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Minutes of the Lower House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
July 03, 1750 - July 10, 1750
Volume 04, Pages 1068-1073

North Carolina—ss.


In the Lower House, Thursday July 5th 1750.

His Excellency the Governor sent a Message to this House, commanding their immediate Attendance in the Council Chamber.

Mr. Speaker, attended by the Members of the House waited on his Excellency the Governor in the Council Chamber, when His Excellency was pleased to recommend to them the Repeal of part of a clause in the Quit-Rent Law, relating to the payment of Indigo for Quit-Rents, and other matters, which he referred to their consideration, and then directed them to return, and proceed to Business.

The House returned.

The House adjourned 'till three o'clock in the afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. Starkey moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to appoint a Publick Treasurer, in the room of Eleazar Allen Esqre deceased.

Ordered, that he have Leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Starkey Brought in the said Bill which he read in his place.

Ordered that the same pass, and be sent to the Council.

Mr. John Swann moved for Leave to bring in a Bill, to repeal part of a Clause in an Act, intituled, an act, for forming a Rent-Roll of all the Lands, holding in this Province, and for quieting the Inhabitants in their possessions.

Ordered, that he have Leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. John Swann brought in the said Bill, which he read in his place.

Ordered, that the same pass, and be sent to the Council.

Sent the above two Bills to the Council, by Mr. Starkey and Mr. Swann.

The House adjourned 'till To-morrow Nine o'clock.


Fryday, July 6th 1750. The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Council the Bill to repeal a part of a Clause, in an act, intituled, an act for forming a Rent-Roll. &c: And a Bill to appoint

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a Public Treasurer in the room of Eleazar Allen Esqre deceased. Endorsed in the Upper House, read the first time, and passed.

By order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

Ordered, that the Bill to appoint a Public Treasurer, in the room of Eleazar Allen Esqre deceased. And the Bill to repeal part of a clause, in an act, intituled an act, for forming a Rent-Roll &c: be read.

Read the above Two Bills the second Time, and passed, with Amendments.

Ordered, that the same be sent to the Council.

Sent the above Two Bills to the Council by Mr. Heywood and Mr. Dawson.

Mr. Starkey one of the Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of Twenty one Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Pounds at the rate of Proclamation Money acquainted this House that there were several persons in Town waiting in order to have several Bills of Credit of this Province of the old Emission exchanged for those of the new Emission, and moved that the House would direct the said Commissioners to exchange the same old Bills for the new ones.

Resolved. That the said Commissioners exchange the said old Bills for those of the new Emission.

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

P. M. The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Council the following Bills (viz.)

The Bill to repeal part of a clause in an act intituled An Act for forming a Rent-Roll &c: Endorsed in the Upper House read the second time, and passed.

By Order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

And the Bill to appoint a Public Treasurer, in the room of Eleazer Allen Esqre deceased; Endorsed in the Upper House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

By order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

Received from the Council the Petition of Thomas Child Esqre his Majesty's Attorney General of this Province, by them recommended to this House, which Petition sets forth, that the allowance to the said Attorney General for riding the Circuits is insufficient for the purposes intended by the Act, for fixing a place for the seat of Government &c: praying Relief &c:

Resolved. That a Bill be brought in, for increasing the allowance to the Attorney General, for riding the Circuits.

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Mr. John Swann brought in a Bill for the Purposes aforesaid, which he read in his place.

Ordered. That the same pass, and be sent to the Council.

Sent the above Bill to the Council, by Mr. Swann and Mr. Sampson.

The House adjourned till Tomorrow morning Nine o'clock.


Saturday July 7th 1750. The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Council the Bill for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney General, for his trouble and expence in riding the circuits. Endorsed in the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

By order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

Read the Bill to appoint a Public Treasurer in the room of Eleazer Allen Esqrc deceased, the Third time and passed with amendments.

And the Bill to repeal part of a clause in an act, intituled an act for forming a Rent-Roll of all the Lands holden in this Province &c: the third time, and passed with amendments.

Ordered. That the Bill for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney General for his trouble and expence in riding the Circuits &c: be read the second time.

The said Bill was accordingly read.

Mr. John Swann moved the said Bill may pass.

Mr. John Barrow objected thereto, and moved that the said Bill lie on the Table for consideration, to which Mr. John Swann objected, and moved that the House resolve into [a] Committee of the whole House to debate on the subject matter of the said Bill, and was seconded by Mr. Starkey.

The question being put, whether the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, for the purposes aforesaid or not, it was carried in the affirmative.

Resolved. That the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to debate on the subject matters in the said Bill contained.

The House resolved into a Committee of the whole House and Mr. John Starkey was appointed Chairman. Una Voce.

