I appointed the Assembly of this Province to meet the 13th of this Instant to raise the Quota of 200 Men agreed upon at the Congress at Philadelphia with Lord Loudoun and accordingly they have passed an aid Bill to that purpose which I herewith send to your Lordships to which I refer, they have agreed to give £5 currency advance money to raise 2 companies of 100 men each with more dispatch I have also inclosed the speech and addresses they at first voted an insufficient supply
The Letter your Lordships mentioned to have been wrote by the Lords of the Admiralty to the Captain of the Baltimore or any other Ship of War that should call in at Cape Fear only came to my hands last week from the Northward, althō wrote in November last which I have forwarded to Cape Fear to be delivered to the Commander of any of his Majesty's Ships who may call in, but there it may be long enough since neither our own Stationed Ship nor any other hath called in there these
I have this Morning since the breaking up of the Assembly received express from Lord Loudoun with orders to send the men as soon as they can be possibly ready to South Carolina and also to have the Militia along the Southern Frontier ready to go upon the first notice from Coll: Bouquet who is at present in Virginia with 500 Men of the first Battalion and 200 from Pensylvania in order to take with him the Virginia Provincials that are ready and proceed to Charlestown and shall immediately give them orders to be ready to march upon the first notice from him to the aid of South Carolina having given a power to the President and resident Councellors to act at Cape Fear upon any Emergency without waiting for orders from me and have ordered them to send ⅔ of the Militia of the 4 Southern Counties to South Carolina upon the first notice from Governor Lyttleton or Coll: Bouquet. I have inclosed a Memorial to Mr. Pownall from the Council to be laid before his Majesty in Council setting forth the expence they are at from time to time in attending at Assemblies Chancery and Court of Claims for which they have no allowances and as they generally live at a 100 miles distance from this Town the centre of the Province and must attend at other times when summoned upon emergencies of Government they hope his Majesty will allow them an appointment upon the Quit Rents as the Quit Roll is improving every day and if properly collected will soon discharge all the arrears due as well as pay the whole Establishment althō an allowance should be given to them by his Majesty which they have reason to hope for from his Majestys goodness as he has been graciously pleased to grant the like favour unto his Council in Virginia I therefore hope if referred to your Lordships that you will report in favour of the Petition as I find great delays and difficulties in Summoning them from the extream parts of the Province at considerable expence and many excuses made upon their non attendance so that his Majesty and the Public Service suffers and if granted then half or a sufficient number should always attend in Rotation or not obliged to do several things without their assistance and advice otherwise the public affairs must suffer and be delayed. This I submit to your Lordships judgment.
Upon my return from Philadelphia I found your Lordships Letter about the Embargo to be laid upon provision Ships but as we had made a Law here before to the same purpose and our vessels here being all small sloops under 50 Tons generally carrying about 30 Ton of provision with lumber we had made the Bonds here taken only £500 and the Collectors apprehending they might be sued if they insisted upon higherg Bonds keeping strictly to the Letter of the orders would have amounted to a prohibition of supplying our Colonies which was not intended I ventured to lessen the Bonds to Vessels under 50 Tons to £500 according to our Law and to such as were above 50 Tons then obliged them to keep to the Letter of the order by taking the Bonds required by the order which will effectually answer the ends of the order.