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Letter from William Tryon to William Petty, Marquis of Lansdowne
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
July 05, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 497-498

[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to Earl Shelburne.

No 3.

Brunswick 5th July 1767.

In a decree in the Court of Vice Admiralty of this province condemning the sloop Lucy, seized by Captain Morgan of his Majesty's

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sloop the Hornet, having foreign rum on board it was ordered among other things that the Collector for the port of Beaufort should receive the duties of four pence per gallon on all spiritous 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's 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 Lordship, 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 further cases similar to this.

I am, my Lord, &c