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Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
September 25, 1755 - October 15, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 495-520

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

North Carolina—ss.

At an Assembly held at Newbern and begun the twelfth day of December in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and fifty four and in the Twenty eighth 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 and continued from thence by several Prorogations and Adjournmt to the Twenty fifth day of September in the Twenty ninth year of His said Majesty's Reign.


Thursday Septr 25th 1755. In the Upper House

Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francs Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Then His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqre Captain General and Govr and Commander in Chief of this Province came to this House and sent a message to the Lower House commanding their immediate attendance.

Whereupon the Speaker attended with the Lower House waited on His Excellency in this House where he was pleased to make to both Houses the following Speech.

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

The situation of Affairs being much changed since your former meeting and the danger encreased from the French scheme being put into execution not only of confining these Colonies by a Chain of Forts, but of gaining all the Indians into their Alliance and intimidating those who were in Alliance with us from appearing in our Defence and by giving Premiums to their Indians and to the French in Indian dress to murder, massacre, scalp and carry away Captives all our settlers wherever they can surprize them who under the sanction of a peace with the French live in security apprehending no danger and the number of soldiers sent privately from France from time to time and lately avoided to make good and extend their County, demonstrates their design of conquering this whole northern Continent and depriving us of our most valuable Religion, Libertys and Possessions. The flame has already reached our borders, and God Almighty has extended His correcting arm and made

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a Breach upon us, upon account of our wantonness, luxury and neglect of the practice of our religious duties and moral Virtue, we are now to fight pro aris et focis and it requires the united force of all the Colonies notwithstanding our great superiority to withstand their arms supported by the whole power of France.

His Majesty with the united voice of Britain has most graciously exerted their whole power to protect us and repel these Invaders, notwithstanding the heavy taxes and debt of Britain, but without our joyning our united force to theirs we shall be reduced by a lingering warr. This confirms what I mentioned to your last Session that a proper sum cheerfully granted at once will accomplish what a very great sum may not do hereafter.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Assembly.

I therefore earnestly recommend it to you to grant as large a supply as this Province can bear not only to defend your own Frontier and Sea Coast, but also to Act in Conjunction with our neighbouring Colonies, the zeal you have hitherto shewn leaves me no room to doubt of your ready & hearty currence, it being for your all your Religion, Liberty and Possessions.

I am sensible of the difficulty this Province lies under from the scarcity of coin or bullion and our paper currency not having credit to pass in our neighbouring Colonies, I must therefore earnestly request you to support the credit of your Bills by giving what may be hereafter issued a security on your lands and laying a sufficient penalty upon those who reside in this Province who shall give any preference to Gold or Silver at a discount upon our Bills or who shall for the future contract for gold or silver and refuse to take our paper currency in payment for goods sold in our neighbouring Colonies. This will effectually support our credit when our neighbours can pay the ballance due to this Province in our own Bills. I must also at the same time recommend to you to apply for a proper Copper coinage for this Province to be coined in the Mint in England, it being of great consequence in all your markets.

Gentm of the Council Mr. Speaker and Gent: of the Assembly.

There was so much business before your last Sessions which you could not finish that I must earnestly desire your application in finishing it. The revisal of your Laws is absolutely necessary to be brought soon to a conclusion a General Inspection Law upon your exports, The giving encouragement for erecting County or Parish schools for the education of your youth in the knowledge of religion and moral duties is become absolutely necessary to promote industry and to preserve the appearance

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of religion amongst Us. The desertion from you Companys is become so excessive from the base Principals in the lowest class of men for want of education that they carry off their arms and livery and steal horses to carry them away, and appear publickly in this Province without being secured by any Magistrate, and the Jayls are so weak without any Jaylor or person to guard them that no criminal can be secured, I must therefore most earnestly recommend it to you in this time of danger to make the mutiny Bill in full force in this Province and to make your Jayls an effectual confinement without which all the taxes you raise will be thrown away and answer no good End.

A Law is also necessary to oblige Planters who have small Properties to bring up their children to industry, or to bind out their children to necessary trades many of whom breed up their children to sloth and idleness, to the Publick loss of the society by which means Artificers wages might be regulated by affording the necessaries of life cheaper the excessive price of which at present is a great discouragement to the Improvement of the Province.

I must also recommend to you the consideration of a proper Law to encourage the Indians within this Province by making it equally Penal to kill, maim or wound an Indian or negro servant, as any other of his Majesty's subjects, and to encourage the education of the Indian youth in the knowledge of the English language & Customs by giving them schoolmasters in their Towns, who may assist in civilizing them and inducing them to live industriously by the Produce of their own Lands which Law should also extend to our neighbouring Indian Allies.

