I had the honour of your Lordships of the 9th of March Ult. the 20th May acquainting me with your being Constituted the board for Trade and Plantations with the several orders and letters from his late Majty in 1752 in what manner I shall correspond with you which I shall punctually follow and must believe that the order I received from the late Secretary Mr. Pitt that the several recommendations for places in America were to be transmitted through his office has been restored to your Board as formerly. I received only on the 12th inst. from the post office in Virginia indorsed by the Postmaster in New York as received by him the 1st of April last the several following Papers Two additional Instructions dated the 9th of December 1761 relating to the Indians and to the Judges places being to be held during pleasure. A copy of the letter to the Lieutt Governor of New York of the 11th of December 1761 upon the same points which the other Colonies are to observe and a duplicate of a letter to me dated the 14th of April 1761 with a letter from Secretary Pownal dated the 10th of December 1761, it is surprising to me that those Letters of so old a date should be so long in coming to me by which means I could neither acknowledge the receipt of them sooner nor follow the Instructions though they principally regard the Northern Indians, as we have no complaints or leagues with the Catawba Indians who are now reduced to less than fifty men, the Tuskaroras and Meherrens being also reduced, and in Lord Granville's district, I shall now take care to obey these Instructions.
I hope my Answer to the two Queries I was obliged to postpone and my dispatches relative to the transactions of last Session are now safe with you as they left this Harbour after the ratification of the peace in March. I have nothing further to add, but am with due respect &c