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Instructions to the Governor of Albemarle County concerning whales
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
July 13, 1681
Volume 01, Page 338

[B. P. R. O. Col: Ent: Book. No. 20. P. 174.]
WHYTEHALL JULY 13. 81.

We being informed that there are many Whales upon the Coast of Carolina, which fish being by our Fundamentall Constitutions reserved for us: we have notwithstanding (for the incouragement of Carolina) thought fitt to give to all persons whatsoever that are Inhabitants of our Province free lease for the space of seaven yeares to commence from Michaelmas next to take what whales they can and convert them to their owne use and this our concession you are to make publick that any that will may take the benefitt of itt we rest.

Your assured friend
CRAVEN pr
ALBEMARLE
SHAFTSBURY
P. COLLETON
ARCHDALE
BATH for my LORD CARTERET
To the Governor and Councill at the north part of our Province of Carolina.