702 | From the Earl of Hillsborough

    (No: 20.)

    Whitehall Octor: 12th. 1768.


    Since my last Letter to you, No: 19,1 I have received and laid before the King your Dispatches from No: 14 to No: 18.2

    The King approves your having asked the advice of the Council, whether you should, in consequence of General Gage’s Letter, require Troops from Halifax to support the execution of the civil power, and preserve the peace of the Town of Boston; and His Majesty laments that their advice should upon this occasion so little correspond with what His Majesty conceives to be the duty of their Station, and what they owed to the safety of a Colony, in which the exercise of all civil power and authority was suspended, by the most daring acts of force and violence. What remedy it may be proper to apply to an evil of such a magnitude must remain for the consideration of Parliament.

    Your request to have instruction whether you should or should not issue Writs for a new Assembly to meet in January has been fully considered, together with the observations upon this matter contained in your letter No: 15;3 and I am to signify to You His Majesty’s commands that no new Assembly should be called before the Month of May, the time prescribed by the Charter for the election of a new Assembly, unless you should receive His Majesty’s directions for calling such Assembly before that time comes.4

    I am with great truth & regard Sir Your Most Obedient Humble Servant


    Governor Bernard

    LS, RC     BP, 12: 1-4.

    Endorsed by FB: Earl of Hillsborough No 20 –12 Octr. 1768 r Jan 4 1769. Docket by Thomas Bernard: dated Octr. 12. 1768 Directg not to call the Assembly till May — Variants: CO 5/757, ff 386-387 (LS, AC); CO 5/765, ff 43-44 (L, LbC). Copies were laid before both houses of Parliament on 28 Nov. 1768. HLL: American Colonies Box 3.