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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
October 08, 1774
Volume 09, Pages 1078-1079

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[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

At a Council held at Wilmington 8th October, 1774.
The Hon. James Hasell, Esq., President and Commander-in-Chief,
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Lewis DeRosset Esquire
The Honble William Dry Esquire

His Excellency the Governor having gone to New York for the benefit of his health, the administration of the Government Devolving upon the Hon. James Hasell Esqr President of His Majesty's Council, He was pleased to order His Majesty's Royal Commission to be openly read together with His Majesty's 2d & 110th Instruction, and thereupon Mr President qualified by taking the Oaths appointed by the Royal Instructions to be taken by the Governor or Commander-in-Chief for the time being, Subscribed the Test, and took the Oath appointed by the 7 & 8 William the 3d, as also an Oath for the due and faithful Execution of his Trust and impartial Administration of Justice in Office, After which His Honour qualified the Gentlemen of the Council present agreeable to the Royal Instruction and administered to each of them the Oath of Office as His Majesty's Council of state in this Province.

His Honour was then pleased to take the advice of the Council relative to the further prorogation of the Assembly, when it was their unanimous opinion that it would be expedient for his Majesty's Service further to prorogue the said Assembly until the 24th of November next, then to meet at Newbern for the dispatch of public business. Ordered a proclamation issue accordingly. A proclamation issued in the usual form.

His Honour was pleased to communicate to the Board His Majesty's order in Council under the Royal Sign Manuel dated the sixth of June last, signifying and declaring the Royal disapprobation and disallowance of the following Acts of Assembly of this Province, Vizt,

An Act for the Relief of Persons who have or may suffer by their deeds and mesne conveyances not being proved and registered within the time heretofore appointed by Law.

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An Act to continue an Act for the more speedy recovery of all debts and demands under five pounds proc. money within this Province.

An Act for directing the method of appointing Jurors in all causes civil and criminal.

An Act for the relief of Insolvent Debtors with respect to the imprisonment of their persons, and

An Act to regulate and ascertain the fees of the clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts in this Colony, directing the method of paying the same, and for taxing law suits.

His Honor was pleased to appoint John London to officiate as Clerk of the Council in the absence of the Hon. Samuel Strudwick, Esq., who took the oaths accordingly.