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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
April 02, 1761 - April 23, 1761
Volume 06, Pages 630-634

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At a Council held at Wilmington the 2d day of April 1761
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis DeRossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

Several Warrants for Land were Read and Granted as p Warrant Book.

Upon hearing the Caveat Lewis DeRossett against John Gardner, It is Ordered that a Warrant issue to John Gardner and that his Lands be surveyed accordingly

Upon hearing the Caveat John Gardner agt Lewis De Rossett It is Ordered that the Warrant issue to join the Lines of John Gardners Land


At a Council held at Wilmington the 9th day of April 1761
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis DeRossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

His Excellency laid before the Board Letters from General Amherst and Governor Fauquier wherein the assistance of this Province is thought necessary in the intended Expedition against the Cherokees or whatever Operations his Majesty may think proper to employ them in. In consequence whereof His Excellency desired the advice of the Board

Upon which it is unanimous opinion of the Board that His Excellency should send the several Letters to the Assembly, and a Message Recommending their providing a proper Fund to raise and support such a number of Forces as his Majestys Orders, which are daily expected may require.

Upon reading the Petition of John Lane praying to have an Act of Assembly to dock the Intail of Eight Hundred and forty five acres of Land, And also the petition of Mary Hurst for Docking the Intail of five hundred and seventy acres of Land both in the parish of Edgcomb and County of Halifax It appeared the due proofs of the several Requisites agreeable to His Majesty's Instructions were complied with.

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At a Council held at Wilmington the 10th April 1761
Present—His Excellency the Governor
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

Upon Petition of Archibald MccClaine It was Ordered that a Patent issue to him on his Brothers Warrant for two Hundred Acres of Land in Anson County who is now deceased the said Archibald being his heir at Law

Upon Petition of Moses Moore It is Ordered that a Patent issue to him on his Brothers Warrant for 350 Acres in Anson County who is now deceased the said Moses being his Heir at Law

Upon Petition of Andrew Armour, It is Ordered that a Patent issue to him on his fathers Warrant for 212 Acres In Anson County who is now deceased the said Andrew being heir at Law.

Upon petition of Thomas Steele setting forth that by a Patent bearing date the 17th day of May he is possessed of a Tract of 400 Acres of Land in Anson County On both sides of fishing Creek, that by comparing the said Land and Lines, with the Courses inserted in the said patent and the plan annexed the petitioner finds the figure of the plan agreeable the lines and Corners, but in the Courses there is a manifest Error by the mistake of the Deputy Surveyor which runs the Lines away entirely from the Land first surveyed for the petitioner who is the first taker up of the same. The Petitioner therefore prays An Order of Council to alter and set the Courses right in the said Patent and Record as originaly run which are as follows (Vizt) Beginning at a white oak on the south side of Fishing Creek and runs No 70 Et 160 poles to a Hickory then No 20 Wt 200 poles to a white oak then So 70 Wt 160 poles to a hickory thence to the first Station including his improvements.

Ordered That the said Patent and Record thereof be altered agreeable to the Prayer of the petition

Ordered that Tuesday next be appointed for hearing the disputed Caveats and that Notice be given accordingly

Several Warrants and patents for Land were read and Granted as p Warrant and Patent Books.


At a Council held at Wilmington the 14th April 1761
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr
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Upon hearing the Caveat of James Cummins, Thomas Mason and others agt Barthom Coin

Ordered that a Patent issue to Bartholomew Coin unless cause shewn to the contrary this Court

Upon hearing the Caveat Leonard Loften agt the Exors. or Administrators of Job Thompson.

Ordered That no Patent issue for the Exors. or Administrators of Job Thompson

Upon hearing the Caveat Abraham Jones agt Grigg Yarborough

Ordered that a Patent issue to Grigg Yarborough

Upon hearing the Caveat John Nelson agt John Kerney

Ordered that a Warrant issue to John Kerney

Ordered that two patents issue to Stephen Dewey and Blake Baker upon their Warrants one for 605 and one for 110 Acres in Dobbs County

Several Warrants and Patents for Land were Read and Granted as p Warrant and Patent Books.


At a Council held at Wilmington the 16th April 1761.
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr
The Honble Charles Berry Esqr and
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

At which time the Honble Charles Berry Esqre took the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance and subscribed the Test; As Also each Member present took the Oath of a Councillor.

Ordered that New Commissions of the Peace issue to the several Counties in this Province as per Commission Book.


At a Council held at Wilmington the 17th April 1761.
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr

Upon Petition of John Linton setting forth that William Wall lately deceased did in his lifetime obtain His Excellencys Warrant for 300 Acres of Land in that part of Beaufort County since called Pitt County that Joshua Wall sole Brother and Heir at Law to the Warrantee hath granted his Claim to the said Warrantee Land unto the petitioner who intermarried with the sister of the said Warrantee

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the Petitioner therefore prays that a Patent may be granted to him for the Land so warranted by the said William Wall.

Ordered That a Patent issue to the said John Linton agreeable to the prayer of his petition.

Several Patents and Warrants for Land were Read and Granted as per Warrant and patent Rooks.


At a Council held at Wilmington 21st April 1761.
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richd Spaight Esqr
The Honble Charles Berry Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

Several Warrants for Land were Read and granted as per Warrant Book.


At a Council held at Wilmington the 23d April 1761
Present—His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble John Dawson Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Richard Spaight Esqr
The Honble Charles Berry Esqr &
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

A Bill for Granting an Aid to His Majesty and for other purposes having passed both Houses and now only waiting for His Excellency's Assent in Order to its being passed into a Law And His Excellency in regard that the Aid thereby Granted is to be raised by Emission of paper Currency to be sunk as therein mentioned. And that there is a Clause in the said Bill appointing an Agent for the province; Now desiring the advice and opinion of his Majesty's Council under their Hands whether the same is a proper and fit Bill to be passed into a Law.

We therefore of His Majestys Council whose names are here under written, taking into our most serious Consideration the absolute necessity there is at this time of an immediate Grant of an Aid for his Majesty's service, being urged thereto in the warmest and most pressing manner by His Majesty—And from the Indigent Circumstances of this province, being well assured that there is no other method for raising the aid Granted but by a New Emission of paper Currency which considering the Tax there is laid to sink it we do not apprehend it can, or will depreciate the currency of this Province, more than at present it is: And with regard to the Clause contained in the Bill appointing an Agent for this province it being objected to

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as unconstitutional the tacking to an Aid Bill though it would have given us the greatest pleasure and satisfaction to have had the Bill passed without any tack whatever to it; Yet considering as we observed before, the absolute necessity of the present aid the many Aids which have been lost from the Bills being Rejected on that account only, the utter impossibility of obtaining an Aid from the people on any other Terms than that of Appointing an Agent in the same Bill, And also that in case the Bill should receive your Excellency's Assent the unhappy divisions which have for a long time subsisted in the Legislature will thereby be reconciled. For these reasons therefore we would recommend it to your Excellency to give your Assent to the said Bill.

JNO. SWANN
JOHN DAWSON
LEWIS De ROSSETT
CHAs BERRY
MAURICE MOORE

Present in the Afternoon
His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esqr
The Honble John Swann Esqr
The Honble Lewis De Rossett Esqr
The Honble Charles Berry Esqr and
The Honble Maurice Moore Esqr

Several Warrants and Patents for Land were read and granted as p Warrant and Patent Books