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Letter from Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire to Josiah Martin
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
January 11, 1772
Volume 09, Page 227

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[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind.: No. Carolina. Vol. 219.]
Letter from Secretary Hillsborough to Governor Martin.

Whitehall Janry 11th 1772.

I have recd your Dispatches Ns 2 and 3, and have laid them before the King.

The Prorogation of the Assembly to the 15th Novr appears from the Reasons you assign for it to have been a proper measure and I trust that the General Assembly will meet at that time in a Disposition to carry on the public Business conformable to your Wishes.

Your attention to what passed upon the arrival of the Spanish Snow at Cape Lookout Bay is very much approved by the King, and the steps you took in consequence of that Event appear to have been very proper.

It is certain that the conduct of the Deputy Naval Officer at Beaufort as well as the Behaviour of the Spanish Officers gave room to suspect some unfair and improper Proceedings; but the Result of the whole seems to justify the Belief, that what at first might have the appearance of Disrespect and Irregularity, arose from the Ignorance of the Naval Officer of what might be proper to be done in a Case of so new and extraordinary a Nature.

I sincerely condole with you upon the Losses you have sustained in your Family from the Malignity of the Climate, and shall be very happy to hear that Time enables you to resist its Influence.

I am &c
HILLSBOROUGH.