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Letter from Josiah Martin to William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth
Martin, Josiah, 1737-1786
October 18, 1773
Volume 09, Pages 693-694

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind.: No. Carolina. No. 221.]
From Governor Martin to Earl Dartmouth.

North Carolina, New Bern, October 18th 1773.

My Lord,

It is two days ago since I had the honor to receive your Lordship's dispatch No. 6, which contains matter that I hope will, and I am persuaded ought to give great facility to the Public business of this Colony at the ensuing Session of the General Assembly. His Majesty's gracious allowance of Provision being made by Law for Attachments to the extent they are used in the Commercial Cities and Towns of England, I am willing to think must satisfy the wishes of this people, but after my disappointment at the late Session, I will not hazard a conjecture concerning the events of the next. I will only assure your Lordship that I shall use my best endeavors to promote His Majesty's Service, and the Welfare and happiness of this Province

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I beg leave to make my best acknowledgements to your Lordship for your permission to take upon me the Superintendance of the Proprietary affairs in this country, in confidence that my attention to them, will not interfere with the duties of my public station.

I have no doubt my Lord of making the power to be derived from that appointment conducive to the service of Government, with advantage to the Proprietor, but if contrary to my belief, I shall ever find the least inconsistency between my duty to His Majesty and the Proprietor, I shall from principle, as well as the earnest desire I have to justify your Lordship's obliging confidence in me, relinquish without a moment's hesitation, my connection with my Lord Granville, howsoever advantageous it may be, nor can I pretend to more merit in so doing than that of acquitting myself with fidelity, which as a subject I owe, and, as a servant, I am peculiarly bound to observe to my royal Master

I have the honor to be &c,