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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1757-1761
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422 Correspondence of Governor Sharpe.

Letter Bk. IV

hath been usual for Settling the Land Tax Accounts. The
Lieut. Governor to take Care & See that the several Officers
concerned in Carrying the Act in Execution give good Secu-
rity for due Performance of their Duty & that they lay their
Accounts regularly before the General Assembly. Should
there after all Commissions have been paid be a Surplus it
might be subject to the Disposal of the Legislature of the
Province, & if a Deficiency to be made good by the Legisla-
ture at their next Meeting. If this Scheme be likewise disap-
proved of I can only tell you in general that any Mode of
Taxation which would suit the Virginians will suit the Inhabi-
tants of this Province, but if it can be avoided we ought to
keep clear of the mode that hath been introduced into the
Northern Colonies, between whose Situation, Circumstances
Manner of Living & Ours there is a great Difference. All
the Articles which by the above Scheme I would subject to
Duties or Taxes except Tobo will be free of all Duties & Taxes
in 1761 & the Duty of fifteen pence pr Hhd wch is at present
payable on Tobo exported will expire or be discontinued in
1764 when our Paper Currency (to sink which that Duty was

p. 107

imposed in 1732) will be all called in & destroyed. As there
is not & will not be enough Sterling Cash in the Province to
pay the abovementioned Duties Liberty should be given for
the Inhabitants to pay in Lieu thereof Forreign Gold or Silver
at the Rates settled by Act of Parliament.

Letter Bk. III

[Sharpe to Gen. Robert Monkton.]

Annapolis 26th May 1760
I am favoured with your Lettr of the 7th Inst advising me
of your being appointed to the Command of His Majesty's
Forces in this Part of the Continent in which Command I
sincerely wish you much Satisfaction. It has I assure you Sir
given me great Concern that this Province hath not afforded
you such Assistance as might have been reasonably expected
from us, You will I flatter myself readily believe that if it
should be in my power to contribute by any means to the
Advancement of His Majesty's Service T shall with the greatest
pleasure embrace the Opportunity of Doing so & that I am
with great Regard &c.


[Fauquier to Sharpe.]

Wmsburgh June 14 1760
The Letter inclosed wth this was brought me by Lieut Colonel
Mercer as you see it, who said it was given to him in a Hurry.

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