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Letter from Arthur Dobbs to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
August 30, 1757
Volume 05, Pages 783-784

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 13. D. 6.]
Letter from Governor Dobbs to the Board of Trade.

New Bern, 30th August, 1757.

My Lords

Having the opportunity of Captain Arbuthnot of the Juarland [Garland] going to England from his Station in Virginia I send your Lordships inclosed a Duplicate of the Money Bill past here last May Sessions

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and also the other Acts with the Journals of the Council and Assembly which I had no safe opportunity of sending since.

I likewise send your Lordships a Copy of the Report of the Boundary Line made in South Carolina and transmitted to me by Governor Lyttleton which I presume he has also sent to you from South Carolina and along with it a Duplicate of the Plan I sent your Lordships before from this Province that you may have both before you together to enable you to advise his Majesty where to fix an equitable Line I think everything they write to support their having the Line fixed upon the footing of the former Instructions you had withdrawn are obviated in what I sent over as will appear by this Duplicate a Copy of which I had sent to Govr Lyttleton that they had it before them—all that they say in relation to their being couped up in a Triangle by Georgia is that they would have this Province lie under the same Inconveniency but wont accept of an Equivalent beyond the Savannah from Georgia who cant suffer by it so that I rest it upon your Lordships Judgment but hope it will be soon decided as we are in great confusion by its not being done no Taxes being raised nor Laws executed nor can the lands be settled, they granting Warrants and Patents upon our patented settled Lands. The Catawbas have been spirited up by Mr. Glenn's former management to insult our Planters and had the impudence sitting the supreme Court in Salisbury in Rowan County to insult the Chief Justice, upon their return after doing little or nothing in Virginia having robb'd a Waggon and tied up a Waggoner with his own chain and upon their being followed and the goods retaken they returned loaded their Guns and insulted the Court. They have since after having agreed and desired that we should build them a Fort and their King and Sachems fixed upon the spot and laid out the Ground and we had wrought 3 or 4 months upon the Fort sent down to Governor Lyttleton to stop building the Fort they will not have it built by us but by them and by Governor Lyttletons advice I have stopped proceeding upon it until Mr. Atkins comes to fix it with them paying too much respect and making them presents has made them haughty and we must connive at it at this Juncture.

I hope your Lordships will send me Instructions upon the several points I wrote in my former letters last Winter.

I am with great respect, my Lords,