The Honoble George Rhenny Esqr Surveyor General of His Majesty's Customs of the Southern District of No America being appointed by his Majesty's Royal Instructions a Member of Council within this Province appeared this day at the Board and took and subscribed the several Oaths by Law appointed for Qualification of Publick officers as also the Oath of a Councellor and took his place at this Board accordingly
The other members of his Majestys Council not appearing this day according to sumons His Excelly adjourned the Board till to morrow morning at Ten of the Clock for a fuller Board
The Council met again
His Excelly the Governr ordered the Marshall to enquire whither any more of His Majestys Council were come to Towne who returned for answer there was not Upon which His Excelly declared he had Business of great consequence for his Majestys Service to lay before the Board which if delayed would prove injurious to the Province The Council thereon prayed His Excelly to proceed His Excelly the Governour acquainted this Board that Joseph Jenoure Esqr His Majestys Surveyor General of Lands for this Province was dead And His Majestys Service at this time requiring that a fit person be appointed to succeed him there being a great deal of Business in the Office to be done His Excelly thereupon Recommended John Lovick Esqr to be Surveyr General in the Room of the sd Jenoure till His Majestys Pleasure should be known therein who the Council unanimously approved of
Thereupon His Excelly the Governr by and with the advice and Consent of His Majestys Council doth order that a Commission pass ther Surveyr General of Lands within this Province till his Majestys pleasure be known therein.
Wm Little Esqr Recr of the late Lords Proprs delivered a Petition with a Duplicate of Accots to the Govr and Council which was read and the same being Considered of the Board declared that they very well knew that Mr Little had always been desirous to have his Accots past and notwithstanding they had been so long with a Committee of Council to have a Report made on them yet there has hither to no Report been made and not the least Fraud appearing to us in these accots It is the Oppinion of this Board that Mr Littles Petition be Entred and his Accots lodged in the Secretary Office to be Examined by the Members of His Majestys Council and refered to the farther Consideration of a fuller Board which Petition is in these words Vizt No 1
His Excelly the Governour having laid before this Board a Lettr from John Palin Esqr Ch Justice of this Province desiring Leave to resign his Office of the Justice he being very sick & infirm and not able to attend the Duty of his Office His Excelly thereupon Recomended Wm Little Esqr as a fit person to succeed the said John Palin as Chief Justice of this province who the Council unanimously approved of
Thereupon His Excelly the Governour by and with the advice and consent of His Majestys Council doth order that a Coms pass the seal of this Province constituting and appointing the said Wm Little Chief Justice of this Province till His Majestys Pleasure be further known.
His Excelly the Govr desiring of the Council their Opinion if they thought Wm Little Esqr a person proper to be Clk of the General Court declared their approbation of him and that he be impowered to appoint a Clk of the said Court during his acting as Chief Justice.
His Excelly the Governour recomended Roger Moore John Worley William Owen, Mackrora Scarborough and William Badham Esqrs Assistant Justices of the General Court of this Province who were approved of the Council.
His Excelly the Governour with the advice and Consent of the Council doth order that a Comission pass the seal of this Province constituting and appointing the sd Roger Moore John Worley and Wm Owen Macka Scarborough & William Badham Esqr Assistant Justices of the General Court of this Province and that a Clause be added in the Comission that in Case the Justice should be sick or absent that any two or more of the assistants should be a Quorum to sit and do Business.
His Excelly the Governour delivered a Paper to this Board wch was read in these words Vizt No 2
To which the Honoble the Council delivered in the following paper in Answer thereto & is as follows Vizt No 4
John Lovick Esqr took and subscribed the several Oaths by Law appointed for Quallification of Publick Officers as Surveyr General of this Province.
William Little Esqr took and Subscribed the Several Oaths by Law appointed for Quallification of Publick Officers as Chief Justices of this Province
Adjd till tomorrow morng at Ten of the Clock