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Letter from William Tryon to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
June 30, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 491-492

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 15.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to the Board of Trade.

North Carolina
Brunswick 30th June 1767

My Lords

In a Decree in the Court of Vice Admiralty of this Province condemning the Sloop Lucy seized by Captain Morgan of His Majestys Sloop the Hermit, having foreign Rum on Board, it was ordered among other Things, that the Collector for the Port of Beaufort

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should receive the duties of four Pence per Gallon on all spirituous Liquors on board the said Sloop, agreeable to an Act of Assembly recited in the Decree. As this is the first Instance of any duties being paid for Cargoes condemned here, and seems contrary to the Intention of the Act of Parliament of the fourth [year] of His present Majesty's Reign I took Mr Jones the Attorney General Opinion upon the Legality of this part of the Decree, and afterwards sent to the Judge of the Court to send me at large his Reasons for such an Order.

Having obtained these Informations, I have the Honor to Transmit them to your Lordships, together with the Minutes and decree of the Court, requesting His Majesty's Commands what further steps I should take, or what Conduct observe in any future Cases similar to this.

I am my Lords &c &ca
Wm TRYON.


Additional Notes for Electronic Version: The sloop Hermit mentioned by Tryon appears to be incorrectly named. The index gives it the name Hornet.