The receipt of your letters of the 13th of September 1766, and the 19th of February 1767 No 3, I have the honor to acknowledge.
The dispatches I now transmit, containing the proceedings that were had in carrying into execution the partition line, between the western frontiers of this province and the Cherokee hunting grounds, I flatter myself will effectually answer his Majesty's gracious intentions (communicated to me in the above letters) of maintaining peace and harmony between his Majesty's subjects in this colony, and the bordering indians under his protection.
While I was in the back settlements, I made it one particular object of my journey there, to learn if any violences had been committed by the inhabitants of this province on the indians, and even asked the Cherokees if they had any complaints against them. The young warrior of Estatonee informed me, one of his men had been whipped by an inhabitant in the settlements, but that he now should think no more of it, This my Lord, was the only injury I
I heard of many, and many instances of their being well treated at the plantations they called at, The back settlers do not show, my Lord, the least inclination to abuse the indians, and when they do receive any injuries, it is most generally from some straggling hunters and horse stealers, who keep without the jurisdiction of the two Carolinas, for want of the boundary line which stopt to the eastward of the Catawba nation in 1764, being continued a west course to Reedy River, which would effectually inclose the two provinces, and prevent those disorders which the inhabitants in those parts now unhappily experience, I hope therefore my Lord, his Majesty may be satisfyed that the violences reported to have been committed on the indians, by this colony, have been injurious to the province, as they are ill founded