568 | From Lord Barrington


    Cavendish Square Oct. 6th. 1767.

    Dear Sir,

    I have lately heard your panagyrick from Persons who are able to serve you.1 I understand there is a wish to give you some better Government, as a reward for your good conduct where you are. It is not impossible when Vacancies happen, that I may be ask’d what alteration of Scene would be agreable to you. That I may be enabled to give a useful answer, be so good as to inform me what Governments would, & would not be agreable to you at the present moment. Perhaps information on this head may be of use, perhaps of none; but your eventual Instructions can do no harm. I need not exhort you not to form sanguine expectations from the hint I now give you: The times are very uncertain; & when they are most fixt in this Country, a thousand Accidents happen between the Cup & the Lip.

    In this conversation I plainly perceived the strongest desire that America should become quiet; that no disputes should arise between the mother Country & it’s Colonies, or between Governours & their Assemblies. I venture to give you this hint for your information and guidance; not wishing that you should give up any thing on your side of the Atlantick Ocean, which is materially valuable on this. I am with my best Compliments to all my Cousins

    Dear Sir Your Excellency’s most faithful & most obedient humble Servt.


    dupALS, RC      BP, 11: 87-90.