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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
March 13, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 532-533

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

Newbern 13th March 1771.

ave been honored with your Lordship's correspondence of the

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28th September, No 34, 3d October, No 35, 15th & 16th November, and the 11th of December with their inclosures.

As I received the four first dispatches during the setting of the last Session, I communicated to the House of Assembly the requisitions contained in them, as appears by the Journals of that House.

Though it was not possible to obtain a Tonnage Act for the supply of powder and lead, a grant was made by resolve for the purchase of five thousand weight of gun powder and two thousand weight of lead. This will be lodged in Fort Johnston. The objection made to pass a Tonnage Bill is the restriction in the Governor's instructions from putting the country vessels on a better footing than those of other countries, while the Representatives say the vessels of other colonies in their respective ports have peculiar immunities to vessels not owned in the country. This my Lord I take to be the case with respect to the Powder Act in South Carolina. If the vessels owned in the province were allowed to pay only half as much as those not owned there, I am apt to believe a Tonnage Bill for ammunition might be procured from the Legislature.

Your Lordship's intimation of the probability of a war, and his Majesty's most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament, were duly laid before the House, as also Sir William Johnston's correspondence respecting the complaints of the Northern Indians as reference being had to the Assemblys Journals will shew.

In your dispatch of the 11th of December I am informed of the augmentation to the Kings forces. I shall be happy in exerting every vigilent attention in his Majesty's service, to give every possible encouragement to the raising recruits for such regiments who shall send recruiting parties into this Province.