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Letter from Matthew Rowan to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Rowan, Matthew, d. 1760
May 28, 1753
Volume 05, Pages 23-24

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 22.]

Cape Fear, North Carolina May 28th 1753.

My Lords, [of the Board of Trade]

On the 27th of March last the General Assembly of this Province met at Newbern, pursuant to the Proclamation I acquainted your Lordships of, in my letter of the 14th of February.

The Laws past during that session were,

1. An additional Act concerning slaves; 2d an Act of relief for the sufferers by the accidental loss of the records in Onslow County.

3d An additional Act to the Act for fixing the seat of Government &c. (this is only to continue for a time the tax of 4d per roll to defray the charge of the circuit Courts.)

4th An Act to prevent excessive gaming

5th An Act to prohibit the exportation of grain in time of scarcity.

6th An Act to divide Anson County.

7th An Act to appoint a town at Occaecock Inlet and to erect a fortification there.

8th An Act to settle the bounds of Orange County.

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These Acts are ordered to be printed and shall be laid before your Lordships by the first opportunity after they are done.

Finding that the Journals of the Upper House have not been regularly transmitted to your Lordships, I have caused the clerk to transcribe such as have not been sent viz: the Journals for the Sessions in March 174⅞, in March 1749, October 1749, March 1750, July 1750, September 1751, and April 1752, these seven Journals are enclosed with this as also the Journal of the Lower House for March 1752. The Journals of the last Session not being compleated when I left Newbern cannot be sent at this time.

I have not since the decease of the late President received any of the royal Instructions, or any of your Lordships commands except what are mentioned in my letter of February.

I have ordered the several Collectors to furnish the accounts of the imports and exports required by your Lordships, as soon as they come to hand they shall be sent together with a state of the militia which I have taken pains to make more complete than it has been heretofore.

I have no further to add but am with great respect,

My Lords, Yours, &c.,
MATH: ROWAN.