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Instructions to Josiah Martin concerning the North Carolina/South Carolina boundary
Great Britain. Privy Council
June 10, 1771
Volume 11, Pages 234-235

[B. P. R. O. Am: & W. Ind: Vol: 434 p. 87.]
George R.
Additional Instruction to our Trusty and Welbeloved Josiah Martin Esqre our Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over our Province of North Carolina in America. Given at our Court at St James's the Tenth day of June 1771. In the eleventh year of our reign.

Whereas We thought fit in consequence of representations made to us that great disputes had arisen and much mischief and confusion had ensued amongst our subjects on the Frontiers of North Carolina and South Carolina from 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 been accordingly 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 Commissioners to be appointed by our Governor of South Carolina in continuing the Boundary Line from the said Salisbury Road where it now ends along the said road to where it enters the Catawba Lands from

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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. And it is our farther 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 as 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 and South Carolina.

G. R.