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Letter from Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire to William Tryon
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
November 15, 1768
Volume 07, Pages 867-868

[B. P. R. O. America and West Indies. Vol. 215.]
Letter from the Earl of Hillsborough to Governor Tryon

Whitehall 15th Novr 1768.


Inclosed I send you the King's Speech to His Parliament at the opening of the Session on the 8th instant, together with the Addresses

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to His Majesty from both Houses, one of which Addresses passed nemine contradicente, and the other without a division.

This happy unanimity, and the resolution to preserve entire and inviolate the Supreme Authority of the Legislature of Great Britain over every part of the British Empire, so strongly expressed in these Addresses, will, I trust, have the happy effect to defeat and disappoint the wicked views of those who seek to create disunion and disaffection between Great Britain and Her Colonies, and that all His Majesty's Subjects in America, who wish well to the peace and prosperity of the British Dominions, will give full credit to Parliament for that affection towards the Colonies which appears in their declaration that they will redress every real Grievance of His Majesty's American Subjects, and give due attention to every complaint they shall make in a regular manner, and not founded upon Claims and Pretensions inconsistent with the Constitution.

I have the Pleasure to acquaint you that the Queen was happily brought to bed of a Princess on Tuesday last, and that both her Majesty and the young Princess are as well as can be desired.—I most heartily congratulate you upon this increase of the Royal Family, an Event that affords the greatest satisfaction to all His Majesty's Subjects.

I must not close this Letter without observing to you, that the Affairs of No. Carolina must, in some degree, necessarily suffer delay and disappointment for want of a regular Agent here duly authorized to act in every case in which the interests of the Colony may be concerned; and therefore I have it in command from the King to signify to you His Majesty's Royal Permission, that you may assent to a Law for raising such a Sum as shall be necessary for supporting such an establishment, provided the Agent be appointed by a Law of Governor, Council, and Assembly, especially passed for that purpose, and not by way of Tack to a Law for other purposes, as has been attempted of late both in No. Carolina & some other Colonies.

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