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Letter from John Stuart to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Stuart, John, 1718-1779
January 03, 1769
Volume 08, Pages 2-3

[B. P. R. O. America and West Indies. Vol. 273.]
Letter from John Stuart Superintendant &c. to the Earl of Hillsborough.

Charles Town 3rd Janry 1769.

I humbly beg leave to represent to your Lordship the difficulties which have frequently arisen in the execution of my office from the uncertainty of the Rank in which his Majesty has been pleased to determine the office of Superintendant more especially when the Service renders it necessary that he should co-operate with Governors, their Councils and with officers in the Army.

As I disclaim all unreasonable pretentions I at the same time humbly desire leave to signify to your Lordship the necessity that the Superintendant should appear in the Execution of his office

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with some rank because upon many occasions in treating with the Indians he is considered as his Majesty's Representative.

I beg your Lordship will be pleased to believe that the expediency of this humble representation is suggested by an earnest desire to facilitate his Majesty's service and obviate such misunderstandings as are incident to a competition for Precedency naturally arising when the Superintendants are to act jointly with the Officers of established rank and I entreat your Lordship will be pleased to signify to me his Majesty's Determination upon this matter that I may thereby be enabled to act on such occasions with propriety and precision for the good of his Majesty's service and the faithful discharge of my duty.

I have the honor My Lord &c