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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Adam Boyd
Boyd, Adam, 1738-1803
November 16, 1772
Volume 09, Page 356

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[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from the Editor of The Cape Fear Mercury.

Hillsborough 16th Novr 1772.


Your Brother Lawyer, Mr Ridley, very obligingly offered to use his Interest in Granville to promote the Subscription for the Mercury, which you were so kind as to take Charge of. It was out of my Power to go to your Court, yet I hope the Scheme will be supported as if I had been present. Before I leave this I shall know what may be expected from this Town & the adjacent Country. I had several People employed in Chatham, before their last Court, to collect Subscriptions there, I shall go thro' that County & know what has been done & if I find the Expense will be defrayed, I shall immediately engage a Rider to go every fortnight between this Town & Cross Creek, to which Place the Paper will be bro't by another Rider, but this perhaps I cannot do till I hear from Granville. Therefore I beg you would take the Trouble of sending to Col Nash a Letter for me by the middle of next Month, inclosing a List of such Subscribers as You may have got. I have wrote to this effect to Mr Ridley & to Mr Person. I am almost convinced the Rider can be established & I hope to effect it by next January. The Halifax Express can carry the Granville Papers from this to Harrisburg, but this Expence, which can't be much, must be paid by the Subscribers. I depend on your assiduity in promoting this scheme, I am, Sr

Your very obedient Servant