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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint John Yeamans as Governor of Clarendon County
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
January 11, 1665
Volume 01, Pages 97-98

[B. P. R. O. Col: Ent: Book. No. 20. p. 18.]

Edward Earle of Clarendon Lord High Chancellor of England, George Duke of Albemarle &c. The trew and absolute Lords Propryators of the Province of Carolina.

To our trusty and well beloved Sir John Yeamans Bart: Greeting;

Wee doe hereby constitute and appoint you (during our pleasure) Governor of our County of Clarendon neare Cape Faire and of all that tract of ground which lyeth southerly as farr as the River St Mathias which bordereth upon the coast of Florida within 31. degrees northerne lattitude and soe west as farr as the south Seas as alsoe all Islands and Islets Rivers and Seas within the said bounds and our said Province of Carolina. With power to nominate appoynt and take to you 12. able men at most, 6. at least to be of your Councell or assistance or any eaven number between 6. and 12. unless we have before made choyce of or shall chuse all or any of them,

And we doe further constitute and appoint you to be our Lieutenant Generall (during our pleasure) of the County and tract of ground above mentioned and of all our forces raysed and to be raysed within our said County and tract of ground aforesaid for the security of the same and the parts adjasent within our said Province, over which forces you are to place Officers and to cause them to be duely exercised in Armes and to doe all and every other thing or things which unto the Charge and Office of a Lieutenant Generall of our Army belongeth or hath accustomed to

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belonge, as fully and freely as any Lieutenant Generall hath eaver had the same commanding all infearyor officers and soldiers of our said Armyes you to obey as there Lieutenant Generall according to this our Comission and the powers thereby given unto you, and according to the Laws and dissipline of warr, and you yourselfe alsoe are to observe and follow such orders and directions as from time to time you shall receave from us and in all things to governe yourselfe as unto your duty and place of a Lieutenant Generall of an Army and Governor of our said County and tract of ground aforesaid doth appertayne and belonge. Given under our Greate Seale of our said Province this 11th January An: D: 1664.