I find it is become too much a Practice in this Province that those who are intrusted with the collecting or laying out of Publick Money keep it in their hands and lay it out for their benefit and can't be brought to account without being sued at Law and many die or leave the Province without being brought to Account for the same by which the Publick is defrauded and the remaining Inhabitants must make good the debt, I must therefore recommend it to you to oblige all who have collected or who are to lay out money for the use of the Publick to account for the same in a determinate time and if they shall put the Publick to the expence of a Suit, that besides the Penalty of the Bond they shall be obliged to pay Triple Costs.

I last summer viewed part of the Sea Coast, and with the approbation of the Commissioners fixed upon proper places at Core banks and new Topsail Inlet to erect Batterys to protect these Harbours. And in a progress I made towards the Western frontier fixed upon a proper situation upon third Creek on South Yadkin near the Catawba's River to station

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the frontier Company being most central, from North to South to protect the Inhabitants and must therefore recommend it to you to have a small fort or strong barrack built there for the lodging of the Company and security of the frontier, they at present have nothing to shelter them.

Since it is become more dangerous to settle our Western Frontier I must recommend it to you that those who shall settle upon that Frontier may be indulged not to pay Publick Taxes for some years after their first settlement.

As I have not yet received the letters which I daily expect from England to know what laws are confirmed or what repealed, I must defer mentioning anything further until I here from thence only to mention as the seat of Government is still in suspence until I receive Letters from England, and the manner of making our Grants for Counties in which I expect new Instructions. I must desire that you will not receive any private Petitions this Session which may interfere with the necessary Publick business. I therefore only recommend unanimity and dispatch, and that you will promote a general harmony that without any partial views all may Act for the General good of the Province.

Then His Excellency withdrew from this House.

Then this House took into consideration His Excellency's Speech, & ordered the same to be read which was done accordingly.

Then the Honble James Murray and Francis Corbin Esqrs were appointed a Committee to Answer the same.

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

The House met according to adjournment. Present as before the Honble James Hasell Esqr excepted.

The House appointed Evan Davis Door Keeper in the room of Mr Middleton left this Province.

Then this House adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning.


Fryday, September 26th 1755. The House met according to adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francs Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

The Honble Henry McCullock Esq moved for [leave] to go to Bath Town as his affairs required his attendance there, which was accordingly granted. The Committee appointed by this House to draw up an Address to His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqre reported the same which was ordered to be read, and being approved of was ordered to be engrossed. Then this

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House appointed the Honble James Murray & Francis Corbin Esqres to wait on his Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqre to know when he would be pleased to receive the address of this House. They went accordingly and reported that his Excellency appointed 4 o'clock this afternoon.

Then this House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to adjournment, the Honble Henry McCullock excepted.

The House waited on his Excellency at the Councill room, and by the Honble Matthew Rowan Esqre presented him with the following Address.

May it Please your Excellency,

Wee his Majesty's most dutifull and loyal subjects the Members of Council of North Carolina, return your Excellency our hearty thanks for your speech to both Houses at the opening of this Session.

His Majestys Paternal goodness ever intent on promoting the happiness of all his Subjects has at this time of our Imminent danger, been conspicuously and tenderly exerted for the Preservation and Defence of his American Colonies against the unjust encroachments & cruel outrages of a perfidious and barbarous enemy. While our hearts are inspired with the warmest sentiments of gratitude to the best of Princes we behold with horror and becoming indignation the designs and attempts of the French unprovoked, to deprive us of the most invaluable priviledges of Britains our religion, liberty, and property. A just sense of our duty and danger will rouse us cheerfully to concurr with the other House in granting such furthur supply for the support of the common cause as the circumstances of the Province will permit.

Amidst all the calamities that threaten us we think this Province singularly happy in being under the conduct of your Excellency's prudent, mild and equitable Administration, your zeal Sir for His Majesty's service so long approved hath since your arrival here prompted you to such application and fatigue in the affairs of Government as few could be able for, and fewer willing to undergo.

We shall take the several matters so affectionately recommended by your Excellency unto our serious consideration being truly desirous as far as in us lies to cultivate peace and harmony, to preserve the Publick Faith, to establish religion good order and discipline throughout the Province, and to improve and extend our com̄erce on which our wealth and ease at home, and our credit and usefulness abroad in great measure depend.

To which his Excellency was pleased to return the following answer.

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Gentlemen,

The zeal you express for his Majesties and the grateful sense you have of his Majesty's vigilance and goodness in preserving and defending his American Colonies from a cruel and perfidious enemy, shall be faithfully represented to His Majesty.

I am extremely obliged to you for your approbation of my conduct in my endeavours to serve his Majesty and this Province which will if possible add to my zeal for his Majesty's service, and to my endeavours to promote the welfare & happiness of this Province.

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


Saturday, September 27th 1755. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble James Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr

Mr Mackay & Mr Harvey, brought up the following Message.

Gentlemen of his Majesty's Honorable Councill.

