668 | To the Earl of Hillsborough

    No 18

    Boston Aug 29 1768

    My Lord

    I have received your Lordship’s letters No 8 & No 9;1& think it proper to advise your Lordship by the first Ship which sails from hence that they did not arrive here till Aug 20 that is full 14 weeks from London. Also the June mail is not yet arrived being now in its 12th week from London. I mention these, that there may be no imputation of neglect in me, either as to acknowledging or executing your Lordship’s orders.

    I shall lay the letter No8 with it’s inclosures before the Council & consult with them of the best means to apprehend the Murtherer,2 if He should come in to this Province. In regard to the Letter No 9, I have allways given the Commissioners of the Customs & their Officers all the Assistance & support in my power. But that Power is now reduced so low, that I can be of very little Service in that respect.

    I inclose the printed Account of the celebration of the 14th of Aug being the day of hanging the stamp officer in effigy & destroying his house in reality. This is the third Anniversary celebration of this day: At the head of the procession were 2 principal Merchants who have all along abetted the parades of the Sons of Liberty. In the procession, as I have been informed by sevral Persons, was one Moore, who was a principal hand in pulling down the Lieut Govrs House, was committed to Goal for it, & rescued from thence by a Number of people in the night. This Man is now at liberty to celebrate those exploits, by which He legally incurred the penalty of Death.3

    I am with great respect, My Lord, Your Lordship’s most obedient & most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble The Earl of Hillsborough

    ALS, RC     CO 5/757, ff 379-380.

    Endorsed: Boston August 29th: 1768. Governor Bernard (No. 18) R 9th: October. A.43. Encd. Enclosed a copy of the Boston News-Letter, Postscript, 25 Aug. 1768.4 Variants: CO 5/767, ff 71-72 (L, RLbC); BP, 7: 25-26 (L, LbC); Letters to the Ministry (1st ed.), 50; Letters to the Ministry (repr.), 67. Copies of the letter together with the enclosures were laid before both houses of Parliament on 28 Nov. 1768. HLL: American Colonies Box 3.