444 | To Sir Henry Moore

    Boston Feb 23. 1766


    I am favoured with yours of the 17th inst1 & would not miss the return of the post to answer it as far as I can in so short a time.

    The Account of the Affair2 at New London I had from the Mouth of a Gentleman of undoubted Credit who dined at a Tavern in New London on the first of Janry the day after ^the^ meeting with the New York Messengers. In the Company was one of the Persons who had been at the meeting the Evning before; & he in open Company gave the Account of what passed at the Meeting in manner as I have informed you. I dont think myself at Liberty to mention the Name of the Gentleman who informed me, nor the name of the person who gave the Account to him, without his leave: Nor do I think this a proper time to make an enquiry into a business of this kind. But If Mr Sayers is Very zealous of his Character so as to admit of no delay, He may easily procure Evidence of these Declarations at New London; for, as I am assured, it is known to evry one in the Town: and as there were 7 persons at least in Company with Mott & Hughes upon this occasion, it is hard if he cant prevail upon one of them to testify the declarations concerning him. When I see the Gentleman who informed me, I will acquaint him with this; and if he gives me leave, will inform you of the Name of the person who informed him: but It is so little a Secret at New London, that information cannot be wanted from hence.

    I received your packet for Lord Colville & delivered it to Captn Bishop of the Fortune, who put it on board the Halifax packet the same day.

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

    Fra. Bernard

    Sr Henry Moore Bart.3

    ALS, RC      BL: Add 22679, f 9.