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Letter from Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire to Josiah Martin
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
June 05, 1771
Volume 09, Pages 2-3

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

Whitehall, 5th June 1771


The Letters which I received from Mr Tryon, by the last Packet from Carolina, contain the fullest Testimony of that Gentleman's Zeal for His Majesty's Service & of his unwearied Endeavours to promote the Welfare & Prosperity of No Carolina; and it gives the King great Satisfaction to find that he had in general been so well seconded in his laudable Views by the other Branches of the Legislature.

The Business of the last Session of General Assembly was equally interesting and important; & I have no Doubt that as, on the one hand, the Reasons assigned by the Governor in support of those Bills to which he has given his Assent will obtain a Confirmation of such of them as require it, so on the other hand the People will

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readily acquiesce in the just Motives which induced the Govr to reject some of the Bills offered to him.

Amongst those Bills which fall under the last Description, that for better Collection of the Quit Rents certainly deserves Attention; & as I trust that the same good Disposition which first induced a Consideration of that Measure will weigh with the Assembly to revive it in a subsequent Session, I will endeavour before the next Packet sails to obtain a Consideration of the Bill by the Treasury Board, so that I may be enabled to send you such Instructions thereupon as will leave you under no Difficulties in case a Bill of the like kind should be again proposed.

It is with great Pleasure I acquaint you that the Queen was happily brought to bed of a Prince this Morning, & that Her Majesty & the young Prince are as well as can be desired. I most heartily congratulate you upon this Increase of the Royal Family, an Event which gives the greatest Satisfaction to all His Majesty's Subjects.

I am &ca