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Order by the Lords Justices of England that the Customs Officers in Carolina be required to give security
England. Lords Justices
November 13, 1698
Volume 01, Page 492

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[B. P. R. O. B. T. N. Carolina. Vol. 4. P. 58.]
BY THE LORDS JUSTICES OF ENGLAND

Tho: Cantuar

Pembroke

Devonshire

Dorsett

Marlborough

To the right honorable the Lords Proprietors of his Majesty's Province of Carolina in America Greeting His Majesty having been informed that the Navall Officers being ye Persons apointed by ye Governours in his respective Plantations in America to take Bonds and give Certificates for clearing of ships have generally neglected to comply with the direction of ye late Act of Parliament for preventing frauds & regulating Abuses in ye Plantation Trade which dos require their giving security to ye Comissioners of ye Customes in England for ye due discharge of their Trust, And it having been farther represented to his Majesty that besides ye security which ye said Navall Officers are obliged by Law to give, it would be very expedient that according to ye constitutions of ye Customes in England which has provided a controule upon ye action of every Officer imployed therein the Concurrence of the Collectors apointed by ye Comisrs of ye Customes in his Majesty's respective Plantations should also be made necessary to so important an act as that of signing Certificates for clearing of ships, His Majesty taking ye same into consideration is hereby pleased to declare his Will and Pleasure, and you are accordingly hereby required forthwith to give directions to your Governor that he takes care that ye Navall Officer or officers in His Majesty's Province of Carolina in America under his Govermt doe give security for ye due discharge of his or their Trust to such Person as is or shall be apointed by ye Comissioners of His Majesty's Customes for that purpose according to ye direction of ye forementioned Act of Parliament And likewise that he doe not admitt or allow any Certificate signed by ye Navall Officer or Officers aforesaid for ye clearing of ships within His Majesty's said Province of Carolina in America to be valid and effectual for that end without ye Concurrence of ye Collector apointed there by ye Comisrs of His Majesty's Customes. Given at Whitehall the 13th day of 9ber 1698 in the tenth year of his Majty's Reigne

By their Excellencys Command
JA. VERNON