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Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
April 24, 1760 - May 23, 1760
Volume 06, Pages 345-362

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T.. Vol. 30.]
LEGISLATIVE JOURNALS.
North Carolina—ss.

At an Assembly begun and held at New Bern the twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty and in the thirty third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland King &c being the first Sessions of this Present Assembly.

In the Upper House
Present.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr and
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

His Excellency the Governor came to this House & having Commanded the attendance of the Assembly made to both Houses the following Speech.

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Gentn of His Majestys Council Mr. Speaker and Gentn of the Assembly

It is with the greatest Pleasure that I meet you in this new Assembly at this important Crisis which I hope will determine & soon finish by the Blessing of God upon the exertions of the United force of Britain and her Colonies a long & cruel War in which our Holy Religion Liberties & Possessions have been in the utmost Danger from our perfidious & cruel Enemies, and am confident if His Majesties Measures are supported by the United force of these Colonies it will secure our Peace & Safety to our latest Posterity.

I have received his Majestys Commands communicated to me by Mr. Secretary Pitt and a Letter from Genl Amherst, which I shall lay before you, to Assemble you on the earliest Notice and Consult with you on this important Crisis where your Assistance is required with the utmost despatch in raising what Men can be spared in the Colony, that we may exert our whole force in conjunction with his Majestys Forces from Britain to dispossess & drive the French from all the unjust acquisitions on this Continent His Majesty having resolved to exert the whole Force of Britain & the Colonies to finish the War this Campaign & give Peace by securing the Protestant, Apostolic Religion & Liberties of Europe & more immediately of Britain & these Colonies, which by a due Exertion of our United force will finish our expence and procure us for the future a lasting Peace from French and Indian Invasions & Depradation.

Mr. Speaker & Gentn of the Assembly.

I am confident that from these vigorous measures inspired into His Majesty & his Council by the great & surprising Success of his Majesty's Arms throughout the Globe Sea and Land, and the present Distress & Ruin of the Trade & Marine of France wherein the influence & Assistance of divine Providence is so imminently displayed in the defence of our Holy Religion & Cause of Liberty, that you will exert your Power & continue that zeal which you have hitherto shown in defence of His Majestys Right & of our holy Religion & Liberties, as it will be the only effectual method to prevent any future expence which has been so heavy upon this Infant Colony which is but now settling. And I therefore recommend it to you in the strongest manner to ease you of all future expence, that you will grant a Supply to raise without Loss of time what Men can be spared to assist in these vigorous Measures.

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

I have nothing further to recommend to you but only the Reenacting & amending the Repealed Bills of the Supreme & County Courts & the Act to Establish Vestries without the Clauses objected to in that Repealed Laws, in which you will consult the General Good of the Province, And I shall concur with you in every Measure that will make the Tax necessary to be raised for the Bounty Money Cloathing & Pay of the Troops required, to be the most easy to the Inhabitants until it be repaid by the Money already granted, or promised to be farther recommended upon a proper exertion of our Force & our zeal shewn at this important Crisis, and therefore recommend it to you to unite in appointing an Agent to receive & remit what Money his Majesty has or shall recommend to be given by the Parliament in Britain to this Province by a particular Bill framed for that purpose, which I shall heartily Concur in as it may be the means of lessening your Debt and ease you of future Expence, and hope by the Blessing of God on our endeavors, that I shall have no future Call upon you for any Supply but what you may think necessary for the Increase & Improvement of the Trade & Navigation of this Province.

This House took under their Consideration His Excellency's Speech; And order'd the same to be Read: Which was accordingly done: And the Honble Lewis De Rosset & Maurice Moore Esqrs were appointed a Committee of this House to prepare an Address to his Excellency.

Then the House adjourned till three O'Clock in the afternoon

The Honble James Hasell Esqr appeared & Adjourned the House till tomorrow Morning 9 O'Clock.


Friday 25th April 1760. The House met according to Adjournment
Present.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Jno Swann Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rosset Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr
The Honble Chas Berry Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

The Committee appointed by this House to draw up an Address in answer to his Excellency the Governors Speech Reported they had prepared the same; Which was Order'd to be Read The same was Read approv'd of: And Resolved That the same stand the Address of this House & be entered on the Journal thereof as follows Vizt

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Sir

We his Majesty's most dutiful and Loyal Subjects, the Members of his Council of North Carolina, beg leave to return your Excellency our most humble & hearty Thanks for your Speech at the Opening of this Session.

