786 | From Thomas Gage

    New=York June 18th. 1769.


    I am sorry to find by your Letter of the 12th. June,1 that the Question Major General MacKay was desired to ask of you about keeping Troops longer at Boston, has thrown you into any Difficulties. It was your own Opinion on this head, not the Opinion of your Council, that I am desirous to be informed of, as you must from your Situation be able to Judge what is best to be done for the King’s Service, much better than I can do at this Distance: and I mean to act for his Majesty’s Service as far as my Powers and Judgement will let me; which Inclination induced me to ask your opinion, for my own satisfaction; not to publish it or even make it known; at least on this side of the Atlantick. The Removal of the two Regiments shall be suspended, I know of no occasion there is to hurry them away, or can I see any Reason why other Provinces should quarter those Regiments, more than the Province of Massachusetts Bay. I hope soon to have your sentiments on this head in a plain and open manner, you must yourself be the properest Judge of it, without that the necessity of consulting other People.

    I am with great Regard, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant,

    Thos. Gage

    His Excellency Sir Francis Bernard,

    ALS, RC     BP, 12: 111-114.

    Endorsed by FB: Genl. Gage d June 18 1769 r June 23.