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Letter from John Stuart to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Stuart, John, 1718-1779
July 30, 1769
Volume 08, Page 62

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Indies. Vol. 273.]
Letter from John Stuart Superintendant &c. to Earl Hillsborough.

Charles Town 30th July 1769.

My Lord,

I humbly offer to your Lordship as my opinion that the superintendants being appointed an Extra Member of the several Councils in the District for which he acts will be very usefull and advantageous to his Majesty's service for by his Majesty's Instructions he is to confer and consult upon many matters with the Governors of Provinces and their Councils which will be much more effectually done when he can attend personally than by Letters, as he will thereby have an opportunity of clearing up many occurances which otherwise might appear dark and intricate and as he must be supposed to be better acquainted with the situation of Indian affairs from his station his presence will be very useful in framing any Provincial Law or Regulation respecting the local and immediate concerns of any particular Province; it will likewise give the Superintendant a respectable Rank in the Community.

If what I have offered meets with your Lordships approbation and the Superintendants are to sit in the different Councils ex Officio I humbly conceive that they may with propriety take their seats in the different Councils according to the dates of their respective commissions as Superintendants

I have the honor My Lord &ca.