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this matter and thought it not prudent to move it at present, especially as they learnt from some letters from your Brother that he was desirous his name might not be thrown into controversy or be the occasion of any contention. The truth of the case is this. His Exc-ll-ncy the Gov-n-r, when Mr. Bollan was dismissed, was very desirous of Mr. Jackson's being chosen to supply his place, but the Court woud not hear of it. He then urg'd that Mr. Jackson might be join'd with you in the Agency, but was told that two Agents were unnecessary and woud encrease the Expence. This was a great disappointment to him (Mr. Jackson being his intimate and particular Friend). However the Court to gratify his Exc-ll-ncy empower'd Mr. Jackson in case of your Absence or Death to receive the Parliamentary Grants for the years 1760, 1761 and 1762, and at the same time instructed you to apply to him for advise in all Law matters; I something doubt whether this measure fully satisfied him, and when your proposal came to hand for the joining of your worthy Brother in the Agency, it might naturally be expected, that the G-v-n-r woud discountenance it and with his Friends woud use the same arguments against it as was urged in the like case against Mr. Jackson. However I am in hopes a little time will wear off those Impressions that were made upon the G-v-rn-r by the disappointment aforesaid, and that upon a thorough consideration of this matter he will concur in a compliance with a Proposal so much for the Interest of the Province. Another reason why it woud not have been expedient to have moved this affair at present is, that we have a new House and some Members are returned this year, who were not of the House the last year, that were intimately acquainted with Mr. Bollan, and we must give them some little time to let

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their resentments at Mr. Bollan's dismission subside. I
hope by the next Session the way will be clear for the
accomplishment of this matter. In the meantime, Sir, I
hope, and it is the desire of all your Friends, that you will
continue your good services for the Province and that your
worthy Brother won't be discouraged from still affording
you his kind assistance, which the Court have acknowl-
edged with thankfulness in their last Letter.

I understand you are concerned considerably in the
wooling trade. If I shoud be in want of a number of
Cloths and Woolins, shoud be glad to know upon what
terms you woud supply me. A few years past I used con-
stantly to import them, but the English trade has been so
overdone and the Country so overstock'd with goods that
there's been no Encouragement to import any lately. If
the trade should revive and there shoud be any Prospect
of a sale, I shoud be concerned that way again. I am with
great Respect Your most obedient humble Servant,

THOMAS CUSHING. [Memorandum,] Thos. Cushing, June 30, 1763, recd. August 20th.


BOSTON, August 2d, 1763.

SIR, By Virtue of an Act of the great and General Court,
made and passed at their last Session: I am impowered
and directed to draw upon you as their Agent for the sum
of £35,000.1 The Secretary of the Province by this Con-
veyance will send you the Act. I have already drawn on
you in favour of several Gentlemen, Agreable to the
Schedul inclosed amounting to £[blank].

1 The act is in Province Laws, IV. 662. An account of the bills drawn and interest
thereon is in Mass. Arch., civ. 245. The total was £35,222.12.8.

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I am in hopes the Parliamentary Grant to the Colonies as a Compensation for their services for 1761 is by this Time apportioned, that so you may be enabled to discharge my draughts with Honour.1 I am with great respect, Your most Obedient Humble Servant,


[Memorandum,] H. Gray, 2d August, 1763, recd Sept. 6.



BOSTON, August 23d, 1763.

SIR, On the Other side you have Copy of my last by Jarvis, also Copy of what bills I had then drawn on you, since which I have further drawn on you to the Amount of Eight thousand four hundred and fifty-four pounds according to the Account inclosed. My Compliments to your Brother, And believe me to be, Your most obedient humble Servant, H. GRAY.


BOSTON, September 23d, 1763.

SIR,The above is Copy of my last by Jacobson." Inclosed you have a schedul of what bills I have since then drawn upon you, Amounting to the Sum of £1,742.

