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Letter from Charles Greville Montagu to William Tryon [Extract]
Montagu, Charles Grevill, 1741-1784
November 29, 1768
Volume 08, Page 563

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Extract from a Letter of Lord Charles Greville Montagu to His Excellency Governor Tryon dated Charles Town Novr 29th 1768.

The Occasion of my troubling you with this Letter is concerning the Boundary Line between our two provinces, the settling of which is so essentially necessary to both. As you communicated to me the temporary line you proposed applying for to be run I beg leave in return to send you the account of one I propose which if you should concur in with me your signifying the same by letter to Lord Hillsborough or authorizing me to do it will much facilitate and expedite the settling it. I send you a few reasons at the same time for running it in the way that I have described and for your better understanding me, a sketch of it upon paper.

The line to go from where the due West of 1764 intersects the Salisbury Road along the Road till it intersects the South Bounds of the Catawba Lands and then round the Eastern Bounds of the Catawba Lands till it intersects the Catawba River and then proceed up the River to that Branch which is called the South Branch and along that to its source in the Cherokee Mountains. Reasons for it, 1st The Catawbas have often expressed their desire to be within this Province which built a Fort for them and fed and clothed them and their Families during the Cherokee War. 2ndly The course of the South Branch is said to be nearly east from the Mountain and being a natural boundary will save the expence of surveying, and besides the settlers between the South Branch and the West Line were all defended by our Rangers and fed and clothed by this Province during the Cherokee War.

I should be very desirous we might agree upon this plan and I shall be always willing to concur with you in every measure that may be for the mutual interest of the two provinces.