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Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
March 27, 1753 - April 12, 1753
Volume 05, Pages 38-53

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 28.]
LEGISLATIVE JOURNALS.

At an Assembly begun, and held at Newbern the twenty fifth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty six and in the twentieth 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 continued from thence by several prorogations, to the twenty seventh day of March, one thousand seven hundred, and fifty three in the twenty sixth year of his said Majestie's reign, and then continued by Adjournments to the twenty ninth instant.


Thursday March 29th 1753. In the Upper House.
Present.
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.

The honourable Mathew Rowan Esqre President came to this House, and sent a message to the Lower House, commanding their immediate attendance.

Whereupon the Speaker attended by the Lower House, waited on his Honour in the Council Chamber, when his Honour made the following speech to both Houses

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Council, Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

I have received a late Instruction from their Excellencies the Lord Justices, enjoining a revisal of our Laws. I will order the Instruction,

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and the other papers transmitted with it, to be laid before you, for your consideration.

You are all well acquainted Gentlemen, with the Interests of this Province, and I am persuaded, from long experience, of your hearty disposition, to promote them: You may depend on my concurrance in every thing, that is for the good of the Country, and consistent with his Majties royal Instructions.

Then His Honour withdrew from the House.

This Board was pleased to take under their consideration, His Honour's Speech and ordered the same to be read, which accordingly was; and the Honourable James Hasell and James Craven Esqrs two of the Members of this Board, were appointed a Committee to answer the same.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
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.
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.

Mr. Brice Brought up the following message, to wit,

Gentlemen of His Majestie's Honble Council,

This House have appointed the following Gentlemen Committee on the publick Accounts, and Claims (viz.) Mr. Ormond, Mr. Vail, Mr. Kearney, Mr. Washington and Mr. Ashe, on the publick accounts, Mr. Starkey, Mr. Haywood, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Lovick, Mr. Sinclare, Mr. Howell and Mr. Sampson on the claims in conjunction with such Members of your House, as your Honours shall think fit.

By order
SAM. SWANN. Speaker.

March 29th 1753.

Then this House adjourned till to morrow morning 10 o'clock.


Friday March 30th The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.

This House taking under their consideration the message brought from the Lower House, were pleased to order the following message to be sent. (to wit.)

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen,

This House taking under their consideration the message of yesterday relative to the Appointment of the Committees, of publick Accounts, & Claims, have thought fit to appoint the following Gentlemen, in conjunction with those of yours (to wit) The honourable James Hasell and James Innes Esqrs on the Claims, and the honourable Francis Corbin, James Craven and Lewis De Rosset Esqrs on the publick accounts.

The gentlemen appointed by this Board to draw up an address to the honourable the President's speech, reported the same; which was ordered to be read, and being approved of was ordered to be engrossed.

Then His Honour came to this Board, and the honourable James Murray Esqre presented him with the said Address which is in the following words (to wit)

To the Honble Mathew Rowan Esqre President & Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of North Carolina.

The humble Address of His Majesty's Council for the said Province.

We, His Majesty's most dutyful and loyal subjects, the Members of His Majestie's Council for this Province, return your Honour our sincere thanks for the favourable opinion you have been pleased to express, of our dispositions, to promote the interest of this Government; which we always shall endeavour to preserve.

When the Instruction enjoyning the revisal of our Laws, with the other papers transmitted to your Honour, by their Excellencies the Lords Justices, shall be laid before us, we will take the same under our immediate consideration.

As you, Sir, have had a great share, in whatever services have been done the publick, for many years past, we have the greatest reason to believe, you will make the best use of your authority, for the good of the community, consistent with His Majesty's royal Instructions, and we on our parts, shall most cheerfully concur with your Honour, and the General Assembly, in every purpose conducive to the welfare of this Province, agreable to His Majestie's direction.

By order
JAMES MURRAY.

Mr. Barrow & Mr. Dickson Brought up the following Bill.