This House have appointed Mr Herren, Mr Harvey, Mr Wynns, Mr Swann and Mr Sumner a Committee of this House to examine state & settle the Publick Accounts of this Province and also Mr Starkey, Mr Mackey, Mr Ashe, Mr Brown and Mr Whitmill a Committee of this House to settle and allow Publick Claims in conjunction with such Members of your House as your Honours shall think fitt to appoint.

By order.
JOHN CAMPELL, Speaker.
William Herritage Clk.

Adjourned to Monday morning nine o'clock.


Monday, September 29th 1755. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr


The House met according to Adjournment. September 27th 1755.
Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

The House adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rosessett Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

This House proceeded to choose Committees to join the Committees of the other House on the Publick Accounts & Claims and the Honble James Hasell and Lewis De Rossett Esqrs were appointed on the Accts and the Honble John Dawson and Henry McCullock Esqrs were appointed on the Claims and a Message was sent to the other House acquainting them therewith, In the following words. Vizt

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Assembly,

This House taking under their Consideration your message of the 27th inst, relative to the appointment of the Committees of Publick Accts: and Claims have thought fitt to appoint the following gentlemen, in conjunction with those of yours. Vizt

The Honble James Hasell and Lewis De Rossett Esqrs on the Publick Accts and the Honble John Dawson & Henry McCullock Esqrs on the Claims.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to adjournment. Present as above.

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


Wednesday, October 1st 1755. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Mr Herren and Mr Relf brought up a bill for the better payment of Bills of Exchange and Promisory notes of hand, Indorst in the Assembly, read the first time and passed.

Mr Ashe and Mr Harvey brought up a bill for the better regulation of the Militia, Indorst in the Assembly and read the first time and passed. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Adjourned to 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1st 1755. The House met according to adjournment.

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Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Mr Starkey and Mr Barker brought up a bill for granting a further aid to his Majesty to repell the French Indians in their Alliance from their Encroachments on his Majestys Frontiers in America and other purposes Indorst in the Assembly read the first time and passed. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.


Thursday, October 2nd 1755. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqrs
The Honble John Rutherford Esqrs
The Honble James Murray Esqrs
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqrs
The Honble James Hasell Esqrs
The HonbleJohn Dawson Esqrs
The Honble James Innes Esqrs
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqrs
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqrs

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Barker brought up a bill for appointing Sheriffs and directing their duty in Office, and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and persons entrusted with laying out Publick money to apply and account for the same. Indorst in the Assembly, Read the first time and passed. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Mr Harvey and Mr Kinchin brought up a bill for the restraint of Vagrants and for making Provision for the Poor and other purposes indorst in the Assembly, and read the first time and passed. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Adjourned to 3 o'clock in the afternoon.


Thursday, October 2d 1755. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.


Fryday, October 3d 1755. Met according to Adjournment.
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Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The HonbleJohn Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Mr. Relf and Mr. Spier brought up the bill for granting a furthur aid to his Majesty to repell the French and Indians in their Alliance from their Incroachments on his Majestys Frontiers in America and other Purposes. In the Assembly read the second time & passed with Amendments.

The Bill for granting a furthur aid to his Majesty and other purposes was read & ordered to lye on the table to 9 o'clock to morrow morning.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to adjournment. Present as above.

Mr. Williams and Mr. Kinchen brought up the following Bills. vizt

The Bill for appointing Sherriffs and directing their duty in Office and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and Persons entrusted with laying out Publick money to Apply & Account for the same. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

The Bill for the restraint of Vagrants and for making Provisions for the Poor, and other purposes. In the Assembly read the second time and amended the same.

Mr. Harvy Junr & Mr. Vail brought up the Bill for the better Regulation of the Militia. In the Assembly read the second time and amended and passed.

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


Saturday, October 4th 1755. Met pursuant to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The HonbleJohn Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

The Bill for granting a furthur aid to his Majesty to repell the French Indians in their Alliance from their Encroachments on His Majestys Frontiers in America, and other Purposes. In the Upper House read the second time & passed with Amendmts

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Bell brought up the Bill for regulating Orphans their Guardians and Estates. In the Assembly read the first time & passed.

The Bill for the better regulation of the Militia. In the Upper House read the second time & passed with Amendmts

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The Bill for regulating Orphans, their Guardians & Estates. In the Upper House read the first time with Amendments.

The Bill to prevent the multiplicity of Law suits in this Province. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to Adjournment Present as before, and likewise the Honble James Murray Esqre

The Bill for appointing Sherriffs and directing their Duty in Office and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and persons entrusted with laying out Publick money to apply and Account for the same was read and ordered to lye on the Table to Monday morning 9 o'clock.

