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Minutes of the Lower House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
September 24, 1751 - October 12, 1751
Volume 04, Pages 1274-1300

North Carolina—ss.


In the Lower House, Thursday September 26th 1751.

Mr. Eaton moved, that the absent Members be sent for in custody which was agreed to, nemine contradicente

Ordered, That they be sent for in Custody, and that Mr. Speaker issue his warrants accordingly.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Friday Septr 27th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

The Clerk of the Crown returned Certificates, that the following Gentlemen were duly elected, to serve in this present General Assembly, for the several Counties and Towns following, viz.

Mr. Lewis de Rosset for the Town of Wilmington;

Mr. Thomas Kerney for Edgcomb County;

Mr. Francis Brice & Mr. Wm Houston for Duplin County;

Mr. Chas. Robinson & Mr. Caleb Howell for Anson County;

Who, except Mr. Howell, appeared at the Bar of this House, and moved to be qualifyed as Members for the said Town and Countys, to sit and vote in this present General Assembly.

Ordered, That Mr. Sampson and Mr. Clark acquaint his Majesty's Council therewith, and let them know, this House desire they would send some of the Members of the said Council, to qualify the above said Gentlemen.

James Murray and John Swann Esqrs two of the Members of his Majesty's Council, came to the House; and before them, Mr. Thomas Kerney, Mr. Lewis de Rosset, Mr. Francis Brice, Mr. William Houston, and Mr. Charles Robinson took the oaths appointed by law for their qualification, subscribed the Test, and took their seats in the House accordingly.

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

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Mr. Speaker, with the rest of the Members of this House, waited upon his Excellency the Governor, in the Council Chamber; when his Excellency the Governor was pleased to deliver the following speech.

The House returned

Ordered That the same be read.

Read the same.

Ordered, That it be entered on the Journals of the House; which is done as follows, viz.

Gentlemen of His Majestie's Honourable Council, Mr. Speaker, & Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses.

I should have met you some months sooner, if I had not been in daily expectation of learning the fate of those two laws, which are of so great importance to the settlement of this Province; that for an equal Representative, and that for fixing the seat of Government and Courts of Law.

But as nothing final has been determined about them, and his Majesty's Attorney & Solicitor General have made one objection, and but one, that is, the want of a suspending Clause, until the King's pleasure was known; upon which account, they report they cannot advise the confirmation of them; I could no longer forbear the assembling you, for the dispatch of public business.

It must be a great satisfaction to you, Gentlemen, when you reflect, that neither those learned Sages of the Law, nor any other of the Ministry, have made the least objection to the substance of these Laws; on the contrary, by repeated Advices from Home, I am assured, they are fully satisfied of the absolute necessity of putting it out of the power of the Members of six Counties, to defeat all the good and wholesome intentions of a whole Legislature, which they most notoriously did for twelve years together; and to fix a central place for Public Meeting, where proper Offices may be erected.

And in consequence of this by the latest Accounts, I am informed, that the Lords of Trade have had under their review, for some time past, the whole state and constitution of this Colony, in order to make a report to his Majesty; who will, no doubt out of his fatherly tenderness to all, even the most distant of his subjects, give proper directions for supplying every defect, and rectifying whatever is amiss.

In the mean time, Gentlemen, you have a fresh opportunity of doing service to your Country, by adding to the number of excellent Laws you have already pass'd, such new ones as may be still wanting: You have been already the instruments of doing more real service to your Country than all your Predecessors put together; and I don't at all

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doubt but you will continue to proceed with the same prudence, unanimity and Public Spirit you have hitherto done.

Mr. Sampson moved that a Committee be appointed to draw an Address to his Excellency the Governor's Speech, and the following persons were accordingly appointed, viz. Mr. John Starkey, Mr. Lewis De Rosset and Mr. John Dawson.

Mr. Starkey moved that a Committee be appointed to examine, state, and settle the Public Accounts of this Province. The following persons were accordingly appointed, viz. Mr. Thomas Kerney, Mr. Lewis De Rosset and Mr. William Eaton.

Mr. Sampson moved that a Committee be appointed to settle and allow the Public Claims, and the following persons were accordingly appointed viz. Mr. Thomas Lovick, Mr. John Starkey, Mr. John Dawson, Mr. Francis Brice and Mr. Wm Houston.

Mr. Starkey moved that a message be sent to the Council to appoint such of their Members as they shall think proper to joyn the Committees appointed by this House to examine, state, and settle the Public Accounts of this Province, and also, to settle and allow the Public Claims thereof, which was agreed to, nemine contradicente.

Sent the following Message to his Majesty's honourable Council, viz.

Gentlemen of his Majties honble Council,

We have appointed a Committee of the following Gentlemen to examine, state & settle the Publick Accounts of this Province, viz: Mr. Thomas Kerney, Mr. Lewis De Rosset, and Mr. William Eaton: and also a Committee of the following Gentlemen to settle and allow the Public Claims, in conjunction with such Members of your House as your Honours shall think fit.

By Order.
S. SWANN. Speaker.

Mr. Sampson moved for leave to bring in a Bill to alter the place for building the Court House in Duplin County.

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

Mr. William Eaton laid before the House a Petition from the Inhabitants of Granville County, setting forth several hardships they lie under in carrying Tobacco to the Warehouses in the said County in discharge of their County and Parish Levies, praying Relief &c.

