846 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 30.

    Hampstead, June 8th. 1770

    Dear Sir,

    I have lately received several Letters from you, the last of which is No 13 which came to my Hands on my Return from an Excursion into Lincolnshire; from which I arrived two days ago to my House here just 3 Miles from Town.1

    Lord H still waits for his Your Answer to his Letter acquainting you with your Appointment before he disposes of the Government.2 And therefore the Articles you see in the Newspapers of the Appointment of this and t’other Man have no Foundation except perhaps that some of them have applied for it, one of which I know of. But I beleive the Minister thinks with you & me, that it should be a Man of Consequence both in Rank & Ability & not a common Seeker: but it is difficult to find such a Man at least till the Government is reformed.

    I consider the making you an Appointment of 500 pounds a year to your Office of Cheif Justice as a Thing determined. And it is generally agreed by your Friends here that this Disposition will make you more ^happy^ than the Government could; as on the other Hand it may be more effectual for the Kings Service in the present difficult Times, which as much require an able Cheif Justice as an able Governor. I want to know whether you desire to continue Lt Govr but understand you do not, but cannot undertake to answer for you. If the two Offices are in one hand I apprehend there will not be an Appointment for the Lieut Govr, as there will if it is separated from the Cheif Justice.

    People of all Orders & Parties are under Apprehensions for Captn Preston least he should be taken out of Goal3 and murdered by a Mob. I cannot think that the Faction will permit so desperate an Act: if they do it will be fully resented. I had some Talk with the Minister upon this Subject yesterday when it was hoped that if such Action was apprehended you would cause him to be moved to the Castle by habeas Corpus: but it is too late to give Directions about particular Measures. It is supposed the Trials will be over before the Orders for a Respite come: but it is not doubted but you will respite them all untill the Kings Pleasure is known.4

    I can only say at present that the Ministry are unanimous to act vigorously in Regard to the People of Boston and indeed of the Province. The Cabinet is not divided now as it unfortunately ^was^ above a year ago. The Manner in which this great Work is to be carried on is now under Consideration & probably some Determinations will be made by the time I shall have Occasion to write again to you. All that you say is apprehended about strengthening the Kings Power in and about the Town will probably take Place. But it is well understood that military Power without civil Authority will not do: and the former will only be used to support the Establishment of the latter.

    Your negativing Hancock gives you great Credit: make yourself easy about your Salary;5 if they refuse it so much the better. I am well pleased you intend to call the new Assembly at Cambridge: I am sure it will be for the Service of Government & for your own Ease. I will explain to Jackson the Use which has been made of his Name: he has no Occasion to care what they say or what they write; he is now their Comptroller by his new Office, a Place worth 1500 pounds a year.6

    I am &c.

    The Honble Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 97–99.