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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe. 409


or his Governt I was unwilling to issue Pilot's Lycences which
would be by the Enemies of the Govern' called an Innovation
till I was properly advised in what manner I should support
His Ldp's Right & carry his Instruction properly into Execu-
tion, In being thus cautious I hope you will believe I intended
nothing, but Good to His Ldp, but if you think I erred in
judgment, be pleased as I before desired you to signify his

Letter Bk. I.

Ldp's Will with respect to this matter & be assured that I shall
most punctually comply therewith. I have spoke to Colo Lloyd
about the Six Rental Books & Bills of Excha. which were sent
to him the 10th Decr 1754. he says they were all received, &
I have also delivered to him the Packetts that you sent inclosed
to me with your Letter of the 23d of Decr 1755. I have
repeatedly mentioned to him what you have writ concerning
his Neglect &c & he has as often promised me that you should
have no farther Cause of Complaint, but I am a little afraid
that such frequent Hints from me may be disagreeable & that
he will be apt to think I busy myself more about what properly
belongs to him than His Lordship or yourself desire me.
As to what I mentioned some time since about reducing the
Farmer's or Sheriff's Sallaries for collecting the Rents to Six p
Ct it cannot be done at present, if ever a fair Opportunity shall
offer I hope His Ldp will beleive that I will not fail to obey his
Commands, & that I shall agreeable to his Orders take all
possible Care to prevent any Incroachments on any part of His
Ldp's Province. I might refer you to my Letters dated the
18th of March & 17th of April for an Account of our present
Situation, The Assembly is still sitting, on the Bill that was
prepared some of the Gentn of both Houses are holding
a Conference, what will be the Event of it I cannot predict.
As there are many Obstacles to be removed before they take
that Part which imposes a Tax on Lands into Consideration, I
am apt to think the Conference will break up & perhaps the
Assembly be prorogued without His Ldp's Mannour Lands
coming into Dispute. A few Days I think will determine the
Fate of this Bill & bring Matters to a Conclusion; but if we
do nothing for the protection of the Frontiers God knows what
will be the Consequence, Conegochiegh is already our most
Western Settlement & if the Inhabitants of that part of the
Country do not stand their Ground & I think there is little
Probability of their doing so, I beleive one might foretell

p. 197

without the Spirit of Prophesy that all that part of Frederick
County that lies beyond Frederick Town will be abandoned
before this time twelve month at farthest. The Inhabitants of
all that part of Virga which lies Westward of the Shanadoe
River have I am told left their plantations; & notwithstanding
a great Part of the 60000. granted by the Pensilvanians has

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