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Letter from Samuel Strudwick
Strudwick, Samuel, d. 1797
December 04, 1773
Volume 09, Pages 697-698

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Samuel Strudwick, Esq.

Newbern, 4th Decr 1773.

Dear Sir

Mr Kinchen tells me he proposes setting out for Hillsborough to-morrow morning: his departure is more sudden than I expected, & just affords me time to send you the Deed with Mr Rutherford's attestation, and the Chief Justice's Order for its being registered, which if not sufficient to establish it, may nevertheless answer some good purposes: I will therefore beg you to put it into the hands of the Register of Orange County. Mr Rutherford is partly acquainted with Genl Guise's hand writing, and thoroughly informed of every Circumstance of this transaction from the parties themselves of which knowledge I shall avail myself when we come to take his deposition under the Commission.

I believe we agreed that it would be proper to annex a survey of the Lands when we exhibit our Title in the Court of Chancery, for which reason I have written to Mr Lea, the Surveyor to furnish you with it in time.

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There was one Mr Kirk who purchased Thos Cates's Right in Newbern when I arrived here. He appears to be sincerely disposed to accommodate the matter in dispute: if He can be left out, or at least put to no expense until I come up in the Spring, I am inclined to shew him any favor that I may do without prejudicing my Cause: He will apply to you to learn whether I am at liberty to grant him this Exemption without making too great a sacrifice to good nature.

His Excellency hath been much indisposed & recovers slowly; upon this account perhaps his Resolution is founded to postpone the Chancery Business to the sitting of the Assembly; when the Session is over I very much doubt whether the Gentlemen of the Council or Bar will attend, as you well know how impatient Every one is to turn his Back upon this place.

I am very sorry we are deprived of your Company at this season, so are all your friends & acquaintances in the place: But we will endeavour to draw Consolation from the misfortune itself, and as we shall have a keener relish, expect a higher gratification in your converse the next time we meet. Please to make our best Respects to your Lady, and believe me with much regard.

Dr Sir
Your very obedt
humble Servant