American History Told by Contemporaries

Author: William Cosby  | Date: 1855

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A Governor’s Plea for Patronage (1732)


My Lord,

I HAVE ye honour to aquainte your Grace that Mr Smith Secretary of ye Jarsys dyed last Tuesday was sevent this is reckoned one of ye most considerable places belonging to these Provinces, & yett brings inn noe more then 450£l a year, supposeing that the possesor it was to doe ye duty himself, which ye deseasd Gentman never did notwithstanding he had it for above fifteen years, it was executed by two deputies, one for the East division and ye other for West, the Secretary himself generally living at Philadelfia, so that ye place was to him a sinecure. In this way the Deputys gave him suffitient security, that of ye East paid him 80ll a year, & that of ye West payd him, 180ll. a year, which all in sterling money makes about, 170ll , I have a very good Caracter of the Deputys, therefore have continued them upon ye same footing under my son Billy whom I have named, untill farther orders from your Grace, not doubting lint that out of your wanted goodness and indulgent care of us your Grace will further be so kind as to give it to him; besides it will give me a little more power in that Province then I had which I doe assure your Grace is greatly wanting to Governers in these parts, for ye Secretarys and their Deputys think themselves intirely independent of ye Governers and allmost act accordingly which is a very great hindrance to ye King’s affairs, (I doe not spake as to myself for I make ye right use of Mr Clarke he is my first minister) espetially at this time, since I am sorry to inform your Grace, that ye example and spirit of the Boston people begins to spread amongst these Colonys In a most prodigious maner, I had more trouble to manige these people then I could have imagined, however for this time I have done pritty well with them; I wish I may come off as well with them of ye Jarsys.

My Lord Augustus is with me, he is of all ye young people that I have seen the most agreeable & unaffected with ye finest notions of honesty and honour backed with a most excelant usefull understanding, and if I mistake not will turn out a very clever man. Grace and the little family joyns in their humble service to your Grace and the Duches, I have sent My Lady Duc[hess] a live beaver, it will eat frute or roots of any kinde, it must be keept near ye round or square ponds

I am My Lord

Your Grace most oblidged

and faithfull servant


I beg my service to Miss Betty.

E. B. O’Callaghan, editor, Documents relative to the Colonial History of flu State of New-Fork (Albany, 1855), V, 936–937.


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Chicago: William Cosby, "A Governor’s Plea for Patronage (1732)," American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. E. B. O’Callaghan in American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. Albert Bushnell Hart (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902), 153–154. Original Sources, accessed July 20, 2024,

MLA: Cosby, William. "A Governor’s Plea for Patronage (1732)." American History Told by Contemporaries, edited by E. B. O’Callaghan, Vol. V, in American History Told by Contemporaries, edited by Albert Bushnell Hart, Vol. 3, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1902, pp. 153–154. Original Sources. 20 Jul. 2024.

Harvard: Cosby, W, 'A Governor’s Plea for Patronage (1732)' in American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. . cited in 1902, American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. , The Macmillan Company, New York, pp.153–154. Original Sources, retrieved 20 July 2024, from