I did not until Thursday last the fifth instant receive your dispatches of the 10th 29th and 30th of October from the Board of Trade together with the order in Council upon the melancholy account of the death of our late most glorious King with a Copy of the Proclamation for proclaiming His present Majesty King George the third, whom God may long preserve and make His reign equally glorious as that of his glorious Grand father, along with which I also received four printed Proclamations for continuing persons in Office until His Majesty's further pleasure is known, with His Majesty's Order for continuing the present Great Seal until a new one can be sent over, and an Instruction with a Proclamation for altering the forms of Prayer for the Royal Family, which with a letter from General Amherst of the 7th of January were sent by sea from New York to Charleston, and from thence was forwarded to me by express. Upon which I sent for such of the Council as were in this neighbourhood and next day Friday had His Majesty proclaimed here by all the Gentlemen near this place, the Militia drawn out and a triple discharge from Fort Johnston of 21 guns and from all the ships in the river; and at the same time sent an Express for the other Councillors in this neighbourhood to meet me at Wilmington next day Saturday the 7th where His Majesty was again proclaimed by the Corporation and Gentlemen of the neighbourhood
The Troops intended against the Cherokees don't begin their operations before the first of May, so that I think it was very providential that we did not pass the undigested Aid Bill last Session, for we should have increased our Paper Currency £16,000, and the Troops which were to continue for six months only would have been disbanded about the time they would have entered the enemies Country, and if Troops should be now required for carrying on any foreign expedition, as the Assembly will meet the 20th of March, if they are in Temper, they may be raised and ready for action time enough yet for a summer campaign either against the Cherokees or French at Mississippi.
As I have nothing material to write to their Lordships since my last I shall only send Duplicates of my former letters as I hope to send this by a Vessel bound to London, which is ready to sail from
We are highly elated with the glorious Victory of His Majesty of Prussia over Count Dann, as also in hearing that our expedition by sea will go on.