Mr. Starkey moved, (and was seconded) that the said Petition lie on the table for Consideration.

Ordered. That the same lie on the Table for consideration.

The House adjourned till 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

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P. M. The House met according to Adjournment.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Saturday, September 28, 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received the following Message from the Council, viz:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses,

This House taking under their consideration the message of yesterday, regarding the appointment of the Committees of Accompts and Claims thought fit to appoint the following Gentlemen, in conjunction with those of yours, to wit, the honourable James Murray and Francis Corbin Esqrs for the Accompts, and the honourable James Hasell and John Swann, Esqrs, for the Claims.


Dated Septr 28, 1751.

Mr. Caleb Howell, the other Member for Anson County appeared, took the oaths appointed by Law for his qualification, subscribed the Test, and took his seat in the House accordingly.

Mr. D'Rosset moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for appointing inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the exports of Cape Fear.

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

Mr. D'Rosset brought in the above-said Bill, which he read in his place.

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

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Starkey from the Committee appointed to prepare the address of this House, in Answer to His Excellency the Governor's Speech, reported, the Committee had prepared the same, which he read in his place.

Ordered, The same be engrossed; which is accordingly done, and is as follows, viz.

To his Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esqre Captain-General, Governor, & Commander in Chief, in & over His Majesty's Province of North Carolina.

The Humble Address of the General Assembly of the said Province.

May it Please your Excellency,

It is an agreable Pleasure to us, that the Laws passed in the several Sessions of this Assembly, meet the approbation of so good a Judge as

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your Excellency; and tho' some of them, especially those two important ones, particularly mentioned by your Excellency, have unhappily (from the mistakes of some Persons, and the private views and designs of others) missed of that general good effect by us so honestly designed, and cordially wished for; yet, with great satisfaction, we have your Excellency's assurance, that notwithstanding all the noise and clamour made by People fond of contention here, the sole objection made at home, either by those learned Gentlemen of the Law, to whom those two Laws were referred, or his Majesty's Ministers; is, as to the passing them without a suspending clause, until his Majesty's pleasure was known, and for ought we can learn, the substance and equity of them remains unshaken and do not in the least doubt, but that, as the whole state and constitution of this Province, for some time has lain before the Lords Commissioners of Trade, for their report thereon to his royal Majesty, he will be pleased, out of his wonted paternal goodness to all his subjects in general, to give such directions, as will for the future prevent all manner of dispute.

We are now met with fixed resolutions, to promote such other good and necessary Laws, as the Circumstances of the whole Province in general, and our several Constituents in particular, do yet want and loudly call for.

And we assure your Excellency, we shall endeavour to do what may be in our power, to render your just and mild Administration over us (which we desire long to continue) easy and agreable; and shall proceed in the Public Business before us (as we flatter ourselves we have heretofore constantly done) with unanimity, assiduity and dispatch.

The House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.


Monday Septr 30th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

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

The House in a full Body waited on his Excellency the Governor, in the Council Chamber; when Mr. Speaker presented his Excellency with the Address of this House.

Mr. Stringer one of the Members for Craven County appeared.

William Speight, Serjeant at arms, returned the warrant, issued by Mr. Speaker, and directed to the said Serjeant, to take into his custody Mr. John Barrow, Mr. Michael Coutauch, Mr. James Calf, and Mr. Samuel Sinclair, as follows; executed on Mr. Calf, the 27th of September 1751, and on Mr. Barrow, Mr. Sinclair, and Mr. Coutauch, the 28th of September.

WILLIAM SPEIGHT.
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Ordered. That the above named Gentlemen be fined 30s each, for three days absence from the service of the House; and that Mr. Speaker issue his warrant (directed to the Messenger) pursuant to an Act of Assembly of this Province, in such cases made & provided.

Mr. Sampson brought in a Bill, to appoint a convenient place for holding the County Court of Duplin, and to impower the Commissioners hereafter named, to build a Court-House, Prison and Stocks, in the said County, which he read in his place.

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

Mr. Carruthers moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, to alter the Times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven.

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

Mr. Carruthers brought in a Bill, to alter the times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven, which he read in his place.

Ordered. That the same pass & be sent to the Council.

Mr. Starkey moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, to revive an Act, intituled An Act to appoint an Agent, to sollicit the affairs of this Province, at the several Boards in England.

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 & be sent to the Council.

Sent the above three Bills to the Council, and also the Bill for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the exports of Cape Fear River; by Mr. Sampson, and Mr. D'Rosset.

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Herring moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for impowering the Justices of Johnston County, to make, mend, and repair all Roads, Bridges, Cutts and Water Courses, already laid out, or hereafter to be laid out in the said County.

Ordered. That he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same.

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

Ordered. That the same pass & be sent to the Council.

Sent the above Bill to the Council, by Mr. Stringer, and Mr. Herring.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.


Tuesday October 1st 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

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The Bill, to revive an Act, intituled, an Act, to appoint an Agent to sollicit the affairs of this Province &c.

The Bill, to alter the times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven.

The Bill, to appoint a convenient place, for holding the County Court of Duplin.

The Bill, for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County &c. Endorsed; in the Upper House read the first time and passed.

By Order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

And the Bill, for impowering the Justices of Johnston County, to make, mend, and repair the Roads, Bridges &c. in the said County. Endorsed; in the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

By Order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

Mr. Starkey moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for an Additional Act to the several Acts to appoint Public Treasurers.