Mr. Carter and Mr. Harnet brought up the bill for directing the method of choosing Vestrys in several Parishes which have not at present any legal Vestrys to transact the business of the said Parish and for other purposes. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill for to direct the method of choosing Vestrys in several Parishes which have not at present any legal Vestrys to Transact the business of the said Parishes and for other purposes. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

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


Monday, October 6th 1755 Met pursuant to adjournment.
Present
The Honble Matthew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Brought up by Mr Vail and Mr Ashe,

The Bill for granting a furthur aid to his Majesty to repell the French Indians in their Alliance from their Encroachments on His Majestys Frontiers in America and other purposes. In the Assembly read the third time & amended the same.

Brought up by Mr Moore and Mr Ashe the Bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West side of Cape Fear River. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill for the restraint of Vagrants and for making provision for the poor and other Purposes. In the Upper House read the second time & passed with Amendmts.

A Bill for granting a furthur aid to his Majesty to repell the French Indians in their Alliance from their Encroachments on His Majestys Frontiers in America and other purposes. In the Upper House read the third time and passed.

Ordered to be Engrossed.

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Brought up by Mr. Starkey and Mr. Brice the Bill to appoint a Prison in the County of Onslow & other purposes therein mentioned. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill to appoint a prison in the County of Onslow and other purposes therein mentioned. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

A Bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West side of Cape Fear River. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment. Present as above.

Mr. Brice and Mr. Fonville brought up the Bill for regulating Orphans, their Guardians and Estates. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

Mr. Vail and Mr. Ashe brought up the Bill for the better regulation of the Militia. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

Brought up by Mr. Hamer and Mr. Brown the Bill for inspecting of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tarr, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading, Shingles and lumber. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill for the Inspection of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tar, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading, Shingles and lumber. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Davis and Mr. Bell a Bill to appoint a place for erecting a Court House Prison in the County of Onslow, and other purposes therein mentioned. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Cade and Mr. Kinchin a bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West side of Cape Fear River. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

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


Tuesday, October 7th 1755. Met pursuant to adjournment.
Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqrs
The Honble John Rutherford Esqrs
The Honble James Murray Esqrs
The Honble John Dawson Esqrs
The Honble James Hasell Esqrs
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqrs
The Honble James Innes Esqrs
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqrs

A Bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West of Cape Fear River. In the Upper House read the second time and passed with Amendmts

The Bill to appoint a place for erecting a Court House Prison and other purposes. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

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Brought up by Mr. Hardy and Mr. Spier a Bill for ascertaining a proper place for building thereat a Court House, Prison, Pillory and Stocks, for the County of Beaufort. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill for appointing Sheriffs and directing their duty in Office and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and Persons intrusted with laying out Publick money to apply and act for the same. In the Upper House read the second time and passed with Amendmts

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment, present as before.

The Bill for ascertaining a proper place for building thereat a Court House, Prison, Pillory and Stocks for the County of Beauford. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

In reading a third time the Bill for the better regulation of the Militia and reducing them under a proper discipline the following message was sent to the Assembly.

Mr Speaker & Gentlemen of the Assembly,

On reading the Bill for the better Regulation of the Militia and reducing them under a proper discipline in our House the third time, we find you have exempted the Quakers from enlisting or mustering as Militia, and as we think such exemption must be attended with bad consequences we cannot pass the Bill therewith, therefore if you choose to have the Bill pass please to send two of the Members of your House to see the clause relating thereto struck out of the Bill.

The Bill for regulating Orphans their Guardians and Estates was read and ordered to lye on the Table to 9 o'clock Thursday morning.

Brought up by Mr. Swann and Mr. Relf the Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Lands and for other purposes. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Lands and for other purposes. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Mr. Mackay and Mr. Harvy brought up the following message.

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honorable Council.

As the People called Quarkers refuse to appear with Arms and Accourtrements at Musters and perform Military Duty from a conscientious Principle and by the said Amendments they are made serviceable to the Publick in any other manner and lyable to be fined and not exempt

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from appearing in Defence of their County on an Invasion or Insurrection this House cannot recede from their Admendments therefore desire your Honours will please to pass the said Bill with the said Amendments.

By order
JNo CAMPBELL Speaker
Willm Herritage Clk

Upon which the Question was put and the Bill was Ejected.

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

The House met pursuant to Adjournment.

Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Brought up by Mr. Brice and Mr. Fonville the Bill for the restraint of vagrants and for making provision for the poor & other purposes. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

Mr. Swann Junr and Mr Relf brought up the Bill to direct the method of choosing Vestries in several Parishes which have not at present any legal Vestries to transact the business of the said Parish and for other purposes. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

Brought up by Mr. Wyatt and Mr. Wynns a Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French or Neutral Ports. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Bell and Mr. Walton a bill to direct the Method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or Batteries are or are to be erected on the Sea Coast.

The Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French or Neutral Ports. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill to direct the method of appraising Land whereon Forts or Batteries are or are to be erected on the sea Coast. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill for regulating orphans their Guardians and Estates was pursuant to order of the 7th Instant taken into Consideration & after several amendments. In the Upper House read the second time & passed with Amendmts

The Bill for the restraint of Vagrants and for making Provision for the Poor and other purposes, was read the third time in this House upon which the following Message was sent.

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Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

On reading a third time the Bill for the restraint of Vagrants, we think it necessary to expunge the whole Clause which lays a Penalty on Masters of Vessels bringing into this Province persons who have not wherewithal to support themselves and likewise to reincert the Clause which continues the Act for five years only. To these Amendments we desire your Concurrence and that you'll be pleased to send two of your Members to see the same made in order that we may pass the Bill.

Brought up by Mr. Benjn Harvy and Mr. Herron, the Bill for appointing Sherriffs and directing their Duty in office, and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and Persons entrusted with laying out Publick Money to apply and Act for the same. In the Assembly read the third time and Amended.

The Bill for appointing Sherriffs and directing their Duty in Office, and for compelling Collectors of Publick Taxes and Persons entrusted with laying out Publick money to apply and Act for the same. In the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this Afternoon.

Met pursuant to adjournment. Present as above.

Brought up by Mr. Hardy and Mr. Spier the Bill for ascertaining a Proper Place for building thereat a Court Prison Pillory and Stock for the County of Beaufort. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Hardy and Mr. Spier The Bill for inspection of Pork Rice, Indigo, Tar, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading and Shingles & Lumber. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

Brought up by Mr. Harvey and Mr. Relf The Bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West of Cape Fear. In the Assembly read the third time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Griffith Jones and Mr. Bravard The Bill to appoint a place for erecting a Court House Prison in the County of Onslow and other Purposes therein mentioned. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

The Bill for ascertaining a Proper Place for building thereat a Court House Prison, Pillory and Stocks for the County of Beaufort. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

Brought up by Mr. Harvey and Mr. Relf the following Message,

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council.

We perceive by your Message of this day that on your reading a third time the Bill for the restraint of Vagrants that you think it necessary

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to expunge the Clause which obliges masters of Vessels to endemnify the Parishs from the expense which may be occasioned to them by such masters of Vessels bringing into this Province persons who have not wherewithal to maintain themselves and are incapable of getting a livlyhood, and that you propose to reincert the Clause which continues the Act for five years only to the last Amendment You propose we Concur but as we have known several Parishes put to great Expense in supporting Poor and helpless People brought into this Colony from other places we apprehend the Clause you object to well calculated to redress the Inconveniences, Wherefore we cannot agree to expunge it and desire you will please to pass the Bill with that Clause.

By Order
JNo CAMPBELL Speaker
Willm Heritage Clk

Brought up by Mr. Bell and Mr. Harvey The Bill to direct the Method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or Batteries are now or hereafter shall be erected on the sea Coast. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

Mr. Bell and Mr. Harvey brought up the Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wackovia into a Distinct Parish. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

Mr. Bell and Mr. Harvy brought up the Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French and Neutral Ports. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

Mr. Harnet and Mr. Browne brought up the Bill to prevent malignant and Infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other purposes. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill to appoint a place for Erecting a Court House Prison and other purposes therein mentioned. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for laying out a road from Orange County Court House to a landing on the North West River of Cape Fear River. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed

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


Fryday October 10th 1755. Met pursuant to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr
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The Bill to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other Purposes. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wacovia into a Distinct Parish. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

The Bill to direct the method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or Batteries now are or shall be Erected. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

The Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French and Neutral Ports. In the Upper House read the second time and amended.

The Bill for the inspection of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tarr, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading, Shingles and Lumber. In the Upper House read the second time and amended.

The House resumed the consideration of the Bill for the restraint of Vagrants, and for making provision for the Poor, & other Purposes. In the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Brought up by Mr. Fonvile and Mr. Hamer The Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Land & for other purposes. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

The Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Lands, and for other Purposes. In the Upper House read the second time, Ordered to lye on the Table to-morrow morning.

Mr. Spier and Mr. Hardy brought up the Bill for ascertaining a Proper Place for building thereat a Court House, Prison, & Stocks for the County of Beaufort. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

The Bill for ascertaining a Proper Place for building thereat a Court House Prison and Stocks for the County of Beaufort. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to Adjournment. Present as above.

Mr. Mackey and Mr. Wynn brought up the Bill for regulating Orphans their Guardians and Estates. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

The Bill for regulating Orphans, their Guardians and Estates. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Swann brought up the Bill to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and for other Purposes. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

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Mr. Vail and Mr. Mackey brought up the Bill for facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath Port Roanoak and Port Beaufort. In the Assembly read the first time and passed.

The Bill for facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoak, and Port Beaufort. In the Upper House read the first time and passed.

