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Minutes of the Lower House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
November 07, 1760 - December 03, 1760
Volume 06, Pages 469-511

[From MSS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
North Carolina—ss.

At an Assembly begun and held at New Bern the Twenty second day of April in the Thirty third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King (and so forth) and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty, and from thence continued by several prorogations and Adjournments to the seventh day of November, in the Thirty fourth year of our aforesaid Lord the King

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to be then held at Wilmington, being the fourth Session of this Present Assembly


Friday the 7th November.
Samuel Swann Speaker
Mr. Cornelius Harnett
Mr. Francis Corbin
Mr. Moses Houston
Mr. Thomas Barrow
Mr. Samuel Benton
Mr. William McGee
Mr. Joseph Leech
Mr. Joseph Hewes
Mr. William Bartram
Mr. Duncan Lemon
Mr. Edmund Smithwick
Mr. John Starkey
Mr. Hugh Waddell
Mr. Blake Baker
Mr. William Haywood
Mr. William Dry
Mr. Andrew Thompson
Mr. Robert Harris
Mr. Thomas Graves
Mr. George Moore
Mr. Robert Howe
Mr. Joseph Bell
Mr. Thomas Bonner
Mr. William Webster
Mr. Jacob Blount
Mr. Michael Coutanche
Mr. Edward Vail
Mr. William Mackey
Mr. Stephen Hooker
Mr. John Simpson
Mr. Alexander McCulloch.


Friday November 7th 1760

On Motion Resolved That it is the opinion of the Members present, that they cannot, Consistent with the Charter granted by his Majesty King Charles the Second to the Proprietors of Carolina dated the Twenty fourth day of March in the Fifteenth year of his said Majesty's Reign, and the usage and approved Customs of the Assemblies of this Province proceed to Business, unless a Majority of the Representatives of the Province are Present

And it is therefore further Resolved that the Absent Members be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms at their own Expence; and that Mr. Speaker issue his Warrant and do Compel the attendance of those Members, in order to make a House that they may Proceed to the Consideration and Dispatch of Public Business

Then the Members Adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.


Saturday November 8th 1760. The Members met according to Adjournment

Then the Members Adjourned till Monday Morning 10 oClock.


Monday November 10th 1760. The Members met according to Adjournment
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Mr. Needham Bryan and Mr. John Ashe appeared

Then the Members Adjourned till to morrow morning 9 oClock


Tuesday November 11th 1760 The Members met according to Adjournment

A Majority of the Members, Representatives of this Province being met

On Motion Resolved, That Mr. William Dry, Mr. Edward Vail wait on His Excellency the Governor, and acquaint him that this House is met, and desire to know when they shall wait on him, who being returned Acquainted the House that His Excellency returned for Answer That he was very much indisposed, but would receive the House tomorrow morning.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Wednesday November 12th 1760 The House met according to Adjournment.

His Excellency the Governor sent a Message to the House requiring the attendance thereof in the Council Chamber.

Mr. Speaker with the Members waited on His Excellency the Governor in the Council Chamber, when his Excellency was pleased to make a Speech to His Majesty's Council and this House.

Mr. Speaker and the Members returned, and Mr. Speaker acquainted the House that His Excellency the Governor had made a Speech to His Majesty's Council and this House; a Copy of which to prevent Mistakes he had obtained, and delivered in at the Table.

Then on motion ordered that the same be read, Read the same, and Ordered to be entered on the Journal of the House, and is as follows, to wit

Gentlemen of His Maj. Council Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Assembly

It is with the greatest pleasure that I can acquaint you of the Glorious conquest and Acquisition of all Canada, by the remarkable Interposition and Assistance of Divine Providence with a very inconsiderable loss; the French having submitted to the terms offered without effusion of Blood, to the immortal Honor of his Majesty's Forces, owing to the well concerted plan laid by General Amherst, and to his Generous Treatment of an implacable Enemy.

The surprising success without loss, must conduce to a speedy and Honorable peace which will secure the future peace and Safety of

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all his Majesty's American Colonies, and our holy Religion, Liberties and Possessions; upon which I most sincerely congratulate you

By the latest Advices I have received from the Lieutenant Governors Fauquier and Bull which I shall lay before you, an offer of peace and a Pardon has been made to the Cherokees, upon Honorable terms to these Colonies which if complied with, will secure our future peace.

And it at present appears, that our great Northern success has intimidated the Indians, so far as to desire a peace; but if the Terms proposed, should not be accepted, the adjoining Colonies are determined to exert their whole Force, to reduce them to such Terms as will prevent any dread of a future Indian War; and therefore expect that this Province should join heartily, in exerting our Force, to Act in Conjunction with them; As things are now brought to a Crisis, I must warmly, and in the strongest manner recommend it to you, for Your Honour, as well as Interest, not only to continue the forces already raised, in pay, until a peace is confirmed effectually with the Cherokees; but also to add to the Numbers already raised in proportion to our Neighbouring Colonies, in order to obtain a speedy peace, or reduce so Treacherous an Enemy, in case the present Treaty should not succeed; And I hope this may be the last supply his Majesty will ever require from you, to secure your future peace, Religion and Liberties.

As I shall always be unwilling to load this province with Taxes, but for their own Safety, in order to avoid any new Tax, or issuing of Notes to depreciate our Currency, I shall enter into any reasonable Measure, that so much of the sum paid into our Agents in London from the Treasury, of which I have received advice, should be employed to pay the Forces already raised, or which may be raised—by drawing Bills upon those Agents until a peace shall be obtained, or the Indian Commotions subside

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly

I must also recommend it to you, that one thousand Pounds Sterling should be paid out of the sum in the Agents hands, to discharge the sum of one Thousand Pounds advanced by the Earl of Loudoun and Mr. Shirley, to pay our Forces at New York—in order to take up Mr. Hugh Wallace's Bonds to which he gave upon the Credit of this Province; and also pay him what Ballance still further remains due to him upon your passing his Accounts as well as the sum advanced for the pay of our Forces employed upon the

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Ohio, upon the Credit of this Province, by Brigadier Forbes, that this Colony may Preserve its Honor and Credit abroad

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

I have nothing more to recommend to you, but that you would think of giving a Premium to Encourage the raising and Exporting of Hemp to Great Britain, to be upon an equal footing with your Neighbouring Colony; as also upon Flax seed; and, that the Inspection Laws might take place upon Tobacco and Flour upon Cape Fear River as they are likely to become Articles of Export; and also that you would seriously consider of giving encouragement for Schools to be fixed for the Education of your Youth in Christian Principles, and in other Branches of Learning that may make them valuable Members of Society

As it has always been my Principal view and Care to promote the happiness, peace, and Safety, of this Province, and to preserve his Majesty's just prerogative, and the just rights of the Assembly; so I shall join, in every measure, agreeable to my Instruction from his Majesty, to procure Unity Harmony, and the peace safety and Improvement of the Province

The Writ and Certificate of Electing Francis Brown a Representative for the County of Perquimons, in the room and stead of Mr. Francis Brown, to sit and vote in this present Assembly &c. was laid before the House

Then on Motion Resolved, that the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to Consider of the said Writ and Certificate, and choose Mr. John Starkey Chairman, who took the Chair Accordingly.

After some time spent therein the Committee came to the following Resolutions which the Chairman was directed to report to the House to wit,

That the Committee had heard the Allegations of Mr. Francis Brown regarding his being elected a Representative for the County of Perquimons and duly Considered the same, together with the said Writ, Certificate and other papers, laid before them by the said Mr. Brown, and—

Resolved—That no person, in Virtue of the said Writ, is regularly returned a Representative for Perquimons County, to sit and vote in this present Assembly, in the room and stead of Mr. Francis Brown;

Then on Motion, Resolved, That the Committee rise, and Mr.

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Speaker resume the Chair. The Committee arose, and Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Chairman reported the above Resolution of the Committee to the House, to which the House agreed. Then on Motion

Ordered, That His Excellency be addressed, to direct the Clerk of the Crown to issue another Writ, for Electing a Member for Perquimons County, to sit and vote in this present Assembly, as no person hath been duly returned Elected Representative for the said County in Virtue of the former.

On Motion ordered that the following Message be sent to His Excellency the Governor

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esquire, Governor &c.

Sir The Writ for Electing a Member for Perquimons County in the room and stead of Mr. Francis Brown, having been duly and regularly returned, and Mr. James Blount one of the Members for Tyrril County being Dead; and as this House apprehend not any Writs for Electing Members for the County of Hertford hath been issued: therefore desire your Excellency will be pleased to direct the Clerk of the Crown to issue another Writ for Electing a Member for Tyrril County and also to issue a Writ for Electing a Member for Perquimons County in the room and stead of the said James Blount, and likewise a Writ for Electing Members to sit and vote in this Present Assembly for the County of Hertford.

