The first of February was the date of the last letter I had the honor to send to your Lordships board. As the occurrences since that period in this province, have been of a turbulent and extraordinary nature, I sent the particulars of them to Mr Conway one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State. The inhabitants have remained quiet since they assembled themselves in arms at Brunswick in February last upon the pretence of redressing grievances, on account of some sloops, Capt Lobb of his Majesty's sloop the Viper had seized.
I have the satisfaction to inform your Lordships, Mr James Hasell, whom I appointed Chief Justice in the room of Mr Berry deceased, has conducted himself with particular prudence and discretion in his attendance at the Superior Courts of Halifax, Salisbury and Wilmington, a Circuit of seven hundred miles. No causes but those
I am to acquaint your Lordship I have suspended Mr Maurice Moore from the office of Assistant Judge for the district of Salisbury for his intemperate zeal and behaviour in his opposition to the Act of Parliament imposing Stamp duties in America.
I have appointed Mr. Edmund Fanning Assistant Judge for the above district. He is an active spirited man, of good character, and ability in the law; His commission is dated the 7th of March last.
Mr. Hasell informed me there was but very little specie circulating in the back counties: there is scarcely any in the maritime parts of the colony.
Lumber a considerable staple in this port, exported to the West Indies is returned in sugars, rum and molasses, tar turpentine and pitch is purchased by Bills of Exchange or returned for goods imported; and if a ship brings in dollars to purchase a cargo, (a circumstance very uncommon) the merchant does not suffer it to circulate in the province but either sends it to a foreign market, or remits it to Great Britain; Of the lumber exported, plank and scantling are sawed in the mills, There are but few of these in the province, but what are on the creeks on the north east, and north west
The General Assembly I have prorogued to the 30th of October next; in Council this was thought the best expedient, as the country was not esteemed in a temper to do business in a manner that was likely either to be agreeable to his Majesty, or beneficial to the colony; This prorogation will also give time for the information of the positive and determined resolutions of the British Legislature, on the subject of the disturbances of the colonies; If the inhabitants should be so weak, in the vain imagination of their strength as to make their case desperate two of his Majesty's sloops with their full compliment of men, and two tenders with 30 or 35 men in each would be sufficient in my estimation to give law to the commercial interest of this government. The sloops to remain chiefly in Cape Fear river and the tenders to cruize from Ocacock Bar, thro' the sounds and up the rivers that lead to Bath, Newbern and Edenton. Two companies of regulars under these circumstances might be thought requisite to secure his Majesty's stores and artillery at Fort Johnston; I am of opinion that North Carolina station should not at any time be without one sloop and two tenders towards the protection of the commerce and the improvement of his majesty's revenues by curbing illicit trade The several ports in this province continue open and clearances are made out by his Majesty's officers of the customs without Stampt Papers.
P. S.—The original of the inclosed copy of a letter from Mr. Houston came to my hands after the foregoing dispatches were wrote It was the first authentic account I received of his commission being lodged in the hands of Mr Moses De Rosset Mayor of Wilmington.