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Commission to appoint Joseph West as Governor of Craven County [South Carolina]
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
July 27, 1669
Volume 01, Pages 177-178

[B. P. R. O. Colonial Entry Book. Vol. 20. P. 39.]
George Duke of Albemarle Capt Genll of all his Majties Forces, Edward Earl of Clarendon William Earl of Craven John Ld Berkeley Anthony Ld Ashley Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir George Carteret
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Barront Vice Chamberlain of His Majties Househould Sr Peter Colleton Barront & Sr William Berkeley Knt the True & Absolute Lds & Proprietrs of ye Province of Carolina

To our trusty & Wellbeloved Joseph West Greeting We doe hereby constitute & appoint you during our Pleasure Governor & Commander in Chief of our Fleet & ye persons embarqued in it bound for Carolina or that shall embark in our Fleet before its arrival in Barbados over which you are to place officers and cause them to be duly exercised in Armes and to do all & every other thing or things, which under your Charge of a Commander in Chief belongeth And wee by Virtue of His Majties Letters Pattents bearing date at Westminster ye 20th of June in ye 19th year of his Reign have power to Grant Commanding all infered officers of our said Fleet & Forces you to obey as their Comander in Chief according to this our Commission & the Power thereby given unto you. And you yourself also are to observe & follow such order and Direction as from time to time you shall receive from us & in all things to Govern yourself as unto ye duty & place of a Governor & Com̄ander in Chief doth belong which place you are to Execute till another Governor for that part of our province that lyes to the Southward or Westward off Cape Carterett shall appear Which Comission under our Hands & Great Seale of our Province to whom you are then to submitt & this Comission to become voyd to all intents & purposes given under our hands and the Great Seale of our Province this 27th of July 1669.