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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
December 09, 1735 - December 16, 1735
Volume 04, Pages 73-75

At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Edenton the 9th day of December 1735.

Present His Excellency
The Honoble Will Smith Esqr Member of His Majestys Council
The Honoble Eleaz Allen Esqr Member of His Majestys Council
The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Member of His Majestys Council
The Honoble Edm Porter Esqr Member of His Majestys Council

His Excellency the Governour acquainting this Board that the Present General Assembly stood prorogued to Tuesday the 20th of January next and having no matter of Publick concern to lay before them he was pleased to declare the said Assembly Dissolved which the Council unanimously approved of.

Ordered that a Proclamation issue accordingly

Read the following Petitions for Patents Vizt

Robert Potter 200 N. Hanover, Do 135 Do, William Lewis 640 N. Hanover, Ditto 320 Ditto

Read the Petition of Col Thos Hunter and Rebecca his wife setting forth that they as next of kin to Sarah Swann lately deceased are entitled to the administration of her estate which has nevertheless been surreptitiously obtained by Samuel Swann of Perquimons therefore humbly prays the Lrs to him granted may be revoked and that such Commission be directed to them agreeable to Law and that citation issue to the said Swann to shew cause &c Ordered that a citation issue to the said Swann to appear before this Board the 16th day of December and that Col Hunter do also then attend.

His Excellency the Governour acquainting this Board that he had Received Informations from many of the Principal Inhabitants of the Province that small crops of corn and wheat are made this year by reason of the Great Floods of Rain that fell last summer there's like to be a

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great scarcity of wheat and Indian corn if any grain should be suffered to be exported out of any of the ports of this province

His Excellency thereupon with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council doth hereby Prohibit any wheat or Indian corn to be exported out of or from any Port or District within this province of which all Officers of His Majestys Customs are directed to take notice.

Ordered that a Proclamation issue accordingly

Whereas there is no Fee established for registring of patents or Grants of Land in the Office of His Majestys Auditor General and it being proper and necessary that the same should be appointed and ascertained His Excellency was pleased to order by and with the advice and consent of His Majesty's Council That for every Patent or Grant of Land registered or entered in the Auditors Office He shall have and receive of the person registering the same the sum of three pounds Current Bills of the province.

Whereas it was the opinion of this Board upon His Excellency's signifying his Intention on the 29th past of granting a certain Quantity of Land to several Gentlemen in England and Ireland for the Settlement of some Irish Families intended to be imported into this Government they giving security for the payment of His Majestys quit rents.

It is further the unanimous opinion of this Board that in case any overtures or proposals of the like nature should be made to His Excellency in the Intervals of Councils, It will be highly proper for His Excellency to grant to any person making such applications and proposal such further Quantity of Land as may be requisite for the numbers intended to be imported the same tendering so much for the advancement of His Majestys Revenue and the Improvement of the Province

At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Edenton the 16th day of December 1735.

Present His Excellency.
The Honoble Will Smith Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council
The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council
The Honoble E. Allen Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council

Read the Petition of Colo Bonner setting forth that he had purchased of the Chowan Indians a certain tract or parcell of Land lying and being in the said precinct and praying that the same might be confirmed

There was produced a Deed of Sale from the said nation to the said Bonner which was read and the Indians being Interrogated thereon declared they had received the consideration money therein mentioned and were therewith fully satisfied

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Whereupon His Excellency by and with the advice and consent of this Board was pleased to allow and approve of the said Sale to Col Henry Bonner

Read sundry Petitions for Patents in consequence of Warrants that have been surveyed and returned into the Secretarys Office as follows Vizt

Robt Potter 200ac N. Hanover, Do 175 Do, Jno Blount 640 Beaufort, Richd Peirce 400 Perquimons, Do 180 Do, Arthur Mabson 640 Carteret, Ben Hill 500 Edgcomb, William Lewis 640 N. Hanover, Do 320 Do, Churchill Caldom 640 Beaufort, Churchill Caldom 640 Beaufort, Do Do 640 Do, John Caldom 640 Do, Jacob Blount 500 Do, Wm Gray 640 N. Hanover, Jno Pratt 640 Edgcombe, Do 300 Do, Ben Hill 500 Edgcombe, John Gray 400 Do, Jno Snowd 640 Beaufort, Do 640 Do

Which were accordingly Granted

Note.—The Patents to Potter and Lewis should not be here, having been granted the 9th of this month, recd. in the Minutes of that day.

Note.—The 400 here to J. Gray were afterwards included in another patent for 640.

Personally appeared Saml Swann of Perquimans and Colo Hunter by his Attorney and the Board taking into their Consideration the said Hunter's petition read the 9th instant in relation to the Commission of —— lately Granted to Saml Swann they are of opinion the said Swanns suggestions and pretensions are false and without foundation and that the same of right belongeth to the said Hunter which is therefore accordingly Granted.