427 | To James Gilpin

    Boston, Jan 4, 1766.

    My good Friend,

    The Cessation of your Correspondence is regretted by me on many accounts,1 & much for the sake of a young Man, whom with all his faults I can’t be unconcerned for. When I returned him to Christ Church for a year & three quarters, I meant that time as a Term of Probation in which he might recover his credit there, & give me some kind of Proof that he might be trusted in another Station. From what passed between him & me, I had reason to hope that he would make use of that time for those purposes. I have had no reason, till within these few days, to believe that he had greatly misbehaved himself, except what I drew from his not writing to me so punctually as he had promised. But within this fortnight, I have received letters containing hints of his misconduct, which tho’ obscure & uncertain as to particulars, are sufficient to show the Necessity of removing him from College disgraced & ungraduated as he is.

    But how or where to dispose of him is the Question: which has lead me to the recollection of an offer, which was made to me about 5 years ago by my Lord Barrington, then Secretary at War, of a Commission for my Son. I then declined it having other expectations of him: I now wish I had accepted it, &, as my Lord is again in the same place, desire to retrieve it, I know not anything I can do with him more suitable to his restless disposition, if He can be got into a Corps which is going abroad to some distant parts. I have therefore wrote to him to propose it;2 & if it is agreable to him, have proposed to engage Dr Barrington to mediate with my Lord in his favour. For this purpose, I have wrote to Dr Barrington a letter which I shall enclose with this under a flying Seal, which you may peruse, & then close with a wafer & deliver it. I must engage you to talk with the young Man, & interpose your advice as you shall think proper, & let Dr Barrington know his resolution.

    If he refuses this, I have nothing left to offer him but to choose some place of residence in England, where he can live for 50 or at most 60 pounds a year, which is more than his Share comes to; & so I have wrote to him. I cant ask him to America at present,3 not knowing how I shall be disposed of myself, untill an End is put to the present troubles in America. I shall direct him to wait upon you to talk upon the Subject.

    My Compliments wait upon all friends who remember me, particularly those of felicitation to Dr Cust, if he is with you.4 Mrs Bernard desires to join with me in compliments of the Season & all other good wishes to you. I shall be thankful for a few lines tho’ ever so short. I am Dr Sr

    Your faithful, and affectionate Servant,

    James Gilpin Esqr.

    AL, LbC      BP, 4: 97-98.