782 | From Thomas Gage

    New York June 5th: 1769.


    I am to acquaint you that I have sent Orders by this Occasion to Major General Mackay1 to embark the 64th: and 65th: Regiments, as likewise the Detachment of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, now at Boston, with all convenient Speed for Halifax. I have wrote to the General to conferr with you relative to a further Disposition of the Troops that will be left at Boston, after this Embarkation takes Place, and flatter myself to have soon thro’ that Channell, your Sentiments and Opinion upon that Head

    I have the Honor to be Sir, your most obedient humble Servant,

    Thos. Gage

    His Excellency Sir Francis Bernard.

    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 103-106.

    Endorsed: No. 5 Genl Gage d June 5 1769 a June 10.2 It probably enclosed a copy of Gage’s orders to Mackay. FB replied with No. 785.

    Mackay was to consult with the governor about “the necessity of continuing any of the Troops any longer at Boston” and to obtain his views in writing.5