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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
April 14, 1769
Volume 08, Pages 25-27

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

At a Council held at Brunswick 14th April 1769
His Excellency the Governor
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Willam Dry Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire and
The Honble Saml Strudwick Esquire

His Excellency laid before this Board a Copy of a Treaty transmitted to him by John Stuart Esqr His Majestys Agent and Superintendant of Indian Affairs in the Southern district, Ratifying and Confirming several Cessions to His Majesty at different times by the Cherokee Nation of Indians of certain lands lying within the limits of the Provinces of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia dated at Hard Labour in the Province of South Carolina the 14th

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day of October 1768—And also a letter he received from the said John Stuart Esqr dated Charles Town 16th February 1769, respecting complaints He received by the Cherokees of numerous bodys of hunters from North Carolina having this year infested their hunting Grounds and destroyed their game—with his Excellencys answer thereto dated the 28th March 1769—These papers being read His Excellency desired the opinion of this Board, what measures ought to be pursued to prevent the continuation of those abuses—This Board gave it as their Opinion, That His Excellency recommend to the Assembly at the next meeting the passing of an Act to prevent such Abuses for the Future, but that they conceive no act will operate effectually until the Temporary Line between this Province and South Carolina be compleated.

Ordered that the Treaty before mentioned between Superintendant on the part of his Majesty and the Cherokee Chiefs be recorded in the Secretary's Office.

His Excellency laid before this Board a letter of complaint signed by sundry persons in Tryon County setting forth some irregularitys and disputes concerning the Jurisdiction of Magistrates on the frontiers of this Province and South Carolina and desired the opinion of this Board thereupon. It is their opinion that the Jurisdiction of the two Provinces in that quarter cannot be ascertained nor the irregularitys and disputes prevented, until the dividing line be established.

His Excellency communicated to this Board that he had received a complaint from John Ross that the Sheriff of Granville County had seized upon execution his wagon and horses while employed in His Majesty's service as a baggage wagon to the Granville Militia. His Excellency desired the opinion of this Board upon this subject. This Board considering it as a precedent that may be detrimental to His Majesty's service, recommend to His Excellency to direct the Attorney General to take the legal method for procuring the Complainant Redress.

His Excellency laid before this Board a letter from John Lea Sheriff of the County of Orange, representing that he had been severely whipt by Ninian Hamilton, Samuel Devenny, Jesse Pew, one of the Fields, and another man to him unknown, while he was going to serve a Capias against Hamilton and others for the Breach of Peace, and desired the opinion of this Board thereupon. They

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beg leave to postpone the consideration of this affair to the next meeting of the Council that they may be more fully informed.

Ordered that a new commission of the Peace and Dedimus issue for the county of Rowan and the names of Thomas Cook, Moses Winsley and William Moore be added therein.