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I paid the Governor £800 Sterling, or £1066.13.4 Lawfull Money in part of the Money in your hands, the Interest of which is to Cease from January 19th. The whole £800 I Took of Mr. Barnard, as I could by no Means make any Cessions to Mr. Trecothicks house, who I can't say, have us’d me well, and as I have wrote you very particular, shall say no more, but wait your Auswer, which hope will approve my Conduct.

Mr. Green is Arriv'd, and well, who begs Leave to Trouble you with the Inclosed. I have been with him, and am glad to find you have got a Remittance for 1759 Accounts, but he Tells me at 4/8 a Dollar, which is making you a great loser, and surely in Justice ought to pay at 5/ as the Accounts were made up at that Rate.

I am not able by this to add, as I had but one hours Notice of this Ship Sailing, and must beg your Excuse for the ill Connection of my Letter, I shall write you very particular by Capt Ochterlouy who goes for York next week.

I hope soon to hear from you, and am with the greatest Respect and Esteem, Honored Sir, Your most obliged and most dutifull Nephew,

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The former part of my Letter was wrote some Time ago, but the latter in great haste, as the Vessell was under sail.


London, March 31st, 1761. MY DEAR BROTHER, I have wrote you severall Times lately; I Received your Agreeable Letters by Folger, for which I Thank you, am glad to find you with the Family are well, all whom I long to see, and am not without hopes of having that pleasure in the Course of the Summer. Tho' at present I am quite undetermined in Regard to my Return, and shall be so, till I hear from my Uncle. You must Excuse me, as I am always Engay'd some way or other, from Giving you any Account of the Curiosities here, how I spend my time, and what is going forward in this place of Universal Resort, all this must be Deferr'd to the happy moment when I shall meet you all in Boston, and Chat over the Agreeable Scenes I have pass’d thro'. I am almost Tired of this place, and can't say but I want much to be with you.

I have had but one Letter from Mr. Perkins since I left Boston, which to me is upaccountable. I have wrote him often. I cannot write him by this Conveyance, must therefore Desire you will present my Duty to him and my Dear Mother in the Strongest Terms of Affection, my Love to my Sisters, and Respects to the Doctors all whom I wish very happy. I Really think hard of it that Mr. Perkins should not write me oftener, but he may be hindred by his Avocations abroad.

Pray present my Duty to my Uncle and Aunt, Love to my D[ea]r Hannah and Betsy, and to the whole Family, and to all my Friends as if nam’d.

I am Glad to find you give so close Application to Business, which is the only way to Establish a good Character in Life. By all means study to please your Uncle and Aunt, to whom you are bound by all the Ties of Gratitude and Love.

In Complaisance to you I can't write long Letters, but hope soon to do that in person which I now omitt in my Letters. I am with great Regards, Your Affectionate Brother,

Tell Cato I shall Bring him a Cap and French Horn, but if I don't find him a good Boy shall give them to Scipio.

To Thomas HANCOCK.

London, 11th July, 1761. Sır, -Our last to you was dated 30 May per Captain Dymond and Copy per the General Wall, since which have received your favor of the 16th April, 5 and 20 May last and 8 June, in which you remitted us General Amherst's Certificate for the hire of the Sloop Good Intent, Daniel Bragdon, Master, also for the Sloop Seaflower, Webster Master, and for the Sloop Victory, Jos. Purcell Master, all which are left at the Navy office, and expect to obtain Navy Bills for them payable in the course of the Navy which are now sold at about £8 per Ct. discount; in the same you also remitted us Geo. St. Loe Bill on Thomas Fisher Esqr. vallue £72. 8. 4. which is noted for non acceptance, and when due shall return it you with protest, as we have no expectance it will be paid.

We observe that Miss Hope is passenger on Board the Diamond. Captain Mackay, who is not yet arrived, and now fear she is taken. We thank you for your Civilities to her, of which shall advise her Brother Mr. Henry Hope who will thankfully pay the money £86.3. 3. you have advanced for her, which shall be placed to the Credit of your account with us. The twenty tons of hemp you order, shall be shipt you per the first opportunity, at present no Vessell bound for your port excepting Captain Jacobson, who sails in a few days, and in whome your Nephew Mr. John Hancock goes passenger, he is very well but hurried in getting ready for his departure, that we believe he will not be able to write you by this. We are much concerned to hear of the misfortune that befell the Prince George, but glad she was arrived with you. We have recd a Letter from Mr. Davis and the Owners, and are sorry the Latter applied to the Admiralty, for we think it would have been best to have saved that expence, we expect the Goods have been a long time delivered to the proprietors, which is expected by the Uuderwriters, who are willing to pay the Rausome &c. but we don't know whether they will pay any extra charges that may have been occasioned at Boston. We have by this, wrote both to the owners and Mr. Davis in answer to their Letters; We have no certainty of a peace yet, but hope it will be brot. about before this year is out; The King declared his intentions to marry a few days ago in Council to the princess of Meckleuburgh. We are with Esteem, Your very hble Servt


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11th July 1761.2 HONORED Sir, — I have not Time as I am Engag'd in preparing for my Voyage to write a long Letter, and this is a saving way, that I can ouly Acquaint you I long since Agreed with Captain Jacobson for a passage, and Expected by this to have been half way to Boston, but unexpected Detentions have Arisen, both with Respect to want of Goods aud Convoy, however can now say I am in great hopes we shall soon sail, she falls down the river on Tuesday, and I shall set out for Portsmouth by Land on Thursday, and if we are not Detained there in waiting for Conroy, shall in a Week be on our Passage, which in Compliance with your orders, I am very earnest for, and my assiduous Endeavours have not been wanting to get a Passage sooner, but hope all's for the best. The Difficulty of Transporting Baggage from hence to Falmouth prevented my going in the Packett to York.

