further explain at our Consultation: Had our Assembly raised a fforce pett forme to command in person I should have hoped by my presence to have obliged the hither towns of the Tuscaruros to declare themselves, but some other measures must now be taken. And if you have still any hopes of Forces from South Carolina, I shall be glad to know when you expect them on your Frontiers. That if possible the march of ours may be regulated so as they may fall on at the same time. After all if Rumours that have been spread both in yor province & South Carolina, as if I had connived at a Trade with the Tuscaruros It is a particular satisfaction to me that both Governmts have done me the justice to believe otherwise and I have been so far from countenancing any such Comerce, that [illegible] [illegible] the proclamation issued immediately upon ye news of ye massacre would not [illegible] [illegible] both [cast?] session of Assembly & this & sent down by ye Council for restraining that trade because a breach of then could only be punished as a misdemeanor I procured bills to be prepared for a prohibition of all trade under very severe penaltys, [thus?] by an unaccountable disagreemt between the two Houses those Bills have been rejected by the Burgs.; however care hath been taken ever since ye first news of the massacre to restrain trade by proclamacons, but as the Breach thereof amounts only to a misdemeanour and without a particular Law there’s no way to restrain ill designing persons unless a War were actually declared, which would subject such offenders to a farr greater punishment; but as the Council with whose advice & Consent I am to act on such occasions are of opinion that yr Govern[m]ent being ye principals in the War ought to declare first. It will be necessary you proceed therein as speedily as may be wth under yr present Circumstances I believe need admit of very little Formality to dispatch. There are now in prison here 6 Tuscaruros taken up for coming into this Govt contrary to my proclamacon, & one of the Hostages left here upon ye last Treaty. The house of Burgesses have given me their opinion that they be delivered up to yr Govt to be treated as you think fitt I shall be glad to know where & to whom you will have ‘em deld [delivered]. Lest you should not yet have recd the news of the suspension of arms between her Maty & the French king I send you of her Matys proclamation for that purpose as published in ye [illegible] Gazette.