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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
April 13, 1770
Volume 08, Pages 195-196

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

Brunswick the 13th April 1770.

The inclosures are the accounts of Mr Rutherford, his Majestys Receiver General of this province from the 25th March 1776 to the 25th March 1770, which with the letter accompanying them he delivered to me in Council. I shall not pretend to speak particularly concerning

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these accounts, but observe only in general that they certify the great uncertainty and irregularity that accompanies the present mode of collecting his Majestys Quit Rents, nor can there be the least hope of any certainty or success in that business till the Auditor is directed to furnish the Rent Roll to the Receiver General annually.

I am inclined to believe from the materials I have sent to your Lordships office a good Rent Roll and an effectual method for the management of the collection of Quit Rents may be framed. The aid of the legislature will be wanted as formerly observed and the officers employed to be at first most liberally rewarded. These considerations I should hope would be speedily resolved upon, as his Majestys interest and the officers upon the establishment suffer greatly and must continue to do so while under the present mode of collection.