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Letter from William Tryon to William Petty, Marquis of Lansdowne
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
October 31, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 529-530

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


Brunswick 30th Oct. 1767.

I had an opportunity this summer in my travels through the back counties of the province to examine into the method Mr Henry

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Eustace McCulloh and other attornies for his father and associates had observed in the sale of the lands to the persons set forth in the deeds, I transmitted with my letter to your Lordships bearing date the 28th of April 1767.

The best land particularly in Mr Selwin's tract number three sold for twenty five pounds proclamation money per hundred acres the midling at fifteen pounds and the mean at ten pounds. The purchasers who had no money gave bond for the consideration in which was included the quit rents that was due from the 25th of March 1760, to the date of the execution of each respective deed this was equitable as Mr McCulloh charges himself in the inclosed account with the arrears of all the quit rents due to the crown from the 25th of March 1760 to the 25th of March 1767. These bonds are to be paid by three equal payments to be discharged in three years from the several dates: The land sold in number three only exclusive of what is reserved therein I am well informed will amount to nine thousand pounds proclamation money. This circumstance I mention to show the grantees have been well rewarded for the little pains that has ever been taken to settle these large tracts. I saw many of the above associate's deeds with the plot of the lands annexed, they appeared very regular and nearly conformable to the present mode of granting out lands in his Majesty land office. Measures are taking to resume for his Majesty the other tracts not surrendered,

I am with the greatest respect &c.

P.S. I have just held a land office and am now preparing to move to Newbern to meet the General Assembly the Second December next.



Additional Notes for Electronic Version: The date for this document is from "The Correspondence of William Tryon and Other Selected Papers" Volume 1, p. 586, by William S. Powell (1980). According to Powell, the preponderance of evidence leans to the 31st, rather than the 30th.