920 | To the Earl of Dartmouth

    Aylesbury, May 30. 1774

    My Lord,

    Your Lordship having given me leave to apply to you, for some little Office in America, on the behalf of my Son Thomas Bernard, whenever there should be a prospect of a proper Vacancy, I beg leave to represent to Your Lordship, two which are soon like to be vacant. One of which is the Naval Office of South Carolina, now held by Joseph Stevenson, who is said to be in a bad State of Health: this is said to be worth £200 a year, and not more. The other is the Naval Office of the upper district of James River, now held by James Robert, who is old: this is £100 a year, and not more.

    I should be glad to have him employed in an Office, which would find excercise for his Abilities, for which I have before sollicited Your Lordship, but such Employment not occurring, I am obliged to look out for a present Subsistence. The disappointments I have met with in my public service & the largeness of my family are so well known to Your Lordship that I need not repeat my apologies for giving this trouble.

    I am with great Respect, My Lord Your Lordships most obedient and most humble Servant

    Fra, Bernard.

    The Right Honorable The Earl of Dartmouth

    LS, RC      Dartmouth Papers, American Papers: D(W)1778/II/905.