Then the House adjourned till 4 oClock in the Afternoon

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment

On Motion Resolved that the House Resolve into a Committee of the Whole House to Consider His Excellencys Speech, and unanimously Choose Mr. John Starkey Chairman who took the Chair Accordingly

Then on Motion—Ordered that his Excellencys Speech be read—the same is read, and on mature Consideration thereof the Committee came to a Resolution thereon

Mr. Chairman was directed to report to the House, that the Committee not having time to reduce it into form, desired leave to sit again To morrow.

Then on motion Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Chairman reported that the Committee had maturely considered the several Papers and Paragraphs of the Governors Speech,

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and had come to a Resolution thereon, but not having time to reduce it into form, desire leave to sit again Tomorrow.

Resolved that the Committee sit again Tomorrow.

Then the House adjourned till to morrow morning 10 oClock


Thursday November 13th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

The order of the day being read, the Committee set, and Mr. Chairman took the Chair.

Mr. Chairman informed the Committee that he had reduced yesterdays Resolution into form, which he read.

Then the Committee directed Mr. Chairman to report the same to the House and then on motion Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair

Mr. Chairman reported that the Committee had Resolved, that as many Forces be sent from this Province to join the Forces of our Neighbouring Colonies in the War against the Cherokee Indians, as the present Circumstances of the Inhabitants will admit, to which Resolve the House agreed,

Then on motion, Ordered that Mr. Starkey, Mr. Leech, and Mr. Ashe prepare an Address in Answer to his Excellency the Governors Speech and lay the same before the House for approbation.

Mr. Ashe presented the petition of John Williams of New Hanover County, Setting forth, among the other things, that his house was accidently burnt in the night of the 29th day of December last; and therein was burnt the sum of forty nine pounds paper Currency &c. Praying relief

Then on motion Ordered, That Mr. Graves, Mr Harris, Mr Benton, Mr. Lemon and Mr. Vail enquire into the Facts set forth in the said Petition and report the same to the House

On motion Ordered that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty, and other purposes.

And Mr. Baker, Mr. Starkey, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Howe, and Mr. Harris are appointed accordingly.

Mr. Ashe moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to fix the Boundary Line between New Hanover and Duplin County

Ordered he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Then the House adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow Morning.


Friday November 14th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Starkey from the Committee appointed to prepare an Address

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in answer to his Excellency's Speech, reported that the Committee had prepared the same; which he laid before the House, for approbation.

On motion ordered that the same be read, read the same, the House approved thereof—and on motion, Ordered, That the same stand the Address of the House, and be entered on the Journal thereof, as follows, Vizt

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esquire Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief, in and over his Majesty's Province of North Carolina.

Sir

We his Majestys most dutiful and Loyal Subjects the Assembly of this Province, beg leave to Congratulate your Excellency on the glorious success of His Majesty's Arms, in the Conquest of all Canada: an event so truly glorious fills our hearts with Joy and Gratitude; but how Complete must our satisfaction be, if upon the approaching peace, the possession of those Countries shall be Confirmed to the British Crown; an Acquisition that must greatly extend and increase our National Trade and Commerce, and secure the future peace and Safety of the North Colonies; when the Canadians, from Troublesome incroaching Neighbours shall become quiet and obedient Subjects under his Majesty's mild and Equitable Government

The letters your Excellency has laid before us from the Lieutenant Governors of the Neighbouring Provinces afford us some Prospect of an end to the Cherokee War, upon Honorable terms; but as the Treaty with those Savages may prove abortive we are Convinced that the most effectual Methods of Treating with Indians is, when they are under the dread of a Superior force; and altho this Province (one of the least in Trade and Riches) has already emulated the most opulent in the Zeal for his Majestys Service having during this War, Granted in several Aids, in support of the common cause, not less than Eighty Thousand Pounds, and thereby anticipated our funds, and contracted a large Debt; yet we will at this Crisis (as hoping it may be the last) Join the Forces of Virginia and South Carolina, with such of ours, as the Indigent and almost Exhausted Circumstances [of] our Constituents will admit of.

Your Excellency's Moderation at this time, in not being willing to burthen the people with more Taxes, is extremely agreeable to us; but we cannot conceive that your Excellency's plan in drawing Bills can be properly executed as the Money already allotted to this

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Province out of the first Parliamentary Grant is, for the greatest part, by a Law not yet repealed appropriated towards erecting public buildings, and the Residue by orders and Resolves already applied to various Purposes; and we flatter ourselves, had we been so fortunate as to have had the Concurrence of the other Branches of the Legislature in passing a Law (more than once attempted) for appointing an agent in London, who might have produced proper Documents of our Expences and represented our duty and Zeal for His Majesty's Service, (Considering our Circumstances) in their true light to his Majesty's Ministers, we should have been in Expectation of Partaking of His Majesty's Royal Grace and favour out of the first £200,000 Granted by Parliament to the Colonies, and of which Virginia has received £20,546 as her Proportion exclusive of £32,268.19.0 out of the £50,000 Grant; Whereas the whole coming to this Province is not more than £7,789.1.1 Sterling; and even out of which, there is a demand of £1000, as your Excellency informs us, that was advanced by Lord Loudoun and Mr. Shirley, to pay the Forces at New York Notwithstanding a sufficient fund was raised by this province; and therefore we cannot help being of Opinion, that the small part of his Majesty's Royal Bounty coming to this Colony, is apparently owing to the want of an Agent to represent our dutiful Behaviour to His Majesty and his ministers

We are highly sensible how necessary it is for the Public Credit to be Preserved in its purest Lustre; and we shall Endeavour, all in our power, in the Instance you are pleased to mention and every other, to support it; as the Extraordinary Charges of the War has Exhausted all our funds, we must be under the indispensible Necessity to postpone the Consideration of Premiums, on several Articles of our produce, till a more favourable opertunity; and beg leave to assure your Excellency that whatever is found Defective in our Inspection Law we shall Chearfully provide for.

The Public Schools (so much wanted and earnestly desired) had, by a former Assembly, £6,000 appropriated for their Establishment but that Law lies under a suspending Clause for his Majesty's Royal approbation, and the Money has since been borrowed for the Service of the War.

We return your Excellency our Sincere thanks for your obliging assurance, in joining in every Salutary Measure, for the good of the Province, agreeable to your Instructions, and that you will Preserve the Just rights of the Assembly, as well as his Majesty's Royal Prerogative; We are fully Persuaded, that both can well and ought to

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subsist, inseperably together and that whoever would divide them ought, Justly to be esteemed an Enemy to both; The Prerogative of the Crown being, as we apprehend exerted purely to the ease and Benefit of the Subjects, and give us leave to say, we are [not] concious of ever attempting to invaid any part of it; altho, last Session your Excellency, in a Speech, and sending the Resolves of the Commons of Great Britain, seemed to charge us with something like it, We are therefore sorry to say, that we have reason to believe that this promise has been unfairly and unkindly represented at Home as the Assembly never Arrogated to themselves, the powers, mentioned in those Resolves to have been claimed by the Assembly of Jamaica

Then the House Adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow morning.


Saturday November 15th 1760. The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. Abraham Shepard one of the Members for Dobbs County appeared and took his seat.

On Motion ordered that Mr. Harnett and Mr. Mackey wait on his Excellency the Governor and let him know, the House desire he would acquaint them when they shall wait on him with the Address thereof, who being returned, reported his Excellency returned for Answer he would receive the House with their Address on Monday next.

Then the House Adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.


Monday November 17th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Hutchins, one of the Members for Anson County, and Mr. John Frohock one of the members for Rowan County appeared and took their seats in the House.

His Excellency the Governor sent a message to the House desiring the immediate attendance in the Council Chamber.

Mr. Speaker with the Members, waited on his Excellency the Governor in the Council Chamber, and Mr. Speaker presented his Excellency with the Address thereof to which his Excellency was pleased to return for answer thereto as follows Vizt

Gentlemen—

I return you thanks for your sincere and hearty Congratulations upon the success of his Majesty's Arms, on the Reduction of all Canada by General Amherst; and your provision of Granting a

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supply to secure a speedy and honorable peace with the Cherokees, in Conjunction with the Neighboring Provinces.

Your sense of my Endeavors to ease you of great part of the Burthen in raising the supply is very agreeable to me; but as you think you cannot make use of the net sum paid into your Agents in London of £7,721.10.10d I must herein differ from you; either as to our having no proper Agent in London, the Lords of the Treasury having accepted of the nomination, both of the council and the Assembly, though in Distinct persons, or as to disposing of the sum, which will still exceed £7,000, after Mr. Abercrombie's having paid himself the Ballance you ordered by my Warrant to be paid him in England; and it is within your own power to have a proper Aid Bill to repeal any former application, and to apply it for the future, for the Public use of the Province, when no part has been applied in Pursuance of your former Resolutions.

