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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
December 23, 1768
Volume 07, Pages 883-884

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

At a Council held at Wilmington 23rd December 1768
His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble Robert Palmer Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire

The Receiver General having informed this Board, That the Books of Office that did belong to the late Eleazer Allen Esqr formerly Receiver General, are in the hands of John Rowan Esquire, Ordered That the Secretary write to the said Rowan to deliver to John Rutherford Esqr Receiver General the said Books, which are Records, and of right belonging to his office.

The Governor laid before this Board the following extracts of a letter from the Earl of Hillsborough dated Whitehall the 21st June 1768—Vizt.

“The little improvement which has been made in His Majestys Revenue of Quit Rents notwithstanding the rapid progress of settlement, shows that either the instructions given relative to this object are imperfect or inadequate, or that there has not been sufficient attention given to the due execution of them, and therefore it will be your duty to consider Articles with particular care, and to suggest what shall in your opinion be requisite to give them a greater force and better effect.


And His Excellency required the Receiver General, and the Deputy Auditor to give him their reasons respectively in one month,

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for the causes of such deficiencies, and also that they do suggest to Him what in their Opinion will be the most effectual methods to answer the purposes as set forth in the above extract.

His Excellency was pleased to qualify Mr John London Deputy Secretary and Deputy Clerk of the Council who took the Oaths required of Publick Officers together with the Oath of Secrecy and subscribed the Test.

Ordered, That the Secretary advertize the Court of Claims to be held in Wilmington on Tuesday the 25th day of April 1769].