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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Robert Johnson to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle
Johnson, Robert, 1677-1735
December 15, 1732
Volume 03, Pages 393-394

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[B. P. R. O. America and West Indies. Vol. 19.]

Charles Town Decr the 15th 1732.

My Lord,

In my last to your Grace I had the Honour to acquaint you, that I had appointed a Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and that I humbly prayed His Majtys further Instructions on that subject.

Every thing is very quiet upon the Borders of North and South Carolina; Governor Burrington was indeed some time ago apprehensive that our Indians would have disturbed those under his Government; but it afterwards appear'd there was little room to suspect any commotion of that kind, and if anything material shall happen upon that on any other occasion, your Grace may be persuaded I shall always acquainte you with it, but shall ever be cautious how I take up any of your Graces time, which is so much better imployed, on more important matters.

It is with great satisfaction that I have the Honour to acquaint your Grace, that the Assembly have admitted Mr Amy and to be their Clerk, by which admission one of his Majesties Prerogatives here, can suffer no further dispute.

The great sickness which raged in this Province last Summer and carried off many whites and blacks is now quite over, and the Province is now very healthy.

Mr Purry is lately arrived with about 120 Swish, 50 of which are men, and the rest women and children, they like the Country very well, and are very chearfull, I have taken care they should be provided with all necessarys, and doubt not but that the acct they will send to their friends of the reception they have met with, will encourage many more to come and settle here, which will in time greatly redound to his Majties Honour and service.

I cannot forbear just hinting to your Grace the behavour of the Surveyor General Mr St John, who has a Head so unfortunately turned, that he has not only brought a great deal of uneasiness upon himself, but has also given his Majties Council and me a great deal of unnecessary trouble, he has had the weakness to reject advice given him by myself Council and several other worthy Gentlemen and to pin his Faith intirely upon one Whitaker late Attorney Genll (and the Craftsman amongst us) who leads him into the most rediculous and absurd measures, encourageing

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him to despise the authority of his Majties Gevernor and Council who design to make a Representation of his conduct to the Ministry, which has been of manifest disservice to His Majesty, and disturbed the Peace and quiet of this Province, but the unthinking man beleives and brags that his Interest in England is so great that let him behave as he will all his Actions will pass muster

I am with great respect, My Lord Your Graces most obedient and most humble servant