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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
February 20, 1770
Volume 08, Page 175

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

Brunswick the 20th February 1770.

When in Virginia last summer I applied to the Attorney General of that colony to furnish me with his thoughts on the subject of a Quit Rent Roll for this province, and a plan for the better collection of his Majesty's Quit Rents. That gentleman's dangerous and long illness prevented him from complying with my request while in Virginia, but has since obliged me with the plan he has digested, and also some forms for the offices in that department. All these I have the honor to transmit to your Lordship with a copy of Mr John Randolph's letter to me. From these lights with my letter No 31 and its inclosures, I am persuaded materials may be drawn, from the whole, that will when carried into execution put the receipt of his Majesty's Quit Rents of this province, in a course of time, on as good a foundation as those in Virginia.

The plan referred to in the preceeding letters follows,