541 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square March 13th: 1767

    Dear Sir,

    I fortunately received your Excellency’s Letter of the 20th. January1 soon enough to acknowlege it by this Packett. I will endeavour to see Mr. Jackson soon, and talk with him on your Situation, which I confess to be very disagreable; and therefore on your Account (tho not from any publick consideration, far otherwise) I wish you removed to some other Government agreable to your inclination and Circumstances. I think however that I cannot be of any use to you in that pursuit; for the comfort of my life consists in my independency, and no man can be independent who solicits even for his friends. It is very hard after the universally acknowleged Services you have done, & risks which you have undergone, that you should have occasion to ask any thing either personally, or thro’ others; but the World is so made that the most just debts are not paid without duning.2 On the whole, if you are determind to leave Boston when an opening shall offer else where, I think you should communicate your wishes to the Secretary of State for the Southern department, and I am sure you may do it in a way neither importunate or assuming. As to an Augmentation of your Salary, I think there is no ground to hope for it, unless some American fund can be assign’d for the purpose.

    I am very glad to hear Mrs. Bernard’s health is better. My Cousin your Son calls on me sometimes & tells me he is going to you. I wish him and all your family all possible happyness and success, for I am very sincerely to them and to you Dear Sir

    A most faithful & obedient humble Servant


    ALS, RC      BP, 11: 67-70.