I make no doubt but you will adhere to your present Loyal provisions of uniting his Majesty's just Prerogative with the Just rights of the Assembly; I hope therefore you will put no Tack to the Aid Bill as formerly has been attempted, that may make it necessary for me to reject it

The Clerk informed the House that his Excellency the Governor sent to him by Mr. Powell thereby requiring him to furnish his Excellency with a Copy of the Journal of this House daily; Whereupon the Question was put, whether the Clerk, during the Session, give any Copy of the Journal, or any part thereof, until the same shall be first examined, and Compared with the Minutes by Mr. Speaker; And carried in the Negative

Ordered That after the said Journal or any part thereof, shall be so examined and compared, the Clerk, so soon as the business of the House will permit him, shall furnish his Excellency with a Copy of the Same

Mr. Baker from the Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty, and other purposes, reported a Committee had prepared the Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty, for appointing an Agent to Solicit the Affairs of this Province at the Several Boards in England, and for other purposes, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read passed, and Ordered to be sent to the Council by Mr. Frohock and Mr. Ashe

The House Adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning

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Tuesday November 18th 1760.

Mr. Baker moved for leave to bring in a bill to alter and amend an Act Intitled an Act concerning proving Wills, and Granting Letters of Administration, and to prevent fraud in the management of Intestates Estates

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Baker presented to the House the aforementioned Bill; which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Baker moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to ascertain the method of paying Taxes and Levies in Commodities, and for other purposes

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Baker presented the aforementioned Bill which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Baker moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to regulate Elections for Members to serve in the General Assembly; and to Ascertain who shall be qualified to Vote at the said Elections or be Elected a Member of the General Assembly and to directe the method to be observed in taking the poll, at the several Elections in the Counties and Towns in this Province

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Baker presented the aforementioned Bill which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Ashe moved for leave to bring in a Bill for raising Money towards Finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Ashe presented the aforementioned Bill which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Clerks Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk passed and Ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Starkey moved for leave to bring in a Bill for establishing a Printing Office

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

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Mr. Starkey presented the above mentioned Bill, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table; where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Haywood moved for leave to bring in a Bill for Establishing a Town on the Land of Joseph Howell, on Tarr River

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Haywood presented the above mentioned Bill which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above six Bills to the Council by Mr. Dry and Mr. Leech

Mr. Ashe presented the Petition of John Lane of the province of South Carolina setting forth, That Barnaby McKinnie late of Edgcomb County in his life time was seized in his Demessne, as of fee, of and into sixteen hundred and ninety Acres of Land, in Halifax County (formerly Edgcombe) and by his last Will and Testament in Writing devised the same with other Lands to his son Richard McKinnie with Limitation over to Patience Lane Mother of your Petitioner, and Mourning Pope, equally to be divided between them &c—and that the said John Lane is apprehensive some doubt may arise whether the said Land may not be entailed, and to prevent Tedious and Expensive Law Suits—Praying an Act may Pass to dock the entail of the said Lands, and settle other Lands to the same use

Mr. Ashe Presented the Petition of William Hurst of Granville County Setting forth that Colo Barnaby MeKinnie late of Edgcomb County in his life time was seized in his demesne as of fee, of and into Two Hundred and Fifty Acres of Land in Halifax County, (formerly Edgcomb) and by his last Will and Testament in Writing devised the same together with other Lands to his daughter Christian, (Wife to the said William Hurst) in fee Tail, &c. That the said William Hurst is desirous of advancing and promoting the Interest and Fortune of Mary, only daughter and Heir of the said Christian by Settling Lands and other Estate of Greater Value than the aforesaid 250 Acres of Land on her the said Mary—Praying an Act may pass to dock the Intail of the said 250 Acres of Land, and that other Lands may be settled to the same uses.

Mr. Ashe presented the Petition of Barnaby McKinnie of the Province of North Carolina Setting forth that Barnaby McKinnie late of Edgecomb County, Grand father of the Petitioner, in his life time was seized, in his Demesne, as of fee of and in three hundred

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Acres of Land lying and being in Halifax County (formerly Edgecombe) and by his last Will and Testament in Writing devised the same together with other Lands to his son Richard McKinnie with Limitation over, that if the said Richard should die without issue then to his son John McKinnie father to the Petitioner, and to the Heirs of his body lawfully begotten &c That the said Barnaby McKinnie is in some doubt whether the said 300 Acres may be entailed or not &c Praying the entail (if so) may be docked, and other Lands settled in Lieu thereof to the same use

Then on Motion ordered that a Committee be appointed to enquire into the allegations and facts set forth in the said Petition and report the same to the House, and Mr. Hewes, Mr. Harnett and Mr. Harris are accordingly appointed

On Motion ordered that Mr. McCullock, Mr. Haywood, Mr. Leech, Mr. Vail and Mr. Thomas Barrow enquire into the Allegations and facts set forth in the several Petitions of the Inhabitants of Beaufort County, for and against the Division thereof, referred by the House at the last Session, and report thereon to the House

Mr. Harris Presented a Certificate from the Court of Granville County, Certifying that Enoch Rentfrow of Granville County is a disabled man and therein recommending him to the Assembly to be exempt from Payment of Public County and Parish Taxes

Ordered that he be exempt Accordingly

Mr. McCulloch Presented a Certificate from the Court of Halifax County Certifying that Richard Evans of Halifax County, is aged and infirm, and therein Recommending him to be exempt from Paying Public Taxes, and doing Public duties

Ordered that he be exempt accordingly

Mr. Webster presented a Certificate from the Court of Hyde County, Certifying that John Houson of the aforesaid County is aged and infirm, and therein recommending him to be Exempt from paying public Taxes, and doing Public duties

Ordered that he be exempt accordingly

Mr. Shepard Presented a Certificate from the Court of Dobbs County certifying that Alexander Mitchell is ancient, poor, and infirm, and therein recommending him to be exempt from paying Public Taxes, and doing Public duties

Ordered he be exempt accordingly

Mr. Starkey moved that a Committee be appointed to examine state and settle the Public Accounts of this Province; and Mr. Harnett,

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Mr. McCulloch, Mr. Leech, Mr. Corbin, Mr. Coutanche, Mr. Hewes and Mr. Moore are accordingly appointed.

On Motion ordered that Mr. Starkey, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Bartram, Mr. Mackey, Mr. Vail, Mr. Benton, Mr. Frohock, Mr. Howe and Mr. Baker settle and allow the Public Claims; and that the following Message be sent to the Council, Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council.

This House have appointed Mr. Harnett, Mr. McCulloch, Mr. Leech, Mr. Corbin, Mr. Coutanche, Mr. Hewes, and Mr. Moore a Committee to state and settle the Public Accounts; and Mr. Starkey, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Bartram, Mr. Mackey, Mr. Vail, Mr. Frohock, Mr. Benton, Mr. Howe and Mr. Baker a Committee to settle and allow Public Claims, in conjunction with such of your Honours as you may think proper to appoint.

Sent the above Message by Mr. Frohock and Mr. Shepard.

Mr. Vail from a Committee appointed to enquire into the Facts set forth in the Petition of John Williams, reported that the Committee had considered the same and

Resolved, that it appears that the said John Williams left his dwelling House on the Twenty eight day of December last and on the Thirtieth returned to his plantation and found his house reduced to Ashes; and declared on Oath that he left the sum of forty nine pounds proclamation money locked up in a Chest in the said House, which he verily believes was burnt therein; and that the said Committee are of opinion that the said John Williams be paid the sum of Forty nine Pounds Proclamation Money, out of the sinking fund to be burnt this Session; and submits the same to the consideration of the House

On Motion Resolved, that the House do not concur with the above report of the said Committee

The House adjourned till 3 oClock afternoon

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Barrow presented to the House, a Certificate from the Court of Hyde County certifying that Wm And Samuel Fortescue, are deaf and dumb, recommending them to be exempt from paying Public Taxes and doing public duties

Ordered they be exempt accordingly.

Received from the Council the following Bills, to wit

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The Bill for Granting an Aid to His Majesty &c.

The Bill to alter and amend an Act Intitled an Act, concerning proving Wills and granting Letters of Administrations &c

The Bill to regulate Elections for Members to serve in the General Assembly &c

The Bill to ascertain the Method of Paying Taxes, and Levies in Commodities, and for other Purposes.

