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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1757-1758
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426 Assembly Proceedings, Feb. 13-Mar. 9, 1758.

L. H. J.
Liber No. 49
Feb. 13

it in that Light, or they would never have framed it in that Manner,
nor had they considered that Right of the King of commanding his
Subjects in Arms, which is a Right undisputed every where, or they
would never have disputed the Power of his Commission, to have
marched the Troops, raised by them for the Defence of his Domin-
ions, even out your Province, which I do not understand I have done
with Regard to them, which was to Fort Cumberland, from the best
Accounts I have been able to procure; but that does not come to be the
Question; for if they will consider what has happened in almost all
the other Provinces, they will find, they are single in the Opinion of
the King's Power of Marching the Provincial Troops into other
Provinces.

At the Meeting at Philadelphia, it was settled last Spring, that
South Carolina was in Danger of a more powerful Invasion from
the Enemy than they were able alone to resist, therefore it was
agreed, that it was necessary they should have an additional Force
sent to their Assistance, composed partly of Regular Troops, and
partly of Troops raised by the other Provinces, and 200 Men did
accordingly sail from Virginia, and are now with them; and the
Troops from North-Carolina were in Readiness to go, but were

p. 238

prevented by Letters from the Commanding Officer there, on the
Arrival of a Regiment of 1000 Men from Europe, so that they did
not then stand in Need of them; there is an Instance in Point in the
very next Province, who were likewise to have made up their Quota
of Troops to 400 Men, if they were found Necessary, for that Service
in South-Carolina.

But further to illustrate this Point, let them reflect, that the
Provincial Troops in the more Northern Provinces, that is, those
of New Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut,
and the Jerseys, have for three Years last past been serving in the
Province of New- York: There was an Attempt about 18 Months
ago to have restrained Part of those Troops within certain Bounds,
to serve particular Purposes, although they never thought of carry-
ing that Point so far as to restrain them within their own Province,
and the Moment that Intention appeared, the Ministry immediately
interposed, and no such Measures have been attempted since.
Although the Prerogative is undisputed every where, I have
thought it necessary to mention these few Instances in their Neigh-
bourhood, to shew them the Singularity both of their Opinion and
Proceedings; the Consequence of which I foresaw, and mentioned
in a former Letter, and warned them of in the Letter I had the

p. 239

Honour to write you of the Effects such a Measure would have, not
only to throw open the Frontiers of their own Province, but to open
a Door to the Enemy in the very Heart of his Majesty's Dominions
in North-America : As this is the fair State of the Affair, I cannot



 
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