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Petition from the North Carolina Governor's Council concerning councilors' salaries
North Carolina. Council
May 28, 1757
Volume 05, Pages 760-761

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 13. D. 2.]

To the Kings most Excellent Majesty in Council

The humble petition of the Members of your Majesty's Council of North Carolina,

Humbly sheweth unto your sacred Majesty that your Province of North Carolina being of large extent and the most of your Petitioners being settled at a considerable distance from Newbern, the present seat of Government where all Publick Business is transacted and Assemblies, Councils, Courts of Chancery and Courts of Claims for lands are held

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occasions not only great Fatigue and Trouble but a very great expence to your Petitioners in travelling to and giving their attendance at such times and on such occasions as your Majestys service requires,

Your Petitioners therefore humbly represent to your Majesty that no Salary or provision is made of any kind to enable them the better to attend their Duty, and thō their Loyalty to your Majesty and your Illustrious House and their Zeal for your service will always prompt them to exert themselves to the utmost of their Power and Ability upon all occasions yet the expence attending it being very considerable at a time when your Province labours under great Taxes and many inconveniencies arising from the present War and state of affairs in America renders it almost too heavy for them to bear.

And as your Majesty has been graciously pleased to order an allowance to your Majesty's Council in our neighbouring Province of Virginia, and as your Majesty's Quit Rents in this Province will in a short time greatly exceed the present Establishment We humbly hope your sacred Majesty will take the Premises into your Royal consideration and do therein as in your great Wisdom shall seem meet

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray
MATH: ROWAN.
Jno SWANN
JA: MURRAY
JOHN DAWSON
JA: HASELL
LEWIS DE ROSSET
JAMES INNES
J. RIEUSSET
Jno RUTHERFORD
EDWARD BRICE DOBBS.
FRA: CORBIN

Council Chamber New Bern May 28th 1757.