548 | To Lord Barrington

    Boston May 20 1767

    My Lord

    I have this Moment received your Lordship’s Letter of March 131 & take an Opportunity to acknowledge this & your former favour by a Ship which will sail early toomorrow.

    I so much approve of the principles of your Lordships Conduct in Regard to Sollicitations, that I would by no means break in upon them. But as there are more Ways of assisting a Business than the direct, & some of them very consistent with the Independence you desire to preserve, you will still permitt me to explain to your Lordship my Difficulties, my Wants, & even my Wishes, when reasonable; at the same Time professing my Desire not to engage your Lordship in any pursuit inconsistent with your System.2

    I find it necessary to suspend my purpose of solliciting a Removal untill I learn the event of my Sollicitation of an Augmentation of my Salary. If that should be rejected, it will give me a fair pretence to ask publickly for another Government; if it should succeed, it may make a change not desirable. I have had no Thoughts of charging such an Augmentation on the British Establishment; tho’ perhaps it may facilitate the Business for Great Britain to advance the first Payment as a loan. American funds for their own Civil Lists will allways be in the Power of the Administration; & therefore I cant think it will be long contested, after the Americans find it is resolved upon.

    I really think, without Vanity, that at this Time my removal from hence would do disservice: for the Faction, tho’ the Change were ever so much to my Advancement would triumph upon it. Indeed all Removals of Governors in Compliance with the Illtemper3 of the People serve to increase that illtemper: it is nothing but humouring a froward [forward] Child. This Government feels to this Day the ill Effects of Govr. Shutes not being sent back with an Increase of Salary & Authority; and the giving him an Equivalent to his Satisfaction has not prevented or lessened the mischeivous Consequences of his being displaced.

    Next Week The New Assembly meets & the Election of ^new^ Councillors takes place. Many people think that the Change will be for the better. I doubt it: for the Distemper contracted by the Stamp-Act seems to be too deeply rooted to be cured without physick; none of which has been applied as yet, unless what has encreased the Disease may be called so. However I must suspend considerations for myself, untill I see what Turn the public Affairs will take; which a Month or less will determine

    Mrs Bernard is in pretty good Health, not established.4 All my Children are perfectly well. I begin to expect my eldest Son every Day. I am with Mrs B’s compliments Sir ev’ry Day & my best Respects

    My Lord, &c

    Lord Barrington

    L, LbC      BP, 23-25.