The Bill for Establishing a Town on the Land of Joseph Howell on Tar River

The Bill for raising Money by a Lottery towards finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick Endorsed November 18th 1760—In the Upper House of Assembly, read the first time and passed.

The Bill for Establishing a post office; Endorsed November 18th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time amended and passed

Received from the Council the following Message Viz

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly

In answer to your Message relative to the Committees we have appointed the Honble Lewis De Rossett, and John Rieussett Esquires, a Committee of this House to state and settle the Public Accounts; and the Honble John Swann, and Maurice Moore Esquires a Committee of this House, to settle and allow the Public Claims

JAMES HASELL P. C.

On Motion ordered that the Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty &c be read Read the same Then on Motion

Resolved That the House Resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to morrow to take under Consideration the subject matter of the said Bill

On Motion Resolved that the Clerk of the Assembly do not deliver the Original Journal or Minutes of the Assembly without order of the House, to any Person, unless to Mr. Speaker

Mr. Benton moved that a Committee be appointed to prepare a Bill for amending an Act Intitled an Act for Regulating the several officers fees within this Province; and Ascertaining the Method of paying the same, and Mr. McGee Mr. Hutchins, Mr. Benton, Col. Leech, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Starkey, and Mr. Frohock are accordingly appointed

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 10 oClock

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Wednesday, November 19th 1760 The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Hewes from the Committee appointed to examine into the Allegations and Matters set forth in the Petitions of Barnaby McKinnie, John Lane and William Hurst, Reported, That it appears to them, that the Matters in the said Petitions mentioned are true, and that the Lands proposed to be settled in Lieu thereef, are of greater value than the Lands mentioned in the said Petitions.

Signed
JOSEPH HEWES,
CORNELIUS HARNETT,
ROBERT HARRIS.

Then on Motion ordered, That a Bill be brought in pursuant to the prayers of the said Petitions

Mr. Hewes presented a Bill to dock the Intail of certain Lands therein mentioned vesting the fee simple thereof in Blake Baker and for settling other Lands in Lieu thereof, to the same uses, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Ashe according to order brought in a Bill, for fixing the bounds between the Counties of New Hanover and Duplin; which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Mr. Hewes moved for leave to present a Bill for Altering the times of holding the Inferior Courts of Pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan.

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and present the same.

Mr. Hewes presented the above mentioned Bill which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk passed and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Sent the above three Bills to the Council by Mr. Baker and Mr. Howe

Mr. Howe presented the petition of several of the Inhabitants of Bladen County which was read setting forth &c—Praying an Act may Pass for Erecting a Town on the Mouth of Rockfish Creek &c.

Mr. Hutchins objected thereto, and presented the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Counties of New Hanover, Bladen and Cumberland, setting forth the General advantage to Trade &c and of Cape

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Fear &c to erect a Town at Cross Creek on the South West side of the North West River in the County of Cumberland praying a Town may be erected pursuant to the Petition.

Then on Motion Resolved, that the consideration of the above two Petitions be referred to the next Session of Assembly, and that in the mean time Mr. Howe, Mr. Bartram, Mr. Waddell Mr. Frohock, Mr. Hutchins, Mr. Thomas Gibson, and Mr. Hector McNeill or the Majority of them view the two Places mentioned in the said Petitions or other place proper for Erecting a Town on the North West River of Cape Fear and report thereon to the next Session of Assembly

Mr. McCulloch from the Committee appointed to Examine into the several Petitions from the Inhabitants of Beaufort County, for and against the Division thereof reported that the said Committee had strictly examined the said Petitions, and find a great Majority of the Inhabitants of the said County, are for a Division thereof and recommended it to the House, that a Bill be brought in and passed into an Act, to divide the said County agreeable to a plan laid before the Committee and Presented to the House

Signed
ALEXANDER McCULLOCH,
EDWARD VAIL,
WILLIAM HAYWOOD,
THOMAS BONNER.

To which the House agreed.

Then on Motion Ordered that Mr. Simpson prepare and bring in a Bill pursuant to the report of the said Committee.

Mr. Simpson Presented a Bill for erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish, by the name of Pitt County and St Michaels Parish; and for Adjourning the Court from the Court House on the Land of Thomas Bonner to the Court House in Bath Town, and other Purposes therein mentioned; which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk passed and Ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent by Mr. Coutanche and Mr. Simpson

Mr. Harnett moved for leave to bring in a Bill for Confirming the Charter of the Borough of Wilmington; and other Purposes

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Harnett presented the afore mentioned Bill which he read in

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his place, and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Harnett and Mr. Ashe

Mr. Barrow moved for leave to bring in a Bill for destroying Black Birds and Squirrels in the County of Hyde.

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Barrow presented the afore mentioned Bill, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table; where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and Ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Barrow and Mr. Harris

On Motion Ordered That the Bill for Establishing a Town on the Land of Joseph Howell on Tar River be read a second time. Read the same a second time, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Haywood and Mr. Lemon.

Then the House adjourned till 2 oClock in the Afternoon.

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment

Received from the Council the following Bills Vizt

The Bill to dock the Intail of Certain Lands therein mentioned; vesting the Fee simple thereof in Blake Baker &c.

The Bill for destroying Crows, black birds and squirrels &c.

The Bill for confirming the Charter of the Borough of Wilmington &c

The Bill for altering the times of holding the Inferior Courts of pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan

The Bill for erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish &c—and

The Bill for fixing the Bounds of the Counties of New Hanover and Duplin

Endorsed November 19th 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed.

Mr. Hutchins moved for leave to present a Bill for altering the method of Working on the Roads in the Counties of Bladen, Cumberland, Anson, Rowan and Duplin

Ordered he have leave accordingly.

Mr. Hutchins presented the above mentioned Bill, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent by Mr. Hutchins and Mr. Bonner.

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The order of the day regarding the Aid Bill being read Resolved that the same be referred till tomorrow.

Then the House adjourned till Tomorrow morning 9 oClock


Thursday November 20th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Starkey pursuant to a Resolve of the first Session of this Assembly held at New Bern in May last Reported that he had perused the sundry papers and Accounts theretofore passed this House, regarding the several Aids Granted to his Majesty in and since the year 1754, to the last Session of Assembly held at Wilmington in June last inclusive and laid the same before the House.

The House approved thereof.

On Motion ordered that Mr. Bell, Mr. Starkey and Mr. Dry be appointed a Committee to prepare a Bill for Continuing and amending an Act Intitled an Act for appointing a Militia, and to continue an Act, Intitled an Act for the restraint of Vagrants and for making provision for the poor and other purposes, and they are accordingly appointed.

The order of the day regarding the Aid Bill being read, Resolved that the same be referred till tomorrow.

On motion ordered the Bill for erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish by the name of Pitt County and St. Michaels Parish, be read the Second time. Read the same a second time, amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Baker and Mr. Simpson

On Motion ordered the Bill to Dock the Intail of Certain Lands therein mentioned, vesting the Fee simple thereof in Blake Baker &c be read the second time, read the same a second time passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

The Bill for Altering the time for holding the Inferior Courts of pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan, be read the second time—read the same a second time passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

The Bill for fixing the Bounds of the Counties of New Hanover and Duplin be read the second time, read the same a second time, amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council—and

The Bill for destroying Crows, black birds and squirrels &c be read the second time, read the same a second time, amended passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above four Bills by Mr. Baker and Mr. Dry.

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Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 oClock


Friday November 21st 1760. The House met according to adjournment

Mr. Dry moved for leave to present a Bill for dividing New Hanover County

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Dry presented the said Bill, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Baker and Mr. Frohock.

Mr. Hinton one of the Members for Johnston County appeared

Mr. Baker moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to impower the Inhabitants of the several parishes within this Province that have no Vestries within their respective Parishes to meet and elect the same.

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Baker presented the above mentioned Bill, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table, where the same was read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Baker and Mr. Frohock.

The Serjeant at Arms having returned the Warrant for this House to take into his Custody Mr. Bryan, Mr. Hinton, Mr. Shepard, and Mr. Davis.

Mr. Shepard, Mr. Bryan, and Mr. Hinton appeared, and being executed [excused] by the House—

On motion Resolved, that they be excused from paying any part of the Expence to the Serjeant at Arms who went for them; and that they take their seats in the House

Mr. John Barrow one of the Members for Beaufort County, appeared.

The order of the day being read, regarding the Aid Bill;

On motion Resolved, That the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to take under consideration the subject of the said Bill

The House Resolved into a Committee of the whole House for the purposes aforesaid after some time spent the Committee came to several Resolutions; which Mr. Chairman was directed to report to the House; but not having time to reduce them into form desire leave to sit again tomorrow

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Then on motion Resolved, That the Committee rise and Mr. Speaker resume the Chair.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow Morning 10 oClock


Saturday November 22d 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Benton from the Committee appointed to prepare a Bill for amending an Act, Intitled an Act for regulating the several officers fees in this Province and ascertaining the method of Paying the same, Reported, that the Committee had prepared the same, and desired leave to present it to the House.

