529 | To Lord Barrington

    Boston Jan 20 1767

    My Lord

    I continue to learn that your Lordships Opinion is full against my coming to England at this Time.1 I am therefore absolutely satisfied with this Determination, altho’ this Place continues to be made as disagreeable to me as it can well be without Apprehension of Violence. I call to my Aid what philosophy I am Master of, which is partly native: & partly acquired & does me great Service: I am also much releived by the frequent professions of regard which I receive from the most respectable persons in the province, some of whom are fellow sufferers. And I contrive to contrast my Labours with amusements of different Kinds of which I have a considerable Fund within myself. So that upon the whole I go on pretty well, & have not, I hope, lost an Ounce of flesh in all my Troubles.

    But, my Lord, I cant help thinking now & then what is to be the End of all these Things both as to the public & myself. It is evident to me that Great Britain must interpose with the Governments of America some Time or other. But it is fitting that the Ministry should see this at their own Time ^& prosecute it^ in their own Manner. Whilst Things are in Suspence I am willing to act in such a Manner as shall be most agreeable to my Superiors; let it only be pointed out to me. But it should not be expected yt. I can keep up government, without Authority, or regulate a people elevated by Success & made impracticable by inadmissible pretensions, without Support or Maintenance. When I have said that this Government is not like to recover itself by any powers of its own, I have spoke, not my Own Opinion, but the Sentiments of the ablest and wisest Men in the province. For my Part let my Conduct be brought to the severest Test, and it will appear that the Present Difficulties do not arise from me; for which a Review of my Administration for the four first Years will afford an irrefragable Argument.

    For this purpose, being cut off from the Hopes of representing these Matters in person, I have found myself obliged to endeavour to do it in a Series of Letters to the Secretary of State.2 This will be a disagreeable & tedious Work: but, as far as I can Judge, it is unavoidable. My Letters on this Subject are & will be very lengthy; and yet I know not how to contract them. I am sensible that long Writings are liable to be not well attended to: but the Subject is so important, that I cant venture to omit what is like to fling Light upon it. & so I must leave myself & my Writings to the Candour of the Minister.

    Another Step which I have taken is to make a Formal Representation of the present Income of the Governor & a petition for an Addition to his Salary. This I have intended to do ever since I have been Governor[,] & have only waited for a proper Opportunity: which I have thought to have occurred now by my being ordered to transmit to the Treasury an Account of the Annual Expences of this Government; & therefore concluding that this Matter would soon be brought upon the Carpet, I have made this Representation by a Memorial to the Secretary of State, & a petition to the King in Council both nearly in the same Terms.3 In these I have shown by what Means several Defalcations4 have been made from the Income of the Governor so as to reduce it to its present Sum, £1075 pr An which I have proved to be the sum total of the Salary Fees & profits whatsoever of the Governor for these two Years past & like to remain so. This, I have ventured to say, is not a competent or honorable Support of a Governor of an extensive populous & rich province living in one of the principal Capitals of America. And I have asserted that my annual Expences have often amounted to a greater Sum; & cannot be kept within the Bounds of that Sum, but by a OEconomy which must impair the Dignity of the Office

    Mr Jackson in a Late Letter writes5 that he thinks it very possible I might change my Government if I wisht it; & offers his Assistance if I have such a View. I write to him6 that near 5 Months ago I wrote to your Lordship on that Subject7 & then gave Reasons why it might be necessary for me to change my Government; & that these Reasons have not since seemed to lose their Force. I add that at that Time there were sevral valuable Governments vacant; of which I should decline Jamaica & the Leeward Islands upon Account of the Climate; that I should be very thankfull for Barbadoes, & should thankfully, accept S Carolina if that Governor went to Jamaica. That I had not much expectation of Success, unless I could attend the Sollicitation myself; and it was upon that Account among others that I was desirous of being ordered home. Upon the whole I desired Mr Jackson to talk with your Lordship; and if any Thing is to be done, to endeavour to steer it so as to give your Lordship as little Trouble as possible. My present disagreeable & dangerous Situation is my only pretension for troubling your Lordship at all, after I have allready received so many Favours from you. But this State of Inquietude Uncertainty & Hazard obliges me to neglect no Means which afford a prospect of Releif.

    I have the pleasure to inform your Lordship that Mrs Bernard is got into pretty good health & begs leave to present her compliments to your Lordship together with mine8

    I am &c

    Right honble Lord Barrington

    L, LbC      BP, 6: 9-12.