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Letter from Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire to William Tryon
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
March 24, 1769
Volume 08, Pages 21-22

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Indies. Vol. 216.]
Letter from Earl Hillsborough to Governor Tryon.

Whitehall, March 24th 1769.

I am extremely glad to find that the establishment of a Post thro' your Province is so agreeable a circumstance to the Members of the Council and other principal Persons; and I have the more pleasure in their approbation, as I myself proposed and directed that measure, when I had the honor to serve His Majesty in the station of Postmaster General.

I have not failed to lay before the King what you suggest, in your letter No 17, of the propriety of having the House built by the Province for the residence of His Majesty's Governor, furnished at the King's expence.

Upon this occasion I have the King's Commands to acquaint you, that, though His Majesty is desirous of shewing His Grace and Favour to the Colony of North Carolina, by gratifying His Subjects there in every just and reasonable request, and particularly when it comes recommended by a Governor whose administration is so

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entirely approved by His Majesty; yet the King does not think fit to comply with their desire in this respect as it could not be done without establishing a Precedent, that would probably be the foundation for applications of the like nature from every other Colony.

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