726 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square Jan: 2d. 1769.

    Dear Sir,

    I have received your Excellency’s Letter of the 22d. Oct. and the Duplicate.1 All your Letters convey to me very unfavourable Ideas of your part of the world. There is only one comfortable circumstance, which is that the troops are quietly lodged in Boston. This will for a time preserve the ^publick^ Peace, and secure the persons of the few who are well affected to the mother Country. I wish there were a better prospect of such measures at home, as will tend to preserve the Obedience of the Colonies, and such have been proposed; I can moreover assure you that they have been relish’d by the majority of the Cabinet; but by some fatal catastrophe, two or three men there, with less ability, less credit, less authority & less responsibility than the rest, have carry’d their point and produced that flimsey unavailing Address which has past the Lords, has been sent down for concurrence to the Commons,2 and which will be considered by them after the Holydays. I think there is a bare possibility that it may be amended in that House of Parliament. I think however it is determin’d by all the ministers, not to repeal Mr. Townshends Acts till the Colonies have submitted thoroughly to them.

    The Picture I have drawn of things here will not encrease your inclination to remain at Boston. I earnestly wish you were removed to some other Government; or provided for at home ^to^ which your Services abroad give you the justest claim. I have said & shall say this at all proper times & to all proper persons. I am fully instructed as to your wishes concerning other Governments, except that I am not clear whether you should like Barbadoes if it were to become vacant; and in that respect I beg full & clear information. You may be assured that I shall do you every good office in my power, according to your own Plan. As to S. Carolina it is not vacant, or likely to become so,3 & I well remember’d your sentiments concerning that province.

    I beg you will present my best Complimts. to Mrs. Bernard and to all my Cousins. I wish them & you many happy years and am with the most perfect regard Dear Sir

    Your Excellency’s most faithful & most obedient humble Servt.


    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 33-36.

    Endorsed by FB: Lord Barrington d Jan 2 1769 R Mar 14. FB replied with No. 753.

    Augustus Henry FitzRoy, third Duke of Grafton. Oil on canvas, by Pompeo Batoni, 1762. © National Portrait Gallery, London.