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Letter of Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood, 1715/1716 Feb. 20.

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Being exceedingly concern'd for the unjust delay wch the Govermt of South Carolina hath used in performing the Engagements to the Volunteers listed in this Country; and being sensible that the Wives & ffamilys of many of them suffer through that disappointment I am desirous to advance a Sum of money for the Relieff of such of them as are most in necessity, as I have already done to some who have made application to me upon the Credit of what their Husbands are entitled to for their service; but because it is better known to you than some, which of 'em are fittest objects of Relief I desire you will appoint two or three of yor bench at some convenient time & place to examine into ye Circumstances of the Familys of such of the Volunteers as were listed in yor County, and accordingly to return the names of those you judge most necessitous, that I may give Orders for their Relieff. At the same time you will give notice to all persons who have Assignments upon the pay of those voluntiers, either as Creditors or Attorneys to deliver in to the Gentlemen appointed by you an accompt of their Respective Claims or pretensions, of which I desire you will cause a true Report to be made to me.