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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1757-1761
Volume 9, Page 48   View pdf image (33K)
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48 Correspondence of Governor Sharpe.

Letter Bk. III

get £100 Stg a year remitted to one Mr Wogan a Friend of
His 1 am determined by the next opportunity to acquaint his
Ldp with the Difficulties that I already labour under, as do
also all the principal Officers in His Ldp's Governt we
already pay to Mr Calvert as much as the places can bear &
really if His Ldp will increase the Burthen some or other will
be obstinate & endeavour by Violence to throw it entirely off.
The Gentn who used to act as his Ldp's predecessors Secre-
taries in England were rewarded with £100 p Ann. & that
Sum was never increased till the late Ld's Decease. At this
time we pay £750 st & yet His Ldp tells me that he thinks it
hard that when he has so many places in Maryland in his Gift
he cannot procure an Annual Present of £100. for a Friend in
England whom he has a great Desire to serve. I am apt to
think that Sr Charles Hardy has not desired Leave to resign
the Govt of N York absolutely for in a Letter which I received
a few Days since from Lieutt Governor Delancey he tells
me that Sr Charles Hardy has obtained Leave to go on

the Expedition, during the Continuance of which he is to
assume the powers of Govt & he intimates that when the Ex-
pedition is over Sr Charles will return again to N York. If
that Governl is worth £1600 Stg a Year certain it would be a
good Exchange, but then if you should ask for it & not suc-
ceed, & Ld Baltimore should hear that such Application was
made he would I fear be apt to resent it & tho perhaps he
might not choose to superceed me he might easily encrease
the Burthen that I already find too grievous. Twas really
hard to be excluded from all Chance of preferment in the
military way by the Establishment of that Royal American
Regiment which after all we have been obliged to raise. The
Germans I am convinced would never have compleated it &
had it not been filled with Drafts & Recruits from England,
the two Regiments that were broke & the men that have been
raised at the Expence of Virga & this Province I beleive it
would now have wanted more than a Thousand Men. The
Virginians have by a Press Act compleated their Forces to
1300 men 200 of whom are gone to Carolina & as many more
are to follow. Our Assembly would not come into that
Scheme which is the only one but yet we muster at this time
many more than 400 who are distributed between Fort Cum-
berland & Fort Frederick for the Defence of this Province.
What Number of Provincials the Pensilvanians have actually
in pay I know not but one may guess from what the Assembly
say in one of their late Addresses to the Governor that their
Forces are vastly short of the Complement that they ought to
support. The people of Pensa as well as the Inhabitants of
Virginia & this Province were lately much terrified but they

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