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Letter from Arthur Dobbs to William Pitt, Earl of Chatham
Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
February 06, 1759
Volume 06, Page 9

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[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind: Vol. 72.]

Sir, [Secretary Pitt]

I had the Honour of writing to you in answer to yours of the 17th of Septr last the 22d of December last which the Inclosed is a Duplicate of.

This is principally to inclose to you an Address from the Governer and Council here which we humbly beg you to lay before his Majesty upon the glorious Success of his Arms last Campaign.

The Assembly having been disobliged at the Close of the Session that the Council wou'd not pass a Bill, which in an extraordinary Manner incroached upon his Majesty's Prerogative, which I informed them I cou'd not pass according to my Instructions; They wou'd not join in an Address with the Council, nor send it through me as the proper Channel, but have taken upon them to nominate an Agent of their own, whom they call a Provincial Agent, and to appoint him a Salary without the Approbation of the Governor and Council, who is to be entirely under a Junto of the Assembly, and have transmitted their Address by him, which will oblige me in Council at next Meeting to appoint another Agent to act as provincial Agent under the Direction of the Governmt here.

I heartily congratulate you upon the glorious Successes, the Effects of the vigorous Measures you have promoted in your Administration, and hope soon to hear of further Trophies in the Prosecution of our Naval force over the french Islands and hope by the Blessing of God, who has taken the Apostolick Christian Protestant church under his immediate protection & Government that next Campaign will expel the French also from this Continent, that we may for the future be safe from an insatiable cruel Hereditary Enemy, and that the poor Natives of this Continent may be Civilized and prepared for Conversion to the Christian faith, and be made Partakers of true British Liberty, and that you may live to enjoy the Effects of the vigorous Measures you have so wisely promoted.

I am with the greatest Regard, Sir &c.

6. Febry 1759.

Additional Notes for Electronic Version: This letter enclosed an earlier letter from Dobbs and is enclosed in a later letter from Dobbs - See Related Documents.