850 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 34

    Hampstead July 16 1770

    Dear Sr

    I hereby send you duplicates of my Letters Nos_ 31 & 32, which went by the Packet ten days ago.1 I have desired that a triplicate of a late report of the Commitee of Council may be sent you by this Ship, & hope you will receive it. I am not allowed a Copy of it myself, tho I have the Liberty of perusing it. I misinformed you, when I told you that you would have orders to lay it before the Council & Assembly, & require their answer. That was the intention at first; but it is now departed from: it is said that the disorders of the Government are so notorious that there is no occasion to make them a subject of litigation. Administration is now pledged to lay this business before Parliament & thither it must go.2

    In my last I recommended to you to give me your sentiments upon the several particulars wanting to the reform of your Government. This was from myself: I am now from higher Authority to desire that you will give this subject a full consideration & let me know your thoughts upon it. You will probably have a Letter from Mr P3 to the same purpose.4 I shall divide this Enquiry into two Parts. 1[.] What is necessary to be done to give Government Activity & Practicability for the present without looking any farther than to the present Disorders & the Causes of them. 2. What is expedient to give Government a new & durable Form equally constitutional in Regard to the Rights of the Crown & the Liberties of the People, so as to prevent not only the present Disorders but all others which may arise from a Contention for Power for the future. The former is confined within a narrow Compass; the latter opens a large Field. You know a good deal of my Sentiments on both these Heads; if the latter is chose, perhaps it may be necessary to begin with the former as Preliminary.

    As I have given over all thoughts of returning to Boston I shall have no Interest of my own to interest ^influence^ me in this Business; & my Prejudices are in favour of the People I mean the good and wise Part of them & not that abominable and wicked Faction and its Tools who pretend to call themselves the People. My great Ambition is to see a form of Government established among you which shall be as perfect a Model of the English Constitution, as its dependency upon the imperial State will admit of and free from all the Errors & Defects which more or less render every form of Government upon the Continent imperfect. And then let them say I had a hand in it.

    I am &c.

    The Honble Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 107–109.