The Governor laid sundry petitions in behalf of outlawed persons before this Board, desiring its opinion as to the measures proper to be taken thereon. It is the opinion of this Board that a surrender of the said outlaws should preceed any attention to the circumstances which may render them objects of mercy.
His Excellency proposed to the Council the Hon. James Hasell as a proper person to fill the place of Chief Baron of the Exchequer, which was unanimously agreed on.
Ordered a proclamation issue declaring that new Commissions forthwith issue.
By His Excellency Josiah Martin &c.
Whereas, I have issued my proclamation bearing date the 22d day of August in the eleventh year of His Majestys Reign requiring all Officers Civil and Military to continue in their respective offices, until my pleasure was further known, I do therefore by and with the advice and consent of His Majestys Council issue this proclamation hereby signifying to all officers Civil and Military that new Commissions will be issued forthwith, of which all persons concerned are required to take notice and govern themselves accordinglyGiven under my hand &c.JO. MARTIN.
His Excellency laid before the Board letters and papers relative to the conduct of the County Court of Anson with respect to the Qualification of James Pickett as Sheriff of the County. It appears to this Board that the Qualification of the said Picket as Sheriff of the July Court 1771 under a Commission dated March 1771 is irregular. It is therefore recommended by this Board that the Governor issue a Commission for a Sheriff of the said County, according to the Act of Assembly.
Present as before.
Upon the complaint of John Nuckols Deputy Sheriff of Tryon County, to this Board, that he finds a difficulty in the exercise of his Office in that part of the Country bordering on So Carolina, from a difference in opinion prevailing amongst the Inhabitants with respect to the Dividing of the Provinces, founded on a report
The Honble Martin Howard took the Oath of Abjuration as altered by an Act of Parliament of the 6th of His present Majesty
Col Alexander of Mecklenburg presented a petition to this Board in behalf of James White Junr James Ashmore, Joshua Hadley, Robt Davis, Benj. Cochran, William White, William White Junr, John White and Robert Caruthers, praying that His Excellency would extend His Majestys Pardon to the said persons, they being charged with setting fire to some powder destined for the late service of suppressing the Insurgents. His Excellency thereupon acquainted the Board that he had transmitted to His Majestys Ministers a proclamation of Governor Tryon's wherein the aforenamed persons were excepted out of His Majestys Pardon, and that he conceived the matter to be now under his Majestys consideration. Whereupon the Board gave it as their opinion and advice to His Excellency that he would recommend the aforenamed persons to his Majesty as fit objects of His Mercy.