620 | To William Dalrymple

    Boston June 10 1768


    When I had the Pleasure of seeing you at Boston I asked if Mr Palmer1 the Chaplain of your Regiment might have Leave to come to Boston if I could procure for him a Church to serve: I understood there would be no Difficulty. Such an Opportunity offers now: Christ Church (one of the Churches of this Town)2 will in a few Days will be destitute of a Minister. Their Rector is lately gone to England;3 they are now served by Mr Kneeland Chaplain of the Garrison at Louisbourg; he is to depart in a few Days, and then they will be glad to have the same Assistance from your Regiment & will esteem the Favour. Churches in this Country subsist entirely by voluntary Association and Subscription; and if their is any long Interruption of the Ministry of the Church it endangers the being of the Society. You will therefore consider this request as well for a public Service as a private Favour.

    I was to wait upon you at your Lodgings the noon of the Day you left Boston. It was to pay my Complts to you, as to deliver you the Letter I bespoke your Care of & to speak to you on the forementioned Subject and on another Affair I cant write upon.4 I should not have delayed it so long, if I had not observed the Wind all the while full against you, and thereby assured myself of seeing you. I suppose you yourself was hurried so as to have no Time to give me notice of your Departure.

    I am &c.

    Col Dalrymple5

    L, LbC     BP, 5: 265-266.

    In handwriting of Thomas Bernard.

    Map of Castle William. “A General and Particular Plan of the Island of Castle William near Boston, shewing the Works in their Original and present state, together with Sections through the same,” 1771. By John Montresor. MR 1/19, TNA.