[dateline] Weymouth July 25. 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
My Letter of the 1st. of May last1
gave You some Account of the Proceedings of the Convention, the Business of which
has been since compleated, the Constitution agreed upon And in September We shall
proceed to the Choice of Governor, Lt. Governor, Senators, &c. On the last Wednesday
of October the first General Court is to be held.
Had a Negtive on the Governor and his Appointment of the Militia Officers been insisted
upon in the Convention, I am persuaded it might have been carried, and accepted by
the People. But a Fear of losing the whole prevented some of the leading and most
able Members from pressing it.
As You will from other Hands receive an Account of the Politicks of the Day, I shall
say nothing upon the Subject—and shall for Your Amusement give You a Journal of the
Weather from November last with some Observations on the Darkness of the 19th. of
May, relying that what was pend down in a loose Manner for my own private Amusement
and now presented to You in its native state, will meet with Your Candor.
An Academy of Arts and Sciences is now established here, the incorporating Act will
be transmitted to you—a List of the Fellows You have enclosed.2
—What shall we do for want of Funds! Can we hope for Benefactions from abroad. I hope
the tender Plant will somehow or other be nourished but I am sure it must be watered.—Adieu.
[salute] Yours with Affection,