Mr. Connor and Mr. Bravard brought up the following Message

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council.

This House have appointed Mr. Swann Junr Mr. Barker and Mr. Davis to compare the Bills already engrossed with those which have passed both Houses this Session in conjunction with such Gentlemen of the Council as you shall think fit to appoint for that Purpose.

By Order
JOHN CAMPBELL Speaker
Willm Heritage Clk.

To which the following Message was returned.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly.

This House taking into consideration your Message relative to the appointing of a Committee to compare the Bills already Engrossed with those which have passed both Houses this Session, hath appointed the Honble Francis Corbin & John Dawson Esqr to join the Gentlemen appointed by your House for that purpose.

The Bill to direct the method of choosing Vestrys in several Parishes which have not at present any legal Vestrys to transact the business of the said and for other Purposes, was read and Ordered to lye on the Table to the 27th Instant.

Brought up by Mr. Smith and Mr. Woodhouse the Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wackovia into a Distinct Parish. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

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


Saturday, October 11th 1755. Met pursuant to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Brought up by Mr. Swann and Mr. Smyth The Bill to prevent Malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other purposes. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

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The Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wacovia into a distinct Parish, was read in this House. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

The Bill to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other purposes was read. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

This House resumed the consideration of the Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Land, & other purposes, when the same passed In the Upper House read the second time & passed with Amendments.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Pain brought up the following Bills.

The Bill to direct the method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or Batteries now are or shall be erected for the defence of this Province In the Assembly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Benjamin Harvey and Mr. Relf brought up the Bill for Inspection of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tarr, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading, Shingles and Lumber. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Pain brought up the Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French or Neutral Ports. In the Assembly read the third time and passed.

The Bill to direct the method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or Batteries now are or shall be erected for the defence of this Province was read in this House. In the Upper House read the third time & Passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French or Neutral Ports, was read in this House the third time and passed. In the Upper House read the third time & Passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for inspection of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tarr, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, Heading, Shingles and Lumber, was read the third time in this House, and the following Message sent to the Assembly. viz.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

On reading a third time the Inspection Bill this House finds the following Amendment requisite and desires that you will please to send two of your Members to see the same made vizt

That Staves, heading and shingles be subject to inspection only in Cases where any dispute shall arise between the buyer and seller concerning the quality or quantity of the same.

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Brought up by Mr. Fontville and Mr. Mackay the following Bills,

The Bill to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping, importing distempered Persons into this Province and other Purposes. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

The Bill to Amend an Act for facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath Port Roanoak and Port Beaufort. In the Assembly read the second time and passed.

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

Met pursuant to Adjournment. Present as before.

The Bill to Amend an Act for Facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoak and Port Beaufort. In the Upper House read the second time and amended.

The Bill to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other purposes, was read upon which the following Message was sent.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

The Fee of five shillings given to the Commander of Fort Granville for his trouble in swearing Masters of Vessels coming into Coracock and giving a certificate which was allowed by both Houses on the second reading of the bill to prevent the spreading of infectious distempers being the ordinary Fee in such Cases we desire your concurrence in inserting five shillings instead of Two shillings and eightpence as the bill now stands in order that we may pass the bill.

Received by Mr. Jones Junr and Mr. Barker the following Message from the Assembly Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council.

In Answer to the message of this day relating to the Amendment you Propose to the Inspection Bill this House agree to the same and send Mr. Jones Junr and Mr. Barker two of the Members of this House to see the same done.

Upon which the Alterations being made in the Bill the same passed. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Woodhouse brought up the Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wackovia into a distinct Parish. In the Assembly read the second time and amended.

The Bill for erecting that part of Rowan County, called Wackovia into a distinct Parish. In the Upper House read the second time and passed.

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Mr. Kinchen and Mr. Williams brought up the Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Lands and other purposes. In the Assembly read the third time and amended.

The Bill to quiet the Freeholders in the Possession of their Lands and other purposes. In the Upper House read the third time and passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Mackay brought up the following message.

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council.

This House do agree to the amendment proposed by you of five shillings being incerted in the Bill to prevent the spreading infection distempers etc to be given to the Commander of Fort Granville for his trouble in swearing the Masters of Vessels coming into Occacock and giving certificate instead of Two shillings & eightpence for that service as it now stands in the said Bill, and have sent Mr. Brown and Mr. Mackay to see the said Amendment made.

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
Wm Heritage Clk

Upon which the Alteration being made in the Bill, the same passed. In the Upper House read the third time & passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Brought up by Mr. Brown and Mr. Mackay the Bill for facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoak and Port Beaufort. In the Assembly read the third time and passed.

The Bill to facilitate the Navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoak, & Port Beaufort. In the Upper House read the third time. Ordered to be engrossed.

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


Monday, October 13th 1755. Met pursuant to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Henry McCullock Esqr

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M.

