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Order of the Privy Council of Great Britain concerning Alexander McCulloch's quit rents
Great Britain. Privy Council
June 28, 1769
Volume 08, Pages 52-53

[B. P. R. O. No. Car. B. T. Vol. 17.]

At the Court at St James's the 28th day of June 1769.
Present
The King's most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas Alexander McCulloh hath by Memorial to his Majesty at this Board set forth that on the 3rd of March 1745 (O. S.) a grant containing twelve thousand five hundred acres of Land lying on Branches of Johnston and Pedee Rivers in North Carolina was passed to the Memorialist as one of the Associates of Murray Cymble and James Haly dated the 19th of May 1737. That upon viewing the Laws contained in the said Grant the Memorialist found they were not surveyed in the Situation intended; that the Lands which of Right belonged to him had been given to others; from which cause the Memorialist declined having any concern in the said Lands; declared his intentions therein and left them to be settled by any person under the Crown as vacant Lands and never received or endeavoured to receive any benefit or advantage therefrom. That under these circumstances the Memorialist never apprehended any demand of the Quit Rents would have been made against him, but the Receiver General of the said Province having sometime since made a demand against him for the Quit Rents thereof he agreed to submit himself to his Majesty's pleasure on this Head in the same manner as had been done by Selwin and McCulloh two other of the said Associates. That in consequence thereof the Memorialist executed a surrender of the Grant to his Majesty in pursuance of the

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Royal Instructions given to the Governor of the said Province in 1766, and at the same time entered into a Bond bearing date the 15th of December 1769, to produce his Majesty's order on this head and abide by the same within two years or to pay the Quit Rents demanded amounting to one hundred and seventy pounds or thereabouts, and humbly praying that His Majesty will be graciously pleased to direct that the Bond so given by the Memorialist may be given up to him and be cancelled.—His Majesty taking the same into consideration and having received the opinions of a committee of the Lords of the Council thereupon is hereby pleased with the advice of his Privy Council to direct that the Memorialist shall not be liable to pay the Quit Rents for the said tract of Land so surrendered by him and that the said Bond so entered into by the Memorialist on the 15th of December 1767, on that account be cancelled and delivered up.

Whereof the Governor or Commander in Chief and the Receiver General of the said Province of North Carolina for the time being and all others whom it may concern are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly.