All quoted material appears as it did in the original text with the following exceptions. I have silently lowered superscripts and spelled out abbreviations commonly found in eighteenth-century sources, and I have occasionally inserted punctuation to add clarity. I have rendered "ye" as "the"; "&" as "and"; and "&ca." as ""etc." All dates are as they appear in the original sources with one exception: I have not corrected dates rendered in the Old Style Julian calendar, in use in the British- Atlantic empire until 1752, but have assumed January 1 as the start of the year. Thus a date rendered "February 14, 1750/51" in the original manuscript appears here as "February 14, 1751."