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Minutes of the Virginia Governor's Council [Extract]
Virginia. Council
April 24, 1703
Volume 01, Page 570

[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol. 56.—Extracts.]

At a Council held at the City of Williamsburgh 24 April 1703
His Excellency
Wm. Byrd, Audr
Edm. Jening, Secry
John Lightfoot
Matthew Page
Robt Carter Esqr
James Blair Esqr
Philip Ludwell Esqr
Wm. Bassett. Esqr
Henry Duke Esqr
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Upon reading a letter from Henderson Walker Esq. President of the Province of North Carolina complaining that the Maherine Indians do daily commit great injuries to the inhabitants of that Province by destroying their stocks and burning their timber and houses refusing to pay tribute or render obedience to the Government upon pretence that they are tributary to this Her Maj. Colony and Dominion also their living is amongst the inhabitants of the Province of North Carolina. It is the opinion of the Honble Council that it doth not appear that the Maherine Indians live within the bounds of the Province of Carolina but that the said Indians have always been reputed Tributary and have accordingly paid tribute to this Government as living under the same And therefore the Province of North Carolina hath no pretence of demanding tribute of them but if any injuries or outrages have been or shall be committed by the said Indians to the inhabitants of North Carolina upon due proof thereof made His Excellency & the Honble Council will take suitable measures for punishing the said Indians and giving all reasonable satisfaction to the inhabitants of the said Province of North Carolina therein.

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