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Letter from Samuel Johnston to John Gray Blount
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
May 08, 1788
Volume 21, Pages 470-471

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, May 8th, 1788.

Dear Sir:

I thank you for your favour of the eighth of May in answer to

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mine of the 12th of April and shall be much obliged to you if from any materials in your hands you are enabled, that you will give me a more particular State of that Demand, to-wit: the full amount of it, what sums have been drawn from the Treasury towards discharging it, and what these sums have produced to the credit of the State, I wish to have as full information on the subject as may be had, in order to have the advice of the Council in what manner we can best give satisfaction to the Government of Martinique and discharge the State from that incumbrance, if the materials in your hands do not enable you to give this information, I will be obliged to you to refer me to any person who can furnish me with it. I am very sensible of the great loss which the State must sustain from shipping Naval Stores & think you acted prudently in discontinuing that kind of Remittance. I should at the same time be obliged to you for your opinion of the most proper & advantageous mode to be pursued to make a saving remittance.

I am &c.,