You will please to present my most Dutifull Regards to my Dear Aunt, Mrs. Hinchman, and Respectfull Compliments to all my Friends, with whom I hope to be soon.

My Earnest wishes for your Health and Happiness, Concludes me in great haste, with the utmost Gratitude, Hovored Sir, Your most obliged and most Dutifull Nephew.

My Things are all going on board on Monday.

Professor WENDELL, in showing photographs of two portraits by Smibert, said:

The portrait by Smibert of John Gerrish, mentioned in Mr. Augustus T. Perkins's list, printed in the Proceedings (XVI. 395) for December, 1878, is almost certainly not of Judge John Gerrish (1645/6–1714), but of his son Captain John Gerrish (1668-1737/8), of Boston. Captain Gerrish was the father

1 Charlotte Sophia, younger sister of Adolphus Frederick IV, reigning duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The marriage took place September 8, 1701.

% This is on the same sheet as the letter of the merchants.

of Sarah Gerrish, Mrs. John Barrett, of Boston, through whom the portrait descended to the present owner, Miss Sarah Dorr Barrett, of Boston. An elder daughter, Anna, was Mrs. Joshua Gee, whose portrait by Smibert is in the possession of the Society

Another portrait by Smibert, not mentioned in Mr. Perkins's list, or in the additions thereto (p. 474), is that of Jacob Wendell (1691-1760), which in 1878 was in possession of Mr. Wendell Phillips, from whom it passed to its present owner, Mrs. John C. Phillips of Boston. This portrait, among the largest and most highly finished from Smibert's hand, may perhaps have partly inspired the familiar passage about family portraits in the first number of the " Autocrat of the Breakfast Table." Jacob Wendell was grandfather of Dr. Holmes's mother.

Mr. Lane made the following remarks:

In the course of the excavations for the subway on Massachusetts Avenue, near Harvard Square, Cambridge, a little to the west of Wadsworth House, an old foundation-wall, extending some forty feet, was uncovered on Monday, December 6. Only the lower courses of the wall were to be seen, the upper having been removed many years ago when the water pipes were laid in the street. Enough remained, however, to show that the smooth or inner face was toward the north, proving it to have been in all probability the cellar-wall of a building standing on the north side of the street. It may safely be claimed that the building itself must have been either the original*** Harvard College," built in 1638, or else Edward Goffe's house, which stood on the next lot, and before 1654 had been acquired by the College for use as a dormitory. It was called "Goffe's Colledge," and is described in the early College records as containing “ five Chambers, eighteen studies, a kitchen, cellar, and three garrets.” The position of the foundation wall to the west of Wadsworth House makes the identification of the building with the Goffe house the more probable. As the work of excavation progresses to the eastward, it is not unlikely that the foundations of the original College building may be found. The discovery is particularly interesting because the position of these buildings has never been known with precision.

Mr. FORD presented copies of two letters of James Otis on legal matters.


Boston, Decr 24th, 1764 SIR, — I have received the Sum of two hundred sixty two pounds sixteen shillings and ten pence sterling of the several persons whose notes Jno Gould indorsed agreable to the advice heretofore given you viz of Wheelright Erving and Royall and in pursuance of your directions to demand the Difference between £800 and the Ballance of your Acco' Current against the said Gould you then expecting as you said the £800 of Halliday and Dunbar since which but long after Gould failing I was sorry to find you are disappointed having as you inform me in yours of June last rec'd but £638 : 11 : 0 sterling of the Sum expected by Halliday and Dunbar. I heretofore informed

you of Gould's Misfortune. he failed in June and is since supposed lost at Sea about the time your Letter came to hand, being bound from the West Indies to the northward left in distress by a Vessel in Company since arrived that gives the information. As he has left nothing there will be no Administration, should there be


I shall file your Claim. I fear your Conjectures in yours of the same date, that it will not be in my power to do you any service relating your Demand on M' Dennie are too well grounded, tho I must tell you if you had been determined to loose what he and others owed you here, you took the readiest way in all respects. You first sent over a Letter and loose unauthenticated Acco's without so much as a power, when the power came it was without the accots annexed or sworn to as by Act of Parliament is required which last never recd as before advised you, till the 11 Octo" last by the London Packet Capt Calef with Gould Dennies and the Davis's Acco's proved, but even now these Accounts are so stated as that I am of Opinion I could not maintain Suits on them if contested. I shall point out the defects. Davis Acco' for Instance begins with the Article of Ballance adjusted in England, now, if this was sued they might demand a Copy of that adjustment, then there are large general Charges in all the accounts instead of particulars. However I have done as well as I could with the Mess" Davis who have settled with me, as you will find by the inclosed Copies, they have charged you £800 sterling they say they have ordered Halliday and Dunbar to pay you long since and by their last Letters it seems probable that Sum or the greater part of it is by this time paid. They have signed their Obligation to pay it with Interest if you fail of receiving it of Ilalliday and Dunbar, so will let me kuow if paid the first Opportunity. The Sales of your joint Concern consigned them your half as you say £189: 4: 10 is not they say compleated so have obtained no Account of Sales from them, and not


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