The Critical and important Situation of affairs in America at this juncture we are fully sensible of and hope that the great wise disposer of all things (as at every other Period of Importance since the beginning of this War) will render the event favorable to our Holy Protestant Religion Liberties & Possessions.

We view with the greatest Pleasure the distressed & indigent circumstances of the implacable & inveterate enemy to Britain & the British name: The French whose present wretchedness & Calamity (drawn on themselves by their own unjust designs against & wicked Practices in his Majesty's American Dominion) we hope will speedily not only be productive of a firm and lasting Peace, but will effectually secure our Holy Religion and give his Majesty's faithful American Subjects the Peaceable possessions and enjoyment of all North America.

His Majesty's Paternal Affection to his Infant Colonies at this time, in fully purposing to Act Vigorously (for their preservation) against the French in this Continent the ensuing Campaign is no less conspicuous than in any other instance during the whole course of the present War, and the event of such design is too interesting to leave the least room to doubt that the faithful Representatives of his Majesty's Dutiful & Affectionate Subjects of North Carolina, will to the utmost of their Power, second such valuable & important Purposes, from the Success of which only, can be derived that perfect Peace & Happiness which now is & so long has been ardently wished for, by all his Majestys (but more especially American) Subjects.

We assure your Excellency we shall with the utmost cheerfulness concur with the other House in every measure that may tend either to the Security of the British dominion in America or in enacting such Laws as will be most consistent with the Interests of this Province.

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before.

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

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Saturday 26 April 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before.

The House waited on his Excellency and by the Honble James Hasell Esqr presented him with the Address thereof, to which his Excellency was pleased to make the following Answer

Gentn of His Majesty's Council.

The just Sense you shew of his Majesty's great Care and Concern for our preservation and future safety from our inveterate Enemy the French & the preservation of our holy Religion Liberties & Possessions is inconsistent with the Zeal you have always shewn in the defence of his Majesty's Rights & Possessions in America & your assurance of Concurring with the Assembly in such Measures as will secure the British American Dominions, and in enacting such Laws as will be consistent with the Interest of this Province is very agreeable to me and is a confirmation of the Zeal you have always shown in defence of our Holy Religion Liberties and Possessions.

Then the House adjourn'd till 9 O'clock Monday Morning.


Monday 28th April 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before.

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock


Tuesday 29th April 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.
Present
The Honble James Hasell Esqre
The Honble John Swann Esqre
The Honble John Dawson Esqre
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esqre
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqre
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqre and
The Honble Charles Berry Esqre

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

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow Morning 9 o'clock


Wednesday, 30th April 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

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Rec'd from the Assembly the following Message

Gentn of His Majesty's Honble Council

This House have appointed Mr. Jones, Mr. Harnet, Mr. Corbin, Mr. Jos Hewes, Mr. John Harvey, Mr. Coutanch, Mr. M'Culloch, Mr. Leech, Mr. Benjn Harvey and Mr. Moore a Committee of this House to State & settle the Public Accounts of this Province; And Mr. Starkey, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Vail, Mr. Caswell, Mr. Bartram, Mr. Wm Williams, Mr. John Barrow & Mr. Frohock a Committee of this House to settle & allow Public Claims in Conjunction with such of your Honors as you shall think proper to appoint for the Purposes aforesaid.


28th April 1760
SAM SWANN Spr

On motion Ordered the following Message be sent to the Assembly

Mr. Speaker & Gentn of the Assembly.

In Answer to your Message relative to the Committee We have appointed, the Honble Lewis DeRosset, Richd Spaight and Charles Berry Esqrs a Committee of this House to State & Settle the Public Accts. And the Honble John Swann, Jno Dawson & Maurice Moore Esqrs a Committee of this House to Settle & Allow the Public Claims

Then the House adjourned till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before

Then the House Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock


Thursday 1st May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock


Friday 2d May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before.

Then the House adjourned till 4 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before.

