673 | To the Earl of Hillsborough

    No 20

    Boston Sep 10 1768

    My Lord

    I have received your Lordships letter No 11,1 by which I am ordered to consider his Majesty’s instructions with attention & observe what Alterations & Additions may, in my opinion be effectual for his Majesty’s intrests. This is a great task & to do it effectually will take up time. I will proceed upon it with the best dispatch: at present I have a good deal of public business upon my hands & more coming in; but I will get thro’ it as fast as I can.

    I have also received your Lordship’s letter No 14,2 by which I am ordered to assist & support the Commissioners of the Customs & their Officers, especially in discovering & bringing to justice all persons guilty of a breach of the Laws of Great Britain. My Power & that of the Civil Authority is at present reduced Very low: such as it is, it shall be exerted to the utmost for the said purposes.

    I am, with great respect, My Lord, Your Lordships most obedient & most humble Servant

    Fra Bernard

    The right honble the Earl of Hillsborough

    ALS, RC     CO 5/757, ff 394-395.

    Endorsed: Boston Septr. 10th. 1768 Govr. Bernard (No. 20) R 2d. Novr. A.46. Variants: CO 5/767, f 85 (L, RLbC) and BP, 7: 33-34 (L, LbC). Hillsborough acknowledged receipt of this letter with No. 712.3