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Memorandum from James Abercromby to the Board of Trade of Great Britain concerning military aid from North Carolina
Abercromby, James, 1707-1775
January 12, 1757
Volume 05, Pages 738-739

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 120.]

To the Right Honble the Lords Commissrs for Trade and Plantation.

An Account of money and supplys granted by North Carolina for His Majesties Service against the Enemy.

In March 1754, Granted for raising 750 men to assist Virginia Pro. 12,000.

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N. B. This was the first Armament made in the Colonies, to act out of the Province.

In February 1755, A furthur sum was granted to support a Company of 100 men retaind in the Service of Virginia, 8,000.

In 1756, Four Companys were sent to New York, to assist the Earl of Loudoun, & for this purpose another Supply was granted, but as to the Quantum thereof I am not instructed, but so it is, that the service, having exceeded such supply that Government stands indebted to make good the Deficiency.

It is to be observed on behalf of North Carolina, that these Supplys of Money and of Men, were all for extra provincial Services, and Operations without any Stipulation when and where to act, and that poor as the Inhabitants of North Carolina are, their public Credit is greatly depreciated, by Taxations, beyond their ability for military service, that nevertheless, by proper Encouragement of money from this Kingdom, His Majesties Service may be greatly advanced from the ready disposition of this Province, to arm for the common cause, and without money from hence their Armaments now on Foot must drop, however near the danger seems to Approach our Southern Colonies.

JAS. ABERCROMBY.

Recd: Jany 12th 1757.