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Report by the Committee of both Houses of the North Carolina General Assembly concerning public claims
North Carolina. General Assembly
October 15, 1755
Volume 22, Pages 863-866

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC CLAIMS, AT NEW BERN, 1775.

The Committee of Public Claims met Tuesday, the 13th day of September, A. D. 1775.

Present—The Honorables Henry McCulloh and John Dawson, Esquires, Members of the Council; Mr. John Starkey, Mr. William Mackay, Mr. Francis Brown, Mr. Thomas Whitmell, Mr. John Ashe, Members of the Assembly.

The Committee proceeded to choose a Clerk and chose Robert Snead, Clerk of the Committee; chose John Starkey, Esq., their Chairman.

Ordered that the Clerk set up public advertisements that the Committee of Public Claims will meet the morrow at 9 o’clock, at John Simcock’s back room, to proceed on public business, and so during the sitting of the General Assembly.

county
Allowed to Mr. William Myatt, £11.0.0, old bills; proclamation money
£1
9
1
Allowed to Mr. William McKay, £11.3.6, old bills; proclamation money
1
9
10
Allowed to Mr. Thomas Whitmell, £18.17.6, old bills; proclamation money
2
10
4
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Allowed to Mr. Francis Ward, £6.8.0, old bills, proclamation money
17
1
Allowed to Mr. John Brown, £27.3.6, old bills; proclamation money
3
12
5
Allowed to Mr. Wm. Kinchin, £2.0.8, old bills; proclamation money
5
4
Put in by Mr. John Starkey, £19.0.0, old bills; proclation money
2
10
8
Allowed to James Foyle for his salary for serving as Sheriff of Onslow county for the year 1753 and the year 1754, he having fully accounted for the said two years
16
0
0
Allowed to Richard Caswell, Sheriff of Johnston county for the year 1753, he having fully accounted for that year
8
0
0
Allowed to William Webster, Sheriff of Hyde county, for the year 1754, he having fully accounted for that year
8
0
0
Allowed to Thomas Williams, Sheriff of Beaufort county, for the year 1753 and for the year 1754, he having fully accounted for the said two years
16
0
0
Allowed to William McRee, Sheriff of Duplin county, for the year 1753, he having fully accounted for that year
8
0
0
Allowed to John Hamer, Sheriff of Anson county, for the year 1753 and for the year 1754, he having fully accounted for the said two years
16
0
0
Allowed to Mr. Benjamin Wynn, £0.19.0, old bills; proclamation money
2
17
Allowed to Mr. Joshua Campbell, £48.0.0, old bills; proclamation money
6
8
0
Allowed to Mr. John Starkey, £99.5.0, old bills; proclamation money
13
4
8
Allowed to Mr. Robert Hosee, £5.11.0, old bills; proclamation money
1
14
Allowed to Mr. Thomas Ralph, £85.0.0, old bills; proclamation money
11
6
8
Allowed to Mr. Dempsy Sumner, £2.0.0, old bills; proclamation money
5
4
Allowed to Capt. John DuBois, for a negro man named Tom, who was executed for felony in New Hanover
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70
0
0
Allowed to Mr. Richard Spaight for seals to Commission Proclamations and other public papers to this date, as by his account rendered
97
4
0
Allowed to Mr. James Murray for services done by him while he was Secretary, as by his account rendered
163
3
7
Allowed to Mr. Henry McCulloch, Secretary, for services done, as by his account rendered, £25.9.7; but as Mr. McCulloch makes a further and unsual claim for presses and new books, council room and portage, to the sum of £18.19.0, is disallowed by your committee, and is referred to the House. Rejected by the House.
Allowed to Mr. Richard Caswell, late Sheriff of Johnston county, for feeding, imprisoning and executing a negro called Cæsar, belonging to Mr. John Smith
1
7
4
Allowed to Mr. John White, late Sheriff of Bladen county, for executing etc., a negro, called Cato for attempting to murder one Margaret Thompson
2
0
0
Mr. James Carter produced a letter to your Committee from Col. Smith, of Rowan county, directed to the Governor, requiring pay for the scouts lately raised, as the letter suggests, by the Governor’s order, in that county. Your Committee are of opinion that in case the facts be so, and any part of those demands are to be paid, it ought to be out of the money appropriated for the defense of the frontiers.
Your Committee observes an unusual number of militia commissions charged for to the amount of six hundred and fourteen in a few months, for which the public is to pay about two hundred and forty pounds for fees. This, your Committee apprehends an innovation, as heretofore the several colonels and captains were empowered to commission all their subalterns. This is a growing evil and ought to be remedied.
Allowed to Mr. John Watson, for charges of expresses from Virginia
£20
2
2
A claim being produced in the name of Mr. John Benbury, former Sheriff of Chowan county, relating to several criminals confined in his jail, it is laid over till Mr. John Benbury produce proper vouchers for the articles charged in his account.
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Allowed to Mr. Richard Spaight for charge of expresses to this time
31
3
0
Allowed to Mr. Spaight for the cleaning of two chests of arms in Virginia
3
11
0
And also £21.5.0 paid to the smiths for cleaning arms here
21
5
0
Mr. Spaight produced a further claim of £39.11.6, expended in presents to the Catawba and Sapona Indians in March last. As to this last claim, the Committee proposes the House should come to a resolution thereon. Allowed by the house
39
11
6
Allowed to Mr. Daniel Dupree for taking care of the house where the arms were stored to this time, £5.0.0; allowed to Mr. Daniel Dupree for cleaning twenty-one chests of arms, £42.0.0, out of which was to be deducted £11.5.0, which he received from Mr. Spaight, for which sum Mr. Spaight has been allowed by the Committee, so that a balance due to Mr. Dupree is, £30.15.0
38
15
0
Allowed to Mr. Daniel Dupree for oil, etc., expended in cleaning the arms
3
0
0
Allowed to Mr. John Nielson for cleaning fifteen chests of arms, £30.0.0, out of which must be deducted £10.0.0 which he received from Mr. Richard Spaight, for which sum Mr. Spaight has been allowed by the Committee, so that a balance is due to Mr. Neilson, £20.0.0; allowed to Mr. John Neilson for oil, etc., expended in cleaning the arms, £2.0.0
22
0
0
Old bills delivered in to the Committee, in all
347
5
6

It is the opinion of the Committee that a proper allowance be made to Robert Snead, who acted as Clerk of this Committee, and also to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; and also something to Mr. Simcock for the trouble of his house.

JOHN DAWSON,
JOHN STARKEY,
THOS. RESPESS,
JOHN ASHE,
FRANCIS BROWN,
WM. MACKEY.


Additional Notes for Electronic Version: Internal evidence indicates that this report was presented to the September-October 1755 session of the General Assembly.