Ordered. That he have leave, and that he prepare & bring in the same.

Mr. Starkey brought in the above-said Bill, which he read in his place.

Mr. Dawson moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for an additional Act to an Act intituled, An Act, Feme Coverts how to pass Lands.

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

Mr. Dawson brought in the above-said Bill, which he read in his place.

Mr. D'Rosset moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for building a church in Wilmington, in St James' Parish, in New Hanover County.

And a Bill to explain part of a Clause in an Act, intituled, An Act, for establishing the Church, for appointing Parishes, and the method of electing Vestries &c.

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

Mr. D'Rosset brought in the above-said two Bills, which he read in his Place.

Ordered That the above-said four Bills pass, and be sent to the Council.

Mr. Robinson moved, for leave to bring in a Bill, for an Act, intituled, an Act for granting to his Majesty a Duty on the importation of Rum, &c. into Anson County, from South Carolina.

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

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Mr. Robinson brought in the above-said Bill, which he read in his place.

Ordered. That the same pass & be sent to the Council. Sent the above Bills to the Council, by Mr. Houston & Mr. D'Rosset.

Ordered That the Bill to revive an Act, intituled, an Act, to appoint an Agent, to sollicit the affairs of this Province, at the several Boards in England, be read the second time.

Read the above-said Bill the second time, and passed with Amendments.

Ordered, That the Bill for impowering the Justices of Johnston County, to make, mend, and repair all Roads, Bridges, Cutts & watercourses &c. be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second time, and passed.

Ordered, That the above-said two Bills be sent to the Council.

Sent the aforesaid two Bills to the Council, by Mr. Clark and Mr. Sampson.

Ordered, That the following Bills be read, viz.

The Bill, to alter the times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven, the second time; and The Bill to appoint a convenient place, for holding the County Court of Duplin &c. the second time; which said two Bills were amended and passed.

Ordered, That the said two Bills be sent to the Council.

Sent the above two Bills to the Council by Mr. Clark and Mr. Sampson.

Received from the Council, the Bill, for building a church at Wilmington, in St James's Parish, in New Hanover County &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

By Order.

RICH: LOVET, Clerk.

And the Bill, for an additional Act to an Act, intituled, An Act, Feme Coverts how to pass lands. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

By Order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

The House adjourned till to morrow 9 o'clock.


Wednesday October 2nd 1751. The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. Dawson moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to alter and explain an Act, intituled, An Act, for the relief of insolvent debtors, as to the imprisonment of their Persons.

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

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

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

Sent the above Bill to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Houston.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, for an additional Act to the several Acts, to appoint Public Treasurers.

The Bill, for granting to his Majesty, a duty on the importation of rum &c. into Anson County, from South Carolina.

And the Bill, to alter the times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven.

Endorsed; In the Upper House, read the second time and passed.

By Order.

R. LOVET. Clerk.

Mr. Carruthers moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to impower the Churchwardens &c.

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

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

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

Sent the above Bill to the Council by Mr. De Rosset & Mr. Houston.

Ordered, That the Bill, for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the Exports at Cape Fear, be read the second time.

Read the above-said Bill the second time and amended the same.

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

Ordered, That the Bill, for an additional Act to an Act, Feme Coverts how to pass Lands, be read the second time.

Read the above-said Bill the second time & amended it.

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

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. De Rosset & Mr. Houston

Mr. Herring moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to invest the property of a Bridge in John Peacock, his Heirs and Assigns (by him already built over Contentney Creek, in Johnston County) for the term of twenty five years.

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

Mr. Herring brought in the above-said Bill which he read in his place.

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

Sent the above bill to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Houston.

Ordered, That the Bill, for an Additional Act, to the several Acts, to appoint Public Treasurers, be read the second time.

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Read the above-said Bill the second time.

Mr. Starkey proposed several Amendments to the said Bill; and moved, that the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to debate on the several Amendments proposed.

Mr. De Rosset moved, that the said Bill lie on the Table.

The question being put, Whether the said Bill lie on the Table for consideration or not? which passed in the negative,

Resolved, That the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House to-morrow, to debate on the Subject-matter of the above-said Bill.

Mr. William Bartram, one of the Members for Bladen County appeared.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9. o'clock.


Thursday October 3rd 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

The Order of yesterday being read, touching the Bill for an additional Act to the several Acts, to appoint Public Treasurers, being committed;

Mr. Starkey moved, that the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, agreable to the Resolve of yesterday.

The House resolved into a Committee of the whole House, unanimously chose Mr. Francis Stringer Chairman; and then took the subject-matter of the said Bill under their Consideration.

After several Debates thereon, the Committee proposed several Amendments thereto,

Then Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Chairman reported, that the Committee had proposed several amendments to the said Bill, which were read.

Resolved, That the House agree to the said Amendments.

Ordered, That the said Bill do pass therewith, and be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council, by Mr. Sampson & Mr. Stringer.

Mr. Stringer moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to put in force the several Acts of the General Assembly of this Province concerning Roads and Ferries passed in the year 1715, and 1734, in Craven County, and for repealing the Act passed in the year 1745, so far as relates to the Roads in the said County.

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

Mr. Stringer brought in the said Bill, which he read in his Place.

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

Sent the said Bill to the Council, by Mr. Sampson and Mr. Stringer.

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Ordered, That the Bill, to alter the Times for holding the Courts in the County of Craven, be read the third time.