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Recd from the Assembly by Mr. Hewes & Mr. Harnett A Bill for establishing Superior Courts of Pleas & Grand Sessions

On Motion, Ordered the said Bill be Read. Read the same the first time Amended & Pass'd;

Recd from the Assembly by Mr. Cavy & Mr. Swann a Bill to establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, in the several Counties in this Province.

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow Morning 9 O'clock


Saturday 3d May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before.

On Motion Ordered the Bill to establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions &c be Read Read the same the first Time & Pass'd

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Gibson & Mr. Harvey a Bill for the better Care and Security of Orphans & Managements of their Estates.

On Motion, Ordered the said Bill be Read. Read the same the first time & pass'd.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Thompson and Mr. Magee a Bill for establishing Vestries.

On Motion, Ordered the said Bill be Read. Read the same the first time & pass'd.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Thompson and Mr. Magee a Bill for establishing Vestries.

On Motion, Order'd the said Bill be Read; Read the same the first time and amended & Passed.

Then the House adjourned till 3 O'Clock in the Afternoon.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before

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


Monday 5th May 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Corbin & Mr. Johnston a Bill for making provision for an Orthodox Clergy;

On Motion Ordered the said Bill be read; Read the same the first time and passed.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Neale & Mr. Magee, a Bill to confirm an Agreement made by the present Churchwardens & Vestry of Edgecomb Parish in the County of Halifax with the Revd Mr. Thomas Burges, and a Bill for enlarging the time for the Inspection of Tobacco at the Public Warehouse in the Town of Halifax for

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increasing the Salaries of the Inspectors of the said Warehouses and for other purposes therein mentioned;—

On Motion, Ordered the said Bills be Read. Read the same Bills the first time & Passed

Then the House adjourned till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to adjournment.

Present
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Jno Rieussett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr
The Honble Charles Berry Esqr and
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock.


Tuesday 6th May 1760 The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Hewes adn Mr. Vail a Bill for repealin several Acts therein mentioned.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Ashe & Mr. Howe a Bill for Establishing Vestries

Then the House adjourned till 4 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

On Motion, Ordered the Bill for establishing Vestries be Read; Read the same the second time amended & Passed

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow Morning 9 O'clock


Wednesday 7th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Hutchins & Mr. Graves a Bill for making provision for an Orthodox Clergy

A Bill to confirm an agreement made by the present Churchwardens & Vestry of Edgecomb Parish &c with the Revd Mr. Thos Burges;

A Bill for the better care & Management of Orphans and their Estates;

And a Bill directing the Method of appointing Jurymen, &c.

On Motion, Order'd the Bill directing the Method of appointing Jurymen &c be Read; Read the same the first time & Pass'd

On Motion, Ordered the Bill for the better care and Security of

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Orphans &c. be Read; Read the same the second time amended & Passed

Then the House adjourned till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow Morning 9 O'clock


Thursday 8th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Then the House Adjourn'd till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Williams & Mr. Barrow A Bill for Establishing Superior Courts of Pleas & Grand Sessions,

And A Bill to Establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, in the several Counties in this Province

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


Friday 9th May 1760. The House met according to adjournment
Present
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Jno Rieussett Esqr
The Honble Chas Berry Esqr and and
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Bray & Mr. Houston, A Bill for Licenceing Pedlars, And a Bill to amend and improve the Navigation from Howard Bay in New River in Onslow County to Bear Inlet.

On motion; Ordered the Bill for establishing Superior Courts of Pleas & Grand Sessions be Read; Read the same the second time Amended & Passed.

On motion, Ordered the Bill to establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions &c be Read; Read the same the Second time, Amended & Passed.

Then the House adjourned till 4 O'clock in the Afternoon.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present as before

Then the House adjourned till to-morrow Morning 9 O'clock.

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Saturday 10th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Starkey & Mr. Barrow a Bill for the better Care & Security of Orphans & management of their Estates, A Bill for enlarging the time for Inspection of Tobacco at the Public Warehouse in the Town of Halifax &c and the following Resolves.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council

This House on reading the Petition of John Rogers which we herewith send and having maturely considered the same have Resolved That the said Jno Rogers be allowed for his said Service in the said Petition mentioned the sum of Twenty Pounds Proc Money and that the same be paid out of the Tax for Contingencies to which desire your Honors Concurrence.

