powered by google
Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Advanced Search Options
Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina. General Assembly
December 05, 1767 - December 31, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 549-565

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


North Carolina—ss.

At an Assembly begun and held at New Bern the 30th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty six and continued by several prorogations and adjournments until the fifth day of December anno Dom. 1767 and in the eighth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the grace of God of Great Britain &ca being the second Session of this Assembly and now met at New Bern for the dispatch of public business.

In the Upper House.
Present
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Wm Dry Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Robt Palmer Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Benja Heron Esquire

Then the House adjourned till Monday Morning 11 oClock


Monday Morning 7th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble Alex McCulloch Esquire
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Wm Dry Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Robt Palmer Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Benja Heron Esquire

Then his Excellency the Governor came to this House and was pleased to command the immediate attendance of the Speaker and

-------------------- page 550 --------------------
Assembly in the upper House who accordingly attended, and then his Excellency was pleased to deliver to both Houses the following Speech Vizt

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council, Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,

It is with a peculiar satisfaction I meet you at this season, when a vacation from other public business gives you full leisure to go through the several matters that will now necessarily be objects of your deliberation

I am to inform you the business of running the dividing line between the western Frontiers of this Province and the Cherokee hunting grounds, has been carried into execution. That service upon the nearer approach of it appearing to be of the highest importance to the peace of this Country, determined me to accompany the Commissioners on that expedition as far as circumstances would permit. The papers relative to that service with an Account of the expences incurred thereon, I shall lay before you, recommending them to your inspection and allowance.

I cannot omit this opportunity of testifying my approbation and acknowledgments due to the good conduct and regular behaviour, both of the officers and soldiers that formed my escort, as well as to the Commissioners and other Gentlemen for their Assistance, The Cherokee chiefs fulfilled their engagements to us with the strictest Justice, I am inclined to believe I left them in such good dispositions toward the inhabitants of this Province, that by their experiencing a continuation of encouragement and protection from the Legislature, they will shew themselves not only our fast friends in any future Indian war in which we may be engaged, but also bring great part of their trade into this Government

I have next the pleasure to inform you the plan and elevation of the House voted to be built for the Governor for the time being having been transmitted to his Majesty, He has been graciously pleased to signify his approbation of the same. The progress and dispatch with which it has been carried on, will serve to show the necessity of my applying to you for a further aid, When I shall lay before you the plan of this building with an estimate of the charges of its construction, you will be better able to form a judgment what further sum will be immediately wanted to prevent the disadvantages that must arise from a deficiency of materials and

-------------------- page 551 --------------------
the necessity of soon discharging the present artificers and workmen, whose skill and diligence may not be easily replaced; circumstances that would not only stop the present undertaking but create a heavy additional expence to the Country whenever reassumed,

As the Court Laws will now come under your consideration, I must observe; that Laws whose general systems and rules of proceeding have been found by experience to correspond with the circumstances and situation of a Country, have ever been esteemed beneficial. The present Laws therefore bearing that testimony I wish to see that stability given to them which they cannot derive from too limited a duration, in order to give them a further efficacy and dignity, I beg leave to point out to you the expediency of establishing a handsome salary on the Chief Justice suitable to that important station, and as the extent of his circuit and degree of duty, is evidently too weighty for one man to go through I would submit it to your consideration, whether it be not expedient to add a proper number of Associate Justices to constitute the Superior Court, granting them at the same time, such appointments or salaries as would induce Gentlemen of the first eminence at the Bar to fill those places.

Some further regulations appearing to be necessary in the department of the sheriffs office, I shall represent to you in the course of this Session the mischiefs fallen partly within my view that have attended the public for want of some points relative to that office being better ascertained; at the same time I must request you will provide the properest remedies against those inconveniences.

The counterfeit Bills now circulating among us tending to the most ruinous consequences to this Government, obliges me to apply to you for some redress proportioned to the evil. It evidently depreciates the small remainder of currency in the Country and deprives the Creditor of his just debts, wounds the credit of the public, and what is of further consequence too frequently extends to the impoverishing of families in the exchange of their property for these false bills, too artfully resembling the true for common discernment to detect them.

Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,

Not having any thing at present expressly from his Majesty to recommend to you, I shall embrace this occasion of urging the necessity of your making as well your public funds, as the embezzlements and irregularities practiced by several collectors of the

-------------------- page 552 --------------------
public revenues for some time past, a principal object of your important inquiries, I humbly submit it as my opinion, that no provisions will be found effectual against these abuses, as long as a jealousy subsists of the Chief Magistrate being particularly informed of the receipts and disbursements of the public money and until his freedom of inspection and examination into the state of the funds (which cannot imply a possibility of abuse to the Public) is admitted and acknowledged as necessary. Though this opinion is founded on a principle of equity and distributive Justice to the public, I shall nevertheless on a subject of this delicate nature rest my own judgment entirely on your wisdom and discretion.

The necessity of a Garrison at Fort Johnston directs me to apply to you for a continuance of a further establishment to that Fort. I am also under the necessity of recommending to you to lay a duty on the tonage of all vessells coming into this Country to be paid in gun powder and lead for his Majestys service and the uses of this Government, as it is essentially necessary that this Country should be always provided with those Articles against any sudden emergency.

As a certain proportion of the revenues of a Country is necessary for the support of its Government, I am to recommend to you the expediency of appropriating such a part of the revenue of this Province as will be necessary for the contingent charges thereof.

Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council, Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,

My journey through many parts of the Province last Summer proved highly agreeable to me, I was pleased to see a spirit of industry and harmony diffused among the inhabitants permit me therefore to hope by the candor and concord of your counsels, these blessings may be encouraged and continued to them; and that the several important measures that will now come before you, may be affected in such a manner as will best promote the honor of His Majestys Government and the interest and prosperity of this Colony.

On motion ordered that His Excellency's Speech be read, and the same was accordingly read and taken under consideration and thereon ordered, That the Honble John Rutherford, Lewis DeRosset and Alex McCulloch Esqrs be and are accordingly appointed a Committee to prepare an Address in answer to His Excellencys Speech.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.

-------------------- page 553 --------------------

Tuesday Morning 8th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Wednesday Morning 9th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Thursday Morning 10th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Dawson and Mr Person the following Message Vizt.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council

This House have appointed Mr Harnett, Mr Harris, Mr Person, Mr Dawson, Mr Willie Jones and Mr John Simpson a Committee of this House to settle the public accounts of this Province and Mr Caswell, Mr Benton, Mr Frohock, Mr Waddell, Mr Barron, Mr Haywood, Mr Bradford, Mr Loyd and Mr Kenan a Committee of this House to settle and allow the claims on the public in conjunction with such of your Honors as you shall think proper to appoint

JOHN HARVEY Speaker
By order
Wm Herritage Clk

10th Dec 1767.

The Committee appointed by this House to draw up an address in answer to His Excellencys Speech reported that they had prepared the same which was ordered to be read, The same was read and approved of and Resolved that it stand the address of this House and be entered on the Journals thereof as follows, Vizt.

To His Excellency William Tryon Esquire, his Majesty's Captain General Governor, and Commander in Chief, in and over the Province of North Carolina,

The Humble Address of his Majestys Council of the said Province

May it please your Excellency,

We his Majestys most dutiful and loyal subjects the members of

-------------------- page 554 --------------------
His Council, beg leave to return your Excellency our hearty thanks for your Speech at the opening of this Session.

It is with pleasure we observe your Excellency has successfully carried into execution the Royal instruction for ascertaining the boundary between the Western Frontier of this Province and the Cherokee Indians; which we doubt not will be productive of very happy consequences, the great pains and trouble your Excellency has taken in this affair deserves our most sincere acknowledgments; and the progress and dispatch with which the building for the Governors residence has been carried on under your Excellencys directions merit our grateful thanks.

The great object of making Court Laws as proposed by your Excellency on which depends the internal welfare of this Province requires our most serious and deliberate attention.