Read the above-said Bill the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council, by Mr. Sampson & Mr. Stringer.

Ordered, That the Bill, for building a church at Wilmington, in St James' Parish, be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second time, and amended the same.

Ordered, That the said Bill be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council, with the said amendments, by Mr. Sampson & Mr. Stringer.

Received from the Council, the Bill for impowering the Justices of Johnston County, to divide the same into Districts, and to appoint Commissioners for the Roads. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time, and passed, with Amendments.

And the Bill to amend an Act intituled, an Act, for establishing the church, for appointing Parishes, and the method of electing Vestries, and for directing the settlement of Parish Accompts throughout this Government. Endorsed, In the Upper house, read the first time & passed with amendments.

Received a Message from his Excellency, the Governor, as follows, viz.

Mr. Speaker,

In answer to the Address of your House, presented to me on the 14th of April 1749, I must inform you, that the Commissioners appointed for disposing the Monies arising from the Spanish Wreck, never made any Report to me, and I am entirely a Stranger to every circumstance relating to that Affair, since the appointment of the Commissioners.

As to the naval-Office Accompts, I left all the Papers relating to that Office, and a great many others, relating to the Public, and my own private Affairs, at Cape Fear, in the hands of Mr. Hambleton, when I removed to the North; since which time I have used most incessant endeavours to get them from his widow; but have not yet been able to get her to deliver up any one paper, to my great loss on many accounts.

This is not a supposition but a Fact, known to yourself, Sir, and to several Members of both Houses, that no sollicitation of mine has been wanting, to procure the proper Vouchers.

I shall only put you in mind, what Confusion and Disorder prevailed in this Province, from January 1735, to March 1739; which with my residing at Cape Fear, and the seat of Government being at Edenton, made the incidental charges of Government more than double of what

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they have been ever since; but I leave it entirely to your House to determine what they think proper to be done on this emergency.

After reading of which, and several debates had thereon:

Resolved, That the same lie for Consideration.

Ordered, That the Bill for granting to his Majesty a duty on the importation of rum and wine into Anson County from South Carolina, be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second 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. M'Lewean and Mr. Bartram.

Ordered, That the Bill, to amend an Act, intituled an Act, for establishing the Church, and for appointing Parishes, and the method of electing Vestries, &c. be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second 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. M'Lewean and Mr. Bartram.

Mr. Clark moved for leave to bring in a Bill for destroying wild Cattle and Hogs, and for taking up wild unmarked and unbranded Horses.

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

Mr. Clark 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 Bill to the Council by Mr. M'Lewean and Mr. Bartram.

Mr. Clark moved for leave to bring in a Bill for an additional Act to an Act intituled an Act for impowering the several Commissioners hereinafter-named, to make, mend and repair all Roads, Bridges, Cutts and Water-courses, already laid out, or hereafter to be laid out, in the several Counties and Districts herein-after appointed, in such manner as they judge most useful to the Public.

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

Mr. Clark brought in the above-said Bill, 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. M'Lewean and Mr. Bartram.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9. o'clock.


Friday October 4th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

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The Bill for granting to his Majesty a Duty on Rum and Wine imported into Anson County, from South-Carolina.

And the Bill for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the exports at Cape Fear.

Endorsed, In the Upper House read the second time, and passed with amendments.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill for building a Church at Wilmington, in St James's Parish, in New Hanover County.

The Bill for an additional Act to an Act intituled, An Act Feme Coverts how to pass lands.

And the Bill for an additional Act to the several Acts to appoint Public Treasurers. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time, and passed with amendments.

Ordered, that the Bill for impowering the Justices of Johnston County to divide the same into Districts &c. be read the third time.

Read the said Bill the third time.

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

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. De Rosset and Mr. Houston.

Ordered, That the Bill to revive an Act intituled An Act to appoint an Agent to sollicit the affairs of this Province, at the several Boards in England, be read the third time.

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

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

Sent the above Bill to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Houston.

Mr. D'Rosset moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to appoint Commissioners to build and erect a church in the Town of Brunswick, on Cape Fear River.

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

Mr. D'Rosset brought in the above-said Bill, which he read in his place.

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

Sent the above-said Bill to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Houston.

Mr. Starkey moved, That the House take the Governor's message under consideration, pursuant to the resolve of yesterday.

Resolved, That the same be taken into consideration, which the House accordingly did, and came to the following resolutions, viz.

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Resolved, That the Treasurer be directed, and he is hereby directed to suspend bringing any suit against Samuel Johnston Esqre formerly receiver of the Powder money, and impost duties at Port Brunswick, that the Governor may have longer time to produce the Vouchers he mentions in his said Message.

Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be addressed, to direct the Commissioners appointed to sell such Goods as were saved and taken from the Spanish Wreck, to lay before him, an account of the money arising by the sale of the said Goods.

Sent the following address to his Excellency, in consequence of the above resolve, viz.

May it please your Excellency,

This House desire you would be pleased to direct the Commissioners, appointed by your Excellency, to sell such Goods as were saved & taken from the Spanish Wreck, to lay before your Excellency an Account, of the Monies arising by such sale, and the distribution thereof at the next Assembly, and to pay one fourth part of the money arising by the sales thereof to the Public Treasurer, that the fourth part may be applyed by your Excellency, the Council, and General Assembly, agreable to your Excellency's former Appointment.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, to alter the times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven.

