727 | From the Earl of Hillsborough

    No. 23.

    Whitehall 4th January 1769.


    I have received and laid before The King your Dispatches Nos 32, and 33,1 which appear to contain only further accounts of the obstruction given by the Council to Government in general, and of their determined resolution to pursue a Conduct that can have no other effect than to defeat the Measures His Majesty has thought fit to adopt for restoring peace and good order in the Town of Boston. __ As the State of the Province is still under the consideration of Parliament,2 I have nothing to add to what I have already said to you in my Letter No. 22, upon that Subject,3 and have only to repeat to you that so soon as the proceedings of Parliament are brought to a conclusion, I shall not fail to transmit to you the result of their deliberations, in the meantime, I am persuaded there will be on your part, no relaxation of that Attention to the execution of your Duty which does you so much credit, and that you will steadily and firmly pursue every Constitutional measure for the support of His Majesty’s Authority, and the dignity of His Government.4

    I am with much Esteem & Regard Sir, Your Most Humble & Obedient Servant


    LS, RC     BP, 12: 37-40.

    Annotations were probably added by FB. Endorsed by FB: Earl of Hillsborough d Jan 4 1769 r Mar. 14. Docket by Thomas Bernard: That Am Affairs are before Parliament__. Variants: CO 5/758, ff 1-2 (L, AC); CO 5/765, ff 54-55 (L, LbC); Letters to the Ministry (1st ed.), 76-77; Letters to the Ministry (repr.), 103. Copies were laid before both houses of Parliament on 20 Jan. 1769. HCJ, 32: 124; HLJ, 32: 229.