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Letter from Gabriel Johnston to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Johnston, Gabriel, ca. 1698-1752
September 03, 1751
Volume 04, Pages 1074-1075

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 11.]

Edenton 3d Septr 1751.

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.

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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.

I am, with great respect, &c.,