842 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 27.

    Pall Mall, April 27. 1770. past 10 p’.m.

    Dear Sir

    I have been informed only this afternoon (at My Lord Hillsborough’s at Dinner) that a Packet will be dispatched tonight directly for ^to^ Boston. This is a sudden Resolution owing to the Packet Boat which had formerly sailed putting back to Falmouth. I therefore can but just inform you that Mr Robinson with Dispatches arrived here yesterday.1 As nothing has been published but that infamous Account in the Boston Gazette, you may think that the Faction carries all before them: but it is not so;2 People observe that the Account is Felo de se, and it has sufficiently discredited itself. It will soon be amply contradicted by Accounts which have Regard to Truth.

    This Affair has been brought into Parliament: I think it will end as the Friends of Government can desire; tho it is not easy to say in what Manner. All People on both Sides express great Concern for Captn Preston, who is supposed to be in great Danger, not from Law, but from the Contradiction of it. I hope to God you have prevented his being murthered by a Mob; which is apprehended here, as the Case of Captn Porteous is known to have been quoted among you.3 If this or something of the like kind does not happen, Govt may be reconciled to the removing the Troops tho it is far from being generally approved of: but I think it very justifiable & have justified it.4

    As I have a Copy of some Minutes of what past in the House, I think it proper to send them to you tho I had no time to peruse them or the Author to correct them. All I can recommend at present is that you act firmly, as the present State will permit, & do not despair. Your Business in [is] now in the Offices.

    I am &c.

    The Honble Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 87–88.