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Letter from Thomas Pollock to Charles Craven
Pollock, Thomas, 1654-1722
September 01, 1713
Volume 02, Pages 59-60

[From Pollock's Letter Book.]

Copy to Governor Craven.


Chowan Sept 1st 1713

Hon'd Sir

Yours of August the 6th by the yamassee packet-boat recieved. and as for sending letters by Capt Maurice Moore to request a fresh supply of forces with all expedition it is certainly a mistake for I sent no letters at all by him, neither knew I of his going until after his departure. My letters then sent to you were by Mr Paule, the master of the sloop or packet boat, dated February 20th being a month before the fort was taken, at which time there was no occassion of sending for more forces: neither in any letter that I have sent will you find that I have trifled, been wanting in any promises, or unsteady or uncertian in my councils; all that

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are acquainted with me know that I do not use to be so unto any person, and much less to one of your worth and character, and whom in a great measure I owe my own and the country's safety. And as for what evil methods or customs may be in North Carolina, I shall not now determine, but can assure you that I hate such base ways as much as any person under your government. I write not this to raise any contest or differences with your Honor, which I shall always shun, but to justify myself if he that was agent, or any other person wrote to you for more forces, it was without my knowledge.

Your ordering Col Moore to leave a sufficient number of Indians behind, with a proper officer, to guard our settlement is noble and generous, and adds a chain more to the many obligations we have to your Honor.

Hond Sir Col. Moore ever since his arrival here hath behaved himself nobly and gallantly, and I believe his greatest enemies, (if he have any) can not find the least matter to blemish his management And I doubt not he will justify that I have not been wanting in my true Endeavors to supply and assist your forces.

Hond Sir As you have been our guardian angel to free and deliver us from our cruel and decietful enemies, so I hope, if they should break out again, (there being but little trust to be put in Indians) you will continue your goodness and generosity towards us, and preserve what you have saved. As for your expenses about your arms and ammunition and the sloops here, shall not fail to use my utmost endeavor to have it satisfied this fall for if there be no occasion of raising of provision to maintain any forces, it may easily be done by the assembly, which is to meet November next.

Having great confidence in King Blount, that having suffered so much he will now be glad to be quiet, and may be a good guard to our frontier where would entreat your Honor to put a stop to your Indians falling upon him until we see how he behaves himself Have ordered that the Yamassee Galley, on her delivering what is now sent into her at Charlestown by Col Moore, to be clear and out of our country pay, unless your Honor have occassion to send her here again.

That no cival jars or discords, nor foreign Enemies molest your administration; but that desired success may attend all your glorious undertakings, shall be the wishes of Hond Sir ——

Sent by Col. Moore