651 | Circular From the Earl of Hillsborough

    (No. 15.)


    Whitehall July 11th 1768.


    As I observe that it frequently happens, that Intelligence of public Transactions in the Colonies is received by private Persons in this City, long before any official Communication of it comes to me for His Majesty’s Information,1 I conceive this Inconvenience must arise, in great Measure, from His Majesty’s Governors not availing themselves of such casual Opportunities of writing by private Ships as frequently happen, but confining themselves to the Channel of the Packets only: For this Reason I desire that you will for the future send your Dispatches by the first Opportunity that offers, & Duplicates of them by the next Packet; or in Case the Packet shall be the first Opportunity that offers, then you will send your Duplicates by the next private Conveyance.

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


    Governor of the Massachusets Bay.

    LS, RC     BP 11, 227-230.

    Endorsed: Lord Hillsborough No 15 circ d July 11 1768 r Sep 3. Docket by Thomas Bernard: To send Letters by private Ships Enclosed in No. 647. Copies were laid before both houses of Parliament on 28 Nov. 1768. HLL: American Colonies Box 2. FB replied with No. 674.