872 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 49

    Hampstead, Nov 15, 1770

    Dear Sir,

    I now proceed to the other Part of your Letters which I have not before answered — Lord H & Mr P cannot beleive that the Copies of Letters which you mention came out of their Office: however an Enquiry will be made.1 If any particular Letters which could be had nowhere else could be discovered it might afford Means of Detection: but I doubt of there being such. I think you need be under no Apprehension for your Letters: the Impropriety of exposing Governor’s Letters is now well understood; & last Session it was admitted on both Sides; & Copies of Letters were not desired by the Opposition. But Copies of such Papers as were laid before Parliament are as easily obtained as ever.

    I do not remember that you put a Question to me concerning your Salary: I cannot now look over all your Letters to find a single Paragraph, as you dont point out the Time in which such Letter was wrote. If you & the Commissioners are satisfied with the same Explanation of the Order, execute it accordingly, & receive Your Salary to March last & I dare say no Exception will be taken to it.

    I am sorry your Mind was so agitated when you wrote your late Letters, cheifly upon Account of your private Letter to Lord H which has greatly disappointed ^him^; & it is well, if it has not worse Effects.2 There is such a Propensity to avoid Business which will give Trouble, that every thing which will tend to it is laid hold of. I wish your Letter maynt be applied to such a Purpose. It is apparent that the Intention has cooled since the Receipt of your Letter.

    In a former Letter I wrote only upon Phillips’ Account, who is certainly the cheif Object of a Compensation; tho I am well aware that there are others who want Releif besides him.3 But an Encrease of the Charge & the Number of the Objects must be avoided, as tending to prevent any Releif, being procured. I have thought that a Letter from Lord H to Genl Gage to recommend to him to make Provision for such of them as he can Employ may be of Service; & I will mention it. I still think a Petition from Phillips to the King may be of use: but you must assist him in preparing it.

    The Manner of settling the Command of the Castle so as to make it dependent upon the Government is of great Consequence & must have due Consideration. In the mean time you have happily done the Business so as to prevent any Ill use being made of it in Parliament, where you know this Question has been agitated & will be again.

    The Ministry will have a large Majority in Parliament: on the first day the Party in Opposition in both Houses made a poor hand of it & did not chuse to divide the House, & indeed there was scarce any Question to make a Division upon. But then it must be considered that Geo Greenville was just dead,4 & Lord Chatham was gone into the Country upon the Occasion. But the Opposition will have Power enough to keep continually teizing the Ministry so as to make them afraid of doing many things which ought to be done. The procuring a Lord Keeper (Mr De Grey) is an happy Removal of a great Difficulty.

    I am much obliged to you for your Care in my Sons Business, & am &c.

    His Excell’y Govr Hutchinson.

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 150–151.