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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
August 28, 1755 - August 29, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 491-492

At a Council held at Newbern the 28th day of August 1755
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honble Mathew Rowan Esquire
The Honble John Swann Esquire
The Honble Francis Corbin Esquire
The Honble Lewis De Rosset Esquire

His Excellency was pleased to lay before the Board His Majesties Eleventh

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Instruction which was Read and Ordered to be Entered in the Council Journal—Vizt

And Whereas we are sensible that effectual care ought to be taken to oblige the Members of our said Council to a due attendance therein, in order to prevent the many inconveniencies that may happen for want of a Quorum of the Council to transact business as Occasion may require, it is Our Will and Pleasure that if any of the Members of Our said Council residing in the Province shall hereafter absent themselves from our Province and continue absent above the space of Twelve Months together, without leave from you or from our Governour or Commander in Chief of Our said Province for the time being, first obtained under your, or his hand and Seal, or shall remain absent for the space of Two years successively without our leave given them under our Royal Sign Manuel, their Place or Places in Our said Council shall immediately thereupon become Void, And that if any of the Members of Our said Council residing in our said Province shall willfully absent themselves hereafter from the Council Board, when duly summoned without a just and lawfull cause and shall persist therein after admonition, you suspend the said Councillors so absenting themselves till our further pleasure be known, giving timely notice thereof to Our Commissioners for Trade and Plantation, in Order to be laid before us, And We do hereby will and require you, that this our Royal Pleasure be signified to the several Members of our said Council, And that it be Entered in the Council Books of our said Province as a standing Rule.

His Excellency was pleased by and with the Advice and assent of the Council to issue a Proclamation for a General Fast to be held on Wednesday the Eighth day of October next.

Ordered that Mr Starkey the publick Treasurer do cause the Commissioners appointed for Purchasing Arms &c for the use of Anson and Rowan, to Accompt with him for the money by them received on or before the 24th day of September next on failure whereof their Bond to be put in suit, and that Mr Starkey be served with a Copy of this Order.

At a Council held at Newbern the 29th day of August 1755

Present His Excellency the Governor

The Honble {Matthew Rowan John Swann Francis Corbin Lewis De Rosset} Esquires.

Ordered that a Proclamation issue, for a General Muster throughout the Province, and that the several Officers do make a return to His Excellency, on or before the last day of October next, of the Number of the Men in each Company, with the condition of their Arms and Ammunition