Ordered that he present the same.

Mr. Benton presented the afore mentioned Bill, which he read in his place, and Delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Benton moved for leave to present a Bill for taking up stray Horses within this Province

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Benton presented the aforementioned Bill, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Coutanch moved for leave to bring in a Bill for obtaining an exact list of Taxables, and for the effectual Collecting as well all arrears of Taxes as all other Taxes for the future due and payable, and other purposes therein mentioned.

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Coutanch presented the aforementioned Bill, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Received from the Council the following Bills—Vizt

The Bill for altering the times of holding Inferior Courts of pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan, and the Bill for destroying Crows and black birds and squirrels in Hyde County. Endorsed Nov. 21st 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the second time and passed

And the Bill for fixing the Bounds between the Counties of New Hanover and Duplin Endorsed, November 21st 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly, read the second time amended and passed.

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The Bill to Impower the Inhabitants of Several Parishes within this Province that have no Vestries &ca to Elect Vestries. Endorsed, November 21st 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed

The order of the day being read, on Motion Resolved that the Committee sit.

The House resolved into a Committee, and Mr. Chairman took the Chair.

Mr. Chairman Informed the Committee that he had reduced the amendments to the aid Bill in form, which he read, and were agreed to by the Committee

Then on Motion Resolved, That the Committee rise, and Mr. Speaker resume the Chair.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Chairman reported, that the Committee had prepared and agreed to several amendments to the Aid Bill, which he laid before the House. The House agreed thereto, and ordered the same be inserted in the said Bill The same are inserted accordingly.

On Motion ordered, that the Bill to alter and amend an Act Intitled an Act concerning proving Wills, and Granting Letters of Administration &c be read the second time, read the same a second time, amended passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same by Mr. Bartram and Mr. Bonner

Then the House adjourned till Monday Morning 10 oClock.


Monday November 24th 1760. The House met according to adjournment.

On Motion Resolved, that the House do not receive any Bills after Tuesday next

Mr. Starkey moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to continue an Act Intitled an Act for the Restraint of Vagrants, and for making provision for the poor, and other purposes.

Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Starkey presented the afore mentioned Bill which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table; where the same was again read by the Clerk passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Leech moved for leave to bring in a Bill, to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the better regulation of the Town of New Bern, and for securing the Titles of Persons who hold Lots in the said Town; passed the 30th of September, 1756.

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Ordered that he have leave and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Leech presented the above mentioned Bill which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table; where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the said Bill to the Council by Mr. Bonner and Mr. Benton

Received from the Council the Bill for Erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish &c and

The Bill for Establishing a Town on the Land of Joseph Howell on Tar River

Endorsed, November 21st 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the second time and passed

The Bill for obtaining an Exact List of Taxables &c Endorsed Nov 22d 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed

The Bill for erecting St Philips Parish into a County, Endorsed November 21st 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed

Mr. Howe presented the Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Brown Marsh, Hammonds Creek, and the Western prong or Branch of Wagama setting forth that about five miles below Bladen County House, to South Carolina [a] Road would be very convenient for Travellers; and also for the Inhabitants to carry their produce to the Northwest River; Praying a Bill may be brought in to grant the said Commissioners for their own Districts &c which was read and then on Motion—

Ordered that a Bill be brought in pursuant to the prayers of the said Petition

Mr. Starkey moved for leave to bring in a Bill to amend and Continue an Act, Intitled an Act for Appointing a Militia

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Starkey presented the aforementioned Bill which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On motion ordered that the Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty, for appointing an Agent &c, be read the second time Read the same a second time, amended passed and Ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above two Bills to the Council by Mr. Waddell and Mr. Frohock

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On Motion Resolved, that the Treasurer of the Southern district pay the Serjeant who went for Mr. Bryan, Mr. Hinton Mr. Shepard and Mr. Davis out of the public Treasury, and that the said Treasurer retain Mr. Davis Proportion out of his Salary; and also that the said Treasurer pay the said Serjeant who went for Mr. Gibson and Mr. McNeill out of the said Treasury; and that they Mr. Gibson and Mr. McNeill repay the said Treasurer

Resolved that the Speaker issue his Warrant against the following Members to wit Mr. Jacob Farrow, Mr. Caleb Ethridge Mr. William Ferebe, and Mr. Wm Bray four of the Members for Currituck County; Mr. Samuel Swann Junr, Mr. Thomas Taylor, Mr. John Lowry Mr. Joseph Jones, and Mr. Jarvis Jones the Members for Pasquotank County; Mr. Richard Saunderson one of the Members for Perquimons County; Mr. William Williams, one of the Members for Bertie County; Mr. Cray, one of the Members for Orange County to levy the fine of 10 shillings per Diem, each, for failing to make their personal appearance this Session of Assembly

On Reading the Petition of Susanah Regan, Widow, it is

Resolved, that Susanah Regan, Widow of Gabriel Regan who was killed in the Service of this Province, on an Expedition against Fort Du Quesne, be allowed the sum of Twenty pounds Proclamation Money; to be paid by John Starkey Esquire out of the Public Treasury, by a Warrant from his Excellency the Governor, and that the said Treasurer be allowed the same on passing his Accounts with the Public and that the following Message be sent to his Majestys Council Viz

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council

On Reading the Petition of Susanah Regan, Widow of Gabriel Regan and maturely considering the same, this House have Resolved, that the said Susanah Regan Widow of Gabriel Regan who was killed in the service of this Province on an Expedition against Fort Du Quesne, be allowed Twenty Pounds Proc Money to be paid out of the Public Treasury by a Warrant from His Excellency the Governor, and that the said Treasurer be allowed the same on passing his Account with the Public, and desire your Honors Concurrence

Sent by Mr. Starkey and Mr. Vail

Ordered that Mr. Simpson and Mr. Harris be added to the Committee of Public Accounts

Received from the Council the Bill to continue an Act for the

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Restraint of Vagrants And the Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the better Regulation of the Town of New Bern &ca Endorsed November 24th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed

Mr. Howe Presented a Certificate from the County Court of Bladen, Certifying that Samuel Mercer of said County, is an object of Compasion, and recommending him to be exempt from doing Public duties

Ordered that he be exempt accordingly

Then the House adjourned till Tomorrow morning 9 oClock


Tuesday November 25th 1760 The House met according to Adjournment

On Motion ordered that the Bill, to Impower the inhabitants of the several Parishes within this Province, that have no Vestry within their Respective Parishes, to meet and elect Vestries, be read the second time

Read the same a second time amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Mr. Frohock moved for leave to present a Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the relief of such persons as have suffered, or may suffer, by not having had their deeds and Mesne Conveyances proved and Registered within the time heretofore appointed for such purposes, and prevent disputes and Law suits concerning Lands.

Ordered he have leave accordingly.

Mr. Frohock presented the aforementioned Bill, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk, Passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill for altering the times of holding the Inferior Courts of pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan, be read the third time, read the same a third time, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered the Bill for amending an Act, Intitled an Act, for regulating the several officers fees in this Province &c be read the second time Read the same a second time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill for Establishing a Town on the Lands of Joseph Howell on Tar River, be read a third time. Read the same a third time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act

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for the better Regulating the Town of New Bern &c, be read the second time Read the same a second time amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered, That the Bill for erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish &c be read the third time Read the same a third time, amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill to Continue an Act, Intitled an Act for the restraint of Vagrants &ca be read the second time. Read the same a second time, Amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the aforementioned eight Bills to the Council by Mr. Benton and Mr. Harris

Mr. Baker moved for leave to bring in a bill to impower the Justices of the Inferior Courts to bind out Mulatto Children born of any white woman

Ordered that he have leave accordingly

Mr. Baker presented the aforementioned Bill which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where the same was again read by the Clerk. Then on Motion, Ordered that the said Bill lie on the Table for the perusal of the House.

On Motion Ordered that the Bill for destroying Crows Blackbirds and Squirrels &c. be read the third time, read the same a third time and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Vail and Mr. Hutchins.

