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Letter from Josiah Martin to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Martin, Josiah, 1737-1786
September 04, 1771
Volume 09, Page 32

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind: No. Carolina. Vol. 218.]
Letter from Governor Martin to Earl of Hillsborough

No. Carolina, Newbern
Sept 4th 1771.

I have the honor to acquaint your Lordship that on representation made to me of great inconveniences that would attend the meeting of the General Assembly, at the time to which it stood prorogued when I arrived here, I advised with his Majesty's Council upon it, and that Board, being unanimously of opinion that it would be expedient to postpone it until the sickly season should be passed during which the Town of New Bern is peculiarly dreaded by the Inhabitants of the Country, I issued immediately a Proclamation proroguing it further to the 15th of November next. By that time the business of the superior Courts, that engages a great number of the Members of the Assembly, will be nearly over, and the minds of all people, freed from the terror of sickness better disposed to enter upon publick business, which I am assured will suffer no disadvantage by this suspense. I am too soon convinced My Lord of the malignity of this climate; it has already brought affliction upon my family, by depriving me of one of my children, my house is at this time a perfect Hospital and I find the old inhabitants are not exempt from the ills that are generated by the excessive heat, and humidity of this season, aggrevated in this situation, by the surrounding dull and almost stagnant waters. I transmit herewith a duplicate of my last letter to your Lordship, having dispatched the Original by a Merchant Ship to Bristol. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Mr Lord &c