Correspondence from Thomas Cushing to Jasper Mauduit Regarding Passage of the Sugar Act

 

Thomas Cushing

Correspondence from Thomas Cushing to Jasper Mauduit Regarding Passage of the Sugar Act

Boston Novr. 17 1764

Sir,

This will be handed you by Mr Bela Lincoln, a Gentleman of my acquaintance whom I recommend to you [your] Patronage. Any respect shown him will be gratefully acknowledged; His Father is one of our Council, he himself is a Member of the House and Represents the Town of Sherburne & can Inform you, more particularly than I can do by Letter, of the Sentiments of the Members of the General Court respecting the late Act of Parliament as also relative to that which is proposed to be pass’d the next Sessions — The House of Representatives were clearly for making an ample & full declaration of the exclusive Right of the People of the Colonies to tax themselves & that they ought not be deprived of a right they had so long enjoyed & which they held by Birth & by Charter; but they coud not prevail with the Councill, tho they made several Tryalls, to be more explicit than they have been in the Petition sent you, in short they were reduced to this alternative either to join with the Council in the Petition  forwarded you by the Secretary or to petition by themselves & considering they had wrote you fully upon the matter of Rights ye last session & had sent you a small tract entituled, The Rights of the British Colonies in general & of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in particular briefly stated, which they then desired & expected you woud make the best use of in your Power, they thought it ye less necessary to remonstrate by themselves at this time & therefore upon the whole determined to have the weight of the Council as far as they coud, & so concluded to join with them in the present petition tho’ not so full as they coud have wished — You will therefore collect the sentiments of the Representative Body of People rather from what they have heretofore sent you than from the present Address As the People throughout ye Continent are greatly alarm’d at this Infringement, as they apprehend, of their most Essential Rights, I hope their Sentiments will have their due weight with the Parliament. I conclude with great respect Your most humble servant,

Thomas Cushing