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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
March 19, 1774
Volume 09, Pages 830-831

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

At a Council held at New Bern 19th March 1774
His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Samuel Strudwick Esquire
The Honble Lewis H. DeRosset Esquire
The Honble Martin Howard Esquire
The Honble Alxr McCulloch. Esquire
The Honble Samuel Cornell Esquire

The Governor having found that a Bill for establishing Superior Courts, containing Provisions contrary to His Majesty's Royal Instructions communicated to this Board had passed the two Houses of Assembly and expecting the House of Assembly forthwith to present the same desired the advice of this Board as a Privy Council whether it ought to pass the said Bill or not. Then Mr Rutherford, Mr DeRosset, Mr Dry and Mr Cornell desired the Governor to pass it. Mr Hasell, Mr McCulloch, Mr Strudwick and Mr Chief Justice advised not to give his assent thereto.

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The Governor thereupon desired that the Members of this Board who advised the passing of the above mentioned Bill furnish him with their reasons for so doing separately in writing which they promised to do.