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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
January 28, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 493-494

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

Newbern the 28th January 1771.

The death of Mr Heron and Mr Eustace McCulloh's resignation of his seat in Council making two vacancies in his Majesty's Council of this Province, I take the liberty to recommend for the King's nomination the three following gentlemen, as properly qualified to sit at that Board, Viz Colonel Hugh Waddell, Mr Marmaduke Jones and Sir Nathaniel Dukenfield.

Colonel Waddell had the honor to see your Lordship about two years since in England. He honorably distinguished himself last war while he commanded the provincials of this province against the Cherokee Indians, possesses an easy fortune, and is in much esteem as a gentleman of honor and spirit; He has I confess endeared himself to my friendship by the generous offer he made me but last week of his voluntary services against the insurgents of this Province.

Mr Marmaduke Jones stands very high in my good opinion of him: as I have in former recommendations certified to your Lordship and Lord Shelburne his abilities and utility in Council, shall not repeat them here.

Sir Nathaniel Dukenfield came last year into this country to visit large possessions near Edenton, left him by his father, which turns out so much to his satisfaction that he has acquainted me of his intention of making some stay here, his desires of obtaining the honor of a seat in his Majestys Council, I most readily promised to recommend him to his Majesty, through your Lordship, as I am

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sensible his rank and worthy character will be an ornament to the Council Board.