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Letter of William Parks, 1749.

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To the Honourable the Council William Parks Printer humbly begs Leave to lay before Your Honours the great Concern and Affliction he labours under, by having inadvertently fallen under your Displeasure, for not Printing your Orders in the Gazette. Had he been sensible it was a Duty enjoin'd in his Contract with the Legislative Body, as Printer for the Colony, he would not have hesitated one Moment in the cheerful Discharge of it. But, as on one Hand he apprehended the observance of that Order, was not enjoin'd him by his Contract, and on the other, that the matter contain'd in the said Order would give great offence to one of the Branches of the Legislature with whom he contracted, and thereby greatly prejudice, if not ruin, himself and Family, he confesses, with the greatest Humility his Want of Judgment in what manner to act, in this nice and critical Point. He therefore most humbly prays Your Honours will be pleas'd to take into your consideration, the above Circumstances, the infirmities of human Nature, and the Difficulties a Man must naturally meet with in the struggle with himself, when compell'd to be an Instrument towards his own Ruin; And he, with the greatest submission, hopes, from thence, that Your Honours, in Your known Goodness and Christian Compassion, will be pleas'd to put the most favourable construction on him for this involuntary Offence; for which he most humbly asks Pardon and will for the future take the greatest care to avoid doing anything that may give offence to Your Honours, and always be ready to act and behave in such manner in his station, as will, he humbly hopes, give your Honours satisfaction of his willingness to oblige your Honours as far as is in his Power. [at lower right] Wm Parks.