To the King's most Excellent Majesty.
May it please Your Majesty.
We have had under our Consideration three Acts passed in Your Majesty's Province of North Carolina in April 1761 which said Acts We humbly beg leave to lay before Your Majesty together with such Observations as have recurred to Us thereupon; The first of these Acts is entituled
An Act to amend and improve the Navigation from Currituck Inlet through the District in Currituck County to Albemarle Sound
This Act alters and repeals (in so far as regards the Port of Currituck) an Act passed in this Province in 1754, by which a Tonnage duty of Powder and Lead was imposed on every Vessel arriving in any of the Ports of that Colony, for its defence and Security, it being directed in the Act now in question that so much of the Powder and Lead as shall have been received from Vessels arriving in that Port, shall be sold and the product thereof applied to the Purposes of this Act, and that for the future a Tonnage duty of 2.6 per Ton shall be substituted in the place of the Duty of Powder and Lead required to be paid by the Act of 1754.
This alteration, We humbly apprehend is not only improper and impolitic in itself, but is also inconsistent with those Instructions, which have been given from time to time to the Governors of the several Colonies in America, directing and requiring them, to endeavour to procure Laws to be passed in their several Governments for imposing upon all Vessels trading to the said Colonies, a Tonnage duty on Powder payable in kind without any Commutation.
The other Two Acts are entituled
An Act for altering the times of holding the Superior Courts of
An Act to impower the several Superior and Inferior Courts within this Province to admit a Copy of the last Will and Testament of any Person deceased to be given in Evidence
Both these Acts being additional to and explanatory of the Acts passed in this Province in 1760, for establishing the Superior and Inferior Courts of Judicature, which Acts have been repealed in Your Majesty's Order in Council, of the 14th day of Decemr 1761, they must necessarily share the same fate; But independent of this Circumstance, the last mentioned of these Acts, appears to Us liable to another very material Objection, in as much as it is to the same purport and Effect, as an Act passed in the Province of South Carolina in April 1759, which Act has been repealed by Your Majesty's Order in Council the 25th of June 1761 for the reasons set forth in Our humble Representation to Your Majesty of the 29th of May preceding an Extract of which Representation so far as regards the Law now in question; We humbly beg leave to annex, and to propose, that these three several aforementioned Laws passed in North Carolina, in 1761 may be repealed.
Extract of a Representation from the Board of Trade to His Majesty Dated May 29th 1761.
An Act to supply the Defects in Evidence where original Wills, cannot be produced, and to make the Proceedings upon Questions arising upon such Wills more easy and Effectual; and for repealing so much of the Second Clause of an Act for making more effectual last Wills and Testaments, as contradicts or repeals the Ninth Clause of the Act against Bastardy.
Upon which Sr Mathew Lamb has reported to Us in the following Words
This Act is for establishing a method in regard to the proof of Wills concerning real Estates, which is not allowed of by the practice
Besides this Objection stated by Sr Mathew Lamb, this Act appears to Us liable to another, which We conceive to be of great Weight, For it repeals part of a just and reasonable Law passed in 1734, founded on the Act of the 29th of King Charles the Second for preventing Frauds and Perjuries and against which no Complaint in the course of so many Years, has ever been made, and by such repeal, restores and revives a Clause in an Act against Bastardy whereby Persons having legitimate and illegitimate Children, are restrained from making by their last Wills any Provision for the illegitimate, how considerable so ever their Estates may be further than to the Amount of one Hundred Pounds Currency of that Province.