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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
August 02, 1769
Volume 08, Page 63

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[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to Earl Hillsborough

Halifax 2d August 1769.

Mr Alexander McCulloch one of his Majestys Council here informs me that in consequence of his surrendering up a patent of land containing 12,500 acres, part of the twelve hundred thousand granted by his late Majesty to Henry McCulloch and his associates, his friends have laid a petition before his Majesty in Council praying that the Quit Rents due to the Crown at the time of surrender in November 1767 might be released. Mr McCulloch assures me he never settled any of the lands, or even ever saw any part of them, and further declares that his uncle made use of his name for that tract without his knowledge. Under these favorable circumstances he humbly hopes his Majesty will be graciously pleased to discharge him from the burden of the Quit Rents by ordering the bond to be canceled, which Mr McCulloch lodged with the Receiver General of this province at the time of the surrender, subjecting him to the payment of the said Quit Rents. If I might presume to add anything to the petition, it should be in favor of Mr McCulloch as well from a principle of equity as from a consideration of his steady attachment to his Majestys person and government.