SAM SWANN Speaker.

Gentn of His Majesty's Honble Council.

This House on Reading the Petition of Henry Johnston which we herewith send & duly considering the same, have Resolved that the said Henry Johnston be allowed Thirty five Pounds Proc Money for his said Service in his said Petition mentioned out of the Contingent Tax and desire your Honrs Concurrence thereto.

S. SWANN Spr

On Motion, Ordered the foregoing Resolves be taken into Consideration the same were taken into Consideration and Concurred with.

On Motion, Ordered the Bill to amend & improve the Navigation from Howards Bay in New River &c be Read; Read the same the first time and Pass'd.

On Motion Order'd the Bill for Licencing Pedlars be Read; Read the same the first time & Pass'd.

On Motion Ordered the Bill for enlargeing the time for the Inspection of Tobacco &c be Read; Read the same the Second time amended & Passed.

On Motion; Ordered the Bill for the Repealing several Acts therein mentioned be Read; Read the same the first time & Passed.

On motion Ordered the Bill for making provision for an Orthodox Clergy be Read; Read the same the Second time amended & Passed.

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On Motion; Ordered the Bill to Confirm an Agreement made by the present Church Wardens & Vestry of Edgecombe Parish &c with the Revd Thos Burges be Read; Read the same the second time and Pass'd.

Then the House adjourned till 4 O'clock in the Afternoon.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Barker, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Howe accompanied by many other Members of the Assembly A Bill for establishing Superior Courts of Pleas &c And a Bill to establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions &c.

Then the House adjourned till Monday morning 10 O'clock.


Monday 12th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before.

On Motion, Ordered the Bill for establishing Superiour Courts of Pleas &c be Read; Read the same the third time & Ordered the following Message be sent to the Assembly

Mr. Speaker & Gentn of the Assembly.

On Reading a third time the Bill for Establishing Superior Courts of Pleas &c This House observe That in the third Page & 16th Line the word (Therefore) is dele'd and the word (and) inserted, which they apprehend to be a mistake, and that the word (and) should be struck out and the word (therefore) inserted—They further observe, that in the 22d page and 2d Line there ought to be inserted the following Words, (The Judgement or Decree of any Inferior Court)

They likewise take notice that by a Clause annexed to the Bill, Witnesses are compell'd to attend from Court to Court in consequence of one Summons. Whereas they apprehend that every summons ought to extend only to the Court to which Originally returnable, to which Amendments if your House agree Please to send such of your Members as you think proper to see the said Amendments made;

On Motion Ordered the Bill to Establish Inferior Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions &c be Read Read the same the third time And Order'd the following Message be sent to the Assembly

Mr. Speaker & Gentn of the Assembly.

On Reading a third time the Bill to establish Inferior Courts of

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Pleas & Quarter Sessions &c We observe you have given the Courts a Jurisdiction of Fifty Pounds, We propose that it shou'd be alter'd to thirty Eight Pounds And also that in the said Bill you have required Witnesses to attend from Court to Court in consequence of one Summons; We propose that every Summons shou'd only extend to the Court to which it was Originally returnable.—To which amendments if your House agree please to send such of your Members as you may think proper, to see the same done.

Then the House adjourn'd till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Mackay & Mr. Blount A Bill for Repealing several Acts therein mentioned A Bill for establishing Vestries and a Bill to amend & improve the Navigation from Howards Bay in New River &c.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Taylor & Mr. Saunderson A Bill to confirm an Agreement made by the present Church wardens & Vestry of Edgecombe Parish &c with the Revd Mr. Thomas Burges

On Motion; Ordered the Bill for repealing several Acts therein mentioned be Read; Read the same the Second time and Pass'd

On Motion, Ordered the Bill to confirm an Agreement made by the present Church wardens & Vestry of Edgecombe &c with the Rev'd Thomas Burges be Read; Read the same the third time & Pass'd. Ordered to be Engross'd.

On Motion Ordered the Bill to amend & improve the Navigation from Howards Bay in New River &c be Read; Read the same the Second Time & Pass'd

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow Morning 9 O'clock


Tuesday 13th May 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly the following Message

Gentn of His Majesty's Honble Council.

