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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
September 24, 1769
Volume 08, Pages 72-73

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

Brunswick 24th September 1769.

In my letter of 15th instant I informed your Lordship of the damages this corner of the province had sustained from the Storm of the 17th instant Ravages but inconsiderable to what Newbern experienced

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as will appear from the extract of a letter I have the honor to transmit to your Lordship dated from that town the 10th instant. From an intimate knowledge I have of that place I am fully persuaded more than two thirds of the effects of the town was destroyed by the storm. I shall be at Newbern the middle of next month in order to meet the General Assembly there on the 19th at which time I shall be able to form a better judgment of the losses sustained, and to fall upon some expedient if possible to lighten the misfortunes of the sufferers and to raise from its present ruins a town so lately in promising and flourishing state.

I had this day by express from the Post Master of the Southern Department your Lordships letter No 25. The conduct of the Legislature in the nomination of an Agent I hope will be conformable to his Majestys intentions. I shall observe your Lordships declarations with regard to the emission of a paper currency.

On the 20th instant I was honored with a large packet from your Lordships office containing dispatches for the Governor of South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania which I shall forward with care. As Mr. De Lancey's express has orders to proceed no further than Wilmington and then to return to Charles Town I have no regular conveyance of letters through the province, therefore esteem the letters of government for other colonies directed under cover to me not to be the readiest conveyance to their respective stations.