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Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
March 28, 1750 - April 09, 1750
Volume 04, Pages 1051-1064

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. No. 26.]
LEGISLATIVE JOURNALS.

At a General Assembly begun, and held at Newbern The Twelfth day of June in the Nineteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King Defender of the faith &c: And in the year of our Lord, One Thousand seven hundred, and forty six. And from thence continued by several Prorogations, and adjournments. To the Twenty eigth day of March, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand seven hundred and fifty, in the Twenty third year of his said Majesties Reign being the eigth session of this present General Assembly.

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In the Upper House March 28th 1750.
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Then His Excellency came to the House, and sent a mandate to the Lower House, commanding their immediate attendance, in the Council Chamber.

Whereupon the Speaker, attended upon by the Lower House waited upon his Excellency who after making a short ex tempore speech directed them to return to their House and forthwith to proceed upon business: which they accordingly did. And the House adjourned until tomorrow morning. Nine o'Clock.


Thursday March 29th The House met according to adjournment
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Ormond Brought up the following messages (viz.)

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council.

We have appointed Mr. John Starkey, Mr. John Dawson, Mr. Wyriot Ormond and Mr. John Haywood a Committee to examine into the state of the Tax, laid for erecting the Publick buildings, and offices at Newbern, whether the same have been regularly accounted for, and the reasons why the said publick buildings have not been erected and built in conjunction with such of your board as you shall think proper to appoint.

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council.

We have appointed Mr. John Starkey, Mr. Thomas Lovick, Mr. Wyriot Ormond, Mr. John Dawson, and Mr. John Haywood, a Committee of this House to examine into the Treasurer's accounts, and also a Committee on publick accounts, and claims, to join those of your board as you shall think fit to appoint.

To which this House was pleased to send the following answer (viz.)

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen.

In answer to your message of this morning regarding the appointment of the severall Committees, on the publick accounts, and publick claims,

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and the state of the Tax laid, for erecting the publick buildings &c: The House hath appointed the Honourable Mathew Rowan and Roger Moore Esqrs on the publick claims, and the Honourable James Murray and James Hasell Esqrs on the publick accounts and also to examine the state of the Tax for erecting the publick buildings &c: to join those of your House.

Mr. Dawson and Mr. Haywood Brought up the following Bills.

A Bill for an Act to enable the Justices of the several counties to provide certain law Books for the use of their County Courts.

A Bill for an Act to appoint a publick Treasurer in the room of Eleazar Allen deceased. In the Lower House read the first time and passed. In this House read the said Bills and passed.

Then the House adjourned until Three o'Clock, in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning Nine o'Clock.


Friday March 30th The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

And adjourned until three o'clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

And adjourned until to-morrow morning Nine o'clock.


Saturday March 31st The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Lovick and Mr. Dawson brought up the following Bills. (viz.)

A Bill for an additional Act for an Act for obtaining an exact list of Taxables, and for the effectual collecting as well all Arrears of Taxes, as all other Taxes for the future, due, and payable.

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A Bill for an Act, for altering the times of holding the Courts of Common Pleas, and quarter sessions, in the Counties of Edgcomb, Craven, Bladen, Northampton, Johnston, Granvile, Beaufort and Hyde.

In the Lower House read the first time, and past.

In this House read the Bill for altering the times for holding the Courts &c: the first time and past.

And adjourned until three o'clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

And adjourned until Monday morning Nine o'Clock.


Monday April 2d The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Lovick and Mr. Starkey brought up the following Bills. (viz.)

The Bill, for appointing a publick Treasurer &c:

The Bill, for altering the times for holding the Courts &c:

The Bill, to enable the Justices of the several Counties to provide law books.

In the Lower House read the said Bills, the second time, and passed.

Mr. Sampson and Mr. Mclewain brought up a Bill for erecting the upper part of New-Hanover County, into a County, and Parish, by the name of       and Parish of       and for appointing a place for building a Court House Prison and Stocks in the said County. In the Lower House read the first time, and past.

Mr. Sampson and Mr. Mclewain brought up a Bill for erecting the upper part of Bladen County, into a County and Parish, by the name of Anson County and St Georges Parish, and for appointing a place for building a Court House, Prison and Stocks in the said County. In the Lower House read the first time, and passed.

