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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
November 23, 1759 - November 24, 1759
Volume 06, Pages 82-84


At a Council held at Wilmington on the 23d Day of November 1759—
Present—The Excellency the Governor.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble John Rieusett Esqr and
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr

His Excellency Ordered the 11th and 30th Articles of his Instructions to be Read which was Ordered to be inserted in the Journals and are as follows.—

Article the 11th—And whereas we are sensible that Effectual care ought to be taken to oblige the Members of our said Council to a due attendance therein in Order to prevent the many inconveniences that may happen for want of a Quorum of the Council to transact Business as occasion may require, It is our Will and Pleasure that if any of the Members of our said Council residing in the Province shall hereafter absent themselves from our Province and continue absent above the space of twelve months together without

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leave from you or from our Governor or Commander in Chief of the said Province for the time, and being first obtained under your or his hand and Seal or shall remain absent for the space of two years successiyely without our leave given them under our Royal Sign Manual. Their Place or Places in our said Council shall or immediately thereupon become void and that if any of the Members of our said Council residing in our said Province shall willfuly absent themselves hereafter from the Council Board when duly summoned without a Just and Lawfull Cause and shall persist therein after admonition you suspend the said Councellors absenting themselves untill our further pleasure be known giving timely notice thereof to our Commissioners for Trade and Plantations in Order to be laid before us. And we do hereby will and require you that this our Royal Pleasure be signified to the several Members of our said Council and that it be entered in the Council Books of our said province as a standing Rule.

Article the 30th

You are not to permit any Clause whatsoever to be inserted into any Law for Levying Money on the Value of Money whereby the same shall not be made liable to be accounted for unto us here in Great Britain and to our Commissioners of our Treasury or to our high Treasurer for the time being and audited by our Auditor Generals of our Plantations or his Deputy for the time being: And we do hereby particularly require and enjoin upon the pain of our highest displeasure to take care that fair Books of Accounts of all Receipts and payments of all Publick Moneys be duly kept and the Truth thereof attested upon Oath, and that all such Accounts be audited and attested by our Auditor General of Our Plantations or his Deputy who is to transmit Copies thereof to our Commissioners of our Treasury or to our High Treasurer for the time being and that you do every half year or oftener send another Copy thereof attested by yourself to our Commissioners for Trade and Plantations and Duplicates thereof by the next Conveyance. In which Books shall be specified every particular sum raised or disposed of together with the names of the Persons to whom any payment shall be made to the End we may be satisfied of the Right and due application of the Revenue of our said Province with the Probability of the Increase or Diminution of it under every Head or Article thereof.


At a Council held at Wilmington on the 24th Day of November 1759
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Present—The Excellency the Governor.
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esqr
The Honble John Rieusett Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr and
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr

Whereas by His Majesty's Orders to His Excellency to have the Several Counties in His Majesty's part of this Province to be surveyed and their Bounds ascertained that no injustice may de done in laying off the same.

It is ordered That the Several Justices and Commissioners of the said Counties in His Majestys Part of this Province upon the Surveyors giving them Notice of their Intention to run the Lines between the several Counties do assist the Surveyors in laying out and ascertaining their bounds.



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