After some time spent by the said Committee in debating the Matters of Controversy, regarding the said Bill, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair. Mr. Chairman reported to the House, that the Committee had debated the several matters objected to and had resolved, that the sum of Sixteen Pounds, Thirteen Shillings and Four Pence Proclamation Money be inserted in the said Bill as an allowance for the Attorney General, for his trouble and expence in riding each circuit.

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Ordered. That the same be inserted in the said Bill. The same was done accordingly.

Ordered. That the three Bills above said be sent to the Council.

Sent the above three Bills to the Council by Mr. Stringer and Mr. Barrow.

Received from the Council the following Bills (viz.)

The Bill, for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney General for his trouble and expences in riding the Circuits. Endorsed, in the Upper House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

And the Bill, to repeal part of a clause in an act, intituled An Act, for forming a Rent-Roll &c:

And the Bill to appoint a Public Treasurer in the room of Eleazer Allen Esqre deceased; both Endorsed in the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be sent down and engrossed.

By order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

The House adjourned till Monday Morning Ten o'clock.


Monday July 9th 1750. The House met according to adjournment.

Ordered that the Bill, for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney-General, for his trouble and expence in riding the Circuits, be read the third time.

Read the above Bill the third time, and amended the same.

Ordered, That the same pass, with the said amendments and be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Sampson and Mr. Haywood.

The House adjourned for half an hour.

The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Council the Bill, for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney-General, for his trouble and Expence in riding the circuits. Endorsed, in the Upper House, read the Third Time and passed.

By order.

R. LOVET, Clerk.

Ordered to be sent down and engrossed

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

P. M. The House met according to adjournment.

His Excellency the Governor sent a message to this House commanding their immediate attendance in the Council Chamber, with what Bills were engrossed.

The House in a full Body, waited on his Excellency the Governor, in the Council Chamber, when Mr. Speaker presented the following Bills, for his Excellency's assent, viz:

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The Bill for appointing a Public Treasurer, in the room of Eleazer Allen Esqre deceased.

The Bill to repeal part of a clause, in an act intituled, an act for forming a Rent-Roll of all the Lands holden in this Province &c:

And the Bill for increasing the allowance given to the Attorney General for his trouble and expence in riding the Circuits.

To all which said three Bills his Excellency was pleased to assent.

Then his Excellency after returning the House his hearty thanks for their dispatch of the public business commanded them to return to their House.

Mr. Speaker with the House returned.

Ordered, That the following Message be sent to the Council viz.

Gentlemen of his Majesties Honourable Council

We herewith send you the estimate of the allowances due to the members of this House, for this present Session as also of the Clerk and Officers thereto, for your Concurrence, and desire that you will send that of your House to us, for ours.

Sent the above Message to the Council by Mr. Lovick and Mr. Dawson.

Mr. Dawson presented to this House a Certificate for the County Court of Northampton thereby certifying that Silvester Eastage is of mean Circumstances: and thereby rendered incapable of getting his living doing Public duties and paying Public Taxes.

Ordered, That he be exempt from doing Public Duties, and paying Public Levies.

Mr. Dawson also produced to this House a Certificate from the County Court of Northampton thereby certifying that Joshua Stap is old and decripped and not able to get his Livelihood, or to pay Taxes and do Public Duties.

Ordered, That he be exempt from doing Public Duties, and paying Public Taxes.

Received from the Council the following Message viz.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen.

We herewith send you the Estimate of the allowances due to the Members of Council for this present Session as also the Clerk and Officers thereto, for your Concurrence and send yours, concurred with.

Sent the Council the Estimate of their Allowances this Session, by this House concurred to.

The House adjourned till to-morrow Eight o'Clock.

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Tuesday July 10th 1750. The House met according to adjournment.

His Excellency the Governor was pleased to prorogue this Assembly, to the last Tuesday in September next.

An account of the present paper Currency its present Value in Sterling money and how much thereof hath been sunk.

£21350.0.0 Proc'l Money of publick Bills of Credit Emitted by an Act Passed the 4th of Aprill 1747 Equal to £16012.10.0 Sterling Money

£189.13.3 Proc'l Money Burnt Aprill 14th 1749

£513.12.0 Proc'l Money Burnt Aprill 6th 1750

Total sum sunk £703.5.3 Proc'l Money. Equal to £527.9.0 Sterling Money

£20646.14.0 Proc'l Money yet circulating Equal to £15.485.1.0 Sterling Money

£21350.0.0 Proc'l Money. £16012.10.00 Sterling Money.

These Bills have supported the value they were Emitted at to this day September the 29th 1750.

The above is a Copy of the State of the Currency which was sent to the agent this year 1750