781 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square June 4. 1769

    Dear Sir,

    I have communicated to Lord Hillsborough your Letter of the 15th of March1 concerning a Complaint made by Colonel Dalrymple, whose representations have done you no harm except among those who were before very ill inclined towards you. His Lordship is not one of this number, and agrees with me that your whole conduct in respect to the Troops has been not only innocent, but highly meritorious. Whoever had a doubt before, must be clear in respect to that matter after reading your Letter which I am now answering, and the Papers by which it is accompany’d.

    I have also shewn to Lord Hillsborough your Letter of the 18.th2 the opinions of which he entirely approves. as to that part of it which concerns your self, he would most undoubtedly offer you Barbadoes if it were vacant. I have never forgotten your determination concerning that Government; but as I never lived in any sort of intimacy with Lord Shelburne I did not mention it to him: You have lost nothing by my Silence.

    I am now come to your Letter of the 12th of April3 the last I have received from you. When it became necessary to Communicate the Situation of America to Parliament, none of the material lights received from thence could be retain’d, I mean those which came in an official Way. Every Paper laid before either House is immediately known to the whole world, a very inconvenient Circumstance in our Government: I do not however see how the knowlege of your Correspondence can do you any harm in the Massachusets, for there is not one expression in it which goes injuriously to the Colony, quite otherwise. It is true you do not spare the factions, and it is your merit to have attack’d and resisted them in every possible way, by which you were as obnoxious to them before your Letters were seen, as since: Besides you are on the point of leaving your Government, and I have even doubts whether this Letter will reach you. I shall not write any more unless I find you continue on the other side of the Water longer than I expect. I wish you, Lady Bernard and all my Cousins a safe & happy passage, and I am to them all as well as to your Excellency,

    A most faithful & obedient humble Servant


    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 99-102.

    Endorsed: Lord Barrington d. June 4 1769 r in London Nov 17.