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from London, then buys at 500-600% markup to sell to incoming ships coming
into port. Between 1710-15 states “most years fifty or more sloops were
loaded, laded, most from New England. Per SPG instructions from London,
due to long delays or lost letters, missionaries typically sent letters destined for
England via ship captains bound for Customs port of Boston and a backup copy
via a passenger on a different s/v. Urmston said he felt Ships going from
eastern NC to custom port of Boston most reliable.
P.139 Letter from Edward Hyde, Queen Anne’s relative named deputy
governor NC in 1710, to Rev Giles Ransford a missionary. Written from
Chowan May 30 1712. Tells him to buy and bring him from England…. “Ask
your purser” for one barrel best white sugar, five barrels muscavado best sugar.
I will pay him in pork (NC staple) or I will pay you in money or good bills of
exchange. Also would like a few pounds of indigo. Ransford was coming over
in the “Bedford Galley” which took an enemy prize at sea. Hyde’s wife
Catherine had returned to England the preceding year .The naval vessel on
which Ransford took passage to America, had evidently taken an enemy vessel
and the clergyman presumably received or was to receive a share of the
proceeds from its condemnation.
p. 189 Act of Assembly levy of 5 shilling per poll to fund churches: poll tax
presented by Gov. George Burrington to the Board of Trade in 1731. This
province of N Carolina being a member of the kingdom of Gt Britain and the
Church of England being appointed by the Charter from the Crown to be the
only established church to have public encouragement in the province. 3
precincts Chowan, Pasquotank, Beaufort. In Chowan were listed Charles Eden
and Mr. John Blount. In Beaufort Precinct Charles Eden is listed again.
Remarks by Phillip Manning upon
the induction of John Lawson into
NC Literary Hall of Fame, 2012.
To be considered first-rate,
Lawson’s book must meet the
standards of good nature writing. To
find out if it does, I consulted The
Sierra Club Nature Writing
Handbook by John A. Murray. I
chose three of those elements—the
opening, the closing, and the
writer’s style—
On December the 28th, 1700, I
began my voyage (for North
Carolina) from Charles-Town, being
six English-men in company, with
three Indian- men, and one Woman,
Wife to our Indian-Guide, having
five Miles from the Town to the
Breach we went down in a large
Canoe . . . .
The title and opening paragraph of
Lawson’s book set the theme, style,
and tone of what follows—
Throughout his writings, Lawson
was sympathetic to the plight of
Indians, and this is how he closes
his book.
In my opinion, it is better for
Christians of a mean Fortune to
marry with the Civiliz’d Indians, than
to suffer the Hardships of four or
five years Servitude, in which they
meet with Sickness and Seasonings
amidst a crowd of other Afflictions,
which the Tyranny of a bad Master
lays upon such poor Souls ….
This is a powerful closing, startling
in its passion for the predicament of
both indentured servants and
Indians.
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