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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
December 24, 1738
Volume 04, Page 337


At a Council held at Cape Fear the 24th day of December 1738
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honōble Nath Rice Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council
The Honōble Robt Halton Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council
The Honōble Roger Moore Esqr Memr of His Majestys Council

The Secretary reported to the Board the Tryal and Condemnation of three Prisoners indicted at a Court of Oyer and Terminer begun and held at Newton the 2d Inst for felonious stealing of certain Goods the property of Joshua Johnston, Viz Richard Purcel as Principal and Daniell Keel and Peter Luard as accessory but there appearing some circumstances of Alleviation in the case of the latter who were recommended as Objects of Mercy both by the Jury and Bench of the Justices

His Excellency was pleased by and with the advice and consent of His Majesty's Council to pardon the said Accessories Daniel Keel and Peter Luard and to order Richard Purcell Principal as aforesaid to Execution pursuant to the formal sentence of the said Court pronounced upon him

By order
NATH RICE Cl