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Title: Arthur Dobbs, [Carrickfergus?], to Lord [Granville?], [Location?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDobbs, Arthur/4(2)
SenderDobbs, Arthur
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCarrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientLord Granville?
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 162/65: Presented by Major A.F. Dobbs, Castle Dobbs, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510062
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count427
TranscriptMy Lord
   Your constant goodness and friendship to me upon all my
applications to you emboldens me to put in again for your favour
and at the same time to express the pleasure I have in your
Lordship's being at the head of the council. Lady Hertford has
been so kind as to recommend me to Lord Holderness for a
government in North America upon a vacancy and as your Lordship
has always approved of my endeavours to serve Britain and his
Majesty's government and have shown a steady friendship for me I
hope that you will upon this occasion grant me your favours in
whatever manner may be most [apposite?] to you.
   Your Lordship is fully sensible that for many years I have
laid myself out to study the trade of Britain and the American
Colonies, and your Lordship agrees with me in sentiments that we
ought to strengthen and extend our colonies as much as possible
we can without coming to a rupture with France; That France
has never yet made a Peace but with a view to enter into a new
war with advantage, and our misfortune has been that when we
make a Peace we never again think of strengthening our Sabres
and preparing for a new war.
   Is it not the interest of Britain to increase extend and
strengthen our colonies now in the time of peace that we may be
on our watch in America for the French in a future war, can we
then do better than to instruct civilise and incorporate with
the natives and using them well and giving them the advantage of
an equitable trade secure their friendship and alienate them
from the French and by securing the trade and navigation of the
Lakes by allyances [alliances?] with all the natives counteract
the French and break the formidable chain they are endeavouring
to make behind our colonies by establishing a communication
between Canada and Mississippi. It is in order to this that
while I have health and strength I could wish to have it in my
power to assist in so laudable an undertaking and if your
Lordship thinks me worthy of being an instrument to procure so
great an advantage to my king and country it would lay me under
perpetual obligation to your Lordship as you have it now in your
power to set the wheels a going to bring such a scheme about. I
submit it to your Lordship and am with the greatest Respect and
attachment and gratitude for former favours My Lord