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Letter from Henry Eustace McCulloh to John Harvey
McCulloh, Henry Eustace, d. ca. 1810
January 26, 1770
Volume 08, Pages 171-173

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Henry E. McCulloh to Col. John Harvey.

London 26th Janry 1770.

Dear Sir,

A letter from Mr Pryor acquaints me, of the dissoln of your late Assembly & of my appointment as Agent. I am pleased to think

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the Assembly had virtue to deserve the first event; & I am sensible I am greatly to thank you for the second:—It shall be my duty to deserve the Confidence I have been hond with, and I cannot but be pleased that in my person, the unjustifiable claims of a Govr & Council to a negative, has been defeated. Excuse me at present in saying, that I can only write to assure you of the warm & grateful sentiments I have for you. I am truly infinitely hurried, and not well, but I could not omit my Acknowledgments to you,—My next, & very shortly, shall be a folio, and inclose you sundry of our political points, together with the substances of the debate of the first day of the Session, which my memory carried off, and I have since committed to Writing.—I must give you a word or two of politics.—Lord Cambden's being turned out, he has disgusted every body—and Mr York (by his death) has given an universal satisfaction which was never expected from him.—By the Speech, Addresses, and Answers, you may judge of that Infatuation which seems still to prevail in our Councils as to America;—the Kings Governmt is to be supported you see.—The Acts of the 7th of the present King are to be repealed as anticommercial (what could be more so, as Lord North said in the House, than to tax the articles of our exportation? they did not know this last Session,—To find it out this must be the work of Inspiration—Absurd!)—but the dignity of the Govt must be enforced;—to that purpose, some Acts of a most novel & unhappy Tenor, I fear will pass,—principally to affect your associations.—I fear all application for a Currency to be made a Tender, will be in vain,—Lord H—h is your bitter enemy there,—& he is Secretary of State you know, for America. Ministry have nothing to fear within the Walls of Parliament,—& nothing but a general rising will in my opinion, produce a change of Administration,—& I must confess I have no great opinion of the spirit of this beefeating Nation.—There is an attempt to reduce part of the present bounty in Tar, of which Capt. Hardy when he arrives, can give you a full accot—also a scheme to obtain a high bounty on staves, lumber & plank, which shall not want my best spirit to defeat the one, & bring about the other.

I am sorry to tell you that Maj. Hazlewood is in such miserable skulking Circums that I fear I shall not be able to do anything for your friend,—I will be attentive, & if any oppy offers, will immediately seize it.—To sue him, as things are would only be to provoke Expence.—One Tye severed, & I return with pleasure to my

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friends in Carolina,—I give it you under my hand, that I shall ever reckon it an honor & pleasure, & high advantage to reckon you in that number.

Be so good as to accept my sincere wishes for the Happiness of yourself and family. Hearing from you will at all times give me great pleasure;—I have the satisfaction of hearing of your health from Jimmy Iredell, who I hope will study to deserve the favors he meets with. I conclude for the present, with great truth Dear Sir

Your obliged & most assd hble ser