The Bill, for obtaining an exact list of Tythables &c: In this House read the first time, and passed with Amendments.

The Bill, to divide the upper part of Bladen County, into a County, and Parish. In this House read the first time, and passed.

The Bill, to divide the upper part of New-Hanover County into a County and Parish &c. In this House read the first time and passed with Amendments.

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Then the House adjourned until Three o'Clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

The Bill, to appoint a publick Treasurer.

The Bill to enable the Justices to provide certain law books &c:

In this House read the said Bills the second time and passed with Amendments.

Then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning Nine o'Clock.


Tuesday April 3rd The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore Esqr Member.

Mr. Dawson and Mr. Bell Brought up the following Bills (viz.)

The Bill for obtaining an exact list of Taxables &c:

The Bill, to divide the upper part of New Hanover County, into a County and Parish &c:

In the Lower House read the said Bills, the second time, and passed with amendments.

Also a Bill, to empower Michael Higgens to build a bridge over Trent River at a place called Whickless Ferry in Craven County &c:

A Bill, to repeal an Act for the releif of poor Debtors, as to the imprisonment of their bodies.

A Bill, for an Act for appointing, and laying out a Town, at the plantation of Mr. Samuel Jordan, on the North side of Roanoke River, in Northampton County, and for establishing two Fairs to be held annually there.

In the Lower House read the said Bills the first time & past.

In this House read the Bill to impower Michael Higgens to build a Bridge over Trent &c:

The Bill, for erecting a Town on the North side of Roanoke River &c: The first time and passed.

Also the Bill, to repeal the Act, entitled an Act, for the releif of poor Debtors &c:

And ordered to lye upon the Table.

The Report of the Committee of publick accounts, sent up to this House, by Mr. Dawson, and Mr. Bell for their concurrance.

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The Bill, to divide the upper part of Bladen County, into a County and Parish &c: In this House read the second time, and past with Amendments.

The Bill to divide the upper part of New Hanover County, into a County and Parish &c: In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Haywood brought up an additional act, to fix a place for the seat of Government, and for Keeping publick Offices, for appointing circuit Courts and defraying the expences thereof; and also for establishing the Courts of Justice and regulating the proceedings therein. In the lower House read the first time, and passed. In this House read and past.

The Bill, for obtaining an exact list of Thyables &c: In this House read the second time and past with Amendments.

The House adjourned until Three o'clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Dawson and Mr. Eaton Brought up the following Bills. (viz.)

The Bill, to appoint a publick Treasurer &c:

The Bill, to enable the Justices to provide certain books for their County Courts &c:

In the Lower House read the said Bills, the Third time and past.

The Bill, Also to encourage Michael Higgens to build a Bridge &c: In the lower House read the second time and past with Amendments.

The Bill for erecting a Township on the North of Roanoke &c: In the Lower House read the second time and past.

Then this House were pleased to send the following message (viz)

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen

We purpose that a Committee be appointed to examine and state the accounts of the Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of Twenty one thousand, three hundred and fifty pounds, and we have appointed the Honourable James Murray, and James Hasell Esqrs to join such Members of your House, as you shall think fit to appoint for that purpose.

Then the House adjourned until three o'clock in the afternoon.

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The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Read the Bill to encourage Michael Higgens to build a Bridge &c: In this House read the second time and passed.

Read the Bill for erecting a Township on the North of Roanoke &c: In this House read the second time and passed.

Mr. Sampson and Mr. Macklewain Brought up the following Bills, together with the following Message.

The Bill to divide the upper part of Bladen County into a County and Parish &c: In the Lower House read the third time and passed. In this House read and passed. Ordered to be engrossed.

The Bill to divide the upper part of New Hanover County, into a County and Parish &c: In the Lower House read the third time and passed. In this House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be engrossed.

The Bill for obtaining an exact list of Tythables. &c: In the Lower House read the third time and passed with amendments.

Gentlemen of his Majesties Council.