Met pursuant to Adjournment.

Present as above.

His Excellency came to this House and sent a at Arms to the Assembly and commanding their Imediate attendance.

The Assembly accordingly waited on His Excellency and by their Speaker presented him with the following Bills vizt

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An Act for granting an Aid to His Majesty to repell the French & Indians and their alliance from their Encroachments on His Majestys Terratories in America and other purposes.

An Act for appointing Sherriffs and directing their Duty in office, and for compelling Collectors of Taxes (Publick) and Persons entrusted with laying out Publick money to apply and ac̄t for the same.

An Act to prevent the Exportation of Provisions and live stock from this Province to the French or Neutral Ports.

An Act to prevent malignant and infectious distempers being spread by shipping importing distempered Persons into this Province and other Purposes.

An Act to direct the method of appraising Lands whereon Forts or batteries now are or shall be hereafter erected for the Defence of this Province.

An Act to amend an Act for facilitating the Navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoak and Port Beaufort; which were all ratified in open Assembly.

Then adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning.


Tuesday, October 14th 1755. Met pursuant to Adjournment.
Present.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr

Mr. Davis and Mr. Shergold brought up the following message.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council,

This House resolved that the sum of Twenty Pounds Proclamation money be allowed James Davis Printer for his extraordinary service in his office to this Session inclusive.

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker
Wm Heritage Clk

Which was concurred with in the following words and sent down October 14th 1755. In the Upper House concurred with.

By order
MATHEW ROWAN P. C.
Richard Spaight Clk

Brought up by Mr. Ashe and Mr. Vaile the following Message,

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council

This House being informed that Mr. George Nicholas His Majestys Attorney Genl is at present in a very ill state of health and thereby rendered incapable to attend the Western and Northern Supreme Courts of

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this Province to prosecute such Persons who have any of the Publick money in their hands have resolved

That Mr. Robert Jones Junr Attorney at Law do prosecute all such Persons who have any Publick money in their hands and have not Accounted for the same according to Law and that the Publick Treasurers deliver the said Robert Jones all Bonds and Securities given by such Persons to Act as aforesaid with the Publick when he shall apply for the same.

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
Wm Heritage Clk

Brought up by Mr. Ashe and Mr. Vaile the Report of the Committee of Claims which was concurred with, in the following words

In the Upper House read and concurred with

By Order
MATHEW ROWAN P. C.
Richard Spaight Clk.

October 14th 1755.

Upon which the following Message was sent,

Concurred with except only as to the Debt said to be due to the Publick from the estate of the late Governor Johnson which is delayed till the next Session of Assembly for further Enquiry.

Then the House adjourned to 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Met pursuant to adjournment.

Then adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.


Wednesday, October 14th 1755. Met pursuant to adjournment.
Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rosett Esqr

Mr. Herron and Mr. Harvey brought up the following Message, Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council.

This House having received a Message from the Governor intimating that there is no Established Post thrō this Province and the necessity of having correspondence with the neighbouring Colonies did recommend some method might be provided for conveying all Publick Letters without any other reward than a salary—James Davis Printer has offered his service to undertake to convey all Publick Letters Expresses and Dispatches relating to this Province to any part thereof and every fifteen days send a Messenger to Suffolk in Virginia and to Wilmington for the term of One Year,

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Have resolved that James Davis be employed for the same service and that he be paid the sum of One Hundred Pounds, Six shillings and eight pence Proclamation money out of the surplus of the Jointing Tax at the Payments half yearly by a warrant from the Governor or Commander in Chief as the salary becomes due.

To which desire your Concurrence

By order
Jno CAMPBELL, Speaker.
For Wm Heritage, Clk, William Williams.

October 14th 1755

Which was concurred with by this House in the following words, Vizt In the Upper House read and concurred with.

By order
MATHEW ROWAN.
Richard Spaight, Clk.

October 14th 1755

Wednesday P. M. Met pursuant to adjournment.

Present
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rutherford Esqr
The Honble James Murray Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr

Brought up by Mr. Vail and Mr. Harvey the following Message, Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council.

This House have resolved that the sum of Nine Hundred Thirty Eight Pounds fifteen shillings and Ten pence Proclamation Money paid in for the sinking fund, also the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty four Pounds seven shillings and sixpence old Bill money paid in toward sinking fund also the sum of Three Hundred and Forty seven Pounds old Bill money allowed by the Committee of Claims and exchanged, are ordered to be burned this evening at five o'clock. This House has appointed a Committee in conjunction with such of the Honrs as you shall think fitt to see the same done.

By order of the Assembly
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
By order for Wm Heritage Clk Wm Williams.

October 14th 1755.

Upon which this House appointed the Honble Francis Corbin and Lewis De Rossett Esqrs as Committees to join the Committee of the Assembly to see the several sums of money mentioned in their message burnt, and sent them the following Message.

