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Letter of John Chiswell, Charles Barrett, William Winston, & James Overton, 1740 Feb. 20.

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Hanover February 20th 1740. Sir, The Death of Christopher Smith late Inspector at Pages Ware House in this County, has caused a Vacancy at that House, which we understand is filled up with Thomas Anderson one of the Persons recommended by the Court of said County, But as the Court was Surprised into that recommendation, without considering the Inconveniencys that would attend it. We therefore beg leave to object to the said Andersons being an Inspector at that Inspection for the following reasons, First, the multiplicity of business at that House requires a Person skilled in writing and expert in accounts for the Expediting the business thereof in both which We now Find the said Anderson intirely Deficient. Secondly, that the said Anderson is very much Involved in Debt. And that the Transferr Tobacco will be Subject to the Discharge thereof. And may be attached or taken in Execution, and not withstanding he has given Sufficient Security for the due Execution of that Office, And those Suretys will be liable to the Persons to whom the notes are payable. Yet 'twill be a great Delay to the carrying on the trade & business of this County for which reasons, and the avoiding the many lawsuits which will Certainly ensue without your Honour will Interpose, and remove the said Anderson from that Office. We Therefore humbly Recommend William Taylor now Inspector at Merriwether Ware House as a Person in all Respects well Qualified to Supply the Office of an Inspector at the said Pages Ware House, of whose honesty, Diligence, and Ability for these several years past in that Office We have had Ample Demonstration to the great satisfaction of the whole County, And Particularly, Your Honour's Most Obedient and Most Hble Servt. Jno Chiswell Chas Barrett Will: Winston James Overton