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Letter from Alexander Martin to Lyman Hall
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
February 01, 1784
Volume 17, Pages 13-14

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina, Feby. 1st, 1784.


I have had the honor to receive your Excellency's circular letter respecting those persons who have been banished this State for being obnoxious to the laws during the late War between Britain & America, together with the Transactions of your Legislature relative to persons of the like description belonging to the State of Georgia.

Pursuant to your Excellency's request I transmit herewith the names of all those persons whose estates were forfeited to the State, by an act of our assembly, of whom there are two classes to wit they who were former residents and failed to make their appearance at the time limited by Law & become Citizens, and they who for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, and their general unfriendly position, were banished.

Colonel Joseph Martin, agent of Indian affairs of this State, notifies me that he has received information from the Red King of the

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Chickasaws with whom he had lately been in Treaty, that the Spaniards and a party of the Delawares were making settlements at a place called the Muscle Shoals on Tennessee, whose latitude is not yet ascertained, but supposed to be about the 35° consequently doubtful whether in North Carolina or Georgia. Yet evidently North a considerable distance from the Spanish Boundary by the late Treaty of Peace. As the western bounds of your State are encroached upon, as perhaps those of North Carolina by such procedure, the truth of which I have no doubt, I beg leave to give your Excellency the above information that you may urge your remonstrance, with mine, to the Governor of Louisiana, or take such measures your prudence will suggest, against such intrusion made in open violation of the said Treaty, that the same be removed & prevented in future, that lasting peace and harmony be cultivated and preserved between the subjects of His Most Catholic Majesty and the Citizens of Georgia & North Carolina, and the United States in General.

I have the honor to be,

Vide names in the confiscation acts, &c.