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Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

In compliance with your Message acquainting this House with your having appointed a Committee to see the burning the Bill of Credit which have been paid on Account of the sinking Fund and the old Bills at this Session of Assembly. This House have appointed the Honble Francis Corbin and Lewis De Rossett Esqrs a Committee to join yours on that service. By Order. October 15th 1755.

Mr. Harvey and Mr. Herren brought up the Exports of the Committees of both Houses appointed to state and examine the Publick Accounts with the following Message.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council,

This House have examined the Report of the Committee of both Houses appointed to state and examine the Publick Accounts and disallow of an Article of Nineteen Pounds five shillings charged by Col. James Innes paid to Mr. Wm Arburthus. The other matters in said report are as[sented] to and desire your Honours Concurrence thereto.

In the Assembly

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
For Wm Heritage Clk Wm Williams.

October 15th 1755.

Which this House did not think proper to concurr with and sent down their resolution in the following words

Not concurred with, in the Upper House, October 15th 1755. By Order.

Mr. Starkey brought up the following Resolve. Vizt

Resolved that the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty Nine Pounds five shillings and five pence received for contingencies by Mr. Thos Barker and by him paid to the Committee of Account, and also the sum of one Hundred and sixty seven Pounds three shillings and one Penny half penny in the hands of Mr. Starkey surplus of the Printing Tax be applyed towards paying the Expences and Claims allowed at this Session of Assembly.

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
For Wm Heritage Clk Wm Williams.

October 15th 1755.

To which this House sent the following Concurrence. Vizt

Concurred with only so far as to pay the Clerk of the Houses and Committees and the Officers and servants and House Rent. In the Upper House October 15th 1755. By Order.

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Mr. Harvey brought up the Estimate of the Allowances due and payable to the Members of the Assembly, Clerk and Officers thereof the second Session held at Newburn in September & October 1755. & allowance of in the Assembly in the following words. Vizt

Allowed in the Assembly October 15th 1755.

By order of the House

Jno CAMPBELL Speaker.
By order for Wm Heritage Clk Wm Williams.

Which was concurred with by this House in the following words Vizt

Concurred with In the Upper House October 15th 1755.

By Order.

The Estimate of this House was sent down to the Assembly for concurrence which was sent up concurred with in these words

In the Assembly, October 15th 1755.

By order
Jno CAMPBELL Speaker
Wm Williams for Wm Heritage.

His Excellency came to this House and Commanded the attendance of the Assembly who accordingly came up and by their Speaker presented the following Acts to be passed. Vizt

An Act to quiet the Freeholders in the possession of their Lands and other Purposes.

An Act for Inspection of Pork, Beef, Rice, Indigo, Tarr, Pitch, Turpentine, Staves, heading, Shingles and Lumber.

An Act for regulating Orphans their Guardians and Estates.

An Act for the Restraint of Vagrants and for making Provision for the poor and other purposes.

An Act for appointing the place for Erecting a Court House and Prison in the County of Onslow & other purposes therein mentioned.

An Act for ascertaining a proper place for building thereat a Court House, Prison, Pillory and Stocks for the County of Beaufort.

An Act for erecting that part of Rowan County called Wackovia into a distinct Parish.

An Act for laying out a road from Orange County Court house to a landing on the N. W. of Cape Fear River. All which were pass'd.

Then His Excellency made the following Speech.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Council, Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

The steady zeal you have shown for the support of His Majestys Rights I shall faithfully represent to His Majesty, and particularly at this time of imminent danger when his Colonies have been invaded by a barbarous

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Enemy who massacre and scalp innocent Families in cold blood under the Sanction of a Peace sworn to by the Gallick Monarch yet in breach of the Articles sworn to gives rewards to those who scalp or carry away the Inhabitants into Slavery.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

You have granted as great a supply as the circumstances of this Province can bear for the aid of the common cause of the Colonies must be most agreable to His Majesty when other Great and Rich Colonies keep up a bitter spirit of Party regardless of their Religion and Libertys and your giving me the power of laying it out for the General good of the Colonies as His Majestys service may require, it requires my due return of Thanks to you and will double engage me to exert myself in making it most useful for the purposes for which it is granted.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Council, Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

Since this unseasonable hot season hath made this neighbourhood sickly, I shall no longer detain you, and must thank you for the several good Laws you have passed, and shall only recommend to you the putting the several Laws already made in Execution in your several districts and to take care that the Militia be in readiness in case of any invasion and to raise & keep up a spirit against a perfidious Enemy who are determined to deprive you of your Religion, Liberties and Possessions.

Then His Excellency withdrew from this House, and was pleased to prorogue this Assembly to the second Tuesday in May next then to be held at Newbern.

A True Copy examined by
RICHd SPAIGHT. Clk