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Order of the Privy Council of Great Britain concerning instructions to Josiah Martin concerning riots in North Carolina
Great Britain. Privy Council
May 15, 1772
Volume 09, Page 289

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

At the Court at St James's
the 15th day of May 1772.
Present
The King's most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Representation from the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations with a Draught of an additional Instruction for the Governor of North Carolina (prepared by them in pursuance of his Majesty's order in Council of the 22nd of last month) requiring him in case it shall be found necessary to enact any new law within the said Province for preventing Tumults and Riotous Assemblies to take especial care that such law be framed as near as may be agreeable to the Laws of this Kingdom and that he do not upon any pretence whatever give his assent thereto unless the same shall appear to be intirely free from the objections stated in the said additional Instruction against a clause contained in an Act passed there in 1771. intituled “An Act for preventing Tumults and Riotous Assemblies for the more speedy and effectual punishing the Rioters and for restoring and preserving the public peace of this Province.” His Majesty taking the same into consideration was pleased with the advice of his Privy Council to approve of the said Draught of an additional instruction (which is hereunto annexed) and to order as it is hereby ordered that the Right Honourable the Earl of Hillsborough one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State do cause the same to be prepared for his Majesty's Royal signature.