Presuming that you are by this time settled in your lodgings and official
business at New York, I have ventured, without waiting for express leave
from you, to prosecute a correspondence in which I expect the balance
of information and improvement will be in my favour.
Our winter has hitherto been remarkably favourable. The river was passable
on the ice but a few days before our Court was held. The passing is now
safe between this and Pownalborough, but
the bay, we are told, is not yet frozen; and the snow is not now more
than fifteen inches deep in our woods.
Nothing of consequence has transpired in this quarter,
except Colo. North's affairs; and this has made considerable noise.
His examination as you have doubtless heard, was had before Esq. Wood
at Vassalborough the 22. December, and the matter referred thence to the
Sessions at Hallowell term, for advice. The Sessions were of opinion that
the matter could not come legally before them; but consented to hear the
statement of the evidence produced before Esq. Wood; whereupon they proceeded
to to give their opinions as individual Justices (and not
as Sessions) which were six to two for acquitting Colo. North. Esq. Wood,
however, notwithstanding this advice, concluded the evening before the
Court rose to order Colo. North committed. But Colo. North having made
his escape, he arrested the officer for neglect of duty. Upon further
consideration, however, he thought proper to release the officer, who
has since sued Esq. Wood for false imprisonment. However this dispute
between the Justice