On motion ordered the Bill for Confirming the Charter of the Borough of Wilmington &c be read the second time Read the same a second time, and on motion the question was put, that the said Bill be rejected; and the same was rejected accordingly

Received from the Council the Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty for supporting an Agent, &ca Endorsed, November 25th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly, read the second time amended & passed

Mr. Howe brought in a Bill pursuant to the order of Monday last to repeal part of an Act, Intitled an Act, to Impower the Commissioners of the District herein after mentioned, to lay out and make new Roads, and to appoint Commissioners for a certain District in Bladen County, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Howe and Mr. Bartram

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Then the House adjourned till 3 oClock in the afternoon

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment

On Motion ordered that the Bill for fixing the Bounds between the Counties New Hanover and Duplin, be read the third time Read the same a third time,

On motion, the Question was put, and the said Bill was rejected

Received from the Council the Bill for Erecting the upper part of Beaufort County into a County and Parish by the name of Pitt County, and St Michaels Parish &ca

And the Bill for altering the times of holding Inferior Courts of Pleas and quarter Sessions in the County of Chowan; Endorsed, November 25th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed.

Received from the Council the Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the relief of such persons as have suffered, or may suffer, by not having had their deeds and mesne conveyances proved &ca, and

The Bill to amend and continue an Act, Intitled an Act, for appointing a Militia

Endorsed November 25th 1760 In the upper House of Assembly, read the first time and passed.

Received from the Council the Bill to Impower the Inhabitants of Several Parishes within this Province that have no Vestries within their Respective Parishes to meet and elect Vestries, and

The Bill to Continue an Act, Intitled an Act, for the restraint of Vagrants &c

Endorsed November 25th 1760 In the upper House of Assembly read the second time and passed

Received from the Council the Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the better regulating the several Officers fees, in this Province &c Endorsed November 25th 1760 In the upper House of Assembly, read the second time amended and passed.

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Wednesday November 26th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.

On motion ordered that the Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the relief of such persons as have suffered or may suffer, by not having had their deeds and mesne conveyances proved and Registered

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&c be read the second time Read the same a second time, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On motion ordered that the Bill, to amend and continue an Act, for appointing a Militia, be read the second time, read the same a second time, amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Received from the Council the Message sent by this House, to that Board on Monday last, regarding an allowance of Twenty Pounds, Proc. Money to Susanah Regan &ca Endorsed November 25th In the upper House of Assembly, read and concurred with

JAMES HASELL P. C.

On motion, ordered that the Bill, to continue an Act, for the restraint of Vagrants &c be read a third time, read the same a third time amended and passed

Sent the above three bills by Mr. Frohock and Mr. Bartram

On motion ordered that the Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty for appointing &c. be read the third time Read the same a third time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the said Bill to the Council by Mr. Waddell, Mr. Frohock, Mr. Harnett, Mr. Hewes and Mr. McCulloch

Received from the Council the following Bills

The Bill to amend an Act, for the relief of such persons, who have suffered or May suffer, by not having their Deeds or Mesne conveyances registered &ca. and The Bill to amend and continue an Act, Intitled, an Act, for appointing a Militia Endorsed, November 26th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly, read the second time and passed

And the Bill to repeal part of an Act, Intitled an Act to Impower the Commissioners of the District herein after mentioned, to lay out and make new Roads &ca. Endorsed November 26th 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the first time and passed.

On Motion ordered, that the Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the better regulation of the Town of Newbern &ca be read the second time. Read the same a second time, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

On Motion ordered that the Bill to repeal part of an Act Intitled an Act to Impower the Commissioners of the Districts herein after mentioned &ca to lay out and make new Roads &c, be read the second time Read the same a second time, amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

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Sent the above two Bills to the Council by Mr. Howe and Mr. Bartram

Then the House adjourned till 3 oClock in the Afternoon

P. M. The House met according to Adjournment

On Motion [ordered] that the Bill for raising Money by a Lottery, towards Finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick &c be read the second time. Read the same a second time amended passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill to continue James Davis Printer to this Province be read a second time. Read the same a second time, amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above Bills to the Council by Mr. Dry and Mr. Barrow.

Then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 oClock.


Thursday November 27th 1760 The House met according to adjournment

Mr. John Barrow moved for leave to absent [himself] from the service of the House on Account of his Indisposition.

Ordered that he have leave accordingly.

Mr. Starkey Administrator of the Estate of Mr. Jeremiah Vail, who in his lifetime was Receiver of the Powder Money in port Beaufort informed this House that there remained in the hands of the said Jeremiah Vail at the time of his Death a quantity of Gun Powder and Lead, which he had received on account of the Public, therefore moved that his Excellency the Governor be Addressed to direct the same to be sold at Public Vendue, and the Money arising by such sale, be applied according to Law.

Resolved, That his Excellency be addressed accordingly, as follows Vizt

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esquire, Captain General, Governor &c.

Sir—This House having been informed by John Starkey Esqr who is Administrator of the Estate of Mr. Jeremiah Vail late Powder Receiver in the port of Beaufort that there remained in the hands of the said Jeremiah Vail, at the time of his Death, a quantity of Gun Powder and Lead, which he had received in that port, for the use of the Public; Desire your Excellency will give directions that the same be sold at Public Sale, and the money arising thereby be applied according to Law

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Sent by Mr. Leech and Mr. Vail.

On Motion ordered that the Bill for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &c be read Read the same; and then

On Motion Resolved, that the House Resolve into a Committee of the Whole House, to take under consideration the subject matter of the said Bill

The House Resolved into a Committee of the [Whole] House, for the purposes aforesaid, and choose Mr. Edmund Smithwick Chairman, after some time spent, the Committee came to several Resolutions, and proposed several amendments thereto; which Mr. Chairman was directed to report to the House for Concurrence, and then

On Motion Resolved, that the Committee rise, and Mr. Speaker resume the Chair.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Chairman reported that the Committee had taken the said Bill into Consideration, and agreed to several amendments; which were read, agreed to, and ordered to be inserted in the said Bill; The same were incerted accordingly.

Received from the Council the following Bills

The Bill to repeal part of an Act, Intitled an Act to Impower the Commissioners of the Districts herein after mentioned, to lay out and make new Roads &ca Endorsed, November 26th, 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the second time and passed

The Bill to continue an Act, for the Restraint of Vagrants &c

The Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the better Regulation of the Town of New Bern &c

Endorsed, November 25th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

And the Bill for destroying Crows, Blackbirds and Squirrels, in Hyde County, Endorsed, November 25th 1760, In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

Received the following Message from the Council Vizt

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly

On reading a third time, the Bill, for Granting an Aid to his Majesty for appointing an Agent to solicit the affairs of this Province at the several Boards in England; We propose, that all that part of the Bill relative to appointing an agent, should be struck out, as it is

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foreign to the Aid; To which amendments if your House agree, please to send two of your Members to see the Alteration made

On Motion ordered that the Bill, to repeal part of an Act, Intitled an Act, to Impower the Commissioners of the District herein mentioned to lay out and make new Roads &ca be read the third time

Read the same a third time passed and ordered to be sent to the Council,

Sent the same to the Council, by Mr. Howe and Mr. Bartram.

Then the House adjourned till 3 oClock this afternoon

P. M. The House met according to adjournment

Then the House Adjourned till 9 oClock to morrow morning


Friday November 28th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment.

Resolved that the following Message be sent to his Majestys Council Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Council

On reading your Message of Yesterday, relative to the striking out of the Aid Bill that part which appoints an Agent, for this Province, to represent to his Majesty and his Ministers the dutiful Behaviour and Zeal of this House, and also to lay before them proper documents of the Charges and Expenses this Province has been at, in carrying on the War against his Majesty's Enemies in America; This House is of opinion that the said Clause is not foreign to the Bill, though it may seem to Your Honors to be so to the Aid as the Title expresseth both; and this House further apprehend, that it is consistent with that part of Mr. Secretary Pitts Letters formerly laid before this House, recommending the appointment of an agent, in order that this Province should receive its Proportion of the Sundry Grants recommended by his most Gracious Majesty to the Parliament of Great Britain towards reimbursing these Colonies the Charges and Expences they had been at, in his Majestys Service; This House, for the reasons afore mentioned cannot, in Justice to their Constituents, and the real Interest of this Province, agree to strike out that part of the said Bill relative to the appointment of an agent; but on the contrary esteem it essentially necessary to the happiness and Prosperity of this Province, and no ways Prejudicial to his Majesty's service; and therefore hope your Honors will be pleased to pass the said Bill as sent you from this House

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Sent by Mr. Howe and Mr. Bartram

On motion ordered that the Bill, for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &c be read the second time; read the same a second time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Dry and Mr. Hewes.

