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Order of the Privy Council of Great Britain concerning instructions to the American and West Indian governors concerning naturalization and divorce
Great Britain. Privy Council
November 19, 1773
Volume 11, Pages 242-243

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(P. R. O. America & West Indies Vol 110. page 113.)

At the Court at St James's the 19th day of November 1773
The King's most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Report from the Lords Commrs for Trade and Plantations, together with draughts of Additional Instructions (prepared by them in pursuance of His Majesty's Orders in Council of the 1st of September last) to the Governors or Commanders in Chief of all His Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America, directing them, not, upon any pretence whatsoever, to give their assent to any Bill or Bills that may have been, or shall hereafter be, passed by the Councils and Assemblies under their Government, for the Naturalization of Aliens, nor for the Divorce of Persons joined together in Holy Marriage, nor for establishing a Title in any Persons to Lands, Tenements and real Estates, originally granted to, or purchased by, Aliens antecedent to Naturalization.

His Majesty taking the said Report into consideration, was pleased, with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of the said Drughts of Additional Instructions (which are hereunto annexed) and to order, as it is hereby ordered, that the Right Honourable the Earl of Dartmouth, one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, do cause the same to be prepared, for His Majesty's Royal Signature



Order in Council, 19th Novr 1773

Approving the Drafts of Addl Instructs to the following Govrs forbidding them giving their Assent to any Bills for Naturalizing Aliens—nor for Divorce &c.

Govr of Quebec
St Johns
Nova Scotia
New Hampshire
Massachusetts Bay
New York
New Jersey
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No Carolina
So Carolina
East Florida
Wr Florida
Lewd Islands