866 | From John Bernard

    Boston, NE, Novemr 5th, 1770−

    Hond Sir,

    Ten days ago I returned from Kennebeck in my Brig, after 3 weeks absence from Town.

    I am since honored with your favors of the 8, 10, 14 & 16th August.1 I shall answer them by Lady B, who is now waiting the arrival of the Tweed from New York.

    At present I must acquaint you with the fatal & melancholy event of this day. Mr Logan’s letters, during my absence, I imagine, have prepared your Excellency to hear & expect the sad Catastrophe.2 My elder Brother has of late been in so very weak & dangerous a state of Body, that being taken yesterday morning with a Diarrhæa, his Life was thought to be in the utmost danger.

    Doctr Perkins,3 being immediately notified of it by Mr Logan, attended him at Newtown this Morning, & found him speechless & very near his end. I was advised of his Situation about half past 3 this afternoon, & immediately set out for Newtown. Meeting Mr Logan on the road [returning?], he informed me that it would be to no Purpose for me to proceed, he having left my Brother in the Agonies of Death.

    The Vessel that carries this waits only for a Wind; but there being no prospect of one to morrow, I shall keep this Letter open till I hear from Newtown.

    6.th I am this morning informed that my Brother died yesterday at Noon, and am now making Preparation for his Funeral, about which I shall consult with the Lieut Governor, & more especially concerning the Place.

    Lady B, being prepared to expect his death, bears it well. I shall take all possible care that [it may not?] the Funeral may not be troublesome to her in any respect.

    I remain, Sir, Your dvt Son,

    John Bernard.

    Sir Fra Bernard Bart_

    ALS, RC      AO 13/74: 55–56.