Received from the Council the following Bills Vizt

The Bills for raising Money by a Lottery towards finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick; and for applying the Produce of the Slaves, and other Effects taken from the spaniards at Cape Fear in the year 1748, to the same purpose

And the Bill to continue James Davis Printer to this Province Endorsed November 28th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly read the second time amended and passed

On motion ordered that the Bill for Dividing New Hanover County and for erecting that part thereof called St Philips Parish &ca into a County &c be read the second time Read the same a second time, amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above Bills to the Council by Mr. Dry and Mr. McCulloch

Then the House adjourned till 9 oClock to morrow morning


Saturday November 29th 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

On motion ordered that the Bill for Regulating the Election of Members to serve in the General Assembly, and to ascertain who shall be qualified to vote at the said Elections, or be Elected a Member of the General Assembly &ca be read, read the same; and then on motion

Resolved, that the House resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to Consider the subject matter of the said Bill

The House Resolved into a Committee of the whole House, for the Purposes aforesaid and choose Mr. Edmund Smithwick Chairman; who took the Chair accordingly;

Then on motion Ordered, that the said Bill be read. The same was read and several amendments proposed, thereto; which Mr. Chairman was directed to report to the House; and then Resolved that the Committee rise and that Mr. Speaker resume the Chair

The Committee arose, and Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair

Mr. Chairman reported that the Committee had taken the Subject Matter of the said Bill into Consideration, and proposed several amendments thereto, which he read, were agreed to by the House, and ordered to be inserted in the said Bill.

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The same are inserted accordingly

Then on motion Ordered that the said Bill be read the second time Read the said Bill the second time, with the said Amendments, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Mr. Leech moved for leave to bring in a Bill for appointing a Public Treasurer for the Northern District, of this Province

Ordered that he have leave, and that he prepare and bring in the same

Mr. Leech Presented the aforementioned Bill, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table; where the same was again read by the Clerk, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the above two Bills to the Council by Mr. Harris and Mr. Haywood

On motion ordered that the Bill to ascertain the method of paying taxes and Levies in commodities, be read the second time, read the same a second time,

Then on motion, the question was put, if the said Bill be rejected or not, and carried in the affirmative And the said Bill was accordingly rejected.

Received from the Council the following Bills Vizt

The Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty, for appointing an Agent &c Endorsed, November 29th 1760, In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

The Bill for dividing New Hanover County &ca Endorsed November 29th 1760 In the upper House of Assembly, read the second time and passed

And the Bill for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &c Endorsed, November 29th 1760 In the Upper House of Assembly, read the second time amended and passed

Then the House Adjourned till Monday Morning 10 oClock


Monday, December 1st 1760 The House met according to adjournment

Received the following Message from his Excellency the Governor Vizt

Mr. Speaker—

As I propose putting an end to this Session of Assembly to morrow, I desire you may finish such Bills, as are to be offered for my Assent; but as I find there is a Bill brought in to appoint a Northern

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Treasurer I must previously see Mr. Barker's Resignation; and see that it is accepted of, and entered on the Journals of each House before I can think of passing any Bill for appointing a new Treasurer

ARTHUR DOBBS

Received from the Council the Bill for Establishing a Town on the Land of Joseph Howell on Tar River, Endorsed, November 25th 1760, In the upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed and

The Bill to repeal part of an Act, Intitled, an Act, to impower the Commissioners of the Districts hereinafter mentioned, to lay out and make new Roads &c Endorsed, November 1760 In the upper House of Assembly, read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

Received from the Council the Bill to regulate Elections for Members to serve in the General Assembly; and to ascertain who shall be qualified to vote at the said Elections, or be elected a Member of the General Assembly Endorsed, November 29th 1760 In the upper House of Assembly read the second time and passed

The Bill for appointing a Treasurer for the Northern District of this Province Endorsed November 29th 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly, read the first time and passed.

The House taking into Consideration the Message from His Excellency the Governor of this day

Resolved, That His Excellency taking notice of any matters or things transacted in this House before being made acquainted therewith by the House, and directing Entries on the Journals thereof, is inconsistent with the ancient Liberties and privileges of this House.

Resolved, that the following Address be presented to his Excellency, to wit,

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esquire, Captain General, Governor &c

Sir By your Message of this day, We observe your Excellency's Intention of putting an end to this Session of Assembly to morrow; as the Assembly have the Bills for granting an aid to his Majesty, for appointing an Agent &c and several other Bills, which had passed both Houses on Saturday last, ready for your Excellency's assent, yet we have others of the first Importance before this House, and

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his Majesty's Council, not quite ready to be Engrossed; and the Committee of Public Accounts and Claims cannot, in so short a time, as your Excellency proposes, this Session shall last, state and settle the said Accounts and Claims, and report the same to both Houses, Wherefore this House request your Excellency to continue this Session a few days longer, that the Business of the Public, yet depending before the House, may be finished.

Sent by Mr. Waddell and Mr. McCulloch, who being returned acquainted the House that his Excellency told them “He would not put an end to this Session till the day after to morrow”

On Motion ordered that the Bill to amend and Continue an Act, Intitled an Act, for appointing a Militia, be read the third time. Read the same a third time amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

On Motion ordered that the Bill to Continue James Davis Printer to this Province, be read a third time. Read the same a third time, and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill to regulate Elections of Members to serve in the General Assembly &c be read a third time Read the same a third time amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

On Motion ordered that the Bill to impower the Inhabitants of Several Parishes within this Province, that have no Vestries &c to Elect Vestries, be read the third time Read the same a third time, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent by Mr. Hutchins and Mr. Bartram

The Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts, reported that John Starkey Esquire, Public Treasurer of the Southern District, hath this Session of Assembly, paid into the Committee seven hundred and seventy eight pounds, seven shillings and three pence on the sinking fund, and the sum of Two thousand one hundred and eight pounds four shillings in Treasurers notes, Interest included And that Thomas Barker Esquire Treasurer of the Northern District hath also paid into the said Committee seven hundred pounds, fifteen shillings and two pence on account of the sinking fund; and the sum of one hundred and four pounds, sixteen shillings and three pence in Treasurers notes including interest; which said several sums amount in the whole to four thousand five hundred and ninety two pounds two shillings and eight pence, are by law to be burnt. Then on Motion

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Resolved, that the following Message be sent to the Council, Vizt

Gentlemen of his Majesty's Honble Council

The Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts hath reported that John Starkey Esqr Treasurer of the Southern District, paid to the said Committee seven hundred and seventy eight pounds seven shillings and three pence, on account of the Sinking fund; and in Treasurers Notes Included Interest—Two Thousand one Hundred and eight pounds four shillings; and that Thomas Barker Esquire Public Treasurer of the Northern District, hath paid to the said Committee, on the sinking fund seven hundred pounds, fifteen shillings and two pence; and in Treasurers notes including Interest, One Thousand and four pounds, fifteen shillings and three pence. Which said several sums, amounting in the whole to four thousand five hundred and ninety three pounds two shillings and eight pence, are by Law to be burnt: This House therefore have appointed a Committee of the whole house to join a Committee of yours at the House of John Campbell in Wilmington, to morrow, at 4 oClock in the afternoon, to see the same done.

Mr. William Mackey moved for leave to absent [himself] from the service of the House.

Ordered that he have leave accordingly

Then the House adjourned till 8 oClock to morrow morning


Thursday, December 2nd 1760. The House met according to Adjournment

Mr. Bryan moved for leave to absent [himself] from the Service of the House.

Ordered that he have leave accordingly

On Motion ordered, that the Bill for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &ca be read a third time. Read the same a third time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent by Mr. Lemon and Mr. McCulloch

Received from the Council the Bill to Impower the Inhabitants of Several Parishes within this Province &ca to meet and elect Vestries

The Bill to regulate Elections for Members to serve in the General Assembly &ca and

The Bill to amend and continue an Act, Intitled an Act for appointing a Militia.

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Endorsed December 1st 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed Ordered to be engrossed

Received from the Council the following Message Vizt

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly

On reading a third time the Bill for continuing James Davis Printer to this Province, We are of opinion that the part by which he is continued for three years should be altered, and that the said James Davis be continued Printer for one year only, as probably the seat of Government (where it would be necessary a Printer to this Province should reside) will be by that time fixed; to this alteration, if you agree, please to send some of your members to see the same done.

Received from the Council the Bill for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables; and for the collecting all Taxes for the future due and Payable &ca Endorsed November 2d 1760. In the Upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to his Majesty's Council Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Council

In answer to your Message, relative to altering part of the Bill for continuing James Davis Printer to this Province, by which he is continued three years in that office, This House agree to the striking the words three years out of the said Bill and substituting in its place one year only, to Continue from the passing thereof and send Mr. Harnett and Mr. Leech, two of the Members of this House, to see the same done.

