543 | To the Earl of Shelburne

    No 12

    Boston Mar 30. 1767

    My Lord

    In obedience to the commands signified in your Letter No 41 I transmit to your Lordship a Copy of the last Fee bill which contains all the fees of the Offices of the Government. The fees of the Court of Admiralty, the Custom house, the Naval Office &c, as now perceived, are not included in this Bill; those Offices never having submitted to the regulations of the Assembly, as indeed it was impracticable. Fees for Grants of Land there are none, nor any charges or perquisites, except the Actual Expence of surveying the Lands, which is ordered & paid by the Grantee. Of the Mode of granting Lands I have before wrote to your Lordship.

    I should have been more particular upon this Subject if it was not in my power to referr your Lordship to former dispatches of Mine for a more perfect Account of fees than I can make now. The Account I then sent took me2 up some Months in collecting together. This will be found in my Letters to the Lords of Trade dated Aug 16 & Oct 27 1764,3 & the inclosures thereto belonging. Your Lordship will perceive from thence the unavoidable delay which attended that business, & therefore will excuse the unnecessary repetition of it.

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

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble The Earl of Shelburne.

    ALS, RC      CO 5/113, ff 101-102.