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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Matthew Rowan to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Rowan, Matthew, d. 1760
June 28, 1753
Volume 05, Page 24

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 23.]

North Carolina, Cape Fear June 28th 1753.

My Lords, [of the Board of Trade]

My last of the 28th of May with seven Journals of the Upper House and one of the Lower House I sent by Captain Peterson for London since that have received the Laws passed last Assembly which I now transmit.

I recommended to the Assembly the revisal of all our Laws but they seemed to think that important task fitter for the first Session of a new Assembly than the last of an old one for which reason it was deferred.

Our militia had been very much neglected, several Counties had never been regimented and others most of the Officers dead or removed, I have fitted up the vacancies and appointed new regiments in the Countys where there was none.

In the year 1746 I was up in the Country that is now Anson, Orange and Rowan Countys, there was not then above one hundred fighting men there is now at least three thousand for the most part Irish Protestants and Germans and dayley increasing. I have no further to add but am with the greatest respect, My Lords, Your most, &c.,