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Letter from Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire to Josiah Martin
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
May 04, 1771
Volume 09, Page 1

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[B. P. R. O. America & W. Indies. Vol. 218.]
Letter from the Earl of Hillsborough to Govr Martin

Whitehall May 4, 1771.


By the last Mail from Carolina I received several Dispatches from Govr Tryon numbered 59. 60. 61 & 62.

I observe by his Letters that the state of the Province, with regard to the Riots and Tumults which have lately prevailed there, is very unsettled, and that he thinks it is yet uncertain what turn the public Affairs will take.

The King however very much approves the vigour which has been shewn in the proceedings against the Representative of Orange County, and as Mr Tryon observes that the Returns made by the Commanding Officers of the Militia, of such Men as were willing to stand forth in defence of Government, were in general favourable throughout the whole country: there is good ground to hope that the dangerous views of the Insurgents will be defeated, and I trust by pursuing the same Measures which have gained so much credit to your Predesessor, you will have the merit of restoring peace and tranquility to the Province.

You will observe that there are but ten Persons named in your Instructions to be of the Council, but the number is now completed to Twelve, the Lords of Trade having, upon the recommendation of Governor Tryon, proposed Sir Nathaniel Dukenfield, and Marmaduke Jones Esqre to supply two vacancies, and those Gentlemen having been approved by His Majesty for that Station.

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