We shall with cheerfulness take under our consideration and concur with the Assembly in every other measure proposed by your Excellency for promoting the Honor of His Majestys Government and the interest and prosperity of this Province.

Permit us Sir, to congratulate your Excellency on your safe return from your journey through several parts of this Province the last Summer; We truly rejoice that it has proved agreeable to you, and that the spirit of industry and harmony among the inhabitants gave you pleasure. It is our duty as well as inclination to render those blessings permanent, and therefore shall endeavour to promote that unanimity which at present subsists between the several branches of the Legislature that your Excellencys administration may be rendered as happy as you can wish and we desire.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Friday Morning December 11th 1767.

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

This House waited on his Excellency the Governor and by the Honble James Hasell Esq presented him with their Address, to which His Excellency was pleased to return the following Answer,

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council

I thank you for your approbation of my endeavours to serve the public, and I esteem myself much honoured by the favorable reception

-------------------- page 555 --------------------
you have given to the several matters recommended in my Speech to you.

As I have experienced great support in the administration of this Government by your Councils and advice it will be a peculiar object of my attention to cultivate a continuance of the same.

On motion the following Message was sent to the Assembly Vizt

Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,

In answer to your Message relative to the Committees, we have appointed the Honble John Rutherford Alex McCulloch and William Dry Esquires a Committee of this House to examine state and settle the public accounts, and the Honble Lewis DeRosset, John Sampson and Benjamin Heron Esquires a Committee of this House to settle and allow the public Claims,


In the upper House 11th Dec, 1767.
By order
J. BURGWIN Clk.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Saturday Morning 12th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Blount and Mr Blinn, A Bill for building a public goal and goalers house for the District of New Bern in the Town of New Bern,

On motion the said Bill was read the first time and passed.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock Monday morning


Monday Morning 10 oClock 14th Dec

The House met according to adjournment

Present the same as before.

The Honble Samuel Strudwick Esq appeared and took his Chair accordingly

Received from the Assembly by Mr Waddell and Mr Jones a Bill to appoint a public Treasurer of the Northern District and other purposes,

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.

-------------------- page 556 --------------------

Tuesday Morning 10 oClock 15th Dec

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

On motion the Bill to appoint a public Treasurer of the Northern District and other purposes was read the first time and passed

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Wednesday Morning 16th Dec 1767.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present as before

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 10 oClock.


Thursday Morning 17th Dec 1767.

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Bradford and Mr Branch a Bill for regulating the inspection of Tobacco and preventing Frauds in His Majesty's Customs. On motion read first time and passed.

Received p. Mr Campbell and Mr Blinn a Bill for erecting in the Town of Salisbury a public goal pillory and stocks for the District of Salisbury in this Province. On motion read the first time and passed.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.


Friday 18th December 1767.

The House met according to adjournment.

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Campbell and Mr Spier a Bill to impower the Justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillory and stocks in the said County on the lot where the court house stands for the use of said County. On motion read the first time and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Shepard and Mr Kennon the following Bills, towit,

A Bill for building a public goal and goalers house for the district of New Bern in the Town of New Bern, On motion read the second time and passed.

A Bill for dividing Dobbs County and other purposes. On motion read the first time and passed.

The House Adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.

-------------------- page 557 --------------------

Saturday Morning 19th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly a Bill for establishing a Ferry on Mr John Edmunds Landing on Roanoke &ca

Received from the Assembly by Mr Haywood and Mr Branch the following Bills Vizt

A Bill for dividing this Province into several Districts and for establishing a Superior Court of Justice in each of the said Districts and regulating the proceedings therein and for providing adequate salaries for the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Clerks of said Superior Court.

A Bill for regulating the inspection of Tobacco and preventing frauds in his Majestys Customs.

A Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the Regulation of the town of Wilmington.

A Bill for erecting in the Town of Salisbury a public goal, pillory and stocks for the districts of Salisbury in this Province.

