To Capt. Burrington
In answer to the two questions in your letter to me of the 8th inst.
1st Whether you may give new Patents to old Landholders in North Carolina paying the same Quit rent they formerly paid for the same land?
2ndly Whether you may allow the House of Burgesses to nominate the Receivers of the Country Taxes or ought yourself to appoint them?
I am directed by the Lords Commissrs for Trade & Plantations to acquaint you that as to the first their Lordships think that you ought to make no Grant of land whatsoever without reserving the Quit Rents directed by your 43rd Instruction.
As to the 2nd their Lordships being informed that His Majesty has appointed a Receiver General for North Carolina they are of opinion that no other Receiver of Public Taxes ought to be allowed there.