Present Lord Monson Mr Plumer. Mr Pitt.
Mr Paris attending laid before the Board a paper entituled Memorial of the British Merchants against an Act of North Carolina for giving preference to Country debts passed in 1715 & 1716 by the late Lords Proprietors of that Province and praying that the Board would lay the said Act before his Majesty for his disapprobation thereof whereupon the Board had some discourse with him on the subject of the said Memorial & agreed to take the same into consideration at another opportunity and Mr Paris in the mean time was directed to make enquiry and inform the Board whether since passing the said Act the same has been continued in use to the prejudice of the British Merchants or others.
Mr Paris acquainted the Board that pursuant to their directions he had enquired whether the Act passed in North Carolina in the year 1745 had been continued in use in that Province from the time of passing thereof and was informed the same had been continued in use for that time whereupon the Board took into consideration the Memorial of the Merchants against the said Act entituled An Act concerning Attorneys from Foreign parts and for giving priority to Country debts mentioned in the Minutes of the 3rd of Febry last and ordered the Secretary to send a copy thereof to the Attorney and Solicitor General for their opinion concerning the validity of the said Act and whether the same is repealable by the Crown.
Read a letter from Mr Johnston, Govr of North Carolina to the Board dated at Edenton Janry 20th 1746/7 relating to the present state and condition of that Province.
The draught of a letter to Gabriel Johnston Esqre in answer to two receivd from him was laid before the Board and ordered to be transcribed as was likewise the draught of a letter to Jas. Glen Governor of South Carolina and signed May 26th.
Read the Report of His Maj. Attorney & Solicitor Genl dated June 3rd 1747 upon an Act passed in North Carolina in the year 1715 by the Proprietors of the said Province entituled An Act concerning Attorneys from Foreign parts and for giving priority to Country debts referred to them by the Secretary's letter dated 2d of April last
The draught of a Representation to His Maj. against an Act passed in North Carolina in the year 1715 mentioned in the preceding Minutes was laid before the Board agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Read a letter from Mr Johnston Govr of North Carolina to the Board dated March 9th 1746/7 transmitting an attested copy of an Act for the better ascertaining the number of Members to be chosen for the several Counties within this Province to sit in General Assembly and for establishing
Ordered that the above mentioned Act be sent to Mr Lamb for his opinion in point of law.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council dated July 13th 1747, referring to this Board the humble petition of the Palatines in North Carolina to His Majesty complaining of Col. Thos. Polock for having dispossessed them of their lands in that Province granted them by her late Majesty Queen Anne and praying that his Majesty would be graciously pleased to restore them to the possession of their said Land at any term of rent under his Majesty as shall be thought meet and Morris Walker attending in behalf of the petitioners was called in and the Board after some discourse had with him came to a resolution to write to the Governor of North Carolina to get information from him of the state of the case and accordingly the draught of a letter was ordered to be prepared and copies of the said Order and Petition to be made in order to be transmitted therewith.
Read Report upon an Act passed in North Carolina in 1746 dated Sept. 25th 1747.
The following Order in Council was laid before the Board and the title thereof read viz: Copy of Order in Council dated 7th Aug. 1747 approving a Representation of this Board proposing the repeal of an Act passed by the late Lords Proprs of Carolina concerning attorneys from Foreign Parts and for giving priority to Country debts.