515 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square Decr 13. 1766.

    Dear Sir,

    I fear I have not acknowleged either of your Letters dated in April:1 The first of them expresses an earnest wish to leave Boston, the second a willingness to remain there. As there is no inconstancy in your mind, I conclude this change arises from your finding before the middle of the month that no Troops were coming into your Province; a circumstance which you apprehended a fortnight before, & which you thought would lay you under great difficulty. Be assured that your wishes will be always accompany’d by mine.

    I have never had any intimation from General Gage that he intended to send Troops into New England. He knows my opinion, which is that they should not be quarter’d in the old Colonies which have been long settled and inhabited, unless call’d for by the Civil Magistrate or Government of the Province, as necessary to preserve the publick peace. I open my self very freely to you, and know that I may safely trust your discretion.

    We have lately had some considerable changes here: I need not mention names or offices, as the publick papers will give you full information of those Particulars.2 It seems to me on the whole that there was both passion and faction in the resignations. The Minister (who declares himself the strenuous opposer of faction) would willingly have brought in several of the Duke of Bedfords friends3 as individuals; but they wanted to come in as a Body, which was not permitted. The ^vacant^ offices have been given partly to old Servants of the Crown displaced by different administrations, & partly to Men who would take Employment by themselves. I think on the whole that the arangement has been well made; & I have a very good opinion of the stability & strength of Government: I hope it will soon turn its consideration to the Western as well as the Eastern part of the Globe. Lord Hillsborough has left the Board of Trade where he was not situated to his Satisfaction, & is intended for high & important employments when vacant, but at present he is one of the Post masters General.4 Mr. Nugent (created Lord Clare in Ireland) is at the head of the Board of Trade.5

    I beg you will assure all my Cousins of my affectionate regard, and that you will believe me to be Dear Sir

    Your Excellency’s most faithful & most obed Servant


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    A few days ago I reced a Letter of introduction which you had given to a Gentleman who dyed at his landing at Portsmouth.6 From the Character you give of him I much regret him at think him a great loss at this Juncture.

    ALS, RC      BP, 11: 53-56.