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Minutes of the Virginia Governor's Council
Virginia. Council
October 24, 1723
Volume 02, Pages 499-500

[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol. 62.]

24 October 1723.

Whereas the Maherine and Nansemond Indians have this day complained that notwithstanding the repeated orders of this Government for securing to them the possession of their Lands, whereon they have for many years past been seated, between Nottoway and Maherine Rivers, divers persons, under pretence of Grants from the Government of North Carolina surveyed the lands of the said Indians, and begun to make settlements within their cleared grounds. It is the opinion of the Council that the Governor be requested to repeat his instances to the Governor or President of North Carolina for the time being, to recall all such Grants as have been made by that Government within the Bounds in dispute, between the two Colonies, and more particularly that the Government of North Carolina, take care that no persons pretending an authority from thence to disturb the Indians in the possession of the Lands they enjoy by virtue of Treaties of the peace which have been approved and confirmed by the Crown; and because the President of N. Carolina has hitherto thought fitt to take no notice of a Letter sent him last April upon a former complaint of the Nansemond and Maherine Indians, It is ordered that a copy of the order of this Board dated the 30th of October 1721 be now sent to the Governor or President of Carolina for the time

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being with Intimation that in case that Government do not immediately put a stop to the Incroachments complained of by the said Indians, and also recall all Grants, and to annull all surveys made within the controverted Bounds since the mutual agreement entered into by both Governments in the year 1714 Orders will be forthwith given pursuant to the resolution of the Board the 30th October 1721 for removing by force all persons seated within the said controverted Bounds under pretence of any Grant or Authority from the said Government of North Carolina.