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Minutes of the North Carolina Council of State
North Carolina. Council of State
September 09, 1778
Volume 22, Pages 947-948


State of North Carolina.
At a meeting of the Council at New Bern, the 9th of September, 1778.

Present—The Honorables William Crag, Joseph Leech, Edward Starkey and Robert Bignal, Esquires.

The General Assembly having by joint ballot of both Houses appointed the Honorables John Simpson and William Bryan members of the Council of State in the room of William Haywood and Richard Henderson, who refused to act, the said John Simpson and William Bryan appeared, were qualified agreeable to law and took their seats at the Board.

His Excellency the Governor laid before the Board a resolve of the General Assembly empowering the Governor and Council to settle the accounts of Colonel Chariol. The same being taken into consideration and the several papers and vouchers relative thereto being examined, it appears that the pay and necessary disbursements of said regiment amounts to £6,272.9.1; that Colonel Chariol received from the Treasury in virtue of the Governor’s warrant the sum of £2,000; from Colonel Leech in behalf of the public, £800, which, together with a deduction of £102.12.0, the subsistence Major Duviour, Captain Lambufe and Ensign DuBois received from John C. Bryan, Commissary to said regiment, leaves a balance due from the public to the said Chariol of £3,369.17.1.

Resolved, The Governor be advised to grant a warrant on the Treasury for the aforesaid sum, £3,369.17.1, in favor of said Chariol, and also a warrant on the Treasury for £800 in favor of Colonel Leech, to replace that sum advanced by him to the said Chariol in behalf of the public.

The Governor laid before the Board a resolve of the General Assembly, empowering the Governor and Council to settle Captain Cotteneau’s account against the public for his expenditures on Fort Hancock.

The same being considered and the several accounts and vouchers

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examined, it appears that there is due from the public to the said Captain Cottineau for the labor of his crew, the provisions and other necessaries and for money expended in constructing and erecting the said fort, the sum of nine hundred and forty-two pounds fifteen shillings.

Resolved, The Governor be advised to grant the said Captain Cotteneau a warrant on the Treasury for the above sum of £942.15.

Resolved, That the Governor be advised to grant John Council Bryan, Commissary to Colonel Chariol’s regiment, a warrant on the Treasury for £150, in part of his account against the public, and also one other warrant for £1,289.7.1, being the balance of his account against the public for rations furnished said regiment.

The Governor laid before the Board letters from Mr. George Harrison, a prisoner of war on parole at New Bern, setting forth his distressed situation, and praying an allowance for his subsistance or a discharge from his imprisonment. The same being considered, and it appearing from the information of divers captains of vessels and others who had been taken prisoners by the British fleet that the said Harrison always treated the Americans with humanity, and whenever in his power was instrumental in procuring their discharge; therefore,

Resolved, The Governor be advised to liberate and discharge the said George Harrison.

The Governor laid before the Board the petition of Captain James Cole Montflorence, Captain Jean Baptista DaBadie and Captain Alexander Louis O’Neill, setting forth they were lately appointed officers in Colonel Chariol’s regiment, and had been at considerable expense in procuring clothes and other necessaries to equip themselves; that the said regiment, being reduced, they were desirous of entering into the service of the United States but were unable to proceed to headquarters for want of money to defray their expenses.

Resolved, The Governor be advised to grant the said O’Neill, DaBadie and Montflorence a warrant on the Treasury for the sum of one hundred pounds each to enable them to proceed to General Washington’s camp.