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Instructions to Josiah Martin concerning the North Carolina/South Carolina boundary
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
May 29, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 611-612

[B. P. R. O. B. T. No. Carolina. Vol. 24. P. 180.]
Royal order for running the South Carolina Boundary Line.

May 29th 1771.

Additional Instructions to our Trusted and Well-beloved Josiah Martin Esquire, Our Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over Our Province of North Carolina in America, Given.

Whereas We thought fit in consequence of Representations made to us, that great disputes had arisen, and much mischief and confusion

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had ensued amongst our Subjects on the Frontiers of North Carolina and South Carolina for the want of a certain known Line of Jurisdiction between the said Provinces to direct by Our Royal Instructions to the Governors of Our said Provinces in the year 1763, that a Line should be run out in the manner therein prescribed; in consequence whereof a Line hath accordingly been run out and marked by Commissioners appointed for that purpose, as far as the Salisbury Road near the Catawba Lands; now it is our Will and Pleasure and you are hereby authorized and required to appoint Commissioners to proceed jointly with the Commissioners to be appointed by our Governor of South Carolina in continuing the Boundary Line for the said Salisbury Road where it now runs along the Road where it enters the Catawba Lands from thence along the Southern, Eastern and Northern Boundary of the said Lands to where the Catawba River enters the said Lands on the North, from thence to follow the middle Stream of that River northerly to the confluence of the northern and Southern Branches thereof and from thence due West, until it reaches the Line agreed upon with the Cherokee Indians, as a Boundary between their Country and the Settlements of our subjects; it is our further Will and Pleasure that the Line beginning at the Sea thirty miles distant from the Mouth of Cape Fear River on the South West thereof following the direction in which it hath been already run out and marked as far as the said Salisbury Road near the Catawba Lands and it is hereby directed to be continued from the Station-point on that road to the Cherokee Line in the manner above mentioned shall be the final Boundary between our said Provinces of North Carolina and South Carolina.