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Letter from Edmund Porter to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle
Porter, Edmund, ca. 1685-1737
June 15, 1729
Volume 03, Pages 17-18

[B. P. R. O. Proprieties. B. T. Vol. 12. R. 107.]

To the most noble Thomas Duke of Newcastle Secretary of State &c.

May it please your Grace

Some time ago I made bold to trouble your Grace with an Information concerning the Disposition of Lands in this Country, a Copy whereof comes here inclosed, least the Original should miscarry; since the writing of which & as I then imagined Mr Lovick and the Surveyor General one Mr Edward Moseley have gone on roundly to dispose of His Majty's Soil, the former by giving out Warrants and Patents, and the later surveying the same, notwithstanding the repeated Orders of Sr Richd Everard,

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our Governor to the contrary which Orders have not only been given to those two gentlemen separately but a Charge also to Mr Lovick in open Council to obey the same.

Sir Richard on all these affairs has acted with the greatest regard to his Majesty's Interest, and by that means has rather chosen to lose the many Fees which accrue to him by signing Patents, than to run the hazard of doing what might be prejudicial or disliked by his Majesty, thō his Commission is at present from under the Lords Proprietors.

This cautious way of proceeding I believe Sr Richard is in hopes will meet with your Grace's favourable opinion and Countenance and I beg your Grace will be pleased also to receive this Information and all that I have said or done herein as genuine, with a view purely for for his Majesty's Service, a Duty I shall always think incumbent on

My Lord Your Grace's &c

North Carolina,

June 15th 1729.