His Excellency laid before this Board a Message from the House of Assembly requesting his Excellency to cause the Records and papers of the Secretary's Office to be brought from Wilmington to New Bern.
Ordered that the Secretary be directed immediately to employ carriages for the removal of all the Records and papers now in the Secretary's Office at Wilmington, and have them safely conveyed to New Bern and make a claim for defraying the expence thereof, And on their arrival at New Bern provide a proper place for the safe keeping of the same.
At a Council held at the Council Chamber at New Bern 5th Jany 1771.
William Palmer Deputy Secretary appeared before the Board and took the Oaths for the Qualification of Publick Officers, subscribed the Test and took the Oath for the due Execution of the said Office, and the Oath of Secrecy.
At a Council held at the Council Chamber at the Palace in New Bern 12th January 1771.
Read the Memorial of the Principal inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington praying a Court of Oyer and Terminer may be appointed for the tryal of Robert Green, James Hues Junior, Malachi Hues and Marmaduke Etherage, charged with horse stealing and other offences now confined in the Gaol at Wilmington.
His Excellency desired the opinion of this Board what measures he should take in consequence of the said Memorial, Upon which the Board advised His Excellency to issue a special Commission of Oyer and Terminer agreeable to Law for the Tryal of the said Prisoners.