More from Governor Middleton's report to the Duke of Newcastle
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Excerpt from the report of President Middleton of the Carolina assembly to the Duke of Newcastle, dated June 13, 1728:
"I am sorry we are obliged soe often to represent to the Government the difficulty we labour under, from the new scituation of St. Augustine to this place, who without any regard to peace or warr, doe continually annoy our southern frontiers. The hostilitys they commit upon us may be rather termed robbery murders and pyracys, they acting the part of bandittis, more then soldiers, theire chiefe aim being to murder and plunder. Wee formerly complained of their receiveing and harbouring all our runaway negroes, but since that they have found out a new way of sending our own slaves against us, to rob and plunder us; They are continually fitting out partys of Indians from St. Augustine to murder our white people, rob our plantations and carry off our slaves, soe that wee are not only at a vast expence in guarding our southern frontiers, but the inhabitants are continually alarmed, and have noe leisure to looke after theire crops."
Great Britain Calendar 1728-29: 131-32.