A Bill to prevent excessive & deceitful Gaming &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & passed.

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

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
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
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member

The Bill to prevent excessive and deceitfull gaming &c. In the Upper House read the first time & passed.

Then the House adjourned till to morrow morning 10 o'clock.


Saturday March 31st The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
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
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member

Mr. Washington & Mr. Dickson Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

The Bill to prevent excessive & deceitfull gaming &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & passed with amendments.

The Bill for an Act for an Amendment of an Act intituled an Act for dividing part of Granville, Johnston and Bladen Counties, into a County and Parish, by the name of Orange County and the Parish of St Mathew, and for appointing vestrymen, for the said Parish, and other purposes therein mentioned, &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & passed. In this House read the first time and pass'd.

Then the House adjourned till Monday morning 9 o'clock.


Monday April 2nd The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.

This day John Devis produced his Commission for Clerk of the Upper House in the place of Richard Lovitt deceas'd, and took the oath of Office &c.

Mr. Ashe & Mr. Dickson Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

A Bill to revive and continue a clause in an Act of the General Assembly of this Province, intituled an Act to fix a place for the seat of Government, and for keeping Offices, for appointing circuit Courts, and defraying the expenses thereof, also for establishing the Courts of Justice &c.

A Bill to appoint a Town on the East side of the North East branch of Cape Fear in New Hanover County, at the place called the Sand Hill, and to appoint Inspectors, other purposes therein mentioned &c.

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A Bill to relieve such persons that have or may suffer by the loss of the records in Onslow County &c.

In the General Assembly read the said Bills the first time and pass'd. In this House read the first time and pass'd.

Mr. Howell & Mr. Robinson Brought up the following Bill

A Bill, for an Act appointing, and laying out a Town on the land of John Jenkins, on the south side of Pedee River, in Anson County, and establishing two Fairs, to be annually; and other purposes therein mentioned. In the General Assembly read the first time & pass'd. In this House read the first time & pass'd.

Mr. Dickson & Mr. Barrow Brought up the following Bill (to wit)

A Bill for an Act, for amendment of an Act, intituled an Act, for dividing part of Granville County &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & pass'd.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

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


Tuesday April 3d The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.

Mr. Vail & Mr. Bartram Brought up the following Bills

A Bill to alter and amend an Act, intituled an Act for licenceing Pedlars, Traders and petty Chapmen, & granting to His Majesty an impost, or duty on Goods, wares and Merchandize to raise supplies for the necessary charges of Government &c.

A Bill for an additional Act concerning servants & slaves &c.

Also the Bill directing the examination & admission of persons, hereafter to be admitted to plead or practice the Law in this Province &c.

In the General Assembly read the said Bills the first time and pass'd.

The Bill to prevent excessive & deceitfull gaming &c. In this House read the second time and pass'd with Amendments.

The Bill directing the examination, and admission of Persons hereafter to be admitted to plead or practise the Law &c. In this House read the first time & pass'd.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
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.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

The Bill for an additional Act, concerning servants and slaves &c.

Also the Bill to alter and amend an Act, intituled an Act, for licenceing Pedlars &c.

In this House read the said Bills, the first time and pass'd.

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


Wednesday April 4th The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble James Craven Esqr Member.
The honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.

Mr. Berron & Mr. Washington Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

The Bill to appoint a Town, on the North East Branch of Cape Fear river &c. In the General Assembly read the second time, and pass'd with Amendments.

The Bill to relieve such persons that have, or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & passed with amendments.

The Bill for an Act to revive & continue a Clause in an Act, intituled an Act to fix a place for the seat of Government &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & passed with amendments.

Also the Bill for appointing and laying out a Town on the land of John Jenkins, on the south side of Pedee River &c. In the General Assembly read the second time and passed with Amendments.

The Bill to revive & continue a clause in an Act, intituled an Act to fix a place for the seat of Government &c. In this House read the second time & passed.