The Bill, for impowering the Justices of Johnston County, to divide the same into Districts &c. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down and engrossed.

Received from the Council the following Bill, viz.

The Bill, for appointing a place for holding the County Court of Duplin, and to impower the Commissioners hereafter named, to build a Court House, Prison, and Stocks in the said County, and enlarging the Bounds thereof. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time & passed with amendmts

Mr. D'Rosset moved for leave to bring in a Bill, for regulating Pilotage at Cape Fear River, and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston, at the mouth of the said River, to examine all vessells entering the said River, concerning the health of their Crews on board the said Vessells.

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

Mr. D'Rosset brought in the said Bill, which he read in his place.

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

Sent the above Bill to the Council by Mr. Sampson and Mr. Bartram.

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock Afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to adjournment.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Saturday October 5th 1751. The House met according to adjournment.

Ordered, That the Bill for an additional Act to the several Acts to appoint Public Treasurers.

The Bill, for building a church at Wilmington, in St James's Parish, in New Hanover County.

The Bill for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the exports at Cape Fear River. The last two were amended.

The Bill, to appoint a convenient place for holding the County Court at Duplin, &c.

And the Bill, for granting to his Majesty, a Duty on the importation of Rum and Wine into Anson County, from South-Carolina, which were also amended.

Ordered, That the above five Bills, be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Houston & Mr. Brice.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, to amend an Act, intituled, an Act, for establishing the church, appointing Parishes, and directing the method of electing Vestries, and for directing the settlement of Parish Accompts throughout this Government. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the second Time and passed.

The Bill, to invest the property of a Bridge in John Peacock and his heirs, by him already built &c. for the term of twenty five years.

The Bill, for regulating the Pilotage at Cape Fear, and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston, at the mouth of the said river, to examine all vessells &c. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

The Bill, to impower the Court of Bladen County, to lay out certain Districts in the Places therein mentioned &c. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the first time & passed with amendmts

The Bill for amending and supplying the Defects of an Act, intituled, an Act to appoint Commissioners in the room and stead of those deceased, to finish the Church at New Bern &c. Endorsed. In the Upper House read the first time & passed with amendmts

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And the Bill, to revive an Act intituled, An Act, to appoint an Agent to sollicit the affairs of this Province &c. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down and engrossed.

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock Afternoon.

P. M. The House met then.

The House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.


Monday October 7th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received the following Bills from the Council, viz.

The Bill, for appointing Inspectors in New-Hanover County, and for regulating the exports at Cape Fear.

The Bill, for an additional Act, to the several Acts to appoint Public Treasurers.

And the Bill, for building a church in New Hanover County. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

And also the Bill, to appoint Commissioners to receive, collect, and apply subscriptions towards building a Church in the Town of Brunswick, &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the first time & passed with amendments.

Received from the Council the following message, viz.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen,

Upon reading the Bill to appoint a convenient place for holding the County Court of Duplin in this House, a third time, we find, you have deled our amendments with regard to an Alteration made by us, for fixing the Bounds of the said County.

We are sorry you should differ from us, when so many reasons appear on the face of the said Amendments, particularly that of the inconvenience attending the County Courts at Wilmington, and Musters. We must therefore, if you approve thereof, desire your concurrence to our said amendments, and to appoint two of your Members to attend our House, to see the same made, upon which we shall pass the said Bill a third time.

Mr. Starkey moved for leave to bring in a Bill to confirm the four Lots in New Bern Town, lately conveyed to the Commissioners for the Public Buildings, for the use of the Public for ever.

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

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Mr. Starkey brought in the above-said Bill, 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. Sampson and Mr. M'Lewean.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning nine o'clock.


Tuesday, October 8th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council, the Bill to confirm the four Lots in Newbern Town. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the first time and passed.

Mr. James Calf one of the Members for Hide County appeared.

Ordered, That the following Bills be read, viz.

The Bill, to appoint Commissioners, to receive, collect and apply Subscriptions towards building a church in the Town of Brunswick &c.

And the Bill, to confirm the four Lots in New Bern Town, lately conveyed to the Commissioners for the Public Buildings, be read the second time. Read the said Bill the second time, & passed with amendmts.

Ordered, That the same be sent to the Council.

And read the Bill to amend an Act, intituled, an Act, for establishing the Church, for appointing Parishes, and the method of electing Vestries, and for directing the settlement of Parish Accompts &c. the third time.

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

Sent the said Bills to the Council by Mr. Starkey and Mr. Carruthers.

Sent the Council their message of yesterday, regarding the Amendments in the Bill to appoint a convenient Place for holding the County Court of Duplin &c. Endorsed, Concurred with.

And have sent Mr. Starkey and Mr. Carruthers to see the Amendments proposed, inserted.

Ordered, That the Bill to amend and supply the defects of an Act, intituled an Act to appoint Commissioners in the place and stead of those deceased, to finish the Church at Newbern, be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second time, & amended it.

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

Ordered, That the Bill to invest the Property of a Bridge in John Peacock &c, be read the second time. Read the same a second time, and passed.

Ordered, That the Bill to impower the Court of Bladen County, to lay out certain districts in the Places therein mentioned &c. be read the second time. Read the said Bill the second time, and passed.

