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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Report by the Board of Trade of Great Britain concerning the North Carolina/South Carolina boundary
Great Britain. Board of Trade
April 24, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 573-574

Report of the Lords of Trade 24th April 1771.

To the Right Honble the Lords of the Committee of His Majesty's Most Honble Privy Council for Plantation Affairs.

My Lords,

Pursuant to your Lordships order of the 21st December 1769, We have taken into our consideration several Papers transmitted by the Governors of His Majesty's Provinces of North Carolina and South Carolina, to the Earl of Hillsborough, one of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, relative to a boundary line proposed to be run between the said Provinces.

We have also taken into our consideration a memorial presented to us by Charles Garth Esqre Agent for the Province of South Carolina, on the subject of the said Boundary line, and having upon this occasion been attended by the said Agent, as also by the Agent of the Province of North Carolina, and heard what they had to offer, we beg leave to propose to your Lordships,

That the Governor of each of the said Colonies respectively should be instructed, that each Government do appoint Commissioners to continue the Boundary line from the Salisbury road where it now ends, along said road to where it enters the Catawba Lands, from thence along the Southern, Eastern and Northern Boundary of said Lands, to where the Catawba River enters the said Lands on the North, from thence to follow the middle stream of that river northerly to the confluence of the northern and southern branches thereof, and from thence due west, until it reaches the line agreed upon with the Cherokee Indians, as a boundary between their country and the settlements of His Majesty's Subjects; and that it should be further declared, that it is His Majestys pleasure, that the line beginning at the Sea 30 miles distant from the mouth of Cape Fear River on the South West thereof, following the direction in which it has been already run out and marked, as far as the Salisbury road near the Catawba Lands, and as now proposed to be continued from the Station point on that road to the Cherokee line in the manner above

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mentioned, shall be the final boundary between the said Province of North Carolina and South Carolina.

We are My Lords, Your Lordship's most obedt & most humble servants

Whitehall April 24th 1771.