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Order of the Privy Council of England concerning land patents in Carolina
England. Privy Council
August 12, 1663
Volume 01, Pages 42-43

[B. P. R. O. Shaftesbury Papers. Bdle. 48. No. 2.]
AT THE COURT AT WHITEHALL

The 12th Day of August 1663.

His Matie this day taking into consideration the State and present Condition of the Province or Region called Carolina in America and his Grant of the same by his letters Patents under the Great Seale of England to the Right Honoble the Lord High Chancellor of England, George Duke of Albemarle William Lord Craven John Lord Berkeley Anthony Lord Ashley Chancellor of the Excheqr Sr George Carteret Knt Vice Chamberlain of his Matie househould Sr William Berkeley and Sr John Colladon Knts. And upon Information that all pretendors to former Grants of the said Province haveing been sum̄oned (according to former orders of this Board) to bring or send to his Matie Attorney Generall such letters patents writings, or other Evidences as they or any of them had setting forth their pretended titles thereunto, yet none of them have appeared or discovered any such pretensions, or Claymes. And for as much as no English whatsoever have, by vertue of any such Grants hitherto planters in the said Province, by which neglect such Letters patents (if any were) are become voyd: His Matie by and with the advice of his Councell doth Order and it is hereby Ordered: That his Maties said Attorney Generall forthwith proceed either by Inquisition or by scire facias in the revoking all former Letters pattents and Grants of the said Province, or any other legall way whereby to make and declare them voyd. And that from henceforthards, when any like Grant of any Sovereigne plantation shall be prepared to passe his Maties Great Seale. A Clause be inserted. That if within a certain number of yeares no plantation be made and performed the said Grants shall become void. And it is further Ordered. that the said Lord Chancellor. Duke of Albemarle: and other the before named patentees do proceed in the planting

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of the said Province of Carolina, and that in Order thereunto, they receive all Countenance favours and protections from this Board and that from hence forwards no person or persons whatsoever do presume to goe into the said province or molest or disturbe the said Grantees or any Persons by them or any of them trusted or employed upon pretence of any former Grant whatsoever, as they or any of them do render this his Matie Com̄and, and will answer the contrary at their perills.

CLARENDON. C
T. SOUTHAMPTON
ALBEMARLE
ST ALBAN
BERKSHIRE
SANDWICH
BATHE
GILB: LONDON
THO WENTWORTH
MIDDLETON
CHA: BERKELEY
W COMPTON
WILL MORICE
HENRY BENNETT
RICHARD BROWNE.