety accept them as Councellors.

    In Regard to another Question, whether you should consent to Grants for supporting the Agents of the Council & the House, the same Answers might be applied. I have given my Opinion that in quiet Times no Governor would consent to such Grants. It is thereupon said that then they should not be consented to now. From hence you will see that I am not like to procure for you more explicit Directions for my ^your^ Conduct than I had for my own. The most authoritative Opinion I have been able to procure for you is that it will be best for you to act with Firmness & Resolution according to your own Sense of your Duty.

    But you must consider all this to have passed at a Time when it was quite uncertain what Part Government or Parliament will take with Regard to America. If vigorous Measures should be resolved upon in the Cabinet & be taken up by the Parliament, the present Diffidence would in some Measure vanish; & a System of firmness might take Place. And the very Proceedings of Parliament may possibly afford you some Light to guide you thro the uncouth Parts you are now in. It cannot be many days before I shall be able to form some Idea of what is to be done. In the mean Time make yourself easy about the Government: that will not be disposed of as yet; I must be provided for first. All the Candidates I have as yet heard of are Lt Govr Francklin Lt Col Dalrymple & Col Evelyn.2 I believe that all the Answer that will be given at present is that it is not vacant.

    I am &c.

    The Hon ble Lt Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 30–32.