I receivd your Obliging favr of the 12th ult: and should have wrote you before, but was uncertain where to send the answer as you might be at Newbern.
Mr Milner has at last got the proof of his Uncle's affinity to his brother, and a Power of Attorney to Sell and dispose of the Lands. But as he is going to Scotland Immediately and proposes getting an absolute Deed from his Uncle of all these lands, I have advised him to let matters remain as they are until he returns.—You'l have heard the Virginians are raising 68 Infantry or 30 light horse in each County.—It would seem that some of their leaders, are endeavouring to widen the Breach between this and the mother Country so far, as to prevent a Reconciliation, and Ruin one or both.—Whatever may have been the disposition of the Ministry formerly, I have no doubt they would now Repeal some of the Laws, were they applied to through the different Assemblys, but at same time I think they never will Repeal them, while we Continue to apply through a Congress, Illegally Constituted.—The Boston Port Bill, the Quebec Bill and the Laws made for Regulating Trade, fancy they will never give up.—And in the Infant State of the Colonys, while they cannot subsist without the Protection of some Maritime Power such as Britain, It would be as well to Submit to the power of Legislation as exercised by them—except as to Taxation, and even that I would submit to for a while, untill we had got Manufactories among ourselves, of Cloth, Powder &c, and our numbers a little increased, or our bounds more circumscribed, our Slaves emancipated &c &c, especially while their Taxation extends only to Superfluitys, or Luxurys of Life.—We are not in a Condition to Combat with Britain, nor do I believe she intends to make war on us.—I rather think she wishes to give up the power of Taxation, but will not be threatened out of it by a Congress or a Virginia Army.
The Conduct of Virga is such, as will Irritate even their best friends in England against them.
Mrs Miller desires her Compliments to Mrs Burke, but cannot take so long a Journey as to the Springs.—She is going in a few days to see her Father, and fancy that is the only Journey she will make this Summer without she should go as far as Bute.—She has too many Children to go much abroad.—I am impatient to hear the New Bern Politicks. I have no hopes no hopes of Laws—from our Assembly. I am with the kindest wishes for you and Mrs Burke,