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

Sent the above Bills to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Clark.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, to appoint a convenient place for holding the County Court of Duplin &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time & passed with amendmts.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

The Bill, for granting to his Majesty, a duty on the importation of wine and rum, into Anson County, from South Carolina. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

And the Bill, to amend an Act, intituled, an Act for establishing the Church, for appointing Parishes, &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down and engrossed.

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment.

Ordered, That the Bill for regulating the Pilotage at Cape Fear River and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston, at the mouth of the said River, to examine all Vessells &c. be read the second time.

Read the said Bill the second time and amended the same.

Ordered, That the said Bill pass with the said Amendments, and be sent to the Council.

Sent the said Bill to the Council by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. Clark.

Mr. Starkey acquainted this House, that Mr. Edward Jones, one of the Members for Granville County, is dead, and that Mr. John Swann, late one of the Members for New Hanover County is appointed and qualified a Member of his Majesty's Council.

Therefore moved that his Excellency be addressed to direct the Clerk of the Crown to issue writts for electing Members to serve in this present General Assembly, in the room of the above two Gentlemen.

Resolved, That his Excellency be addressed accordingly.

Sent the following address to his Excellency, viz.

May it please your Excellency,

Mr. John Swann late one of the Members of this House for New Hanover County being appointed one of the Members of his Majesty's honourable Council, and qualified accordingly: And Mr. Edward Jones, late one of the Members of this House for Granville County is dead,

Therefore this House desires your Excellency would be pleased to direct the Clerk of the Crown to issue writs, for electing Members to

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serve in this present General Assembly for the said two Counties, in the room of the above two Gentlemen.

By Order.
S. SWANN. Speaker.

Samuel Swann Esqre and Mr. John Starkey, the two surviving Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of twenty one thousand three hundred and fifty pounds &c. laid before the House their Accompts of the emission of the said sum.

Ordered, That the same be referred to the Committee of Public Accompts for examination, and that they report the same to the House.

Mr. Starkey acquainted this House, that the Sheriffs &c. not having paid the taxes laid by Act of Assembly, towards erecting the Public Buildings in Newbern, occasioned a want of money to carry on the said Buildings, and that he had directed, that the said Sheriffs should be severally sued.

Therefore moved for directions of this House, as to his, and the other Commissioner's conduct in carrying on the said Buildings.

Resolved, That the Commissioners for erecting the said Buildings be directed to suspend any further prosecution in carrying on the said Building, until the next Sessions of Assembly.

Mr. James Calf produced a certificate from Hide County Court, thereby certifying that William Denmark is very much afflicted with sickness, and that he ought to be exempt from doing Public Duties.

Ordered, That he be exempt accordingly.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Wednesday October 9th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, to impower the Court of Bladen County, to lay out certain Districts in the Places therein mentioned &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time and passed.

And the Bill, to confirm four Lots in Newbern, lately conveyed to the Commissioners for the Public Buildings &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time & passed with amendments.

And the Bill, to amend and supply the defects of an Act, intituled, an Act, to appoint Commissioners in the place and stead of those deceased, to compleat and finish the Church in Newbern &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time & passed with amendments.

Ordered, That the Bill, for an additional Act, to an Act, intituled, An Act, Feme Coverts how to pass Lands, be read the third time.

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

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

Sent the same to the Council, with the amendments, by Mr. D'Rosset and Mr. M'Lewean.

The House adjourned till 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment.

Ordered, That the following Bills be read the third time, viz:

The Bill to supply the defects of an Act, to appoint Commissioners in the Place and Stead of those deceased, to compleat and finish the Church in Newbern, and amended the same.

The Bill to confirm the four lots in Newbern, lately conveyed to the Commissioners for the Public Buildings, for the use of the Public for ever, & amended the same.

And the Bill to impower the Court of Bladen County, to lay out certain Districts in the Places therein mentioned, and to appoint Commissioners of the roads for the same.

Read the said Bill the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent to the Council.

Sent the above Bills to the Council by Mr. Houston and Mr. Brice.

Received from the Council the Bill for regulating the Pilotage at Cape-Fear River, and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston, at the mouth of the said River, to examine all Vessells &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time and passed with amendments.

And the Bill, to appoint Commissioners to receive, collect and apply subscriptions towards building a church in the Town of Brunswick &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time and passed.

Ordered that the above two Bills be read a third time.

Read the said two Bills a third time & passed.

Ordered, That the said two Bills be sent to the Council.

Sent the above two Bills to the Council by Mr. Houston and Mr. Brice.

The House adjourned for half an hour.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Reported by Mr. Lewis D'Rosset, Chairman of the Committee of Public Accompts, as per Books (A) to which the House agreed.

Mr. Dawson observed that there was the sum of thirty pounds, fifteen shillings, Proclamation Money paid into the Hands of the Committee of Accompts for the old Loan Money, and the sum of nine thousand nine hundred and seventy pounds, two shillings and sixpence old Bills, exchanged for those of the last emission, by the Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of twenty one thousand three hundred and fifty pounds Public Bills of this Province, &c. and also the sum of five hundred

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and twenty seven pounds, fourteen shillings, and four pence, Proclamation money, on the sinking Fund.

Therefore moved, that the said several sums be burnt, and that a message be sent to the Council to desire they will appoint two or more of the Members of their House to be present at the burning of the same.

Resolved, That a message be sent to the Council, pursuant to the above motion.

Sent the following message to the Council, viz.

