_Account of Governor Hutchinson's Letters._
TO THE CLERK OF THE COUNCIL IN WAITING.
_Whitehall, Dec. 3, 1773._
The agent for the house of representatives of the province of
Massachusett's Bay [Dr. Franklin] having delivered to lord
Dartmouth, an address of that house to the king, signed by their
speaker; complaining of the conduct of the governor [Hutchinson] and
lieutenant governor [Andrew Oliver] of that province, in respect to
certain private letters written by them to their correspondent in
England, and praying that they may be removed from their posts in
that government; his lordship hath presented the said address to his
majesty, and his majesty having signified his pleasure, that the said
address should be laid before his majesty in his privy council, I am
directed by lord Dartmouth to transmit the same accordingly, together
with a copy of the agent's letter to his lordship, accompanying the
I am, sir,
Your most obedient humble servant,
(Signed) J. POWNALL.
TO THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF DARTMOUTH.
_London, Aug. 21, 1773._
I have just received from the house of representatives of the
Massachusett's Bay, their address to the king, which I now inclose,
and send to your lordship, with my humble request in their behalf,
that you would be pleased to present it to his majesty the first
I have the pleasure of hearing from that province by my late letters,
that a sincere disposition prevails in the people there to be on good
terms with the mother-country; that the assembly have declared their
desire only to be put into the situation they were in before the
stamp act: _They aim at no novelties_. And it is said, that having
lately discovered, as they think, the authors of their grievances
to be some of their own people, their resentment against Britain is
thence much abated.
This good disposition of theirs (will your lordship permit me to say)
may be cultivated by a favourable answer to this address, which I
therefore hope your goodness will endeavour to obtain.
With the greatest respect,
I have the honour to be, my lord, &c.
_Agent for the House of Representatives_.
TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN,
We your majesty's loyal subjects, the representatives of your ancient
colony of Massachusett's Bay, in general court legally assembled,
by virtue of your majesty's writ under the hand and seal of the
governor, beg leave to lay this our humble
I disliked the trade, and had a strong inclination for the.Page 23
Jonathan Shipley had his country house.Page 28
stock of cash consisted of a Dutch dollar and about a shilling in copper.Page 29
"Here," says he, "is one place that entertains strangers, but it is not a reputable house; if thee wilt walk with me I'll show thee a better.Page 45
" I inscribed it to my friend Ralph; I printed a small number.Page 52
Thus I spent about eighteen months in London; most part of the time I worked hard at my business, and spent but little upon myself except in seeing plays and in books.Page 59
We settled with Keimer, and left him by his consent before he heard of it.Page 61
William Maugridge, a joiner, a most exquisite mechanic, and a solid, sensible man.Page 70
In New York and Philadelphia the printers were indeed stationers; they sold only paper, etc.Page 92
In 1733 I sent one of my journeymen to Charleston, South Carolina, where a printer was wanting.Page 96
] [Footnote 117: Almanacs were the first issues of the American press.Page 97
Once bought, it hung by the big chimney-piece, or lay upon the clock shelf with the Bible and a theological tract or two.Page 111
And this is not the only instance of patents taken out for my inventions by others,--though not always with the same success,--which I never contested, as having no desire of profiting by patents myself, and hating disputes.Page 122
Some of these were inevitably at first expensive, so that in.Page 134
pepper, 1 quart best white wine vinegar, 1 Gloucester cheese, 1 keg containing 20 lbs.Page 137
Dunbar, when the command devolved on him, was not so generous.Page 143
I was escorted as far as Bethlehem, where I rested a few days to recover from the fatigue I had undergone.Page 145
No such honor had been paid him when in the province, nor to any of his governors, and he said it was only proper to princes of the blood royal; which may be true for aught I know, who was, and still am, ignorant of the etiquette in such cases.Page 149
Dalibard and De Lor at Marly, for drawing lightning from the clouds.Page 174