On Motion ordered, that the Bill for appointing a Treasurer for the Northern District of this Province, in the room of Thomas Barker, who desires he may resign the said office, be read the second time, read the same a second time, amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent by Mr. Harnett and Mr. Leech

On Motion ordered that the Bill for amending an Act, Intitled an Act, for regulating the several officers fees in this Province, be read the third time, Read the same a third time amended, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Harnett and Mr. Leech

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On Motion ordered that the Bill to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the relief of such persons as have suffered, or may suffer by not having their deeds or Mesne Conveyances proved and Registered &ca be read a third time. Read the same a third time, passed, and ordered to be sent to the Council.

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Harnett and Mr. Leech.

Mr. Harnett presented the petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the County of New Hanover; which was read, setting forth that they understood a Bill is passing the House, for the Division of the said County; and also, should the same pass into a Law, it would be greatly detrimental to the Inhabitants in General of the said County, Praying the said Bill may not pass into a Law this Session, at least the said Bill may lay for consideration untill next Session of Assembly.

Then on Motion ordered that the Bill for dividing New Hanover County &ca be read a third time; which was objected to, and the question put, whether the said Bill be read or rejected; and was by a Majority carried for the Rejection—And the same is accordingly Rejected

On motion ordered, that the Bill, for raising money by a Lottery towards finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick &ca be read a third time Read the same a third time, amended passed and ordered to be sent to the Council

Sent the same to the Council by Mr. Harnett and Mr. Leach

Then the House Adjourned for one Hour

The House met according to Adjournment

Received from the Council the following Message Vizt

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly

In answer to your Message of the first Instant, relative to burning the several sums of money paid into the Committee of Accounts; This House have appointed The Honorable John Swann, and Richard Spaight Esquires to be appointed to join your Committee to see the same done

The Chairman of the Committee of Accounts reported that the Committee of this House, together with the Committee appointed by his Majesty's Council, met, and had burnt the several sums mentioned in the Message of this House, of Yesterday to the Council to be burnt

Then the House Adjourned till 10 oClock to morrow morning

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Wednesday, December 3d 1760 The House met according to Adjournment

Received from the Council the following Bills Vizt

The Bill to continue James Davis Printer to this Province, Endorsed, December 2d 1760 In the upper House of Assembly, read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

The Bill for raising money by Lottery, towards finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick &ca

The Bill, for amending an Act, Intitled an Act, for regulating the several officers fees in this Province &ca

The Bill, to amend an Act, Intitled an Act, for the relief of such Persons as have suffered, or may suffer, by not having their deeds and mesne conveyances proved and Registered &ca Endorsed; December 2d 1760. In the upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

And also the Bill for appointing a Treasurer for the Northern District of this Province in the room of Thomas Barker, who desires he may resign the said office Endorsed, December 3d 1760 In the upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed

Ordered to be engrossed

On motion ordered that the Bill for appointing a Treasurer for the Northern District of this Province, in the room of Thomas Barker &ca be read a third time Read the same a third time, amended, passed and Ordered to be sent to the Council

Resolved, that it is the inherent right of this House, to nominate Persons to be appointed to the office of Public Treasurers of this Province; and altho' this House do agree to the person now proposed by the Council to serve in the office of Public Treasurer of the Northern District, yet the same shall not be drawn into Precedent, as admitting a right in the Council to propose, or nominate any Person, or Persons to be appointed to the said office

Sent the Bill for appointing a Treasurer &ca to the Council by Mr. Bonner & Mr. Haywood

Robert Campbell, who was a soldier in the service of this Province under the Command of Colonel Waddell, being scalped, and much wounded in the said Service, appeared at the Bar of the House, and acquainted the House, that he was very poor, and by the wounds he received in the aforesaid Service, rendered incapable of getting a

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livelihood, and desirous of returning to Europe among his Friends and Relations

The House taking the same under Consideration, Resolved, that the sum of Fifty Pounds proclamation Money, be paid to Colonel Hugh Waddell, for the use of the said Robert Campbell, on his Embarkation for Europe, by the Public Treasurer of the Southern District, and allowed him on passing his accounts with the Public; and that the said sum when paid, shall be in full for any Claim, the said Robert Campbell may make on the Public on the aforesaid account; and that the following Message be sent to the Council Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council

Robert Campbell a soldier last in the Service of this Province, under the Command of Colonel Hugh Waddell, having been scalped, and much wounded whilst in the Service of this Province, and thereby rendered incapable of supporting himself, and has signified to this House, his desire of returning to Europe to his Friends and Relations: This House have therefore Resolved, that the said Robert Campbell be allowed, out of the Public Treasury Fifty pounds, to be paid by the Public Treasurer to Colonel Hugh Waddell for the use of the said Robert Campbell, to enable him to proceed on his voyage to Europe, and that the said sum be allowed the said Treasurer on passing his Accounts with the Public; and also that the said sum shall be in full for any Claim the said Campbell may make on the public on the aforesaid Account, and desire your Honours Concurrence thereto

Sent by Mr. Waddell and Mr. Dry

Resolved that the following Address be presented by Mr. Speaker to his Excellency the Governor, next before he presents the Aid Bill for his Excellency's Assent—Vizt

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esquire, Gov. &c

Sir—We his Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects the Members of Assembly of this Province beg leave to Address your Excellency for your assent to the Bill for Granting an Aid to his Majesty; and appointing an Agent to sollicit the affairs of this Province at the several Boards in England

The Aid (as we apprehend) is of the utmost consequence, not only to this, but the Neighbouring Province at this Critical Juncture, in assisting against the Cherokees, whom we have reason to believe may be encouraged in their depredations by the artful insinuation

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of the French, who finding themselves drove out of their Possessions in Canada, may make, as their last effort, an attempt on the most Southern Colonies where they might be sensible, we are the less capable of opposing them; and as the time in the aid Bill for Continuing the Forces, Mentions their Continueance to be from the first day of December next, and which was intended the first day of December now past, but too late in the evening of that day to present it to your Excellency; If your Excellency should therefore apprehend any inconveniency may arise detrimental to his Majesty's Service by a misconstruction on the time intended by the said Bill, We should in that case, beg the favour of your Excellency to Continue the Assembly a day or two longer, and we will with the greatest chearfulness, pass, a short Bill to remedy that Inconvenience, and render the aid Bill as serviceable as Possible

We therefore humbly intreat your Excellency to pass the said Bill, by which his Majesty's Service, and probably the safety, Happiness and Prosperity, not only of this, but the adjacent Government, may be preserved.

The House adjourned for an hour

The House met according to Adjournment

The Chairman of the Committee of Accounts reported, that the said Committee had settled and allowed sundry accounts, which he laid before the House and to which the House agreed, and ordered that the same be sent to the Council for Concurrence

Sent the said Report [to the Council] for Concurrence

Received from the Council the Message to that Board of this day, regarding the allowance of Fifty pounds to Robert Campbell, Endorsed December 3d 1760 In the upper House of Assembly—Concurred with

JAMES HASELL P. C.

His Excellency the Governor sent a Message to this House requiring the immediate attendance thereof, in the Council Chamber, with the Engrossed Bills.

Mr. Speaker with the House waited on his Excellency the Governor in the Council Chamber and Mr. Speaker presented the aforementioned address, and also the following Bills for his Excellencys Assent, to wit—

1. An Act for Granting an Aid to his Majesty &ca

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2. An Act to Regulate Elections

3. An Act for obtaining an Exact list of Taxables &ca

4. An Act to amend and continue Militia Act

5. An Act to appoint a Treasurer for the Northern District

6. An Act for raising money by Lottery, towards finishing the Churches at Wilmington and Brunswick

7. An Act to impower several Parishes to Elect Vestries

8. An Act to amend an Act for the better Regulation of New Bern

9. An Act to continue an Act for the Restraint of Vagrants

10. An Act for altering the times of holding Inferior Courts of Pleas &ca in Chowan County.

11. An Act for establishing a Town on Tar River

12. An Act to repeal part of an Act, Intitled an Act to impower the Commissioners of the District herein after mentioned, to lay out and make new Roads &ca

13. An Act for destroying Crows and Blackbirds &ca

14. An Act for continuing James Davis Printer to this Province

15. An Act to amend an Act for Regulating Officers fees &ca

16. An Act for the relief of persons who have not registered their Deeds &ca

17. An Act for dividing Beaufort County

To all which said Bills his Excellency was pleased to assent, Except

The Act for granting an Aid to his Majesty, for appointing an agent &c.

The Act for appointing a Treasurer &c

The Act to repeal part of an Act &ca to lay out new Roads &ca and

The Act to amend an Act for Regulating Officers fees &ca which his Excellency was pleased to reject, and then Prorogued this Assembly to Friday next the fifth Instant, to be held at Wilmington

Mr. Speaker, with the Members, returned, and Mr. Speaker pronounced the Prorogation accordingly