The Bill for an amendment of an Act, intituled an Act for dividing part of Granville &c. In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

The Bill to relieve such persons, that have or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County &c. In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

The Bill to appoint a Town on the North East Branch of Cape Fear River &c. In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

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Mr. Berron & Mr. Bartram Brought up the following Bill

The Bill for an Act for erecting a County, and Parish, on the Head of Anson County &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & pass'd.

Mr. Berron & Mr. Washington Brought up a Bill for laying out a Town on the land of John Jenkins on the south side of Pedee River &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & passed with amendments.

Mr. Starkey & Mr. Ashe Brought up the following Bill (to wit)

A Bill for granting to His Majesty the sume of Proclamation money, and for stamping and emitting the said sume of Publick Bills of Credit of this Province at the rate of Proclamation money to supply the Treasury and for making proper provision for defraying the contingent charges of government, and for making copper halfpence current in this Province &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & passed.

Mr. Dickson & Mr. Washington Brought up the Bill to prevent excessive and deceitfull gaming &c. In the General Assembly read the third time and pass'd with amendments.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
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.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

The Bill for granting to His Majesty the sum of Proclamation money, and for stamping and emitting the said sum of Publick Bills of Credit &c. In this House read the first time and passed.

The Bill for appointing and laying out a Town, on the Land of John Jenkins on the south side of Pedee River &c. In this House read the second time and passed with amendments.

The Bill to prevent excessive & deceitful gaming &c. In the Upper House read the third time and pass'd. Ordered that the same be sent down and engrossed.

Then the House adjourned till to morrow morning 10 o'clock.

Thursday April 5th The House met according to Adjournment.

Present

The honble {James Murray Francis Corbin James Hasell James Craven James Innes Lewis De Rosset John Rutherford John Rieusset} Esqrs Members.

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Mr. Ashe & Mr. Bartram Brought up the Bill for an additional Act, concerning servants and slaves. In the General Assembly read the second time & pass'd with amendments.

Likewise the Bill directing the examination & admission of persons hereafter to be admitted to plead &c. In the General Assembly read the second time and pass'd with amendments.

Also the Bill to alter and amend and Act intituled an Act for licenceing pedlars &c. In the General Assembly read the second time and passed.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray
John Rutherford
James Hasell
Francis Corbin
James Innes
John Rieusset Esqrs Members.

Mr. Haywood & Mr. Starkey Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

The Bill to appoint a Town on the North East branch of Cape Fear River &c.

The Bill for an Act to revive and continue a clause in an Act intituled an Act to fix a place for the seat of Government &c.

In the General Assembly read the said Bills the third time and passed.

Likewise the Bill to relieve such persons, that have or may suffer by the loss of Records &c.

And also the Bill for an amendment of an Act intituled an Act for dividing part of Granville &c.

In the General Assembly read the two said Bills the third time and passed with amendments.

The Bill to revive and continue a clause in an Act intituled an Act to fix the seat of Government. In this House read the third time and pass'd. Ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

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


Fryday April 6th The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Hasell Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.

Mr. Ashe & Mr. Sampson Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

The Bill for prohibiting the exportation of Grain, in the time of scarcity &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & passed. In this House read the first time and passed.

The Bill for an additional Act concerning servants and slaves &c. In this House read the second time and passed with amendments.

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On reading the Bill to appoint a Town on the North East branch of Cape Fear River &c. And also the Bill to alter and amend an Act intituled an Act for licenceing Pedlars &c. This Board were pleased to order the above said two Bills to lye on the Table.

The Bill directing the examination and admission of persons hereafter to be admitted to plead. In this House read the second time and passed with Amendments.

The Bill for an amendment of an Act, intituled an Act for dividing part of Granville &c. In the Upper House read the third time and passed.

Ordered to be sent down and engrossed.