Gentlemen of his Majties honble Council,

There appears to be paid unto the Committee of Accompts, the sum of thirty pounds, fifteen shillings, Proclamation money, on Account of the old Loan money; and also, nine thousand, nine hundred and seventy pounds, two shillings and six pence, old Bills, which were exchanged for those of the new Emission; and also the sum of five hundred and twenty seven pounds, fourteen shillings and four pence, Proclamation money, on the sinking fund, which we intend to examine and burn to morrow at eleven of the clock in the Forenoon, and desire you will appoint some of the Members of your House, to see the same done, if you think proper. We also send you herewith, the report of the Committee of Accompts, and have made some alterations therein, to which we desire your Concurrence.

Received the following Bills from the Council, viz.

The Bill, for an additional Act, to an Act, intituled, An Act, Feme Coverts, how to pass Land.

The Bill, to impower the Court of Bladen County, to lay out certain Districts in the Places therein mentioned &c. And

The Bill, to appoint Commissioners to receive, collect, and apply, subscriptions towards building a Church in Brunswick &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning nine o'clock.


Thursday October 10th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Thomas Lovick, Chairman of the Committee of Claims, reported that the Committee had allowed several Claims, to sundry Persons, and submitted the same to the House.

After making some alterations therein, the House concurr'd thereto.

Ordered, That the same be sent to the Council, for their Concurrence.

Received from the Council the following Bills, viz.

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The Bill to amend and supply the defects of an Act, to appoint Commissioners in the place & stead of those deceased, to compleat and finish the church in Newbern.

The Bill, for regnlating the Pilotage at Cape Fear River, and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston at the mouth of the said river, to examine all Vessells &c

The Bill, to confirm the four Lots in Newbern, lately conveyed to the Commissioners for the Buildings, for the use of the Public for ever.

Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

And the Bill to invest the property of a Bridge in John Peacock, &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the second time and passed.

Ordered, That the Bill to invest the Property of a Bridge in John Peacock and his heirs &c, be read the third time.

Read the said Bill the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent to the Council.

Sent the said Bill to the Council.

Sent the Report of the Committee of Claims to the Council for their Concurrence, and also the following Message, viz.

Gentlemen of his majesty's honble Council,

We herewith send you the report of the Committee of Claims, and have made several alterations and additions therein, to which report, alterations and additions, desire your Honours Concurrence, & that you'll send the same back, that the Clerk may make an estimate therefrom.

By Order.
S. SWANN. Speaker.

Received from the Council the following Message, viz.

Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen,

In answer to your Message by Mr. Bartram and Mr. Clark, about burning the Bills therein mentioned, we have appointed the honourable James Murray and Francis Corbin Esqrs Members of this House, to examine the said Bills, and to see the same burnt, as to the Paper you have sent up, and are pleased to call a Report of the Committee of Accompts it does not appear to us to be a proper Report of that Committee, as the Members of this House, Appointed by us of that Committee, have not signed the same; we must therefore desire your Concurrence in ordering the several Accomptants, to lay their Accompts before our Committee for their Report, before we can concur with you.

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

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Gentlemen of his Majtie's honble Council,

We are much surprized that you should in your Message of this day, make an Objection to the Report of the Committee of Public Accompts, because your Members had not signed it; which not being done by them, after the Committee had gone thro' an examinatian of the said Accompts, in which the Members appointed by your House assisted, and had drawn up the said Report, the said Committee imagined your said Members did not think it necessary to put their names to the said Report, as they did neither refuse nor agree so to do; but as we are informed that our Committee were satisfied with the Justice & regularity of the said Accompts so to be reported; nevertheless to take away all cause of difference between the two Houses of Assembly, we have ordered the Accomptants to lay their Accompts before any Committee you shall appoint for that purpose, and will not now examine the regularity of such a proceeding.

By Order.
S. SWANN. Speaker.

Sent by Mr. M'Lewean and Mr. Clark.

The House adjourned for half an hour.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Starkey moved, that his Excellency the Governor be allowed the sum of one hundred pounds, Proclamation Money, for Expresses and other incident charges of Government to this time; and that the Claims now allowed, and the estimates of the expenses of this Session of Assembly, be paid out of the money now remaining in the Public Treasury.

Resolved, That this House do allow the said one hundred pounds to his Excellency, for the purposes above said, and that a message be sent to the Councill for their Concurrence.

Sent the following Message to the Council, viz.

Gentlemen of his Majtie's honble Council,

This House, have resolved, that one hundred pounds, Proclamation Money, be paid to his Excellency the Governor, for Expresses and incident Charges of Government to this time, and that the same, together with the Claims now allowed, and the estimates of the expences due to the Members of both Houses, and the Officers thereof, this Session of Assembly, be paid by the Treasurer out of the Monies now remaining in the Public Treasury, & desire your Honours concurrence thereto.

By Order.
S. SWANN. Speaker.

Sent by Mr. Houston & Mr. Kearney.

Received the following Bill from the Council, viz.

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The Bill, to invest the Property of a Bridge in John Peacock and his Heirs, &c. by him already built over Contentney Creek, in Johnston County &c. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the same be sent down & engrossed.

The House adjourned for half an hour.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council the following Message, viz.

Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen,

In answer to your Message relating to the Claims, we must observe, that as no Notice was given to our Members, that they might meet yours on the Claims which you have now sent, so they could not sign the same; and as we think it no proper Report, we therefore request you will order all the Vouchers relating to the said Claims, to be laid before such Members as we appointed to meet yours, that a proper Report may be made for the Concurrence of this House.

