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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Land patent granted by William Berkeley to Robert Peel
Berkeley, William, Sir, 1605-1677; Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685
September 25, 1663
Volume 01, Pages 60-61

To all to whom these prsents shall come I Wm̄ Berkeley Kt Governor and Capt Genrll of Virginia send Greeting in our Ld God everlasting Wheras by Instructions from ye Kings most Excet Majtie directed to me and ye Councell of State his Majestie was graciously pleased to authorize me ye said Governor and Councell to grant patents & to assign such proportions of land to all adventurers and planters as hath been usual heretofore in like cases either for adventurers of money or transportac̄on of people into this Colony according to a Charter of orders from ye late treasurer & company and yt ye same proportion of fifty acres of land to be granted & assigned to every person transported hither since Midsum̄er 1625 and yt ye same Course be continued to all adventurers and planters untill it shall be otherwise determined by his Majestie.

Now know yee yt I ye sd Wm Berkeley Kt &c doe with ye consent of ye Councell of State accordingly give and grant to Robert Peel three hundred and fifty acres of land Lying on ye South west side of Raspitanck River between ye land of Dr Relph and ye land of John Battle containing on ye River side one hundred and eighty pole & running South West & by West into ye Wood three hundred and twenty pole ye said land being due to ye said Robert Peel by & for ye transportation of seven persons into this Collony whose names are on the Record menc̄oned under this Patent To have & to hold ye said land wth his due share of all Mines

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& Mineralls therin contained wth all rights and previleges of hunting hawking fishing fowling wth all Woods Waters and rivers wth all profitts Comodities and hereditamts wtsoever belonging to ye sd land unto him ye said Robert Peel his heires & assignes for ever in as large and ample maner to all Intents & purposes as is Expressd in a Charter of orders from ye late treasurer & Company Dated ye 18th of November 1618 or by consequence may be justly collected out of ye same or out of the letter patents whereon they are grounded to be holden of our Soveraigne Lord ye King his heires and successors as of his Maner of East Greenwich in free and Comon Soccage and not in Capite nor by Kt Service Yielding and paying unto our sd Soveraigne Lord ye king his heires and successors for every fifty acres of land hereby granted yearly at ye feast of St Michael ye archangell ye ffee rent of one shilling wch payment is to be made yearly from year to year and ye first paymt to begin one year after ye date herof according to his Majesties Instructions of ye 12th of 7ber 1662 Provided yt if ye sd Robert Peel his heires or assignes doe not seat or plant or cause to be seated or planted upon ye sd land wth in three yeares next ensueing that then it shall be lawfull for any adventurer or planter to make choice or seat therupon Given at James City under my hand and seal of ye Collony ye 25th of September 1663 and in ye 15th year of ye reigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles ye 2d &c