874 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No. 50

    Hampstead, Dec. 3. 1770

    Dear Sir,

    As I am now packing up duplicates of my former Letters, you may expect some fresh news: but I have none to send you. The present suspence between peace & War has put a Stop to all lesser Businesses & the reformation of your Government among the rest. If there is War, that certainly will not proceed; and if it is peace I much doubt whether it be revived. The Silence of the two Houses, upon that Subject, in their Addresses, & of my Lord N in his Speech upon the Address makes it probable that there is a disposition to drop that Business. If it is so, it will be a great Dissappointment to many People: whether it will be so to the writer of a Letter I mentioned in my former is here a Matter of Doubt.1 Be it as it will, I am satisfied that all Persons who are Parties to the defeating this Purpose, will repent of it before it is long. I have no Interest in it myself & I wish as well to the Province as any one in it.

    The Ministry carry every thing before them; upon the last trying Question the Numbers in one house were 55.21; in the other 225.101.2 All the Dependence of the Opposition is upon a War; & therefore they labour hard to drive Government into it. But the best Opinion is in favor of Peace. The Ministry was offered 60,000 Seamen by the Opponents but accepted only 40,000.

    Having received Advice that the Tweed got to New York on Octr 18 & was to sail for Boston3 immediately, I reckon that Lady B will probably be at Portsmouth within this Week; & therefore shall set out for it tomorrow without waiting for Advice of her Arrival. When I come back I shall be able, possibly, to write to you to more Purpose. The Commissions are all ready & will go this Week.

    I am Sir &c.

    His Excellcy Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 152.