My Lords [of the Board of Trade]
I transmitt along with this the minutes of Council which was held last March. In a few days I sett out for Newbern to hold an Assembly there but am much at a loss where to find Members for an Upper House.
There has been such a mortality among the Gentlemen of the Council for these three years past, that there remains only two of the original number.
I have from time to time certified to your Lordships the names of the persons I have been obliged to appoint to make up the number of the Council seven, they all promised me to apply for a mandamus without loss of time, but am to find none of them has hitherto been as good as his word I now propose two Gentlemen John Dawson and James Craven Esqres who, if your Lordships think proper to recommend them, will immediately take out their Commissions.