816 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    N 10

    Pall Mall Dec 4 1769

    Dear Sir

    I have received your Letter of Octr 23 and also those of Octr 27; & am particularly obliged to you for the Care you have taken in Regard to the Subject of one of the latter & desire your Continuance of it. The Account is very unpleasing but not quite unexpected.1

    I cannot learn that it is as yet determined in what Manner American Affairs shall be treated in the next Session. A few days must produce some Resolutions upon these Questions both with Regard to the Extent of the intended Repeal, and the Method to be used for the putting an End to the American Combinations against Great Britain & preventing the like for the future. If it shall be resolved to pursue this Business effectually, it will not be found difficult, & possibly may issue in such a Manner as may make the Managers of those unnatural Confederacies tremble

    In your Expression of your Hopes of a Repeal of the late Act, you mean the Duties, It is not clear whether you intend the Repeal of the three Articles, as they are called[,]2 or the whole Act including Tea. If the former you need not doubt of it; if the latter it is possible but the Odds are against it.

    The Expectation of a one American Parliament is the absurdest Idea that could enter into a Mans Head at this time. When we recollect what an Alarm the late Congress at New York occasioned,3 can it be imagined that such an Assembly would be authorised by Great Britain? There are Men of Authority & Power here, who (notwithstanding the foolish Notion of the Expediency of dividing the Colonies into many little Governments which has prevailed heretofore) would be glad to see America divided into several large Principalities, with a Constitution as similar to Great Britain as well may be. But the present is not the time for so great an Undertaking.4

    I have not yet had time to read over the Vindication &c: I have been congratulated upon it; & from what I have seen of it, with much Reason. It was advertised to be published by Almon immediately after the Arrival of the Ship. Their Publications have hitherto done me Honor; & I doubt not but this will have the same Effect. However I will not, if I can help it, enter the Lists with Writers who have set Truth at Defiance, & appear to be inspired by the Father of Lies.5

    All the Vindication of myself which I am inclined to make is by a correct Publication of my Letters including those which the Faction has suppressed, & adding many others which have not come to their hands. By these will appear my true Sentiments of the Province & People over whom I commanded; & from thence will be determined how far I am to be adjudged their Enemy for having declared against the Policy of the Constitution of the Government after it had been rendered impracticable by the Successful Machinations of the wickedest Men in it.6

    I am &c.

    The Right Honble Lieut Govr Hutchinson

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 26–28.