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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
March 28, 1753 - March 29, 1753
Volume 05, Pages 30-31

At a Council held at Newbern on Wednesday the 28th day of March 1753

Present the Honourable Mathew Rowan Esqr President
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr

Francis Corbin and James Craven Esqrs Severally exhibited a Mandamus from their Excellencies the Lords Justices, Mr. Corbin's dated the 5th and Mr. Craven's the 9th day of June 1752 directing and Requiring the Commr in Chief of this Province to swear and admit them the said Francis Corbin and James Craven Esqrs Members of His Majestys Council in this Province in the room of Eleazor Allen and Cullen Pollock Esqrs dec̄d whereupon the said Francis Corbin and James Craven took the severall Oaths by Law appointed to be taken by Publick Officers made and subscribed the Declaration called the Test and took the Oath of a Councillor and their Seats at the Board Accordingly

Present ut supra & the Honble Francis Corbin and James Craven Esqrs

Mr. Richard Neal produced a Certificate of His admission as an Attorney from the Clerk of the Court of the Kings Bench in England,

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which being Read he took Oaths by Law Appointed to be taken, made and subscribed the Declaration against Transubstantiation & took the oath of an Attorney

Read the Petition of the Tuskerora Indians, setting forth that their King had in a Clandestine manner leased to John McGasky contrary to their Inclination & the Laws of this Province made in their favour—delay'd this for further consideration till to morrow

Mr. John Devis produced a Commission from His Honr the President appointing him Clerk of the Upper House of Assembly & was Qualified by taking the Oaths and making and subscribing the Declaration by Law required to be taken and made

Mr. Jeremiah Vail producing a Com̄ission from the Secretary appointing him Deputy Clerk of the Council and Deputy Clerk of the Crown was Qualified in like Manner as Mr. Devis


Newbern March 29th 1753
Present The Honourable Mathew Rowan Esqr President
The Honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The Honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The Honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The Honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.

On considering the Petition of the Tuskarora Indians which was read yesterday It was Ordered that a Commission issue directed to Mr. Thomas Whitmil, Mr. William Taylor and Mr. John Hill to empower and require them to Enquire into the fact Complained of in the said Petition & to hear & determine concerning the same with Liberty of appeal to this Board if any of the Parties shall think him or themselves agreived by the Judgment of the said Commissioners who are to make Report of their Proceedings by Virtue of the said Com̄ission