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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Alexander Spotswood to Thomas Cary and Edward Hyde
Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740
June 20, 1711
Volume 01, Page 758

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[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol: 13. O. 98.]

June 20th 1711.


I am extremely concerned to hear that the differences in the Government of North Carolina are grown to such a highth as to engage the inhabitants there to take up arms against one another. As I am a fellow subject of the same sovereign I cannot but be sensibly touched with the prospect of those miserys into which a great many of her majesty's subjects in your Province must be involved by pursuing such unhappy Counsels, and therefore for preventing the fatal consequences which will inevitably attend the further progress of these Commotions, I have with the advice of her Majesty's Council here, thought it necessary for her Majestys service to offer you my Mediation for accommodating the present differences. Since I am not without hopes some good expedient may be found out to establish a good Correspondence and pacification among you, untill the matter in dispute be determined by your Masters the Lords Proprietors, which I'm persuaded will be found the true interest of all partys. For this purpose I have sent the bearer Mr Clayton to dispose both Collonel Hyde and you to accept this offer I have chosen him because of his great moderation and eveness of Temper, which render him very fitt for manageing an affair of this nature, and on whose truth I can depend for a faithfull and impartial relation of what you shall charge him with

“From any correspondence I may have had lately with Mr Hyde you have no reason to apprehend any partiality in my mediation, for I am sure that Gentleman must do me Justice to declare that I have ever advised him to moderation, and to his endeavouring to reconcile and unite both partys; And it is upon this Basis that I now propose my mediation, if this cannot be effected at this distance I shall not think it too much trouble to come to any place on the confines of this Government for the better accomplishing so good a work, in the meantime I must desire you on your part (as I have Coll: Hyde) to dismiss the forces you have raised, and to do everything that may testify you are sincerely disposed to yield to whatever is just and reasonable.

N. B. The paragraph marked thus (“) was only in Mr Cary's Letter.