851 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No. 35 (private) (Duplicate)

    Hampstead, July 20th. 1770.

    Dear Sir,

    I have obtained a Sign manual for a new Grant of the Naval Office to my ^Sons^ Francis & John; but the Interest of the latter is only reversionary, it being intended by the first grant that the Office should survive to my Son Francis & he not to be hurt by this Grant. Reversions are seldom expressed in the original Grant but are generally done by Agreement between the Parties. I have therefore prepared a Declaration of Trust to be signed by John before the Patent is made out, tho perhaps it may be better that it should bear date after the Patent. As your Officiality makes you not so proper to transact a Business of tacking private Conditions to a public Grant, I shall send these Papers to Mr Oliver, desiring him to see the Declaration executed & then deliver the Sign Manual to you for carrying it into Execution.1 I think it fitting to take all necessary Precautions on the behalf of my eldest Son that would be done for a Stranger. I don’t see that my Son John can have any Objection to giving this Assurance on the behalf of his Brother: but if he should assist Mr Oliver to set him right. I can’t dispense with his Interest being made reversional, as it is the Intent of the Grant, supporting the Title being the Cheif Consideration of this Favor. But as a Reversion, all things considered it is a valuable Acquisition to John.

    I left with you a Bond whereby it is promised to indemnify Mr Pemberton for his Resignation. This is taken Care of in the Declaration of Trust; and I should be glad if Mr Pemberton would be content to let this Paper remain in your Hands as the Securing for his ^his Security for the paying^ 150 pds of a year out of the Office in lieu of his Share of it in the former Patent. I have avowed to my Lord H, that I did intend to indemnify Mr Pemberton from being hurt by his Resignation & that he expected it that I would.2 But I should be glad that it might not appear that this was done in writing, tho I have not said it was not so. And therefore I could wish that Mr Pemberton would be content with this Papers still remaining with you.

    I confine this Letter to this Business,

    & am &c.

    The Honble Govr Hutchinson

    dupL, LbC      BP, 8: 112–113.3