Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Great Britain. Board of Trade
May 10, 1717
Volume 02, Pages 280-281

[B. P. R. O. Board of Trade Journals. P. 250.]

Whitehall. Friday May 10th 1717

Mr Boon and Mr Beresford agents for Carolina attending as they had been desired were acquainted with His Maj's having been pleased to refer to this Board the Representation inclosed in Mr Secretary Addison's letter of the 30th of the last month relating to the present miserable state of South Carolina and to a supply of men desired by that Province for reducing the Indians with whom they are at war And being asked whether the said Representation was presented to His Majesty by them and what they had to offer relating to that matter They said they had lately received and presented to the Lord Carteret a letter from the Govr & Council of the said Province to the Lords Proprs dated 26th January last upon the same subject of which they produced a duplicate which was read and a copy taken thereof That upon their application to the Lord Carteret Palatine of the said Province and presenting him the printed case his Lordship had promised them to lay state of the condition of the

-------------------- page 281 --------------------
said Province before His Majesty and to desire the necessary supplies which they believed his Lordship had done by the forementioned Representation—These gentlemen being then ask'd what number of men from thence they thought necessary for subduing the Indians and how long they proposed such men should continue in Carolina they declared their opinion that not less than 600 men would be effectual 200 whereof might be disbanded in 12 months, 200 in 18 months and 200 in two years after their arrival in Carolina—Mr Boon & Mr Beresford added that the Lord Carteret had declared to them he was willing to surrender his share in the Proprietorship if the not doing it were such an obstacle as to hinder the relief of the Province.