In answer to your message of this morning regarding the appointment of a Committee to examine and state the Accounts of the Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of £21350. This House have appointed Mr. John Dawson, Mr. Joseph Bell and Mr. Michael Coutauch in conjunction with those your Board have appointed for that purpose and will meet them at Mr. Speakers Chambers this evening.

Read the Bill to enable the Justices of the several Counties to provide certain law books &c: In this House read the third time and passed. Ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

Mr. Dawson and Carruthers Brought up the following Bills (viz.)

The Bill for erecting a Township, on the North side of Roanoke &c: In the Lower House read the Third time, and past with Amendments.

The Bill to encourage Michael Higgens to build a Bridge &c: In the Lower House read the third time and passed.

The Bill, for an additional Act, to an Act, to fix a place for the seat of Government &c: In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments

Mr. Dawson and Mr. Eaton Brought up the following resolve from the Lower House.

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Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council.

We send you the following resolve of this House, made the 31st of March last. viz In the General Assembly.

Resolved. That James Davis Printer be paid half a years Sallary which will be due to him, the 25th of June next, out of the Publick Treasury, and that the said be replaced in the said Treasury out of the Tax arising by the Act for the Encouragement of James Davis to set up, and carry on his business of a Printer in this Province &c: To which we desire your concurrance.

By order.
SAMl SWANN Speaker.

On reading the Bill for appointing a Treasurer, in this House a third time, this House thought fit, to send the following Message (viz)

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen.

We observe on reading the Bill, for appointing a Treasurer in the room of Eleazar Allen Esqre deceased, the third time you have put in Mr. John Starkey instead of Mr. George Nicholas whom this House had put in for Treasurer, upon which we desire a conference with your House, as also upon the amendment you made in the Taxables Bill. relating to the Taxables between sixteen and sixty years of age, and the Fees to the Clerks for Lists of the Taxables, which conference we desire may be had at the Council Chamber to-morrow nine o'clock. and we have appointed the Honourable Roger Moore and James Murray Esqrs to manage the Conference on the part of this House The Resolve of this House brought up this day by Mr. Dawson and Mr. Eaton after being read, was sent down, concurred with.

Then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Thursday April 5th The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Bartram and Mr. Washington Brought up the Bill for an Additional Act, to fix a place for the seat of Government. In the Lower House read the third time and passed.

The Bill for erecting a Township on the North of Roanoke &c: In this House read the Third time and passed. Ordered to be sent down and engrossed.

This House on reading the Bill, for an Additional Act, to fix a place for the seat of Government &c: The third time thought fit to send the following Message.

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Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen,

The last clause of the Bill for an Additional Act, to an Act, for fixing the seat of Government, giving Authority to the County Courts, to dispose of Lands, which on the second reading in this House we have struck out, we observe on a third reading, you have put it in again: but we think we have good reason to adhere to the Amendment, and therefore desire to know if you will consent to leave it out, or otherwise we cannot pass the Bill.

Mr. Eaton and Mr. Haywood Brought up the following Message (viz)

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council.

We are under some surprise that your House on the second reading of the Bill, for appointing a Treasurer in the room of Eleazar Allen Esqre deceased put out the name of John Starkey, whom this House had nominated in the said Bill as a proper person for that Office, and put in the name of George Nicholas in place thereof, which to avoid any misunderstanding that might destroy the Harmony hitherto subsisting between the two Houses; this House took no further notice of than on the third reading of the said Bill to dele the name of Mr. George Nicholas and again to insert the name of Mr. John Starkey, that at the same time your altering the Bill in that part was considered as a violation of the Priviledges of this House it having always been their right to nominate a person for that Office, but notwithstanding, to convince your Honours, that nothing shall be wanting on our parts, to preserve a good understanding between the two Houses, we agree to meet you in the Council Chamber at the time you purpose, for holding a conference to confer with you on the subject matter of your message and have appointed Mr. Speaker and Mr. Wyriot Ormond to manage the said conference, on the part of this House.

By Order.
SAMUEL SWANN. Speaker.

To which message, this House was pleased to send the following answer.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen,

In answer to your Message of yesterday relating to a person for a Treasurer, wherein you express a surprise at our altering the Bill in that particular, we on our part, can not but be equally surprised at your proceeding; when you assert an exclusive right to the nomination of such person, a pretention that we apprehend to be without foundation, nor are we unapprised of precedents to the contrary: We at the time do profess a sincere desire, and disposition, on our parts to preserve, and cultivate, by all reasonable means, the good harmony, and understanding, which has hitherto happily subsisted between the two Houses.