On Considering your Message of yesterday relative to the Bill for establishing Superior Courts The Assembly wou'd observe that this House upon the third Reading of the said Bill, Ordered the Preamble immediately preceeding the word (therefore) in the 16th Line in 3d Page, to be dele'd; and the word (and) to be inserted, And if it

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stands otherwise it is a mistake of our Clerk, and agree either to strike out the word (and) and insert the word (therefore) or dele the aforesaid Preamble which ever you think will make that part of the Bill most Consistent.

The House readily agree to Insert the Words (The Judgement or Decree of any Inferior Court) in the second line of the 22d page.—As to the Clause requiring Witnesses to attend from Court to Court in consequence of one Subpœna until the Suit in which they shall be summoned be determined; We cant help observing that the Method you propose will greatly accumulate the Costs and impoverish the Suitors, therefore wou'd hope you will Pass the Bill without such alterations

SAM SWANN Spr.

On Motion, Order'd the above Message be taken into Consideration, the same was taken in Consideration & the several Amendments as agreed to by the Assembly being made in the Bill, the said Bill was put a third time & Pass'd Order'd to be Engross'd

Rec'd from the Assembly the following Message

Gentn of His Majesty's Honble Council.

In answer to your Message of Yesterday wherein you propose to alter the Jurisdiction of the Inferior Courts &c to Thirty Eight pounds, The Assembly would observe that the matters determinable in those Courts for the most part are of an obvious & easy nature many of them being Debts secur'd by ∗ ∗ specialties or Promissary Notes; That the proceedings in the said Courts are more expeditious & less expensive than the proceedings in the Superior Courts; And as the Party is allowed an Appeal in every Instance wherein he thinks himself aggreived so that any Error which may happen in the Proceedings in the Inferior Courts may be corrected, We cant help thinking but it will be of essential Service, to the trading Interest of the Country to allow the said Courts the Jurisdiction proposed by this House And hope that upon your Considering these Reasons you will concur in Opinion with the Assembly and Pass the Bill without any alteration in that particular; especially when we inform you That if the Bill passes into a Law, The Assembly propose to Address his Majesty, and shew the Utility of the same and that it is well adapted to the particular Circumstance and true Interest of this Province—And we well hope to obtain his approbation thereof; as his Majesty hath already given his Assent to an Act of

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an adjacent Province whereby the Inferior Courts thereof are allowed a much larger Jurisdiction; and experience sufficiently evinces that it conduces greatly to the Interest Ease and happiness of the People.—As to the Clause requiring Witnesses to attend from Court to Court in consequence of one Subpœne until the suit in which they shall be Summoned be determined, We cant help observing That what you propose will greatly accumulate the Costs on proceedings in the said Courts and impoverish the Suitors, therefore would hope you'l Pass the Bill without such alteration

SAM SWANN Spr

On Motion Order'd the abovesaid Message be taken into Consideration The same was taken into consideration And the Bill to Establish Inferior Courts of Pleas &c was a third time put & Pass'd and Order'd to be Engross'd

On Motion Order'd the Bill for making Provision for an Orthodox Clergy be Read; Read the same the Third time & Passed Order'd to be Engrossed.

On Motion, Order'd the Bill for establishing Vestries &c be Read; Read the same the third time & Passed Ordered to be Engrossed.

On Motion Ordered the Bill for the better Care & Security of Orphans and Management of their Estates be Read; Read the same the third time and Pass'd Ordered to be Engrossed.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Houston & Mr. Jos Jones A Bill for repealing several Acts therein mentioned

And a Bill to amend and improve The Navigation from Howards Bay in New River &c

On Motion Ordered the said Bills be Read; Read the same the Third time & Passed. Ordered to be Engrossed.

Then the House Adjourned till 3 oclock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Taylor & Mr. Bonner A Bill directing the Method of appointing Jurymen &c

On Motion Order'd the said Bill be Read; Read the same the Second time and Pass'd

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Barrow and Mr. McCullock A Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty for appointing an Agent for this Province & other Purposes.

Then the House adjourn'd till 10 O'Clock tomorrow morning.

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Wednesday 14th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Received from the Assembly by Mr. Simpson & Mr. Caswell A Bill to appoint Commissioners to lay out Fifty Acres of Land on Ocacock Island for the use of the Public;

On Motion Order'd the said Bill be Read; Read the same the first time and Passed.

