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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
July 05, 1715 - July 28, 1715
Volume 02, Pages 182-184


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Att a Council holden at the Honble the Governr house in Chowan on Teusday the 5th day of July 1715

Present the Honble Charles Eden Esqr Governr Capt Gen & Admll
The Honble Nath Chevin Esqr Lds proprietrs Depty
The Honble Chr. Gale Esqr Lds proprietrs Depty
The Honble Fra Foster Esqr Lds proprietrs Depty
The Honble T Knight Esqr Lds proprietrs Depty

The Honble The Governr heaving Laid before this Board a Letter from the Lds proprietors wherein they say that Complaints have been Laid

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before their Board of Divers Wrongs Injuries & Oppressions which have been perpetrated and done Especially by yr Ldspps Officers here under Collour and pretext of a Certain Act of Assembly Intitled an Act &c and that Divers Widdowes and Ophans have been Ruined theirby and Thos Lee who made ye Said Complaints hath been this Day before this Board and examined thereon, that the Honble ye Governr Might be the Better enabled to report ye Truth of ye said Complaints to their Ldpps pursuant to ye Said Letter and being Interigated upon Oath whither he knew of any persons really Injured under Collour of that Law of any particular Widder & Orphan ruin'd or that had Suffered thereby or any Wrongs or Injuryes done by any of their Ldpps officers either under Collour of that Act or in the Execution of their Officers Answered that he knew none

Wherefore it plainly appears and it is the oppinion of this Board that the said Lee had not the least Grounds or Reasons for Such Complaints but that the same was most malitiously Designed to Crate misunderstandings between ye Ldps and yr Officers and to stirr up strife and sedition in the Government and to Disturbe ye Peace and Tranquillity of ye Same

And upon Further Complyance to yr Ldps orders the Honble the Governr hath Issue'd out his proclamation requireing all persons that have any Just Grounds of Complaint on ye Said matters that they make the same appear to him by the third day of the next General Assembly and they shall be heard.

The a proclamac̄on was Issued out by this Board prohibiting the Exportac̄on of all sorts of Graine but such as shall be purchased for and Carryed to South Carolina.

Then a proclamac̄on was Issued out by this Board warning all persons not to go out of this Governmt without particular permitts had from ye Governor

Forasmuch as the Honble the Governor hath laid before this Board a Letter from his Majtie Governor of Verginia purporting that he has Issued out a proclamac̄on Commanding all ye Magistrates in the adjacent Counties to this Country that they apprehend all persons that shall come from this Countrey in to that Government without particular permitts from ye Governor for so doing and send them under the conduct an Officer into this Country

Wherefore it is hereby Ordered that Tobs Knights at the horsepool and Wm Brapwell on ye west shoare of Chowan and Thos Williams And James Brown at Caratuck or either of them are hereby Appoynted to receive all Such persons that are brought in from Verginia as aforsaid

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and Deliver'd to them and that they Immediately on Receipt of Such persons doe Cause them to pay unto such officer or officers as Shall bring them in 20c Each man and carry them before the next Magistrate who is hereby required to Committ such person or persons to ye Custody of the Provost Marshall or his Depty untill they shall find good and Sufficient Security for their Appearance at the next Generall Court then following to answr to such matters as Shall be Objected against them

The Secretary haveing by our Ordr liad before this Board a Report of ye Reasons on which the Government made and passed the Laps act together with a Coppy of ye said act and the severall Orders of the Council passt in relation thereto.

It is Ordered by this Board that the Secretary do draw up the same fairly in our names and sign it by our Order and send it home to ye Lds proprietors by the first Oppertunity


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Att a Council holden at the house of Capt Sanderson July 28th 1715

Present the Honble Charles Eden Esqr Govr Capt Genll Admll
The Honbles Nath Chevin Esqr Lds proptrs Depty
The Honbles Wm Reed Esqr Lds proptrs Depty
The Honbles C Gale Esqr Lds proptrs Depty
The Honbles T Knight Esqr Lds proptrs Depty

It is Ordered by this Board that for the better Conveniency of people passing and repassing thro' the Country a Good and sufficient Ferry be duly kept and attended over piquimons river from Mrs Annie Willsons to James Thickpenn's and that Mrs Wilson do keep ye same and that no other persons presume to Ferry over any horse or men within at least five miles either above or below that place

Upon Petition of Captn Sanderson Ordered that the Dorteskite Indians be Summoned to appear at the Next Council and yt in the mean while John Jones do forbeare to burn any Lightwood on ye same Land