Mr. Ashe & Mr. Sampson Brought up the Bill to erect a Town on Core Banks near Ocacock inlet &c. In the General Assembly read the first time & passed.

Mr. Dickson & Mr. Robinson Brought up the two following Bills (to wit)

The Bill for an Act, for erecting a County and Parish on the Head of Anson County &c. In the General Assembly read the second time, and pass'd with amendments.

The Bill for appointing and laying out a town on the land of John Jenkins, on the south side of Pedee River &c. In the General Assembly read the third time & passed with amendments.

This Board, on reading the Bill to relieve such persons, that have, or may suffer by the loss of the records &c, the third time, were pleased to send to the Lower House the following Message, to wit.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen &c.

In the conclusion of the last clause of the Bill, to relieve such persons that have, or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County, there is no time limitted for the building the Court House, nor the place mentioned where such Court House should be built. We therefore desire to know if you will consent to the following amendment, otherwise we cannot pass the Bill: (In the town of Johnston; and the same shall be built within two years, from the passing hereof) if your House approve of such amendment, we desire you would send two of your Members to see the same incerted in the Bill.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

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Present
The honble {James Murray Francis Corbin James Hasell Lewis De Rosset James Innes John Rieusset John Rutherford} Esqrs Members.

Mr. Starkey & Mr. Bell Brought up the following Message

Gentlemen of His Majesties Honourable Council

In answer to your message regarding the amendment you propose in the Bill, to relieve such persons that have, or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County; we agree to the said amendment, and have sent Mr. Starkey & Mr. Bell two of the members of this House to see the same made. By Order.


April 6th 1753.
SAM. SWANN. Speaker.

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Bell in pursuance of the above message came up to this House, and saw the amendment made, in the Bill to relieve such persons that have, or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County. Whereupon the said Bill passed the third time upon the said amendment. And ordered that the same be sent down and engross'd

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


Saturday April 7th The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

Mr. Sampson and Mr. Brice Brought up the Bill to prohibit the exportation of Grain &c. In the General Assembly read the second time & passed with amendments.

This Board was pleased to order the Bill to erect a Town on Core Banks, near Ocacock Inlet to be read, which was accordingly read the first time & passed.

In the Upper House read the Bill to prohibit the exportation of Grain &c. The second time, & passed with amendments.

The Bill for an Act, for erecting a County and Parish, on the Head of Anson County &c. In this House read the second time, and passed with amendments.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present

The honble {James Murray John Rutherford James Hasell Francis Corbin James Innes Lewis De Rosset} Esqrs Members.

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Mr. Calef & Mr. Brice Brought up the following Bills (to wit)

The Bill to prohibit the exportation of Grain &c. In the Lower House read the third time and passed.

The Bill to erect a Town on Core Banks &c. In the Lower House read the second time and passed with amendments.

The Bill for an Act for erecting a County and Parish &c. In the Lower House read the third time and passed with amendments.

The Bill for an additional Act, concerning servants and slaves &c. In the Lower House read the third time and passed.

The Bill directing the examination and admission of Persons hereafter to be admitted to plead &c. In the Lower House read the third time and passed with amendments.

The Bill for an additional Act, concerning servants and slaves &c. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

The Bill for prohibiting the exportation of Grain &c. In the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

Then the House adjourned till Monday morning 9 o'clock.


Monday April 9th The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

This honourable Board, on reading the Bill, for an Act, for erecting a County, and Parish, on the head of Anson County &c. were pleased to send the following message, (to wit)

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen &c.

We observe, that in the Bill, for an Act, for erecting the upper part of Anson County, into a County, and Parish, by the name of Rowan County, and St Luke's Parish, and for appointing a place, for holding a Court, in the said County, you have dele d the bounds that we had incerted in the Bill, together with the names of George Smith and Jonathan Hunt; in lieu thereof, have added others. We therefore propose the following amendments, (to wit) That Anson County be divided by a line beginning where Anson line was to cross Earl Granville's Line, and from thence in a direct line north, to the Virginia line, and that the said County be bounded to the north by the Virginia Line and to the south by the southern line of Earle Granville's line. And also the names of George Smith, and Jonathan Hunt be incerted. If you agree to the above

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amendments send two Members of your House, to see the same incerted; and the Bounds you had mentioned for the County, and names of George Ellison and Robert Simington deled : upon which shall pass the Bill.

