879 | To Benjamin Pemberton

    Hampstead, feb 7, 1771


    I am sorry I am obliged to write a second Letter on the Demand you have made upon the Naval Office in direct Contradiction to your own Agreement.1 If you had brought in an Account of real Damage suffered or necessary Expences incurred by you by means of my Sons Illness and supported ^it^ by vouchers, I should have attended to it. But to endeavour to raise a sum of Money out of the distress brought upon me by the Disorder & Death of my Son is what I cannot think of with Patience & never will submit to. I have once before suffered to go to a Reference the determination of the meaning of plain words which could admit of no Doubt: I shall not ^do^ so again, especially when I am not in the Way to prevent misrepresentation.

    I shall immediately require Mr Taylor to pay to my Agent ^son^2 the sixty pounds which he has overpaid to you contrary to my Protestation, in pain of forfeiting my Friendship, which is sincere towards him, tho it has been hurt by this Transaction. The other overplus which you have received from the other Offices I shall expect from you be it £15 st or more or less. I must repeat that you have mortified me much by interrupting that regard which I have professed and really have towards you; which should not have been disturbed by Altercations, which however unbecoming between us, I have not been able to prevent nor can give way to.

    I am Sir &c.

    B. Pemberton Esqr

    P.S. I beg that nothing in the foregoing Letter may prevent your assuring yourself that I shall have great Pleasure in having the Friendship which has subsisted between us perfectly restored; but I cannot purchase it upon terms so injurious & dishonorable as those which you insist upon. Justice & Equity is all I require; without them there can be no true Friendship. Lady Bernard joins with me in complts to yourself & your Lady.

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 156–157.