472 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square June 8. 1766.

    Dear Sir,

    I have received your Letter of the 27th. March,1 with one inclosed therewith for the Duke of Newcastle from Mr Pemberton: I have not deliver’d it to his Grace, because a joint grant to him and your Son past some time ago, (as I have already inform’d you) and in the manner desired by all Parties. I again congratulate you on the final conclusion of that business.

    I have consulted with Mr. Jackson and Mr. Pownall on the subject of your return: The former seems not to expect much advantage either to you or the Publick from coming hither: The latter apprehends you in some danger where you are, and therefore wishes you at a distance from Boston. If that be the case, every friend you have must be of the same opinion; but if you can remain in your Government with tollerable quiet & safety, I cannot advise you to leave it till some other better provision is made for you; a thing to which your Services universally known give you an indisputable Claim: We do not however live in times when such Claims are much regarded. I see no disposition, or indeed as things are constituted ability to settle any thing permanently, either at home or abroad; and therefore an expensive inconvenient Journey would only produce vexation and disappointment. I may be mistaken in the opinion I now give; but I am sure it is disinterested; for I wish very much to see you after so long an absence.

    The Parliament is just broke up without any considerable changes. We have got the Duke of Richmond for the Duke of Grafton, and his Grace has the Southern department;2 but it was agreed that America should be given to the board of Trade or a third Secretary of State: However this is not done, or at present much talk’d of.

    I beg you will present my affectionate Compliments to all my Cousins, and beleive me to be with the most perfect Esteem

    Dear Sir Your Excellency’s Most faithful and most obedient Servant


    ALS, RC      BP, 11: 13-16.