Letter of Governor Robert Hunter, 1711 June 16.
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Sr. I Have reced her Majtys Special Commands to Provide a Large Quantity of Provision with all Expedition, but finding it impracticable to do it here or in ye Neighbouring Governments I am Undr. a Necessity of Sending this Express to you, to desire you to give yor Immediate directions for the Buying all ye Pork wth in your Government for all you can get will I believe be to little and to Order it to be lodged in Some Convenient places from whence it may be Shipt on Board Such Vessells as I shall Send to take it in, her Majty has Likwise impowered me to take & receive from the Receivers General of any of her Revenues in New York, the Jerseys Maryland or Virginia Such Sume & Sumes of Money as Shall be in their hands for her use, and of which I shall have Occasion for this Service out of that Money therefore in the Receiver Genlls hands of yor. Province I do now Direct ye paymt. for ye pork that shall be so purchased for her Majestys Service, and if it fall Short the remainder Shall be paid in bills of Exchange on ye Treasury which will be very punctually Complyed with./ I am Likewise Commanded to Signify to you that it is her Majestys Pleasure that you Lay an Embargo for a Month on all Vessells to Europe, and if there be occasion for the better Securing the Pork I Desire you'l make the Embargo Genll. the want of Provision being the Last ill Consequence I am with much Respect Sir Your most obed & Humble Servant Ro: Hunter Sir I beg you'll cause deliver the Inclosed to the Receiver Genll of yor province New York June 16th 1711