Minutes of the Council of North Carolina of Septr 1734 including several Affidavits &c. relating to differences between the Governor & several of the principal Officers in that Government were read And directions were given for sending a copy thereof to Mr Johnston the present Governor of that Province for him to enquire into and report to the Board the truth thereof.
A letter from Mr Furie Agent for South Carolina dated 8th May. 1735 inclosing the extract of one from Col. Johnson Govr of that Province relating to the Boundaries between North & South Carolina was read And their Lordships taking the said Instructions into their consideration were of opinion that Wagyamaw River is thereby the intended Boundary between the two Provinces and gave directions that the Secretary do prepare a letter to each Governor accordingly.
Their Lordships taking into consideration the draft of a letter ordered likewise to be prepared the 6th inst. upon the subject of the Boundary Line between North & South Carolina gave directions that Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina and Mr Fury Agent for South Carolina should be desired to attend the Board on Friday next.
Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina attending as he had been desired as also Mr Furie Agent for South Carolina their Lordships took again into consideration a letter from Mr Furie read the 6th inst. in relation to the Boundary line between the said two Provinces and desiring Capt. Burrington would give their Lordships his opinion concerning the said line as described by the Instructions to the respective Govrs he said that in his opinion the running that line was hardly practicable or if it was it would be attended with great difficulty and expense on account of its being to be run at 30 miles distance from Cape Fear River that the Boundary Line between Virginia and North Carolina although a due West Line and to be chiefly run through an inhabited Country had cost His Majesty upwards of £2000 whereas the Line between North and South Carolina besides the aforementioned difficulty being to be run through a Country almost entirely uninhabited would cost upwards of £4000 That in his opinion the only natural Boundary between the said two Provinces would be the Pedee River and would be attended with no expense to either of the Provinces
Their Lordships them resolved to take this matter into consideration at another opportunity and to desire Mr Craven formerly Govr of South Carolina to attend the Board at that time.
The Board taking again into considern the Instructions to the Govrs of South and North Carolina with regard to the Boundary Line between the two Provinces mentioned in the Minutes of the last Meeting appointed next Thursday sen'night for the further consideration of this matter and gave directions that Mr Craven late Govr of South Carolina Mr Burrington late Govr of North Carolina and Mr Furie Agent for South Carolina should be desired to attend at the same time.
Mr Craven formerly Govr of South Carolina Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina attending as they had been desired as also Mr Furie & Mr Younge Agents for South Carolina the Board took again into consideration the letter from Mr Furie relating to the Boundaries between North & South Carolina read the 6th inst. and after some discourse with these gentlemen thereupon their Lordships agreed to consider further thereof at another opportunity.
Letter from Mr Furie dated July 29th 1735 inclosing an extract of one from Mr Abercrombie signifying that the Boundaries between North and South Carolina are settled to general satisfaction was read.
Three letters from Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina dated June 1. Sept. 17th and October 7. 1734 giving accounts of two Vacancies in the Council there and of New Councillors & other Officers sworn in, were read, and
Three letters from Gabriel Johnston Esq present Govr of North Carolina dated Dec. 12. 1734 and 25 May 1735 relating to the products and manufactures of that Province and proposals for improving the same to the benefit of this Kingdom
Ordered that Mr Cary be wrote to for the prices of Plantation pitch & tar.
And that the case about blank patents for land in that Province be sent to Mr Attorney General for his opinion thereon
Draft of a letter to Mr Johnston Govr of North Carolina was agreed to & order'd to be transcribed—and signed Sept. 12th
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr Broughton Lt. Govr of South Carolina for a Draught of the Boundary Line between that Province and North Carolina signed by the Commissrs who laid it out.
Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina presented a letter from himself relating to Blank Patents for granting of land in that Province in contradiction to Govr Johnston's state of 'em sent the 3rd of the last month to the Attorney General, was read
Ordered that a copy of this letter be also sent to the Attorney General and that he be desired to attend the Board next Thursday upon that subject
Then Capt. Burrington presented the Copy of an Address from two precincts in North Carolina to Govr Johnstone in favour of Capt. Burrington and complaining of many hardships they lye under by the present Govr the Chief Justice &c.
Letter from Mr Johnstone the present Govr of North Carolina dated July 10th 1735 complaining of difficulties in collecting the Quit rents and passing an Act for that purpose and upon his erecting a Court of Exchequer the people objected to it And that Mr Hammerton has interrupted the collection of Quit rents & transmitting
Heads of a Bill for settling the Quit Rents
Case of that Bill when rejected by the Council and
Case of the Blank Patents
Mr Wragg then presented to the Board a Memorial from the inhabitants of Cape Fear—which Memorial was deliverd to Mr Attorney General for his opinion thereon as also some other papers.
Capt. Burrington late Govr of North Carolina attending informed the Board that Blank Patents were Patents signed by the Govr & half the Council without the seal which was never affixed till the land was surveyed and entered in the Receiver's Office to whom all arrears of Quit Rents is paid from the date of the Blank Patent and the purchase money And that Mr Little's widow has a book wherein is an account of all Grants made in that Province and to whom
Ordered that a letter be wrote to the Govr to get that Book
Letter from Capt. Burrington dated Oct. 28. 1735 about the blank patents for Land in North Carolina was read
Ordered that Mrs Little be wrote for the entry of those patents
The Secretary informed the Board that there was no establishment of North Carolina at the Treasury and that he had wrote to Capt. Burrington for Answers to some Queries relating to the Provost Marshal and public gaol of that Province and a Letter from Capt. Burrington in answer thereto was read.
Copy of an Order in Council of Novr 6th 1735 approving Wm. Forbes James Innes & Thomas Wardroper to be of His Maj. Council of North Carolina was also read.
Draught of a letter to Gabriel Johnstone Esqre Govr of North Carolina ordered to be prepared 21st Oct. 1735 in order to procure a Book now in the possession of the widow of the late Mr Little of that Province in which all Grants of Lands in that Province was agreed to