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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from George Burrington to the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Burrington, George, 1680-1759
October 28, 1735
Volume 04, Pages 316-317

Poland street the 28th Oct 1735.

My Lords,

Your Lordships seem'd last Thursday desirous to see a Blank patent; or (to write more properly) the draft of a Patent as sign'd in the Council

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of North Carolina before His Majestys purchase, and left in the Secretarys Office to be compleated by him, after the Surveyor had made a proper return, and the Receiver General given his receipt for the consideration money sixteen of this sort of patents or drafts were in the custody of Mr Little Receiver for the late Lords Proprietors, that were neither filled up, nor had the seal put to them every one of them were set down in Sir Richard Everards list of patents he signed after the Kings purchase a copy of it was formerly sent your Lordships I suppose these unfinisht patents still remain among Mr Littles papers, and when the day book, I mentioned to your Lordships is required these drafts of patents may be demanded. It is very probable some may allso be found in the secretaries Office; Major Robert Foster who was Deputy Secretary to Mr Lovick continues in the same employment under the present Secretary this Gentleman, usually wrote the unfinished patents, and is able to give a perfect account, of all that was done in the Secretarys office, and in the Council dureing the whole Time, Sir Richard Everard was Governour of North Carolina. Your Lordsps (I presume) will be better informed of these matters by hearing the Depositions taken att Mr Lovicks examination, and his answers, read to you, than by anything I can write or say My Lords, &c.,