887 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    No 58.

    Kensington gravelpits near London May 25. 1771

    Dear Sir,

    I think I have nothing to answer in regard to your last Letters, but that I made the proper Communications of them.1 What you desired at the Treasury is done or taken care of. Care is now taken of the Communication of Letters. As for the Letter of the old Woman you are visited for the Sins of your Great Grandmother who founded that Order.2

    You see Parliament is risen without doing any thing for you. It is not for want of knowing what should be done that your Government is left in this Condition. The continual Attacks of the Opposition weaken Administrations so that they cant pursue the Measures which the times require. And therefore any Business that can’t be done without trouble readily receives Excuses, when time and accident flings them in the Way. Thus after the mode of regulating your government was settled the dispute with Spain first occasioned its being deferred, & the accounts from Boston afterwards adjourned it sine die. And yet the American Minister knows and thinks upon this Subject as well as you or I do. video meliora proboque. Deteriora sequor.3

    I have endeavoured to shew the Necessity of taking care of the transpenobscotan lands, & think I have made some impression. Jackson & I are to talk with Secry Pownall about it; the former joins with me in the necessity of making a new Government of Sagadehoc. The cheif difficulties are, to find a fund to support a Government there without the Aid of Parliament; and to have the consent of the Massachusets. I think the first is practicable; and the other is not necessary, or if necessary, not difficult. What passed between you & the Assembly amounts to a dereliction; & a very small Compensation will be sufficient for what they set so little value upon. There are the seeds of a deal of Mischeif sown in that Country, which should be pluckt up before they get to any hight.

    I have seen Mr Palmer 2 or 3 times about your Coach; but have not been able to attend to it so much as I wished. The great Distance I am from him (6 miles at least) have made frequent Consultations impracticable: but he is very capable of the Business without my assistance.4 I have been this day in pursuit of Mr Pownall for letters I expect are to come to him for me: but he is out of town & I shan’t have them; if there are any, till Monday. If there is any Occasion I shall add to this.

    I am Sir &c.

    Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8, 168–169.