170 | From Jeffery Amherst

    New York, 31st: October 1762


    Colonel Amherst Joyns with me in Returning our Compliments for Your very polite Letter of the 25th. Instant, which I had the favor of Receiving last Night.643

    I had likewise a Letter from Mr. Goldthwait,644 In Regard to the Employment of the Provincials that Remain at the Castle: I am Still of the Same Opinion that it would by no means Answer to forward them Either to Halifax, or to the Westward: If they were Deserters, their Serving as Provincials is not punishment Sufficient, And I Should be glad they were Obliged to Enlist into the Regular Service, provided they are proper Subjects, of Which Lieut Elliott may Judge.

    As Your Letter of the 23d. Septem:645 came to hand About the time of Your Setting out for Penobscott, I Deferred Acknowleging it untill your Return; I am now to Acquaint You that having Received Directions from the Lords of the Treasury646 to Transmit to them Certificates of the Number of Troops Levied, Cloathed &c. by Each of the Provinces for the Service of the Year 1760, and to Continue to Return the Like certificate for Every Year, I am preparing those for 1760, 1761, and 1762. In which the Massachusetts Government will of Course be Included, and So Soon as they are ready I shall Transmit the whole to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty’s Treasury, Agreable to their Lordships Directions.

    I am with great Regard Sir &c.

    Governor Bernard, Boston.

    L, LbC WO 34/27, p 283.