A Bill directing the appointing Jurymen in all causes criminal and civil

A Bill for destroying crows and squirrels in the several Counties therein mentioned

Then the House adjourned till 11 oClock on Monday Morning


Monday Morning 21st December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

On motion the following Bills were read Vizt

A Bill for dividing this Province into several Districts and for establishing a Supreme Court of Justice in each of the said Districts and regulating the proceedings therein and for providing adequate salaries for the Chief Justice Associate Justices and Clerks in the superior Courts read the first time and passed,

A Bill directing the method of appointing Jurymen in all causes criminal and civil, read the first time and passed,

Received from the Assembly by Mr Bradford and Mr Person the following Bills Vizt

A Bill to appoint a public Treasurer of the Northern District and other purposes

-------------------- page 558 --------------------

A Bill to impower the Justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillory and stocks in the said County on the lot where the Court House stands for the use of the said County.

A Bill for annexing part of Northampton County to the County of Bute.

On motion the following Bills were ordered to be read Vizt

A Bill for destroying crows and squirrels in the several Counties therein mentioned, read the first time and passed,

A Bill for establishing a ferry on Mr John Edmunds landing on Roanoke &c read the first time and passed.

A Bill for regulating the inspection of Tobacco and preventing frauds in his Majestys Customs, read the second time and passed with amendments

Received from the Assembly by Mr Jones and Mr Cole A Bill for dividing Dobbs County and other purposes

Then the House adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow morning


Tuesday Morning 22nd December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

On motion the following Bills were ordered to be read,

A Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for the regulating of the Town of Wilmington, read the first time and passed.

A Bill for annexing part of Northampton County to the County of Bute, read the first time and passed

A Bill to impower the Justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillory and stocks in the said County on the lot where the court house stands for the use of the said County, read the second time and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Waddell and Mr Jones a Bill for dividing this Province into six several districts and for establishing a superior Court of Justice in each of the said Districts and regulating the proceedings therein and for providing adequate salaries for the Chief Justice Associate Justices and Clerks of the said Superior Courts.

On motion ordered that the Chief Justice have notice that the Superior Court Bill be read tomorrow morning at 10 oClock in this House when he may attend to answer such questions as may arise on the subject matter of the said Bill, and that the following Letter be sent to him accordingly Vizt

-------------------- page 559 --------------------

Sir. I am ordered to acquaint you that the Superior Court Bill will be read in the Upper House tomorrow morning at 10 oClock and the house desires you will please to attend as questions may arise on the subject matter of the said Bill relative to your Office

I am sir yours Mt obedt

22nd Dec 1767.

Then the House adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow


Wednesday Morning 23rd Dec 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Haywood and Mr Sawyer a Bill for enlarging the time allowed for saving lots in the Town of Tarborough and appointing Trustees for the said Town

On motion read the first time and passed, and,

A Bill for building a public goal and goalers house for the District of New Bern in the Town of New Bern.

On motion ordered that the Bill for dividing this Province into six several Districts and for establishing a Superior Court of Justice in each of the said Districts and regulating the proceedings therein and for providing adequate salaries for the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Clerks of the said Superior Courts. The said Bill was read the second time amended and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Robert Howe and Mr Harnett the following Message and Resolve Vizt

Gentlemen of his Majesty's Honble Council,

We herewith send you a Resolve of this House relative to the appointment of a Captain Commandant and ten men to Garrison Fort Johnston and desire your Honors Concurrence

By order

23rd Dec 1767.
Wm HERRITAGE Clk.

In the Assembly Saturday the 19th Dec. 1767.

Resolved, that a Captain Commandant and ten men be employed to Garrison Fort Johnston and that the said Captain be allowed six shillings and eight pence p. diem and each man one shilling and four pence p. diem, and eight pence p. diem for subsistance for one year and from thence to the end of the next session of Assembly

JOHN HARVEY Speaker

In the Upper House 23rd December 1767.
-------------------- page 560 --------------------

On motion the above Resolve was taken under consideration and concurred with

JAS HASELL President
By order
J. B. Clk.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Harnett and Mr Ashe a Bill for regulating the inspection of Tobacco and preventing frauds in His Majestys Customs.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Campbell and Mr Phifer a Bill for destroying crows and squirrels in the several counties therein named, Read the second time and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Person and Mr Spencer the following Bills Vizt

A Bill to amend and continue the several Acts for establishing Inferior Courts of pleas and quarter Sessions in the several Counties in this Province, On motion read the first time and passed.

