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Letter from Arthur Dobbs to William Pitt, Earl of Chatham
Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
April 12, 1760
Volume 06, Page 234

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind. Vol. 72.]
Letter from Governor Dobbs.

Brunswick, 12th April 1760.

Sir, [Secretary Pitt.]

I had the Honour of yours of the 7th of January with his Majesty's Commands to call the Assembly together only the 27th of March, inclosed to me via Charles Town by General Amherst, upon which I issued a Proclamation the same day for the Assembly to meet the 22d instant at New Bern the most Central part of the Province, it being impossible to meet them sooner as Writs had before issued for a New Assembly and the Elections were appointed for the 10th and 17th instant; you may depend upon my most zealous endeavours to promote the raising of as many Men as We can in the short time we have to do it in upon this important Crisis, and to encourage them to act with Vigour and Dispatch shall propose to break through my Instructions and issue as much paper Currency as will raise cloath and pay them when in the Province, but we can have no Credit to pay them when taken out of the Province but by the Dividend of what Money may be given by His Majesty's Recommendation, as we have no Specie here, nor Goods that will answer to remit it abroad; our Correspondence by Post from the Northward is so uncertain, being often two or three months upon the Road, that it is a great Delay to the public Service. You have my sincerest Wishes and Prayers that God may give success to this year's Exertion of the British Force in Defence of our Religion and Liberties and Civilizing and converting of the unhappy natives of this Continent.

I am sir &c.
ARTHUR DOBBS.