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Proceedings of the Council, 1716 May 2.

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The Governor aquainting the Council that by the publick [prints?] lately arrived he had received the happy news of the Success of his Majestys Forces against the Rebells in Scotland and that he judged it fit that this Board should Congratulate his majesty on this Occasion for [such?] purpose he had prepared an address which he laid before the Council and the same being read was approved of and ordered to be fairly Transcribed for the Governor & Council's signing.

Mr. Attorney Genll Mr. Holloway & Mr. Beverley to whom it was referred to prepare a Scheme for the [Better?] qualifying persons practicing as Attorneys having reported their opinion therein the same is referred to the next meeting of a full Council.

Charles [Chieswell?] having petitioned for a grant of 100 foot in length and 80 foot in breadth of vacant Ground under the bank in York Town for the conveniency of building a Warehouse & wharf into the River and John Lewis Esqr entering a Caveat against any Grant of Land there above high Water mark it is Ordered that the petition be deferred till the right of the said Land is determined.

On the petition of Robert Slaughter praying directions may be given for issuing the proper Process for the summoning Edward Jeffreys of Londo Esqr to appear before the Genll Court to show cause why a Tract of Land held by him in Essex County ought not to be forfeited for nonpayment of the Quitt rents, that the pet'r [petitioner] may be enabled to sue out a Grant of yt [that] sd Land It is Referred to Mr. Attorney Genll [illegible] Case set forth in the sd Petition, and to report his opinion thereon

The following Warrants to be paid out of his Majtys Revenue of 2S pr hhd &c were this day signd by the Governor in Council viz Out of the Two shillings pr Hogshead &c. To the Honble Alexandr Spotswood His Matys Lieut Govr three Warrants for One year & a half Sallary ending the twenty fifth of Aprill 1716 Three thousand pounds. To the Honble Alexander Spotswood HIs Majesty's Lieutenant Govr for One year & a half house rent ending ye same time Two hundred twenty five pounds. To the Gentlemen of His Majties Council One year & a half Sallary ending the same time Five hundred & fifty pounds. To William Blathwayt Esqr Auditor Gentl of the [Plantations?] for one year & a half Sallary ending the same time One hundred and fifty pounds.