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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint Robert Samford as Secretary of Clarendon County
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
November 14, 1664
Volume 01, Pages 71-72

[B. P. R. O. Col: Ent: Book. No. 20. P. 17.]

Edward Earle of Clarendon Lord High Chancellor of England, George Duke of Albemarle, Captain Generall of all his Majestie's Forces, in the Kingdomes of England, Scotland and Ireland, and Master of the Horse, William Lord Craven, John Lord Berkeley, Anthony Lord Ashley,

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Cartret, Vice Chamberline of his Majestie's household, Sir William Berkeley knight and Sir John Colleton knight and Barronet, The trew and absolute Lords Propryators of all the Province of Carrolina;

To our Trusty & well beloved Robt Samford Greeting:

Wee being well assured of your wisdome prudence and integrity, have thought fitt, and doe by these presents nominate, constitute and appoint you our Secrytary and Chiefe Register for our County of Clarendon in the Province aforesaid hereby authorizing you and giving you full power to be present at all meetings, of our Governor and Privy Councell, of the said County, and to take and keepe, an exact register, of all there acts, orders and constitutions, as alsoe to receave from our Surveyor Generall of the County aforesaid all certificates of Lands, by him leyed out and surveyed, either for us in particcular, or for any other persons according to warrants from our Governor and Councell or the Major parte of them; and the same certifficates carefully to register and fyle in your office, and there upon by virtue of such warrant as you shall receave, from our said Governor and Councell or the Major parte of them; to draw up such lease or leases, conveyance or assurances of Land from us and in our name, as shall accord with the said Certificate, and the forme of Assurances by us prescribed, which being syned by our Governor and Councell or Major parte of them, and sealed with our Seale of the said County, according to our said Prescriptions, you shall carefully inroll the same, in your said office, that recourse may be there unto had on all occasions, and these and all other act and acts, thinge and things, which doe and shalbe longe and appertayne to the office of our Secretary and register within our said County, you are faithfully to doe and performe, according to such orders and constitutions as you shall receave from us, or our Governor, or our Governor and Councell or the Major parte of them, to the best of your judgement and skill, and for your doeing the same, or any of them, you shall receave such salleryes, fees and perquisites, as by us and our Generall Assembly of the said County shalbe appointed and none other. Given under our greate Seale of our said Province, the fowerteenth day of November in the yeare of our Lord, one thousand, six hundred, sixty and fower.