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Letter from James Reed to Richard Hind
Reed, James, d. 1777
January 07, 1774
Volume 09, Page 815

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[N. C. Letter Book. S. P. G.]
Letter from Rev. Mr Reed to the Secretary.

North Carolina,
Newbern, Jany 7th, 1774.


The Assembly met the first of December, but no business was done. The province has been in great confusion for twelve months past through want of a Law establishing courts of Judicature, and the misfortune is, that administration and the Assembly cannot agree about the mode. The Governor therefore prorogued the Assembly till the first of next March, and whether they will then adopt any plan agreeable to administration, is very uncertain. Till that affair be settled we need not expect any Law, either permanent or temporary, for establishing Vestries, nor can any taxes be collected either for the support of church or State. I must ingenuously confess I am heartily weary of living in this land of perpetual strife and contention; such I have found it by the experience of upwards of twenty years. Without the benevolence of the Society it would be quite intolerable, and 'tis with the utmost gratitude I subscribe myself their

Most obliged &c.,