Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Advanced Search Options
Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
February 26, 1766
Volume 07, Pages 187-188

-------------------- page 187 --------------------
[From MS. Records in Office of the Secretary of State.]

At a Council held at Brunswick the 26t day of February 1766
His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble John Rutherfurd Esquire
The Honble Lewis H. DeRosset Esquire
The Honble John Sampson Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire
The Honble Benjamin Heron Esquire

His Excellency the Governor communicated to this Board his letter to the Right Honble Henry Seymore Conway Esq. One of His Majestys Principal Secretarys of State on the Subject of the late Disturbances at Brunswick upon the seizure of the Sloops by Capt Lobb of his Majestys Sloop Viper together with the Coppies of several Letters and messages relative thereto, the same was unanimously approved of—Ordered a proclamation issue preventing Insurrections and Tumultuous Assemblys &c. In the following words

North Carolina

By His Excellency William Tryon Esquire

Whereas a few days since a great number of Armed persons did tumultuously Assemble themselves together both at Wilmington and Brunswick to the Disturbances of the peace and good government of this Province, and in violation of the Laws of their Country by which they have subjected themselves to the severest penalties incurred by the several Laws to prevent Riotous and Seditious meetings—I have therefore thought proper By and with the advice and consent of His Majestys Council to issue this Proclamation strictly charging and commanding all officers both civil and Military to exert their Authority in suppressing all such illegal proceedings, as they shall answer the Contrary at their Peril.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal &c at Brunswick 26th day of February 1766 &c


His Excellency laid before this Board a letter printed in the N. Carolina Gazette by Andrew Stewart His Majestys printer for this

-------------------- page 188 --------------------
province, Dated Cross Creek, Jany 30 1766 containing such inflammatory Expressions That His Excellency declared his intentions of suspending him, And accordingly delivered his Letter for that purpose to the Secretary.

Then His Excellency proposed to this Board his desire of having the Assembly prorogued to a longer day, as he thinks it for the benefit of this province before they meet that he receive some instructions from His Majesty for his guidance in the present exigency of Affairs—To which this Board unanimously agreed.

Ordered a Proclamation issue to the following purpose.

By his Excelly William Tryon Esq &c. A Proclamation

Whereas the Assembly of this province stands prorogued to the 22d day of April next I have thought proper by and with the advice of His Majestys Council further to prorogue the said Assembly until the 30th day of October 1766.

Given under my hand &c.