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Letter from Josiah Martin
Martin, Josiah, 1737-1786
November 05, 1774
Volume 09, Pages 1087-1088

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind.: No. Carolina. Vol. 221.]
Letter from Governor Martin. (Private.)

New York Novr 5th 1774.

Dear Sir,

Taking advantage of an interval of calm in Carolina after the Cabals were over that preceeded, the Congress of Deputies at Philadelphia, and laid down rules and principles for the conduct of that very extraordinary Assembly, there, as in the other Colonies, I made my escape here for a short time to repair the injury that my health had suffered during the intense and insupportable heat of the last summer, and I have profited so much by two month's absence from that climate that I hope to return there in the course of the present month, perfectly restored.

Among all the embarrassments & difficulties I have encountered in the administration of Government there, nothing has so mortified me, or made me so sensible of the weakness of my hands to carry on the Public Service in Carolina, as the undutiful and inconsistent behaviour of the Council, with which you have no doubt become acquainted through my correspondence with the Earl of Dartmouth. I shall not therefore, enlarge upon it here, but I cannot help expressing my hopes that His Majesty will be pleased to take measures upon the occasion that may testify his disapprobation of their undutiful conduct, and at the same time give that strength to His Government there, that is necessary for its support. The sacrifice of duty to popularity is at no time justifiable, but surely most inadmissible when it has a tendency to countenance proceedings inconsistent with good order, and repugnant to the Constitution and to lessen the dignity and authority of His Majesty's Government.

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The Congress upon which the eyes of all America have been intently fixed, at length broke up the latter end of the last month, and I take this opportunity to enclose to you a detail of its proceedings, upon which I shall only observe, that matters seem to have been carried with a very high hand, and that Great Britain is loudly called upon to take a part of decision.

Heaven grant the wisdom and unanimity to His Majesty's Councils, that is necessary to govern this important crisis with the greatest Glory, and advantage to His Majesty, and the British Empire.

I understand Lord Granville's powers of Agency to me are arrived, since I left Carolina, and I beg leave to assure you that I shall be happy to employ them, or any others belonging, or that may belong to me, for your service.

I have the honor to be &c.,