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Then Mr. Speaker attended by the Lower House waited upon this House in the Council Chamber, upon the proposed conference and after debating on the subject matter of the said Conference, withdrew to their House again.

Then this House adjourned till three o'clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Ormond and Mr. Starkey Brought up the following Message (viz.)

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council.

On reading your message of this day concerning the last clause, in the Bill for an Additional Act to an Act for fixing a place for the seat of Government &c:

This House consent with your Honours, in the leaving out the last Clause in the said Bill. Together with the following Resolves.

Resolved. That this House adhere to the Amendments, by them made in the Bill for appointing a Publick Treasurer to wit in striking out Mr. George Nicholas, and inserting in the said Bill, Mr. John Starkey the person first nominated.

That this House agree with the Honourable the Members of his Majesty's Council that the Bill, for an Additional Act to an Act for obtaining an exact list of Taxables &c: be amended, by distinguishing such of the male slaves required to be given in as Taxables by the said act, who are upward of sixteen years of age. And also that the last Clause for allowing a fee to the Clerk for making out the list of Taxables be amended as follows (viz.) That the Justices of the several Counties shall be impowered to make the said Clerks a proper allowance out of the County Tax, for making out the said Lists, and have ordered that Mr. Wyriot Ormond and Mr. John Starkey do wait on your Honours to see the said Amendments incerted in the aforesaid Bill.

By Order.
SAMUEL SWANN Speaker.

Mr. Ormond and Mr. Starking, [Starkey] in pursuance of the above message, came up to this House. and saw the Amendments made in the Bill for an Act for obtaining an exact list of Taxables &c: Whereupon the said Bill being put to the House past the third time, upon the said Amendments. and Ordered that the same be sent down to the Lower House and engrossed.

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The Bill for an Additional Act, to an Act, to fix a place for the seat of Government &c: being put to the House, upon the said Amendments the third time passed, and ordered that the same be sent down and engrossed.

The Bill for to encourage Michael Higgins to build a Bridge &c: In this House read the third time, and past. Ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

The Bill for an Act to appoint a Publick Treasurer &c: In this House being read the Third time, and after being put to the House was rejected. The House, on reading the report of the Committee of Accounts, thought fit to send the following Message. (viz.)

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen.

We observe by the Report of the Committee of Accounts that Mr. Thomas Barker Treasurer for the Northern District has paid this present session, the value of five hundred, and two pounds, and two pence, Proclamation Money, by him received on account of the Poll Tax of one shilling Proclamation Money, for sinking the new currency part of the said sum, to wit, two thousand five hundred and thirty-eight pounds, nine shillings and four pence Proclamation Money, ought to have been exchanged according to the Act in that case made, and provided by the Commissioners for stamping of Twenty one thousand, three hundred and fifty pounds. And the new Bills for the whole of five hundred and two pounds, and two pence, ought by the same account, to have been paid to the Committee of Accounts, in order to be burnt.

We have appointed the Honourable Roger Moore and James Hasell Esqrs two of the Members of this House, to join such Members of your House as you shall think fit to appoint, as a Committee to examine, and burn such old Bills as have been exchanged by the Commissioners, or received by the Committee, as also the sum of five hundred and two pounds, and two pence Proclamation of New Bills, and a farther sum of equal value to the Old Bills, which Mr. Barker paid the Committee of Accounts formerly towards the sinking fund.

Mr. Ormond and Mr Starkey Brought up the following message (viz.)

Gentlemen of his Majestie's Honourable Council.

