723 | From John Pownall

    Dear Sir

    Inclosed I send you the resolutions & proceedings of the house of Lords upon the publick transactions at Boston in the Course of this Year, which trifling & ineffectual as I think them, will be rendred more so by a Spirit of procrastination that destroys the Spirit of business, & for the Commons to whom these resolutions have been communicated for concurrence have postponed the consideration of them till next month at their meeting after the holidays.

    I know you will say that it would have been better to have done nothing than not to have done more — and I wish the opinion may not be justified by the Event.

    I will not attempt to tell you all that passed in the House of Lords when these resolutions were agreed to but I must not deny you the satisfaction of knowing that your conduct & character was vindicated & supported in the warmest manner by our noble friend Lord Hillsborough, who upon this occasion as he has upon every other & in every place spoke of you in the fullest commendation.

    I want very much to know your real sentiments upon the present very critical situation of american affairs and the more fully I hear those sentiments the greater will be the obligation conferred upon

    Your most faithfull & afft. Humble Servt.

    J Pownall

    Decr. 24. 1768

    Govr. Bernard.

    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 29-32.

    Minor emendations not shown. Endorsed by FB: Mr J Pownall Dec 24 1768. Enclosure: resolutions of both Houses of Parliament, relative to the public transactions in His Majesty’s Province of Massachusetts Bay, [15 and 16 Dec. 1768]. FB received Pownall’s letter on 24 Mar. and replied the following day with No. 758.