The Bill to alter and amend an Act, intituled an Act for licenceing Pedlars &c. In this House read the second time and passed.

On reading the Bill directing the examination, and admission of persons hereafter to be admitted to plead &c. This House was pleased to send the following message (to wit)

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen &c.

We observe that in the Bill, directing the examination, and admission of persons hereafter to be admitted to plead and practice the Law in this Province, your House has thought fit to dele the following clause And if any Attorney shall act contrary to his duty, the Governor and not less than five of the Council upon complaint and proof thereof made before them, may supersede such Attornie's licence, and suspend him for a time, or disable him for ever, as they shall think just.

We apprehend that if complaint against practicers of the Law, are not to continue to be cognizable before the Commander in chief in Council, where complaints against all Officers in the Province are cognizable, and by whom they may be suspended; it will be difficult, if not impracticable for his Majesty's subjects to have relief against the misdemeanours of the Gentlemen of that profession. We therefore cannot recede from our Amendment, but desire your concurrence, which if your House agrees to, please to send two of your members to see the same done.

The Bill to appoint a Town on the North East branch of Cape Fear &c. being put to the vote by this Board, whether it should be read the third time, was rejected.

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

The House met according to adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

The Bill for appointing and laying out a Town on the Land of John Jenkins &c. In the Upper House read the third time and rejected.

The Bill, to erect a Town on Core Banks &c. In this House read the second time, and passed with Amendments.

Mr. Starkey & Mr. Sampson Brought up the following message (to wit)

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Gentlemen of His Majestie's Honourable Council,

In the General Assembly, the above message in relating to a Bill for an Act, for erecting a County and Parish on the Head of Anson County &c. concurred with, and have sent Mr. Starkey and Mr. Sampson two of the Members of this House, to see the proposed amendments made.

By order.
SAM. SWANN, Speaker.

Mr. Starkey & Mr. Sampson in pursuance of the above message came to this House and saw the Amendments made. Whereupon the said Bill passed the third time on the said amendments. And ordered the same to be sent down and engrossed.

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


Tuesday April 10th The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.

Mr. Bartram & Mr. Sampson Brought up the following Bills (to wit.)

The Bill, to alter and amend an Act, intituled an Act, for licenceing Pedlars &c. In the Lower House read the third time and passed with Amendments.

Also the Bill to erect a Town on Core banks, near Ocacock Inlet &c. In the Lower House read the third time and pass'd with amendments.

The Bill to erect a Town, on Core Banks, near Ocacock Inlet &c. In the Upper House read the third time and pass'd. Ordered to be sent down and engrossed.

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

The House met according to adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.

The reports of the Committees of Publick accounts and publick claims, being duly examined, were sent down, concurred with.

Then the House adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock

Wednesday April 11th The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.
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Mr. Starkey & Mr. Ashe Brought up the subsequent resolves.

Gentlemen of His Majestie's Honourable Council,

We observe by the reports of the Committee of accounts that there is in the hands of John Starkey Esqre Treasurer of the Southern District, the sum of seventy seven pounds, eight shillings and seven pence, Proclamation Bills, which he received for Powder money, which is unapplyed.

Therefore this House have resolved, that the said Treasurer out of the said £77. 8. 7d. pay the expences of the Committees, and the Officers of both Houses, this Session of Assembly; and that the remainder, together with what powder money, the Treasurers may receive from the former receivers of the powder money, arising in the several Ports of this Province not otherwise applyed, and the money arising by the Import Duty on Wine &c, be applyed, and paid by the said Treasurers, towards discharging the publick Debts, allowed by the General Assembly to the Claimant, or Claimants producing a certificate of such allowance, and an order, or warrant thereon, from the Commander in Chief, for the time being; to which we desire your Honour's concurrence.


