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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
July 11, 1740
Volume 04, Page 461

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At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Edenton the 11th day of July, 1740
Present His Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esqr Governour &c
The Honoble Will Smith Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Robt Halton Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Cullen Pollock Esqr Member of Council

It is duly considered and ordered that a proclamation issue to call the several Members of his Majestys Council and also the Several Burgesses of this province together to meet in General Assembly at Edenton the thirty first day of this Instant July which said Proclamation follows in these words Vizt


North Carolina—ss.

By his Excellency the Governour in Council

A Proclamation

Whereas his sacred Majesty hath signifyed to me his Royal Intentions to attack some of the most considerable places belonging to the King of Spain in America with design to procure satisfaction to his trading Subjects in America and elsewhere for the many Injuries to them done by the Spaniards and reparation for the losses by them sustained for several years past by the Violent and unjust proceedings of that nation in the American Seas and whereas his Majesty relying upon the zeal of his Subjects of this Province for the promoting his royal Intentions aforesaid hath commanded me Immediately to lay before the General Assembly of this province several of his royal Instructions for the expediting the said design And whereas the said gracious design is immediately to be put in Execution which may be considerably impeded unless the General Assembly of this Province be as soon as possible convened

I do therefore by and with the advice and assent of His Majestys Council command the several Members of his Majestys Council and the several Burgesses of the General Assembly to meet together in General Assembly at Edenton on Thursday the 31st day of July Instant then and there to consult and advise concerning the arduous affairs of this province. Given at the Council Chamber in Edenton the 11th day of July 1740

GAB: JOHNSTON.