653 | From the Earl of Hillsborough

    No. 13

    Whitehall July 11th. 1768.


    I have received the Favour of your Letter No. 1,1 which contains Expressions of so much Partiality to me, that I felt distressed in the Performance of my Duty of laying it before the King. I take the first Opportunity to return you my Thanks for your obliging Congratulation upon the Honor His Majesty has done me, in entrusting to my Care a Department of so much Consequence to His Service, as that of His Colonies. His Majesty has been pleased also very lately to command me to preside at the Board of Trade, by which Arrangement, I trust, the Business of America will have quicker Dispatch than when the two Offices were in different Hands.2 The reducing America into good Order as You justly observe, is a very arduous Task; I am not vain enough to think myself equal to it, but it is my Duty to exert my utmost Application to obey my Royal Master’s Commands, and with His Gracious Support, and the active Assistance of His Majesty’s other Servants, I trust His Business shall not be neglected; and give me Leave to say that so often as I shall have the Aid of Governors zealous able and active in promoting the just Purposes of Administration, as You have approved yourself to be, I shall find much greater Facility in the Discharge of my Duty.

    Your Observation, with regard to the Impropriety of exposing the Letters of Government to Public View; which are in their Nature designed for the private Information of His Majesty’s Ministers, is but too well founded. There are Times when Motions for laying such before Parliament cannot be resisted, but I will never give my Consent to any Thing of a Kind so unjust and unfair to the Writers, when I see any Probability of being able to resist; and with regard to Copies from my Office, I will take especial Care that none shall be given: I hope therefore You will continue to write with the most entire Confidence. I am with true Esteem,

    Sir, Your Most Obedient Humble Servant


    Governor Bernard

    LS, RC     BP, 11: 219-222.

    Endorsed by FB: Earl of Hillsborough No 13 d July 11 1768 r Sep 3. Docket by Thomas Bernard: Approvg his Conduct Being in Ansr to No. 1. Although annotated as “No. 13”, this letter’s summative content suggests that it may have been composed after the business-like letters of instruction (Nos. 14 and 15 in Hillsborough’s series of out-letters) also enclosed with No. 647. Variants: CO 5/757, ff 98-99 (L, AC); CO 5/765, ff 21-22 (L, LbC). Copies were laid before both houses of Parliament on 28 Nov. 1768. HLL: American Colonies Box 2.