853 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 37.

    Hampstead. July 27. 1770.

    Dear Sir,

    Since I made up my Packet to you I have enquired in what State your Commission stands, & I find it rests at the Kings Warrant to the Attorney general to prepare a Commission: It therefore cannot be perfected till My Lord H’s Return from Ireland: but he assures me that it shall make no Alteration in the Commencement of your Salary.

    My Lord is very much alarmed at the Practices to divest the King of Fort hill; & depends upon your taking all proper Measures to counterwork this Intention.1 My Lord would have wrote to you himself upon this Subject; but he is in a great Hurry, & Mr Pownall is out of Town: He therefore desired me to write to you. I don’t see that you can do any more than to protest continually against the buying selling occupying and improving this Ground on Behalf of the King, that the Purchasers may have no Pretence to complain hereafter of being divested of it. The King’s Title is very plain under the Charter & an Occupation in2 pursuance thereof. But how is the Town who is not a Corporation capable of being seized of Lands & conveying them to Purchasers? This is a Mystery to me, unless there is a Title deduced to Trustees for the Use of the Town. And I suppose there is no such thing, in regard to this Land at Least.

    I am &c.

    The Hon: Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 111.