650 | From the Earl of Hillsborough

    Duplicate (No 14.)

    Whitehall July 11th 1768.


    The Commissioners of His Majesty’s Customs in North America residing at Boston having made further Complaint of Obstructions and Insults they and their Officers meet with in the Execution of their Duty, and having in a Memorial addressed to the Lords of the Treasury,1 represented in particular that about 60 Pipes of Wine had been illegally unloaded from a Vessel in the Harbour of Boston owned by Mr Malcolm, and that the said Wine had been conducted into the Town at Night by a great Number of People, I am to signify to you His Majesty’s Pleasure that you do give all the Assistance and Support in your Power to the Commissioners of the Customs and their Officers in the Discharge of their Duty, and especially in the discovering and bringing to Justice, all Persons who may have been guilty of any Breach of the Laws of this Kingdom either in the Case above referred to, or in any other whatever.

    I am with great Truth and Regard, Sir, your most obedient, humble Servant,


    dupLS, RC     BP, 11: 223-226.

    Endorsed: Duplicate No 14 Earl of Hillsborough d July 11 1768 r Sep 30. Docket by Thomas Bernard: To assist the Commissrs. An original was enclosed in No. 647. Variants: CO 5/757, f 100 (LS, AC); CO 5/765, f 23 (L, LbC). FB acknowledged receipt of Hillsborough’s letter with No. 672. Daniel Malcom avoided prosecution and died the following year.