I had the honor to receive since Governor Dobbs death the following dispatches from your Lordships Board, Vizt
A letter of Mr Pownall of the 7th December 1764 with the order of his Majesty's Council of the 20th July 1764 inclosed, repealing an Act passed in this province in 1762, “Entitled an Act appointing the method of distributing Intestates estates.” Also another letter from Mr Pownall of the same date with a “Copy of a minute made by the Treasury Board on the 28th of November 1764 in relation to public expences which may be incurred by any Commander in Chief or Governor.”
A Letter from your Lordships dated the 23d August 1765 informing me of your being appointed his Majesty's Commissioners to the Board of Trade and Plantations
Another letter of your Lordships dated the 2d September 1764 containing directions &c to his Majesty's Governors to reserve sufficient tracts of lands for the use of his Majestys forts
Also another letter from your Lordships dated the 12th September 1765 with a copy of a letter inclosed from the Earl of Halifax to your Lordships board of the 20th June 1765, relative to the demand made by Mr Wyley, for surveying the Catawba lands.
I have wrote to Mr Wyley to desire he will send me the Journal and the particulars of his expences for the survey of the Catawba tract in order to lay them in his Majesty's name before the next General Assembly as there is no public fund appropriated and applicable to contingent services of this government in general.
Fort Johnston is the only fort in this province. Fort Granville was never finished and what was done to it is now in ruins. Fort Dobbs in Rowan County is likewise neglected and in ruins, if this last fort had been kept up it could not have been of further service against the Indians as the inhabitants of this province have since the last war extended their settlements upwards of seventy miles to the westward of the fort.