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Memorandum from the Board of Trade of Great Britain to the Privy Council Committee for Plantation Affairs concerning the defense of North Carolina
Great Britain. Board of Trade
April 24, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 399-400

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 22. P. 176.]

Lords of Trade to Lds. Comtee of Council 24 April 1755.

To the Right Honble the Lords of the Committee of His Majesty's most Honble Privy Council for Plantation affairs.

My Lords,

Your Lordships having been pleased by your Order dated the 3rd April 1753 to refer to us the Memorial of Arthur Dobbs Esq. Governor of His Maj. Province of North Carolina humbly praying for the reasons therein contained that His Majesty will be graciously pleased to grant such ordnance and stores as the Fort and Battery lately erected by the legislature of that Province on Cape Fear River may necessarily require We did immediately take the said Memorial into our consideration and were attended by Mr. Dobbs thereupon But he being at that time unable to give us sufficient information with respect to the state and condition of the said Fort We directed him upon his arrival in his Government to prepare and transmit to us a particular account thereof and the said Governor having in pursuance of our directions viewed the said Fort and transmitted to us a plan of it together with an exact account of its state and condition We beg leave to lay the same before Your Majesty and to report thereupon

That although we are sensible that the frequent applications of this nature which have of late been made by the Colonies in America bring a very heavy expense on this Country nevertheless as the ordnance and stores prayed for in the said Memorial are represented to us to be absolutely necessary for the security and defence of the Province of North

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Carolina and as His Majesty has been graciously pleased to indulge other of his Colonies in the like request We are humbly of opinion that His Maj. may be graciously pleased that such ordnance and stores as from the plan of the said Fort and Mr. Dobbs' account of it shall appear to be absolutely necessary may be sent thither

We are, My Lords, &c.,
DUNK HALIFAX J. PITT. FRAN. FANE

Whitehall April 24. 1755