I received two letters from you by the way of South Carolina last week, one dated the 16th of June the other the 21st That of the 16th is a Duplicateth of June 1731. wch I answered in last May 10th The addition that for the future I must send to the Board of Trade yearly accounts of the Laws made Manufactures set up and Trade carryed on here which may in any manner affect the Trade, Navigation & Manufactures of Great Britain I will assuredly perform this.
I can at present only add to what I wrote in my Report on 25th and 115th Instructions, that abundance of Saw Mills are erecting here by which the Builders propose to carry on a Trade in boards and other saw'd Timber.
The Trade of this Country increases pretty fast and the Province flourishes, but I attend the orders of the Lords of Trade before I go about makeing or altering Laws, of which much is said in my Report, long letter of the 20th of February and Representation.
I gave their Lordships an account in the Representation that I had settled the Indian affairs to the satisfaction of all Partys and they continue in the same manner tho' there happens small acts of Hostility now and then in hunting on the upper parts of Cape Fear River between our Indians and the Cataubes of South Carolina, which we look upon to be for our advantage, thinking Indians love and will be doing a little mischief, therefore had rather they should act it upon their own tawny race then the English, in my opinion our affairs are in as good condition as can be desired in respect to the Indians in this and the neighbouring Governments.
I have been intollerably plagued with settling the Militia and altho' I was last year and this in every Precinct in the whole Government the work is not compleated, the death of two Colonels and my own terrible sickness were the hinderance but I shall soon sett out to finish the remaining part when returned shall send their Lordships the State and Condition of this Province, to them I desire you will give my humble Duty, it is in their Power to make this Country one of the best Colonys in North America