On Motion, Order'd the Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty &c be Read; Read the same the first time Amended & Passed.

Then the House adjourned till 3 O'Clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Received from the Assembly by Mr. Williams & Mr. Hill A Bill for enlarging the time for the Inspection of Tobacco at the Public Warehouse in the Town of Halifax &c A Bill directing the Method of appointing Jurymen &c.

On Motion, Ordered the said Bills be Read; Read the same the third Time & Passed; Order'd to be Engross'd

Rec'd from the Assembly by the afsd Gentn A Bill to ascertain the Taxes payable within the Province & to continue the Tax for sinking the present Bills of Currency

On Motion, Ordered the said Bill be Read; Read the same the first Time & Passed.

Then the House adjourned till 9 O'Clock to-morrow Morning


Thursday 15th May 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly a Bill to ascertain the Taxes payable within this Province &c

Then the House adjourn'd till tomorrow morning 10 O'clock


Friday 16th May 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow Morning 10 O'clock


Saturday 17th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment
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Present as before

On Motion, Ordered the Bill to Ascertain the Taxes payable within this Province &c be Read; Read the same the Second time Amended & Passed.

Then the House adjourned till 4 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment.

Present as before

Then the House adjourn'd till 9 O'Clock Monday morning.


Monday 19th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock


Tuesday 20th May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before.

Rec'd from the Assembly, A Bill for further continueing & Amending an Act Intituled an Act for the encouragement of James Davis to set up & carry on his Business of a Printer in this Province & for other purposes

On Motion: Ordered the said Bill be Read; Read the same the first time & Pass'd.

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Leech & Mr. Barrow A Bill for further continuing & amending an Act Intituled an Act for the Encouragement of James Davis

On Motion, Ordered the said Bill be Read; Read the same the Second time Amended and Passed

Then the House Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 9 O'clock.


Wednesday 21st May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock


Thursday 22d May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly by Mr. Jos: Jones and Mr. Sanderson A

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Bill for further Continueing & amending an Act Intituled an Act for the Encouragement of James Davis &c

Then the House adjourn'd till 9 O'clock tomorrow morning


Friday 23d May 1760. The House met according to Adjournment
Present
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis DeRossett Esqr
The Honble John Rieussett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr and
The Honble Chas Berry Esqr

Rec'd from the Assembly the Reports of the Committee of Claims; Which on Motion were Read & Concurr'd with

Then the House adjourn'd till 3 O'clock in the Afternoon

The House met according to Adjournment

Present as before

Rec'd from the Assembly the Reports of the Committee of Accts which were read approv'd of & Concurr'd with

On Motion: Ordered the Bill for further continueing and amending an Act Intituled an Act for the encouragement of James Davis &c be Read, Read the same the third time and Ordered it lie on the Table till Monday Morning.

His Excelly the Governor came to this House and having commanded the attendance of the Assembly; The Speaker attended by the Assembly waited on his Excellency in the Council Chamber & presented him the following Acts for his Assent.

1 An Act for makeing Provision for an Orthodox Clergy

2 An Act for Establishing Vestries

3 An Act for the better care & Security of Orphans &c.

4 An Act for Establishing Superiour Courts of Pleas and Grand Sessions

5 An Act for Establishing Inferior Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

6 An Act directing the Method of appointing Jurymen

7 An Act to amend & improve the Navigation from Howards Bay in New River in Onslow County to Bear Inlet.

8 An Act for enlarging the time for the Inspection of Tobacco at the Public Warehouse in the Town of Halifax &c

9 An Act for repealing the several Acts therein mentioned

10 An Act to confirm an Agreement made by the present church

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wardens and Vestry of Edgecombe Parish in the County of Halifax with the Revd Mr. Thomas Burges.

To which Acts His Excellency was pleased to Assent except the Act for Establishing Superior Courts of Pleas and Grand Sessions and the Act for Repealing several Acts therein mentioned

Then His Excellency the Governor was pleas'd to Prorogue this Assembly (by Proclamation) to Monday the 26th of this Instant

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Jno Smith Clk of the Upper House of Assembly.



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