An additional Bill to an Act for erecting a convenient building within the Town of New Bern for the residence of the Governor or Commander in Chief for the time being. On motion read the first time and passed.

Then the House Adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.


Thursday Morning 24th Dec 1767.

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

Received from the Assembly by Mr Person and Mr Spencer, A Bill for annexing part of Northampton County to the County of Bute, read the second time and passed.

Received from the Assembly pr Mr Bradford and Mr Branch a Bill for establishing a Public ware House in the Town of Halifax and for the inspection of hemp, On motion read the first time and passed

Received from the Assembly a Bill for annexing part of Northampton County to the County of Bute

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning.


Friday Morning 25th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before

The House adjourned till tomorrow 10 oClock.

-------------------- page 561 --------------------

Saturday Morning 26th December 1767.

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before,

The House adjourned till 10 oClock on Monday morning.


Monday Morning 28th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment,

Present as before.

On motion ordered that the Bill for erecting in the Town of Salisbury a public goal, pillory and stocks for the District of Salisbury in this Province be read—the said Bill was accordingly read the second time, amended and passed.

The Bill for dividing Dobbs County and other purposes read the second time and rejected

Received from the Assembly by Mr Knox and Mr Cole the following Bills Vizt

A Bill for establishing a school house in the Town of Edenton, On motion read the first time and passed.

A Bill for enlarging the time allowed for saving lots in the Town of Tarborough, On motion read the second time and passed,

A Bill to continue an Act Intitled an Act for enlarging the time allowed for saving lots in the Town of Hertford and other purposes, and to establish a ferry from the Town of Hertford on the West side of Perquimans River to Newbys Point on the East side of said River On motion read the first time and passed.

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning


Tuesday Morning 29th December 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Moore and Mr Sawyer a Bill to amend an Act for the regulation of the Town of Wilmington and other purposes,

Received from the Assembly by Mr Harris and Mr Campbell the following Bills Vizt

A Bill to impower the Justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillory and stocks in the said County on the lot where the Court House stands for the use of the said County.

A Bill to continue an Act Intitled an Act for enlarging the time allowed for saving lots in the Town of Hertford on the west side of

-------------------- page 562 --------------------
Perquimans River, On motion read the second time amended and passed

A Bill to amend and continue an Act Intitled an Act for rendering more effectual the several Laws making land and other real estates liable to the payment of Debts.

On motion read the first time and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Jones and Mr Blount the following Bills Vizt

A Bill for establishing a school house in the Town of Edenton, On motion read the second time amended and passed

A Bill for erecting in the Town of Salisbury a public goal, pillory and stocks for the District of Salisbury in this Province.

A Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for facilitating the navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoke, &ca On motion read the first time and passed.

Received from the Assembly p. Mr Blount and Mr Howe the following Bills

A Bill for establishing public warehouses in the Town of Halifax and Campbelton and for the inspection of hemp.

A Bill for printing and publishing the several Acts of Assembly of this Province.

A Bill for dividing this Province into six several Districts and for establishing a Superior Court of Justice in each of the said districts and regulating the proceedings therein and for providing adequate salaries for the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the said Superior Courts.

Then the House adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow morning.


Wednesday Morning 30th Dec 1767

The House met according to adjournment.

Present as before.

On motion the Bill to appoint a public Treasurer of the Northern District and other purposes was ordered to be read, The same was accordingly read, amended and passed the second time.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Knox and Mr Harvey the following Bills.

