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Letter from James Reed to Daniel Burton [Extract]
Reed, James, d. 1777
December 26, 1763
Volume 06, Page 999

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[From North Carolina Letter Book. S. P. G.]
Mr. Reed to the Secretary (Extt)

New Bern Decr 26th 1763.

Revd Sir,

The clergy still continue destitute of any legal encouragement, in North Carolina, the assembly, were to have met at Wilmington the 14th of this inst but yesterday I received information that on the 20th there was not a sufficient number of members then arrived to make a house & that it was the current opinion there would be no session of Assembly this winter, Wilmington is not at all central, but a remote part of the Province, where 'tis quite inconvenient for the majority of the assembly-men to attend & our Govr is too infirm to meet them at any other place. In short the Province is in great confusion for want of the seat of government being fixed & the approaching dissolution of the Governor, presents us with a gloomy prospect, upon his decease I expect that old quarrels will be renewed old grievances repeated & the whole Province disunited & divided into the old Parties of North & South. The Benevolence of the Society therefore is the only support of the Clergy, at Present & I am afraid will continue so to be for a considerable time—