To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqr. Governor etc. The Honorable Members of his Majesty's Council and the Worthy Gentlemen Representatives for the Province of North Carolina In Assembly Convened.
The Humble Petition of the Subscribers, Tanners and Merchants In behalf of themselves and others Sheweth
That Whereas a Malignant and Contagious Distemper hath Infected the horned Cattle hither Province for many years past whereby some thousands have been Destroyed, Under which Calamity we still are Suffering daily, and our Stocks of Cattle reduced to a very small Number.
We Therefore Pray that your Excellency, with the Honourable Council and the Worthy Gentlemen Representatives for the Several County's will take this matter into your Serious Consideration And Prevent the driveing Out of this Province for the future all Horned Cattle to any of the Neighbouring Provinces, As we are Under fearful Apprehensions, that we shall Scarcely have Beef Enough in a few years for Our Own Consumption.
And Whereas many Large Tan Yards have been lately set up in this and other parts of the province, Sufficient to Tan and Curry all the Hides Killd in it whereby the Leather Manufactory is greatly Encreased, and a Number of Tradesmen Constantly employ'd in working up the same. We Therefore Pray that Your Excellency with the Honourable Council and Gentlemen of the Assembly will do all in your Power to Encourage so Useful and Beneficial a Manufactory And that you will lay a small Duty of one penny per pound on all Good Trim'd Dry hides, and one half penny per pound on all Green hides that shall be Exported raw and Untan'd (Except to Great Britain) Or prohibit the Exportation of all Good Trim'd Dry hides that will fetch five pence per pound and all Green hides not distemper'd two pence half penny per pound, and Limitd the price of Good Tann'd Sole Leather at twelve pence per pound so long as the price of hides does not Exceed the above Limitation, or such other Duty as to you shall Seem most Otherwise those
Gentlemen who have been at Considerable Expence in Settleing Large yards will be Under a Necessity of laying them a side, And One of Our Valuable and Cash Export will be Discouraged. We further Pray that if a Duty or Prohibition be laid on all Hides pieces of Hides and Calf Skins that all Masters of Vessells at Clearing out of this province, Shall be Sworn before the Naval Officer to the Contents of his Cargo. And That one Person in Every Port well Skilled in Taning and the Leather Manufactory be Appointed Inspector and that none shall be Deemed Merchantable but such as they shall Stamp nor shall any be Exported but such as is Stamped And We your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall Pray.
Danl. Dunbibin, Thos. Haslen, Joseph Leech, John Lyon, John Morris, A. Maclaine, Robt. Schaw, William Purviance, Marshal Tudor, T.W. Whins, Benjn. Morison, Thomas Turnbull, Jno. D. Bois, Edwd. Langford, John Cledg, Jno. Robeson, Thos. James, Magnus Cowan, Robt. McCrakan, Jacob Miller, James Hill, Thoms. Hill
Petition of Tanners and others