The Committee for stamping and emitting the Sum of Twenty one Thousand, Three hundred and fifty pounds, have produced to this House the sum of Two Thousand five hundred and Ten pounds thirteen shillings, old Bills which the said Commissioners have exchanged for the new, or Proclamation Money and the Sum of eighty three pounds, eight

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shillings and four pence Proclamation Money paid in by Mr. Thomas Barker in April Session of Assembly last past, part of the sinking fund, and the sum of Two thousand five hundred, and Thirty eight pounds, nine shillings old Bills, paid by Mr. Barker this session of Assembly, on account of the sinking fund: and the Sum of ninety one pounds fourteen shillings and nine pence Proclamation Money paid by the said Mr. Barker into the Committee of Accounts this Session, part of the sinking fund, and also the Sum of Three hundred, and Thirty eight pounds nine shillings and two pence Proclamation Money, equal in value to the aforesaid Sum of Two thousand five hundred, and Thirty eight pounds, eight shillings and four pence Old Bills for which the same ought to have been exchanged.

Therefore this House resolved that the said several sums be burnt tomorrow morning about Nine of the clock, in the publick Street in the presence of such of the Members of his Majesties Council, and General Assembly, as shall please to attend, at the burning of the same, and desire your Honours will be present.

Then the House adjourned 'till to-morrow morning Nine o'clock.


Friday April 6th The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

And adjourned until Three o'clock in the afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

Mr. Dawson and Mr. Bell brought up the following Message (viz.)

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council,

This House have resolved that the publick Buildings, to be built at Newbern, to be made of Brick of the Dementions following viz: one House for a Court House of fifty feet in length and Thirty feet in width, in the clear, one other house, for the use of his Majesties Honourable Council, of thirty feet long and Twenty feet wide, in the clear: one House of the like Dementions, for the Officers; the walls of the Court House to be fifteen feet high, from the surface of the earth, and those of the Council, and for the Officers, Twelve feet high from the said surface, and the same to be placed in a regular manner, upon such lots as they

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shall procure in Newbern, and shall take deeds for the same, to themselves, their Heirs, and successors for the use of the publick. To which we desire your concurrence.

Which message being read was sent down to the Lower House and concurred with.

The report of the Committee of Accounts sent down to the lower House concurred with

Then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Saturday April 7th The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honourable Nathaniel Rice Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Murray. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Mathew Rowan. Esqr Member.
The Honourable James Hasell. Esqr Member.
The Honourable Roger Moore. Esqr Member.

The estimate of this House sent down to the Lower House for their concurrance.

Mr. Sampson and Mr. Lovick brought up the following resolutions (viz.)


Friday April 6th 1750. In the General Assembly.

Ordered. That the allowance due to his Majesties Council, the Clerk and Officers thereof amounting to the sum of seventy five pounds, fifteen shillings Proclamation Money, also the sum of one hundred and fifty eight pounds, one shilling and four pence like money allowance, due to the General Assembly, the Clerk, and Officers thereof, this Session be paid out of the Treasury by the Commissioners, for stamping and emitting the sum of £21350 Bills of Credit at the rate of Proclamation Money, and desire your concurrance.


Saturday April 9th 1750. In the General Assembly.

Ordered, That his Excellency the Governor be allowed the sum of one hundred pounds proclamation money for the charges he hath been at, in publick expresses and other contingencies to this Time, and that the same be paid out of the Treasury by the Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of £21350. and be allowed in their accounts, with the publick, and desire your Honours Concurrance.

The above Resolves, after being read, and voted in this House was sent down concurred with.

Then his Excellency the Governor came to the House and sent a Message to the lower House, commanding their immediate attendance in the Council Chamber. Whereupon the Speaker, attended by the Lower House, waited upon his Excellency in the Council Chamber. When he was pleased to give his assent to the following Bills.

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The Bill for an Additional Act, to an Act, to fix a place for the seat of Government &c:

The Bill to enable the Justices of several Counties to provide certain Law Books &c:

The Bill to encourage Michael Higgins to build a Bridge over Trent River &c:

The Bill to divide the upper part of Bladen County into a County and Parish &c:

The Bill to divide the upper part of New-Hanover County, into a County and Parish &c:

The Bill for an additional Act, to an Act, for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &c:

And the Bill for erecting a Township on the North side of Roanoke River in Northampton County &c:

Then his Excellency was pleased to prorogue the General Assembly to the fourth Tuesday in September next.

This is to certifie that the foregoing sheets contain a True Copy of the Journal of the upper House of Assembly.

Tes:

JOHN DEVIS.