A Bill to continue an Act Intitled an Act for enlarging the time for saving lots in the Town of Hertford and other purposes and to establish a ferry from the Town of Hertford on the West side of Perquimans River &ca

-------------------- page 563 --------------------

A Bill for enlarging the time allowed for saving lots in the Town of Tarborough and appointing Trustees for the said Town.

A Bill for destroying crows and squirrels in the several counties therein mentioned

On motion the following Bills were ordered to be read Vizt

A Bill for regulating the inspection of Tobacco and preventing frauds in his Majestys Customs, Read the third time and passed.

Ordered to be engrossed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Jones and Mr Hewes the following Bills Vizt

An additional Bill to an Act for erecting a convenient building within the Town of New Bern for the residence of the Governor or commander in chief for the time being.

A Bill for dividing the County of Mecklenburg and other purposes.

The House adjourned till 9 oClock tomorrow morning.


Thursday Morning 31st Dec 1767

The House met according to adjournment

Present as before.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Hardy and Mr Blinn the following Bills Vizt

A Bill for rating gold and silver coin and making it a tender in all payments On motion read the first time and passed.

A Bill for the further amending an Act Intitled an Act to prevent the exportation of unmerchantable commodities, On motion read the first time and passed with amendments.

A Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for establishing a Town on the lands of John and William Russell minors sons of John Russell deceased on the West side of the North West branch of Cape Fear River near the mouth of Cross Creek by the name of Campbelton and other purposes,

A Bill to amend an Act Intitled an Act for facilitating the navigation of Port Bath, Port Roanoke and Port Beaufort. On motion read the second time and passed.

A Bill for establishing a school house in the Town of Edenton

Received from the Assembly by Mr Cray and Mr Benton a Bill to amend and continue Acts for establishing Inferior Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in the several Counties in this Province.

On motion the following Bills were ordered to be read, Vizt

-------------------- page 564 --------------------

A Bill for erecting in the Town of Salisbury a public goal pillory and stocks for the District of Salisbury in this Province, read the third time and passed, Ordered to be engrossed,

A Bill for building a public goal and goalers house for the District of New Bern in the Town of New Bern, read the third time and Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Assembly, Vizt

Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly,

On reading a third time the Bill for building a public goal and goalers house for the District of New Bern in the Town of New Bern, We would propose that Saml. Cornell and John Hawks Esqs be inserted in the said Bill as Trustees in conjunction with the three Gentlemen already named in the Bill for the purposes therein mentioned—to which if you agree to send some of your Members to see the names inserted


31st Dec 1767. In the upper House.
By order
J. B. Clk.

A Bill for establishing Public warehouses in the Town of Halifax and Campbelton and for inspection of hemp and flax, Read second time amended and passed.

Received from the Assembly by Mr Jacob Blount and Mr Caswell the following Message Vizt.

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council.

In answer to your Message of this day wherein you propose to insert Samuel Cornell and John Hawks Esqs Trustees in Conjunction with the three Gentlemen already named in the Bill for building a public goal and goalers House in the Town of New Bern—We agree thereto and send Mr Jacob Blount and Mr Richard Caswell two of the Members of this House to see the same inserted

JOHN HARVEY Speaker

Then the names in the Message mentioned were inserted in the Bill in presence of the Members sent for that purpose and then the Bill was on Motion again read and passed. Ordered to be engrossed.

A Bill to impower the Justices of Currituck County to build a prison pillory and stocks in the said County on the lot where the court house stands for the use of the said County. Read the third time and passed, Ordered to be engrossed.

-------------------- page 565 --------------------

Received from the Assembly by Mr Hardy and Mr Respess the following Bills Vizt

A Bill for vesting certain lots in the Town of New Bern in His Excellency the Governor and his Successors, On motion read the first time and passed.

A Bill for regulating the method to be observed in taking up of stray horses, On motion read the first time and rejected.

A Bill for establishing a vestry elected for the Parish of St Stephens in Johnston County, On motion read the first time and passed.

A Bill concerning free negroes, On motion read the first time and passed

Then the House adjourned till 10 oClock tomorrow morning [1st January 1768]

[For subsequent proceedings see Records of year 1768—Editor.]