UNDER his royal commission of 1758, Charles Read was seated in the council when it convened at Perth Amboy, March 31, 1761. Meanwhile, George II had been succeeded by George III, and on June 25 following, new commissions were granted the members of the council under the new sovereign. When the council reconvened December first, Governor Hardy administered the oath of office to which Read again subscribed.1
About this time Read was brought into a controversy over a supreme court appointment. Near the close of Governor Bernard's administration Nathaniel Jones, a London attorney, presented to the governor a royal commission to the chief justiceship. Five years earlier Robert Hunter Morris, when appointed governor of Pennsylvania, had written the Board of Trade that he wished to resign the chief justiceship, but his letter was not acknowledged. Now that his Pennsylvania assignment had expired, he insisted upon remaining in the office of chief justice. Thus the governor found himself in a quandary. Morris requested Charles Read and David Ogden, as "two of the ablest and most experienced members of the Governor's Council," to represent him when the matter came up for judicial decision.2 The outcome was that Morris remained in office and Jones returned to England.
The commissioning of William Franklin as governor of New Jersey followed shortly after Josiah Hardy's recall by the London authorities. Franklin had accompanied his father to London, had studied law at the Middle Temple, had received an honorary Master of Arts at Oxford, and had made himself agreeable in official circles. His appointment, ap-____________________