Letter from the Board of Trade of Great Britain to Arthur Dobbs
Great Britain. Board of Trade
Volume 05, Pages 627-628
Lords of Trade to Governor Dobbs.
Whitehall March 9th 1756.
We have had under our consideration the 84th Article of your Instructions, whereby you are directed to enquire into the State of the Grants made in the year 1746 to the Associates of Murry Crymble and James Huey and forthwith transmit to us an Account thereof and when the Term of ten years, to be computed from the dates of the said Grants, was expired you was empowered to seize and take possession of, as Escheats, all such parts of the Land as were not settled according to the Terms of the Grants and as the said Instruction appears to us to be doubtful and to admit of different constructions, We think it Our Duty to acquaint
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you, that We do not apprehend it was His Majesty's Intention that any step should be taken towards seizing the said Lands, until you had examined into the actual State of them and transmitted an Account thereof to us, which we desire you will do with all convenient speed and likewise that you will give notice of this letter to the Surveyor General or other proper Officers, that they may proceed accordingly
We are, Sir, &c.,