Letter of Leonard Tarent, 1715 Apr. 15.
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Sr. At the Govers return home I humbly pray you to lay before his Honor & Council of State the Affairs of Essex County and what Dificultyes I ly under in my Office of Sheriff Place the Peoples inclinations are so great against the tobacco law that they have not meet me to pay their Dues so yt all are unpayd Except some small part of his Majesties, they further signifie their Dissatisfac'n by burning one of Mr. Bucknor storehouses with sound Tobo. and his [scal(e)s in it?] so yt. I am not Capeable haveing recd. no Agents Noats nor bills to pay his honor: the Govenor & Mr. Secretary nor no Publick nor County Creditor unless the law is put in Execution by Distress, They further Signifie their Evil Intention to the law by runing away with their Tobo. to buyers so yt: its near if not quit all sold, Sr. the Consideration is so great yt: on my Part my Credit Estate & something Else perhaps more valuable lyes at stake, besides wch: the Governt: may Prudiently think relates to the Country in Genll: Sr. my stay has been a long time at [illegible] and it being uncertain when I Can be here should waite longer, but hope you will lay the whole Case before their Honors I am Sr. Yor: Most Humble Servt. Leo: Tarent April 15: 1715