Sent the following Message to the Council, viz.

Gentlemen of his Majtie's honble Council,

In answer to your Message relating to your Members not having Notice given them to meet the Committee of this House on the Public Claims, the said Committee informs this House, that Notice was given to the Members appointed by you, to join the said Committee, and that at times they attended the said Committee. As to your Members not signing the Report, the same hath often happened and no exceptions taken thereto. We observed in our last Message, we would avoid every trifling occasion of quarrelling with your House, we have therefore ordered the Clerk of the Committee of Claims, to lay the several Vouchers of the same, which have been reported by them, and allowed by this House, before such of your Members as you shall appoint.

By Order.
S. SWANN, Speaker.

Sent by Mr. Houston and Mr. Dawson.

The House adjourned for half an hour.

The House met according to Adjournment.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.


Friday October 11th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Received from the Council the reports of the Committees of Accompts and Claims, and also the resolve of Yesterday; which were sent from

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this House for their Concurrence. Endorsed. In the Upper House, read and concurred with.

MAT. ROWAN, P. C.

And also received from the Council, the Estimate of the Wages, expenses, and ferriages of the Council, for the Concurrence of this House, which this House sent back. Endorsed, Concurred with.

The House adjourned till to morrow morning 8 o'clock.


Saturday October 12th 1751. The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Sampson moved, That as the surviving Commissioners for the stamping and emitting the sum of £21350. Public Bills of Credit, at the rate of Proclamation money have rendered their Accompts of the said Emission to the satisfaction of this House, the Bills remaining in the chest after the end of Session, may be lodged in the hands of the Public Treasurers of the Southern district, and the said Commissioners be discharged from the same.

Resolved, That the said Commissioners have made up their Accompts to the satisfaction of this House, and that the Bills remaining in the chest, after the payment of the estimate of the Claims, & expence of the Assembly allowed at this Session, be lodged in the hands of the Public Treasurer of the Southern District, and that the said Commissioners be discharged of the same; and further, that on the exchanging and payments out of the said Surplus, the said Treasurer be allowed one per Cent. and no more.

Resolved, That a Message agreable to the above resolve, be sent to the Council for their Concurrence.

Sent the following Message to the Council, viz.

Gentlemen of his Majtie's honble Council,

As the surviving Commissioners for stamping and emitting the sum of £21350. Public Bills of Credit of this Province, at the rate of Proclamation money, have made up their Accompts of the emission of the said Bills, to the satisfaction of this House, which Accompt hath also been concurred with, by you,

This House have therefore resolved, That the Bills remaining of the said emission in the Chest, after payment of the said estimate of the Claims and expense of the Assembly allowed at this Session, be delivered into the hands of the Public Treasurer of the Southern District, and that the said Commissioners be discharged of the same; and further, that on the exchanging and payment out of the said Bills, to be delivered him as aforesaid, he be allowed one per cent. and no more.

By Order.
S. SWANN, Speaker.
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Resolved, That the sum of £41 17s 3d Proclamation money which was paid into this House by the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accompts, and by them received on Account of Powder money, and other old debts as by their Report, be paid to the Public Treasurer of the Southern District.

The same is accordingly paid to him, and by him received before the House.

Received the above Message from the Council. Endorsed, In the Upper House, read and concurred with,

MAT. ROWAN. P. C.

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

Mr. Speaker and the House waited on his Excellency the Governor in the Council Chamber, and Mr. Speaker presented to his Excellency the following Bills, viz.

The Bill, to alter the Times for holding the Courts for the County of Craven.

The Bill, for impowering the Justices of Johnston County to divide the same into Districts. &c.

The Bill, to revive an Act, intituled, An Act, to appoint an Agent to sollicit the affairs of this Province, at the several Boards in England.

The Bill, for appointing Inspectors in New Hanover County, and for regulating the Exports of Cape Fear.

The Bill, for an additional Act, to an Act, to appoint Public Treasurers.

The Bill, for building a church at Wilmington, in New Hanover County &c.

The Bill, for appointing a Place for holding the Court for the County of Duplin.

The Bill, for granting to his Majesty, a duty on the exportation of wine and rum into Anson County from South Carolina.

The Bill, to amend an Act, intituled, an Act to establish the Church &c.

The Bill, for an additional Act to an Act, intituled, an Act Feme coverts how to pass land.

The Bill, to impower the Justices of Bladen County, to lay out certain Districts in the Places therein mentioned &c.

The Bill, to appoint Commissioners to receive, collect, and apply subscriptions towards building a Church in Brunswick &c.

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The Bill, to amend and supply the defects of an Act, to appoint Commissioners in the place and stead of those deceased, to compleat and finish the Church in Newbern.

The Bill, for regulating the Pilotage of Cape Fear river, and to impower the Captain of Fort Johnston, at the mouth of the said river, to examine all Vessells &c.

The Bill, to confirm the four lots in Newbern, to the Commissioners for the Public Buildings, for the use of the Public for ever.

The Bill, to invest the property of a bridge in John Peacock, his heirs &c. by him already built over Contentney Creek in Johnston County, for the term of twenty five years.

To all which Bills his Excellency was pleased to assent. And then prorogued this Assembly, to the Second Tuesday in February next, to be then held at Newbern.

Mr. Speaker with the House returned & pronounced the Prorogation accordingly.