722 | From the Earl of Hillsborough

    (No. 22.)

    Whitehall 24th: December 1768.


    I have received and laid before the King your dispatches, Nos. 29, 30, and 31,1 and as every circumstance relative to the state of your Government is now before Parliament, I shall hope to be able to send you very soon the result of their proceedings. In the mean time2 I am to acquaint you that His Majesty approves your conduct in every part of it, and sees with concern and dissatisfaction how greatly His Service is obstructed, and the Dignity and Spirit of His Government destroyed, by the unwarrantable & unjustifiable behaviour of the Council upon many occasions, and more especially with respect to quartering His Majesty’s Troops; a Service, in the facilitating of which they were called upon, by every consideration of Duty to the Crown and of regard to the Peace of the Public to exert themselves to the utmost of their power.

    I am with great truth & esteem Sir, Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant


    Governor Bernard

    LS, RC     BP, 12: 25-28.

    Endorsed by FB: Earl of Hillsborough Dec 24 1768. Docket by Thomas Bernard: Approvg his Conduct. Variants: CO 5/757, ff 522-523 (ALS, RC); CO 5/765, ff 53-54 (L, LbC); Letters to the Ministry (1st ed.), 76; Letters to the Ministry (repr.), 102-103. Copies were laid before both houses of Parliament on 20 Jan. 1769. HCJ, 32: 124; HLJ, 32: 229.