1 The money was not received until November 25, 1763 — £42,774.16.0 - twothirds in cash and one-third in Exchequer bills. In September the payment had been held up. For though there was money in the Treasury, "yet the exportation of our coin was so great upon the universal bankruptcies abroad, that the Bank had desired, and they had determined to draw as little money out of it as possible. Soon after a new scene arose, which you will learn from the newspapers. The dissentions among the great is a subject to be lamented, but not to be particularized. In that general state of suspense you will not wonder to hear that the Treasury is adjourned and no business done." Mass. Arch., XXII. 309, 318. 2 The letter of August 2, 1763. 3 Letter of August 23, 1763.

being the needful from, Sir, Your sincere Friend and humble Servant,

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SIR, Mr. Edmund Quincy the Bearer hereof is a Gentleman of good sence and of a fair Character, and a Member of Doctor Mayhew's Church. I sincerely recommend him to your and your Brother's Acquaintance. Any notice either of you shall take of him will be gratefully acknowledged by him, who has the honour to be Your most Obedient Servant, H. GRAY.

[Endorsed,] Jasper Mauduit of London, Agent for the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, by favor of Mr. Quincy. [Memorandum,] H. Gray, Sep'r. 23, 1763, rec'd Nov'r 15.1


BOSTON, September 12, 1763.

SIR, Since my last I have had some conversation with Mr. Goldthwait, a member of the court and one who is nearly connected with the Governor; In the course of the

1 "The Governor has shown me your letter regarding the agency. From what I had heard of Mr. Mauduit for several years past I had formed the same opinion with you, that he was a very honest man, but had no other qualifications for an agent. When Mr. Bollan resigned eight or ten years ago, and Mr. John Sharpe was chosen in his stead, I was then much pressed by great part of the Court to have gone home; but my domestick concerns rendered it then impracticable, and altho' the same thing has been proposed to me several times since, and sometimes with a general voice, and when it would not have been disagreeable, yet Mr. B. being in the place and my friend, and the publick better served than it would have been by me, I never gave the least countenance to the proposals but discouraged every step that might forward them.. For two or three years I have been the butt of a faction, and although they have missed their aim and have not hurt me in the esteem of the best people in the Province, yet I question whether the present assembly would give their vote in my favor, especially as I am not sufficiently satisfied myself of the expediency of it to make any interest for it. I am turned of fifty and so in the decline of life, and could not so well bear the ungrateful returns which our American Assemblys generally made to those who endeavor to serve them as I could do ten or fifteen years ago. I am sure the Court cannot do themselves so much honor or the country so much real service in any other way as by complimenting you with the agency, seeing you do not wholly refuse it." Thomas Hutchinson to Richard Jackson, August 3, 1763. Mass. Arch., xxvI. 64.

conversation, he observed, that it appeared by your Letters, that by reason of Indisposition you were unable constantly to attend at the severall Boards upon the Province Business and were therefore desirous of having your Brother joined with you in the Agency. He further said, it was highly probable to him that immediately upon your Brother's being appointed, you would resign, which if the Court coud be assured of, he did not doubt but the desired appointment woud be made, but observed that it woud be necessary at the same time, as Mr. Jackson had been already taken some notice of by the Court, to appoint him standing Council, a measure which coud not be well come into, if you and your Brother both stood, as it woud be look'd upon by the Court as in Effect choosing three Agents, which he apprehended the Court woud by no means consent to. He said further, that to appoint your Brother Agent and at the same time take no notice of Mr. Jackson, woud give occasion of offence to Mr. Jackson and perhaps render him inimical to the Province. I told him that Mr. Jackson's being Standing Agent for the Colony of Connecticutt woud be an insuperable objection to his appointment. He replied, that if that was a sufficient objection to Mr. Jackson's appointment, the same woud hold good against Mr. Israel Mauduit's appointment, as he was Crown Agent for the Province of Nova Scotia, a fact I was not before apprized of and of the truth of which I should be glad to be informed: If it is so, pray inform me what his Business is as crown's Agent for that Province and whether it will be incompatable with his being Agent for this Province.

I hope you'll excuse me for troubling you with the substance of this conversation, the design of which, I apprehend, was to induce Mr. Mauduit's Friends to recom

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