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Letter from Alexander McCulloch to Arthur Dobbs
McCulloch, Alexander, d. 1798
December 24, 1754
Volume 05, Pages 160-161

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 58.]

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqre Govr &c over the Province of North Carolina.


December 24, 1754.

Your Excellency having acquainted me that by your Instructions all publick Money shou'd be liable to be accounted for unto His Majesty in Great Britain and to the Commissioners of His Treasury or High Treasurer for the time being and audited by the Auditor General of the plantations or his Deputy for the time being, and that you are required to take care that fair Books of Accounts of all Receipts & paymts of Publick Money be duely kept and the truth Thereof attested upon Oath and that all such Accounts be audited & attested by the Auditor General of the plantations or his Deputy who is to transmit Copies thereof to the Commissioners of the Treasury for the time being, and that you do half yearly send over another Copy thereof attested by yourself to the Com̄issioners of Trade & Plantations and Duplicates thereof by the next Conveyance in which Books shall be specified every particular Sum raised or disposed of with the name of the persons to whom any payment is made to the end that his Majesty may be satisfied of the right Application of ye Revenue of the Province.

I must therefore beg Leave to inform your Excellency that I have not heard that any such Books were ever kept and that no Accounts of publick

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Money have ever been produced to me to be audited, nor any Account except what has been produced to me by the Receiver of the Quit Rents, all other Accounts having been passed in the Assembly without ever having been audited by me.

I therefore submit it to your Excellency how I can transmit Copies of such Accounts to his Majesty Treasury, and therefore must wait Your Excellency's order to Know how to proceed in order to comply wth the Instruction I am Sir, &c.,