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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
December 14, 1767 - December 19, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 532-535

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[From MS. Records in Office of the Secretary of State.]
COUNCIL JOURNALS.


At a Council held at Newbern Monday 14th December 1767
Present
His Excellency the Governor
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble Alexander McCulloch Esquire
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Robert Palmer Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire

Samuel Strudwick Esqr appeared at the Board and produced his Majestys Mandamus appointing him a member of his Majestys Council of this province bearing date the 20th day Feby 1767 and took the oaths required of Publick Officers subscribed the test, took the oath of a Councilor and the oath as a member of the Court of Chancery and then took his seat at the Board accordingly

Ordered The Mandamus be Recorded in the Secretarys Office of this Province.

His Excellency produced to this Board a new Great Seal of this province, with his Majesty's Royal warrant bearing date at the Court of St. James the 9th day of July 1767—Authorizing the use of the same, and requiring the old seal to be returned to his Majestys Council office of Whitehall

And his Excellency informed this Board, that he yesterday sent the old seal to New York by Capt. Collet Commander of Fort Johnston in order to be forwarded Home—Ordered—That a Proclamation issue inserting His Majestys warrant for the use of the new seal in the following words, Viz—


North Carolina—Ss.
By His Excellency William Tryon Esqr &c. A Proclamation.

Whereas I have recieved from the Earl of Shelburne one of his Majestys principal Secretarys of State a new Great Seal for this Province with a warrant under his Majestys sign Manual to use the same in the following words, Viz

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George R. To our trusty and well beloved William Tryon Esqr our Captain General and Governor in Chief of our province of North Carolina In America or to the Commander in Chief of our said province for the time—Greeting—

With this you will receive a Seal prepared by our order for the use of our said province; the same being engraved on the one side with our Arms, Garter, Crown Supporters and Motto, and this inscription round the circumference Georgius, III, D: G: Mag, Bri, Fr, et Hib, Rex, T. D. Brun, et Sun, Dux, S. R. I, ar Thes. at El. on the other side our Royal Effigies; and Liberty represented introducing Plenty to us, with this Motto—Qua Sero Tamen Respexit—and this inscription round the circumference Sigillium, Provincea, Nostrea, Carolina, Septentrionalis—Our will and Pleasure, is and we do hereby authorize and direct that the said seal be used in sealing all Patents and Grants of Lands, and all Public Instruments which shall be made and passed in our name, and for our Service within the said Province; and that it be to all Intents and Purposes of the same force and validity, as any other seal heretofore used within the said Province, And we do further will and require you upon Receipt of the said seal, to return the old seal to our Council Office at Whitehall in order to its being defaced by us in our privy Council. Given at our Court at St James's the 9th day of July 1767 In the seventh year of our Reign

By his Majestys Command
SHELBURNE.

I have therefore thought proper by and with the advice and consent of his Majestys Council to issue this proclamation to notify that the New Great Seal will from the date hereof be made use of in this Province, and that the late Great Seal agreeable to the Royal Commands is transmitted to England

Given under my hand and the Great seal of this province at Newbern

Wm TRYON.


At a Council held at Newbern on Tuesday 15th Decr 1767
Present
His Excellency the Governor
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Robert Palmer Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Samuel Strudwick Esquire

The Honble Alexander McCulloch appeared at this Board and

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made a surrender of his patent for 12,500 Acres of Land laying on the Branches of Johnston River and Great Peedee, being part of a Tract No 6 and executed a deed of surrender for the same, and at the same time agreed to give Bond and Security in the sum of £592.13.0 conditioned to produce his Majestys order upon this head and abide by the same, within two years from the date of the said Bond or otherwise pay to his Majestys Receiver General of this Province for the time being £296.6.6. being the Quit rents of the above Lands due to this date which Bond and Deed of Surrender are ordered to be recorded in the Secretarys office &c. The Bond delivered to the Receiver General. It appearing to this Board that the said Alexander McCulloch has received no Benefit or advantage by the possession of the above Lands, His Excellency the Governor with the advice and consent of his Majestys Council had admitted the said Alexander McCulloch Esqr to give Bond as above inserted.


At a Council held at Newbern December 19th 1767.
Present
His Excellency the Governor
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Alexander McCulloch Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire
The Honble Robert Palmer Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire &
The Honble Samuel Strudwick Esquire

His Excellency was pleased to lay before this Board a Letter he had Received from Thomas Haywood Esqr Commander of his Majesty's sloop the Martin bearing date off Brunswick the 14th day of December 1767. Amongst other things requesting a Law of this Province may be enacted to prevent the desertion of Seamen from His Majesty's vessels or ships of war And it is the unanimous opinion of this Board that his Excellency will be pleased to send a Message to the Assembly now setting to prepare a bill for that purpose.

Letter from Governor Tryon to Captain Haywood on board the Martin Sloop off Brunswick

Newbern 20th Dec 1767.

By your letter of the 14th of this month I am informed of the arrival of his Majesty's Sloop Martin under your command as the stationed ship for this province. If the instructions you are to communicate to me in Council require early notification I apprehend

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you must give yourself the trouble of a journey to this town where I shall be glad to wait on you, as it will scarce be in my power to return to Brunswick before the middle or latter end of February next. The usual oaths that you and your officers are to take in virtue of deputations (I presume from the Lords Commissioners of the Customs) I am ready to administer, whenever it is agreeable to you and them to wait on me.

I have preferred that part of your letter before the Council board relating to the mischiefs attending the desertions of sea men from his Majesty's ships while stationed for this province, and shall also in the course of this session endeavour to procure an Act of Assembly of this province to remedy the evils you so justly point out.

I am Sir, &c.