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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Arthur Dobbs to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
March 22, 1757
Volume 05, Page 753

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[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 13. D. 1.]
Letter from Governor Dobbs to the Board of Trade.

Philadelphia 22nd March 1757.

My Lords

Having been summoned here by Lord Loudoun to meet him with the Governors of the other Southern Colonies to consult about what measures should be taken and the several Quotas necessary to be raised for our security and safety to the Southward whilst he is employed to the Northward I have been here a month waiting his arrival and during our consultation here and am now ready to return in two days to my province where I must immediately call our Assembly to enable me to send 200 men to assist South Carolina and to raise 200 more to secure our Forts to the Sea Coasts and Western Frontier whilst these continue in South Carolina, how I shall succeed in my application I shall inform your Lordships after our meeting.

Upon my arrival here I received your Lordships letter inclosing his Majestys order in Council postponing my Execution of my 84th Instruction relative to Mr. McCulloh's Land and his allowance until after the 25th of March 1760 which I shall take care to obey. I also received a copy of the order from the Treasury of the 6th of November last to the Auditor of North Carolina and to the Receiver General Relative to his Quit Rents being set off against several sums due to him from the Crown and shall take care to return it to the Receiver General I have also your Lordships Letter of the 12th of November giving an account that the Lords of the Admiralty had sent orders to Captn Owens Commander of the Baltimore to send him a Plan of Cape Lookout her course ordering him to make an exact survey of the same, before they could make a Report upon the Plan I sent over. As the Baltimore has not been 3 weeks at her station at Cape Fear since I came over and the Captain never staid long enough for me to answer his Letter before he sailed again for instead of wintering at his station he always took his ship to Charles Town to get their winter [supplies] and only looked in upon his return to Nova Scotia in the Spring [for] their Letters. finding him out is effectually postponing it so as to have nothing done in it during this War so that my [moving] any further in it is of no further use if any other dispatches have been sent to me they are gone on to the Province and shant get them until my return. I have reason to believe you will have a good account of the issue of the campaign if the supplies come in time from England.

I am with great respect My Lords, &c.,