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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
February 08, 1771
Volume 08, Page 496

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

Newbern 8th February 1771.

In obedience to the King's command I am to inform your Lordship of the manufactures set up and carried on within this Government since my dispatch of the 1st December 1769 No 13.

The two still houses at Newbern and Wilmington are compleated.

They are estimated to distill nearly five hundred hogsheads of spirits annually.

Two furnaces for iron works on the Branches of Deep River in Orange County have been some time at work making only pig iron, and a third I am told will soon be set at work by Colonel Frohock in Rowan County in the neighbourhood of Salisbury, The ore from all of them being esteemed very good. Those intended on Trent River have not yet been reassumed.