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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
December 01, 1758 - December 23, 1758
Volume 05, Pages 995-998


At a Council held at Edenton on Friday the first day of December 1758
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble James InnesEsqr
The Honble John Rieussett Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Edward Brice Dobbs Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr

The Honble Edward Brice Dobbs produced a Patent of a Tract of Land lying on the Greatest Branch of Black River in which one of the Courses was mistaken Vizt in mentioning the same to be up instead of down the branch which Patent was granted on the 14th day of Jany 1735 by his Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esqr late Governor of six thousand Acres of Land in Duplin County to Arthur Dobbs Esqr

Ordered that the said Patent and the Record thereof be amended by the Secretary by inserting the word down instead of up the largest Branch.

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At a Council held at Edenton on Monday the 4th day of December 1758.
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble John Rieussett Esqr
The Honble Francis Corbin Esqr
The Honble Edwd Brice Dobbs Esqr
The HonbleJohn Swann Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr

Upon Information being made to his Excellency the Governor that Mr. Corbin had sayd that his Excellency had granted the Lord Granvilles Lands knowing them to be so His Excellency called upon Mr. Corbin to know if he had made such Declaration which he denyed. Whereupon Mr. Joshua Bodley being called upon and sworn deposed that in a Conversation which Mr. Corbin had relative to Lord Granvilles affairs Mr. Corbin Declared that his Excellency Governor Dobbs had Granted part of Lord Granvilles Lands knowing [it] to be such and that he could and would prove it.


At a Council held at Edenton on Friday the Eighth day of December 1758
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble James Innes Esqr
The Honble John Rieussett Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Edwd Brice Dobbs Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr

Ordered that John Walker John Howard Alexander Grant Stewry Roads and Lewis Williams be added and Inserted in the Commission of the Peace for the County of Onslow in the Room of Wm Cray who is appointed Clerk of the Court and Samuel Johnston Cary Godly Edwd Ward Junr and John Spruel decd


At a Council held at Edenton on Tuesday the 19th of December 1758
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esquire
The Honble John Dawson Esquire
The Honble James Innes Esquire
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esquire
The Honble Francis Corbin Esquire
The Honble John Rieussett Esquire
The Honble John Swann Esquire
The Honble Edwd Brice Dobbs Esquire and
The Honble Richard Spaight Esquire

Ordered that the Clerk of the Committee of Accounts be served with an Order to Deliver up to the Register of the Court of Chancery the several Papers and Accounts in his hands belonging to Robt Rowan Esqr to enable him to prosecute a suit he has commenced in the Court of Chancery.

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Ordered that new Commissions of the Peace issue for the Countys of Edgecomb and Johnston and for the new Countys of Halifax and Dobbs.

Upon Complaint being made that Wm Robertson one of the persons named in the Commission of the peace for the County of New Hanover has never qualified and is otherwise unfit for a Justice

Ordered that the Court of the said County strike the said Wm Robertsons name out of said Commission.

Ordered that Tyree Harris David Hart and Wm Nun be added as Justices in the Commission of the peace for the County of Orange.


At a Council held at Edenton on Friday, the 22d day of December, 1758.
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esquire
The Honble John Dawson Esquire
The Honble James Innes Esquire
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esquire
The Honble Francis Corbin Esquire
The Honble John Rieussett Esquire
The Honble John Swann Esquire
The Honble Edwd Brice Dobbs Esquire and
The Honble Richd Spaight Esquire

Upon reading the Petition of John Clayton setting forth that by Order of the Commissions for running out the line between this Province and So Carolina in May 1735 he attended for the space of ten days and has not received any satisfaction for the same,

Resolved that it is the Opinion of this Board that his Excellency the Governor do issue his Warrant to the Receiver General of this Province for the payment of seven pounds two shillings and ten pence Sterling to the said John Clayton for his said Service.

Upon his Excellencys Laying before this Board his Majestys Warrant for surveying and making Plans of the several Countys within his Majestys part of this Province

Resolved that the surveyor who performs the said service be paid the sum of sixteen shillings and eight pence per day and that all other reasonable and necessary charges for carrying on the said work be allowed him.


At a Council held at Edenton on Saturday the 23rd day of December 1758.
Present His Excellency the Governor
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esquire
The Honble James Innes Esquire
The Honble Francis Corbin Esquire
The Honble John Swann Esquire
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esquire
The Honble Richd Spaight Esquire

Mr. Corbin one of the Members of this Board having at a Former Council engaged to produce to his Excellency the Governor a Copy of

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the Letter by him wrote to the Earl of Granville concerning his Excellencys Granting his Lordships Lands in Order to shew that his said Letter was not consonant to that wrote by his Lordship to his Excellency, and having during this Present Session of Assembly and sitting of the Council made several Promises to the same effect and not having yet performed his said Engagement or Promises is now desired to give said Copy to his Excellency on or before next Tuesday.



Additional Notes for Electronic Version: This document was enclosed with a letter from Arthur Dobbs - See Related Documents.