892 | From John Pownall

    London. Decr 3. 1771.

    Dear Sir

    Guessing that you would be anxious to know what would be the probable Consequence of the strange proceedings in Ireland with regard to the Revenue Board, I wished very much to have been able to have said something to you from authority on that Subject, but I was not able to procure any certain Intelligence — Lord Hillsborough however now directs me to say that in his opinion what has passed in the Hs. of Commons will have no effect to alter the Resolution of Govt. in respect to the measures that had been adopted, and as to the part you are to have in them, he laughs at what you say of the personal abuse of you, & bids me tell ^you^ that nothing was said but by the Scotch Baronet Sir Wm. Mayne & that it was so ridiculous as to produce only a contemptuous laugh — in short his Lordship thinks that there is no occasion from what has passed to make any alterations in your Irish Plan.1

    I am sincerely glad to find that Mrs. Beresford has made a disposition of her affairs so favorable to you and yours,2 for I am with the greatest truth & regard

    Dear Sir Your most obedient and most faithfull friend & Servant,

    J Pownall

    AL, RC      BP, 12: 239–242.