April 10th 1753.
By order.
SAM: SWANN. Speaker.

Gentlemen of His Majestie's honourable Council,

The Chairman of the Publick Accounts having reported to this House, that he hath received the sum of £739. 6s 8d ¾ Proclamation Bills, and also the Chairman of the Committee of Publick Claims having reported that he hath received the sum of £160. 19s. 6d. old Bills, by the way of Claims, both which sums are for the sinking fund, and by law ought to be burned,

Therefore this House have appointed a Committee of the whole House in conjunction, with such of your Honours, as you shall think fit to see the same burnt to morrow 12 o'clock.

By Order.
SAM: SWANN. Speaker.

This House on reading the message regarding the burning of the Bills, thought fit, on considering the same, to send the following message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen &c.

This House, agreable to your message, of yesterday, relating to the new and old Bills, to be burnt this Session, will immediately, on notice of your being ready, resolve themselves into a Committee of the whole House on that service.

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

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The honble James Murray Esqr Member.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqr Member.
The honble James Innes Esqr Member.
The honble John Rieusset Esqr Member.
The honble John Rutherford Esqr Member.

The Message of yesterday, relative to the expences of the Committees, and the Officers of both Houses, sent down concurred with.

This honourable Board having thought it absolutely necessary to examine the Bills, which passed both Houses, this Session, sent the following Message, to wit.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen &c.

If the Bills which pass'd both Houses, this Session, are engrossed, we think it necessary they should be examined as usual, by a Committee of both Houses, and have appointed the honourable Francis Corbin and John Rieusset Esqrs, a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of your House, for that purpose.

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


Thursday April 12th. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The honble James Murray Esqrs Members.
The honble Francis Corbin Esqrs Members.
The honble James Innes Esqrs Members.
The honble Lewis De Rosset Esqrs Members.
The honble John Rutherford Esqrs Members.
The honble John Rieusset Esqrs Members.

This honourable Board were pleased to send the following Message, (to wit.)

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen,

We herewith send you the estimate of the wages, &c. due to the Members, and Officers &c. of this House, for the present Session, amounting to one hundred pounds, five shillings and four pence Proclamation; to which we desire your concurrence.

Mr. Barrow and Mr. Bell brought up the estimate of wages &c. due to the Members and Officers &c. of this House concurred with; and likewise the following Message (to wit.)

Gentlemen of his Majestie's honourable Council,

We herewith send you the estimate of the allowances due, and payable to the Members of this House, clerk and other Officers thereof, this present session, for your concurrence.

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The above Message concurred with, and the estimate sent down to the Lower House.

Then the honourable Mathew Rowan Esqre came to this Board, and ordered the immediate attendance of the Lower House.

Whereupon the Speaker attended by the Lower House, waited on his Honour in the Council Chamber, & presented to his Honour the subsequent Bills.

An additional Act to an Act, concerning servants and slaves &c.

An Act, for appointing and laying out a Town on Core Banks &c.

An Act, to revive and continue a clause in an Act, of this Province, intituled an Act to fix a place for the seat of Government &c.

An Act, to relieve such Persons, that have, or may suffer by the loss of the Records in Onslow County &c.

An Act, to prohibit the exportation of Grain &c.

An Act, for erecting the upper part of Anson County, into a County and Parish &c.

An Act, to amend an Act intituled an Act for dividing part of Granville, Johnston and Bladen Counties, into a County and Parish &c.

An Act to prevent excessive & deceitful gaming &c.

To all which his Honour was pleased to give his assent. And then was pleased to prorogue the Assembly to the fourth Tuesday in September next: to be held at New Bern.