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Letter from Henry McCulloh to Thomas Hill
McCulloh, Henry, ca. 1700-1779
February 16, 1745
Volume 11, Pages 103-104

[B. P. R. O. South Carolina B. T. Vol. 14. h. 76.]
Henry MacCulloh to Thomas Hill Esqr

16th Febry 1744-5

Sir,

I have inclosed you a representation to the Right Honble the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantation, which I pray

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favour you will lay before their Lordships. It is a great misfortune to me that I have not hitherto met with the least support from the Right Honorable the Lords of the Treasury and that the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantation do not think proper to represent the several matters complain'd of to His Majesty. The nature and Duty of my office is such that it must naturally create me many enemies and the consequences has been such that when they found I was not the least supported they let loose their resentments upon me, And have not only insulted me in the grossest manner but have deprived me of all the means I had of supporting myself.

I have been lately informed that Govr Johnston and Govr Glenn and several other gentlemen in the Provinces of North and South Carolina have industriously misrepresented my conduct. The nature of my Office is such that I can do no Act in relation to the same but what must be in writing, Therefore if those gentm have any thing to charge me with, it is their power to send home proper proofs under the Seal of the Provinces, And an Accusation without their taking this step, In my humble opinion implys fraud. I have acted with the greatest openess with the Govrs in every matter I have complain'd of. Before I transmitted my representations from South Carolina I laid them before the Govr and Council, That if the facts charged had not been true they might have taken an opportunity of disproving them, I have acted in like manner with Governor Johnston, but did not think it safe to lay the representation sent to him before the Council as there is a law in this Province that subjects any person to the Pillory who will openly sensure the conduct of the Govr Council and Assembly. The security of His Majesty's subjects in America, depends wholly on a just Observation of His Majesty's Instructions, Therefore if no notice is taken of so high a contempt of His Majesty's Commands. It is humbly apprehended that the treatment I have met with may be an inlet to many encroachments

I am, Sir
Your most obedient
most humble servant
HENRY MacCULLOH

Cape Fear, 16th Febry 1744.