134 | To Jeffery Amherst

    Boston July 11. 1762.


    I have this day received advice of a Spanish Fleet being at Newfoundland, that I think proper to send the particulars of to you by express; as it seems to me improbable but that it has some foundation, however the Circumstances may be exaggerated. Garrason Meirs,540 who came by land from Cape Ann to bring this Account, tells me the Winds have been so contrary, that I must not expect to hear from Halifax of the arrival of the advice of the Account he has brought for some days yet. If Any thing comes to morrow before the post goes out I will send it. The Launceston Man of War ^40 guns^ is here & the province Ship. If Lord Colville541 sends orders they will both join him. He has only the Northumberland 70 guns & the Sirene 20, & may be join’d by the Antelope 50 guns from Newfoundland This is the total of the Maritime Force north of Virginia. I am unwilling to delay the Express by waiting for Copies of the enclosed papers to send to Genl Monckton & therefore must beg you will communicate these to him & excuse my not writing to him.

    I am, with great regard, Sr Your most obedt humble Servant

    Fra. Bernard

    His Excellency Sr Jeffry Amherst.

    ALS, RC WO 34/26, f 171.