The Papers of Governor Francis Bernard

    4 January 1766 — 7 December 1767

    426 | To Francis Bernard Jr.

    Boston, Jan. 4, 1766.

    Dear Frank,

    I have been prevented writing to you by the troubles of this Country which have interrupted all my private correspondencies: and I have received from you but a small pittance of letter.1 I considered this as ominous, & have found it so, having at lenght received accounts of you that are extremely disagreable.2 I will not complain or expostulate; but only desire you seriously to consider what is to become of you. I must again repeat to you that 1000 pounds is all you are to expect of me, & the Intrest of it only, till you can be trusted with the principal: You must therefore contrive to live within that income. I have heretofore made proposals to you of all Kinds of Employment that I could think of; & they have been all rejected. And indeed, since the experiment of your term of probation at College, I dont think you capable of a civil Office: at least I shan’t venture to recommend you to one. There is therefore Nothing left but the Army, which you have before declined: but it now affords a more favorable prospect, as Lord Barrington is Secretary at War.3 I would therefore recommend to you a Commission in some corps which is going abroad, either to the East Indies or to America, as it can be procured or you shall choose. If we can procure you a Commission for Nothing, I shall be able hereafter to advance Mony for your promotion. If you approve of this, no time should be lost: I will write to Dr Barrington to desire him to mediate between my Lord & you; & also to some other friends upon this Subject.4 If this is rejected, I have but one other Offer to make, which is, that you would choose some place in England for your residence, where you can live for 50 or at most 60 pounds a year,5 which shall be regularly paid: and I shall be content to have one dead Weight in my family, hoping it will be the only one. I can’t at present ask you to Boston, because I think it not improbable, that I myself may be in England before this year is spent. Besides, I must deal fairly with you: I cant propose your constantly residing with us, ‘till I see some Amendment in you. Mrs Bernard is so tender in her make, & so sensible in her feelings that, your Conduct, if not altered, would destroy her: She was much hurt by some things that passed here before. For my own part, I shall endeavour to keep an even mind towards you; & to be, as much as I can,

    Your affectionate father,

    P.S.6 I have enclosed a letter to Dr Barrington in one to Mr Gilpin,7 which last you are to wait upon to talk upon your subject.

    AL, LbC      BP, 4: 95-96.