I have the honour to send your Ldps the Journal of the late Assembly, the reason they were not dispatched sooner was that I could not obtain the short Journal of the Upper House from the Secretary's Deputy before the fifth day of this month.
There was a fair prospect that business would be done by the late Assembly, before Mr Smith returned in last June; but this man by the Advices he brought from England, or invented himself; so much confused the Lower House that Moseley and his faction confounded the other Members, and nothing could be done, they carried their impudence so far, I thought myself obliged to dissolve them. The Report of their Committee I did not see till some weeks after the Dissolution; it was wrote by Moseley the speaker, the original is in my Custody, I purpose to have it examined into when the Council meets, and shall be able (I think) to expose the Paper & its Author.
Smith's Letter to the Assembly, is a sequel of his Articles of Complaints against me, and shews the inconsiderate villany of a man that will put his name to anything a sett of subtle Rogues write for him.
Mr Rice his paper in the Journal will be answered the next Council, and his folly and falsehood made apparent.
It has been thought by many people in this Province a way to Preferment by opposing me and obstructing the Administration; the behaviour of some of His Majesty's Officers has been of singular use to Moseley and his Gang, thereby he has not only hitherto prevented an examination and enquiry into his roguery and frauds when Surveyor General, but has those officers entirely under his own direction.
The Province is in perfect Peace and Quietness, and this a year of the greatest plenty ever known in North Carolina; The Summer proved sickly, but very few have dyed. There will be abundance of New Settlers in the approaching winter come from the Northern Provinces, this intelligence I have received from many already come in.