My Lords, [of the Board of Trade]
I must inform your Lordships that Robert Halton Esqre a Member of his Majesty's Council departed this life at this Place on the 15th of last month, the remaining Members are Nath: Rice, Eleazer Allen, Mathew Rowan, Edward Moseley, Roger Moore, Cullen Pollock, and William Forbes, Esqrs Mr. Pollock is sickly & has not attended for these two years past, James Murray another Member has been absent for these four years past I know not whether dead or alive.
It is with equal surprise & concern that I am informed by my Friends at Home that my Enemies have represented me at all the offices as a Jacobite. I thought my character had been too well known for any of them to dare to fix so vile an imputation upon it, they might with the same justice accuse me of murder or Felony, for the last seven years before I came abroad I lived almost constantly with the late Lord President Wilmington, and have the honour to be known for many years by the Earl of Bath, Lord Anson the Bishop of Worcester and a great many other Persons of Distinction. In short I have not one Friend, relation or Acquaintance in the world who are not firmly attached to the present Royal Family, what can there be in this wild barbarous Country that could possibly tempt me to abandon all the friends I have in the World & embrace so desperate & profligate a Cause, tho' I have made enquiry, since this malicious Report reached me, I cannot hear of the Person concerned in the late Rebellion who has come into this Province, and as for turning out the Palatins from their Lands to make room for