522 | To the Earl of Shelburne


    Boston Dec 30. 1766

    My Lord

    I have received your Lordships letter of Oct 11 recommending the Stockbridge Indians to my Care.1 If they had come to Boston I should have punctually obeyed your Lordships commands: But they arrived at New York. The cheif use I could have been to them would have been to help them in making out their Case; as their Difficulties have had their first rise in this province in the primary Cause. I shall soon see some of their Neighbours & will by them acquaint them with your Lordships good intentions towards them & my readiness to serve them.

    I have observed Your Lordships directions in Numbering letters I had then in hand 1. 2. I have figured this 0 that it mayn’t interrupt the Series of those letters. This regulation will be of great use, & especially in discovering interceptions and Miscarriages.

    Your Lordships letter of Sep 132 I have not yet done Any thing in: I shall lay it before the Assembly next Session. I have had a great deal of trouble to keep the Indians on our borders in order, being assisted but in a partial manner by the Assembly. But I have hitherto kept them quiet, tho’ some late outrageous Acts against them have made it a difficult work. I have some very late assurances from the Indians of their good disposition towards us: and if the Assembly will give me but a little Assistance, I can make them quite easy. I shall trouble your Lordship, more or less on this Subject as I see occasion.

    I am with great respect, My Lord Your Lordships most obedient and most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble the Earl of Shelburne

    ALS, RC      CO 5/756, ff 26-27.