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Minutes of the Virginia Governor's Council
Virginia. Council
October 20, 1691
Volume 01, Page 372

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[B. P. R. O. Virginia. B. T. Vol. 5 B. A. p. 2.]
ATT A COUNCILL HELD AT JAMES CITTY 8ber 20th 1691
Present
The Rt. Honble Francis Nicholson Esqre Their Majs Lieut. Govr & the Honble Councill

This Board takeing into their consideration that the line between this their Majts Governmt & the Proprietary Governmt of North Carolina not being setled occasions great dissatisfaction to the inhabitants adjacent thereto and for that this Govt hath always granted lands to the lattitude of 36 and never any Grant or Com̄and hath forbidden the same nor claime made on this side that latitude till of late some of the Officers of the government of North Carolina have disturbed the inhabitants demanding levies and Quit rents from them pretending the Proprietrs Grant is to the latitude of 36½ And to the end it may be knowne to what latitude the Proprietrs Grant is Mr Secry Cole is ordd to write to Mr John Porey & desire him to search and finde out whether their Grant be confirmed to the latitude of 36½ under the Great seale of England And if it be that then he obtaine their most Gracious Mates Order that the Proprietrs at such time as this Governt shall appoint cause the same to be laid out but if a Grant be not confirmed to them under the Great Seale to the aforesaid latitude he endeavour to hinder the same by setting forth to their Majs that it will be a great lessning to their Majs quit rents of this Colony and to the great dissatisfaction & discouragemt of these inhabitants who have many yeares since obtained the grants of those lands and lived and inhabited thereon as alsoe will cause great alteration in the long and well formed settlemt of that part of this Governt by taking away a great part of several Counties and leaving such a small slip of land in this Governt on the South side of James River as will be difficult to frame in a good Method And the land soe taken away not convenient for the Governmt of North Carolina lyeing far from any conveniency of goeing to it by water except they come into this Governt