553 | From Lord Barrington

    Beckett July the 8th: 1767.

    Dear Sir,

    A few days since your Letter of the 20th. of May1 was sent to me hither; and I find by it with great satisfaction, that you are well, and Mrs. Bernard much better than she was. I flatter my self that your son is before this time safe at Boston.

    I most sincerely wish that your Salary may be so augmented, as to render your continuance desireable where you are. All Changes are troublesome & expensive; and as a good Englishman I must desire hope that you may remain in your present Government. No man ever serv’d this Country so essentially in that, as you have done. This is almost the universal opinion, tho’ some have vainly endeavour’d to insinuate the Contrary.2

    When I left London about ten days ago things were in the most unsettled state imaginable; and tho’ the Parliament has been since prorogued, I do not find that any thing has been done. Lord Chatham’s illness continues, he is still incapable of the least business, and his friends ^in Administration^ are afraid to act on their own Judgment, least when he returns to a state of Activity he should disapprove their proceedings: In the mean time we are absolutely without Government.

    I intirely agree with you in every opinion you express relative to America: What has been hitherto done by each Administration was wrong, there is the most urgent reason to do what is right, and immediately; but what is that right, & who is to do it?

    The Packett sails next Saturday & I shall not return to London till this day Sevnight: God grant that I may be able to send you a more Comfortable Letter by the Packett following!

    I am with my best Compliments to all my Cousins & with the greatest truth & Esteem Dear Sir Your Excellency’s most faithful & most obedient Servant


    Mrs. Yeamans3 dyed last month.

    ALS, RC      BP, 11: 71-74.