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Account of sundry sums of money paid by the province of Pennsylvania for his majesty's service, since the commencement of hostilities by the French in North America; exclusive of the general contingent expences of the government, which have from that time increased very considerably.


Pennsylva. Curr.

and 1755.

1754, FOR provisions supplied the king's forces under
the command of general Braddock; for open-
ing and clearing a road towards the Ohio; and
for establishing a post between Winchester in
Virginia and Philadelphia, for the use of the
army, at the request of the said general.
For provisions supplied the New England, and
New York forces, under general Johnson
For clothing sent the forces under general Shirley
For presents to the Six nations and other Indians


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For maintenance of the Ohio and other Western
Indians, who had taken refuge in Pennsylva-
nia; French deserters; soldiers wives belong-
ing to Braddock's army; arms and ammunition
delivered to such of the frontier inhabitants as
were not able to purchase any for their de-
fence; relief and support of sundry of said in-
habitants who were driven from their planta-
tions by the enemy; and for expresses and
other purposes for his majesty's service.
[The above sums were paid out of the treasury

and loan-office, and by money borrowed on the
credit of the house of assembly, before the go-
vernor could be prevailed on to pass any bills
for granting an aid to his majesty.]
For raising, paying, and maintaining forces;
building forts; maintaining and treating with

£.8195 14 8

10,000 0 0 514 10 1

2023 5 0

5653 13 2

Carried over £.26,387 2 11



Pennsylva Curr.

Brought over £.26,387 2 11

the king's Indian allies; support of French
neutrals sent from Nova Scotia; billetting and
supplying with necessaries the king's regular
forces; and other purposes for his majesty's
service, as recommended by his ministers. [By
two acts of assembly, 60,000 and 30,000.]
For ditto by another act of assembly.
For ditto by ditto. [Note 2700 men were raised
and employed this year in his majesty's service,
by the province of Pennsylvania, in pursuance
of Mr. secretary Pitt's letter.]
For support of a ship of war for protection of
trade, (by a duty on tonnage, &c.) for a six
months cruise.

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For interest paid by the province for money bor-
rowed for his majesty's service on the credit of
the assembly; the charges attending the print-
ing and signing the paper-money, and collect-
ing, and paying the several taxes granted his
majesty, to the provincial treasurer and trus-
tees of the loan-office, with their and the pro-
vincial commissioner's allowances for their trou-
ble, may at least be estimated at
For sundry Indian expences, omitted in the above

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90,000 0 0 100,000 0 0

100,000 0 O

6425 15 0

5000 0 0 38 13 0

£.327,851 10 11

From which deduct one-third to reduce the sum
to sterling value; an English shilling passing
for 1s. 6d. in Pennsylvania.

109,283 16 11

Sterling £218,567 14 0

As the reader may possibly be curious to know, whether any similar disputes arose between the proprietaries and the several assemblies of the territory, or three separate counties, it may be proper to inform him, that the forbearances of these gentlemen in that district, were altogether as remarkable as their assumptions in the province; and to refer him to the following extract of a genuine letter of Mr. secretary Logan's to one Henry Goldney, an intimate friend of the first proprietary William Penn, for a solution of all doubts concerning the difference.


Esteemed friend,

Philadelphia, 3d month the 12th, 1709.

'I WAS favored last fall with thine and other friends answer to mine of 3d month last; the contents of which were extremely satisfactory, and on my part I shall not be wanting to discharge my duty to the utmost of my power; but in my opinion, since the proprietor has several times mentioned that he had proposals made to him for the purchase of a large tract of land on Susquehannah, for which he had an offer of 50001. sterling, it would be most adviseable for him to accept of any such terms, that so he may speedily have the management of his country to himself, by paying the debt there which he has contracted upon it; to which I wish thee and his other good friends would earnestly press him, for in himself I know he is in such cases somewhat too doubtful and backward.

"I now design, through the greatest confidence in thy friendship both to him and me, to be very free with thee in an affair that nearly concerns him and this country in general, in which I shall request thee to exercise thy best thoughts, and, according to the result of these heartily to employ the necessary endeavors; the case is briefly as follows:

This government has consisted of two parts; the province of Pennsylvania, and the three lower counties on Delaware. To the first the proprie. tor has a most clear and undoubted right, both for soil and government, by the king's letters patents or royal charter; for the latter he has much less to shew; for the soil he has deeds of feofment from the duke of York, but for the government not so much as is necessary. After his first arrival, however, in these parts, he prevailed with the people both of the province and those counties to join in one government under him, according to the powers of the king's charter, which nevertheless extended to the province only, and so they continued, not without many fractions, till after the time of his last departure, when some disaffected persons took advantage of a clause, which he had unhappily inserted in a charter he gave the people, and broke off entirely from those lower counties; since which time we have had two assemblies, that of the province acting by a safe and indisputed

power, but that of the other counties without sufficient (I doubt) to justify them. Last fall the assembly of those counties took occasion to inquire into their own powers, upon a design to set new measures on foot, and have sent home an address by one of their members, Thomas Coutts's brother, who is to negociate the matter with the lords of trade and the ministry, to obtain powers to some person or other, who the queen may think fit (though Coutts designs it for himself) to discharge all the necessary duties of go. vernment over them. This I doubt will give the proprietary great trouble, for when the council of trade is fully apprised, as by this means they will be, that those counties are entirely disjoined from the province, it is probable they may more strictly inquire into the proprietor's right of government and legislation with the people there; and it is much to be feared that they may advise the queen to dispose of the government of those parts some other way, which would be exceedingly destructive to the interest of the province in general.



• Upon the whole what I have to propose is this, whether it would not be most adviseable for the proprietor to consider in time what measures are most fit for him to take for his own and the country's interest, before the blow falls so heavy that it may prove difficult, if at all practicable, for him to ward it off; whether, therefore, it may not be most prudent to part with the government of both province and lower counties together, upon the best terms that can be obtained, before it proves too late for him to procure any. If he should hold the government of the province, nay even of the whole, during his life, he will never gain any thing by it; and, after his decease, it will be lost, or at least be put out of the hands of friends, and perhaps without any previous terms at all, when now he may be capable himself to negociate a surrender, both to his own particular interest, and greatly to the advantage of the profession; but whenever this is done, he should remember our present lieutenant-governor, who will be a sufferer (I fear at best) by undertaking the charge; and if any thing fall of course in the way, I wish he would not quite forget an old trusty servant of his, who has been drudging for him these ten years (but that is not the business). This I thought necessary to advise thee of, considering thee as one of his best and heartiest friends, and desire thee to communicate the matter to such others as may be most serviceable, but by no means expose this letter, for I would have that kept very private. I have wrote to the same purpose to the proprietary himself very fully, but finding, by long experience, how little it avails to write to himself alone of matters relating to his own interest, I now choose this method, and give this early notice before the addresses from hence shall come to hand, which, with the address already gone from the lower counties, will certainly do our business whether the proprietor will agree to it or not, and therefore best take time while it offers. I shall commit this to thy prudence and discretion, and conclude, Thy real loving friend,



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