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Letter from Mr. Bollan to the Committee



Covent Garden, March 22, 1774.

GENTLEMEN: Contrary to my information, received from several officers of the House of Commons, the forenoon of the 10th, who supposed American affairs would be deferred to some day this week, the Bill, of which you have a copy enclosed, was brought into the House in the afternoon, and being read, no debate ensued; whereupon, yesterday was appointed for the second reading. Before that took place Sir Joseph Mawby moved that I might be heard in support of my Petition, which being opposed by Administration, was refused, chiefly on this ground, that it did


not relate to the Bill depending; but in the course of the opposition it was allowed there would be a time for my being heard upon a proper Petition. Sir George Savile, who first came out of the House, told me he had endeavoured to have the time ascertained when I should be heard; but this was not done. Afterwards, the Lord Mayor coming out with Sir Joseph Mawby, they declared their readiness to promote another Petition, after giving me some farther information hereupon. Before they came out the Bill had been read a second time, and committed for to-morrow, when I expect the debates will take place. As soon as this hasty letter is concluded I shall apply myself to the preparation of another Petition, proper, and least objectionable.

Enclosed you have copies of the past proceedings in the House, received from the proper officer.

I am, with the greatest respect for you, gentlemen, and the other members of the Council, your most obedient and most humble servant, W˙ BOLLAN.

The Hon˙ John Erving, Wm˙ Brattle, James Bowdoin, and James Pitts, Esqrs.