Proceedings of the Council of State, 1692 Apr. 25.
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Att a Councill held at James Citty, Aprill 25th: 1692 Prest The Rt Honoble Francis Nicholson, Esqre their Mas: [Majesties'] Lieut. Govr: of Virga. Wm Cole Esqre Sec. John Lear Esqre Ralph Wormeley Esqre Cr. Wormely Esqre William Byrd Esqre Edwd. Hill Esqre Henry Whiteing Esqre
On Consideration that severall Complaints have been made to this Board that unfaire and illegall proceedings have past in the Northern Neck betweene Rappa: and Potomack Rivers, by the Proprietrs [proprietors] granting the Escheates of Lands in that Neck to Severall psons without finding any Office as the Law directs, to the great dissatisfaction of Divers of the Inhabitants, And to the End a full true and pfect account of all the Escheats of Lands granted in the said Neck may be had, that such fitt remidies may be applyed as shall be found to be for their Mas: [Majesties'] Service and Satisfaction of the Inhabitants of the said Neck, It is Ordered that the Sherriffs of the respective Counties in the said Neck doe forthwith give publick Notice at the next Courts to be held for their said Counties, and in each of their parish Churches, that all psons who have had any Land granted them in the said Neck by Escheate since the Proprietrs Office was first sett up there, doe Imediatly give the said Sherriffs copies of the Grants for the same, all which Copies the said Sherriffs are hereby required to return (as also to make due return hereof) to the Clerke of the Councill at James Citty before the 18th day of June next
To ye Sherriffe of Stafford County these
Test W Edwards Cl Cou [Clerk of Council]