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CHAPTER DXLV. 



An Act for the Better Preservation of the Early Records of the 
State of New Jersey. 

1. Be it Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New 
Jersey, That the commissioners of the state library be and are hereby authorized 
to print by contract to be awarded to the lowest bidder, and distribute to the 
different state libraries of the United States, and to such other public libraries 
as they shall name, the three manuscripts now in the state library, containing 
the minutes of the colonial and revolutionary history of the State. 

2. And be it enacted, That the Comptroller is hereby authorized to draw his 
warrant upon the state treasurer for the necessary sum required for the same, 
upon the order of the commissioners of the state library. 

3. And, be it enacted, That this act shall be deemed a public act, and shall 
take effect immediately. 

Approved April 6, 1871 . 



THE JOURNALL 



OF THE PROCEDURE OP THE 



Governor and Councill 



OF THE PROVINCE OF 



EAST NEW JERSEY 



FROM AND AFTER THE 



First day of December Anno Dmni— 1682 



Published by Authority of the Legislature. 



JERSEY CITY: 

Printed by John H. Lyon. 

1872. 

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The Governor and Proprietors of the Province East New 
Jersey To our trusty and well beloved Collonoll Lewis Morris 
Cap' John Berry Cap* John Palmer Cap' William Sandford 
Lawrence Anderson and Benjamin Price Send Greeting Wee 
being well Assured of every of your Capacity wisdome pru- 
dence and Integrity in the management of the publick affaires 
of the said Province have made choise of Constituted and ap- 
pointed and by these presents doe make choise of Constitute 
and appoint you the said Collonell Lewis Morris Cap* John 
Berry Cap' John Palmer Cap* William Sandford Lawrence 
Anderson and Benjamin Price and every of you to bee of the 
Councill for the management of the publick affaires of this 
Province and to be Assistant to the Governor or Deputy Gov- 
ernor of the said Province in all debates Consultations Reso- 
lutions and prosedures as well in the Councill as in the gen- 
eral Assembly of this Province and otherwise and in all mat- 
ters causes cases and things belonging to the office and place 
of a Councellor you and every of you are to doe and Act to the 
best of your skill knowledge & discretion and according to our 
Instructions and the lawes and Constitutoins of this Province. 
Given under the seale of the said Province att Elizabeth 
Towne — this tenth day of December Ann«.Domi one Thousand 
Six Hundred Eighty and two Anno: RRs Carti Sidi Angt &c 
ccciiii°| 

Thomas Rudyard. 

Province of East ) The Subscripc'on of the Councill the 28 th 
New Jersey — j day of y e 12-mb called February 1682 — 

Wee and every of us whose names are hereunder written 
Doe Severally and each for himselfe, Solemnly promise to 
beare true Allegiance to the King of England his heires and 
Successors And to bee true and faithfull to the Interest 
of the Lords Proprietors of the said province and. to 
their heires Executors and Assignes and Endeavor the peace, 
and wellfare of the said Province And that every of us 
respectively now being of the Governors Councill Shall and 

will 



will to the best of our Judgement and at all times Freely and 
Faithfully give our advice to the Governor for the good man- 
agement of the Publick affaires of this Province. And Shall 
not nor will not reveale directly nor indirectly to the Injury or 
prejeduse of the Governor and Lords Proprietors any matters 
as shall bee debated in Councill or Committed by them to our 
Secrecy But in all things doe and act as true and Faithfull 
Counselors when thereunto required — 

Lewis Morris — John Berry — 

J. Palmer — Lawrence Anderson — 

W m Sanford — Benjamin Prise — 

Att a Councill held the day and year above written 

The Deputy Governor — 
Coll Lewis Morris — 
p'rsent Cap' palmer — 

Cap* Sanderson — 
Benjamin Prise — 

The bookes and papers relateing to the publick concerns of 
the said Province and which Cap' Vickars the late Secretary 
had delivered to the Governor now brought here and Inspected, 
which are as followeth viz — 

i 

1 One bound booke writt by Cap' Bollen late Secretary de- 
ceased one Side Entituled the Record of Lands from the yeare 
1665 to the yeare 167T — the other side of the book Entituled 
Record of Articles Conveyances and Leases for Land &c — 

2 One other bound booke writt and Entred by the said Cap 4 
Bollen Titled on one Side Record of those that have taken and 
Subscribed the oath of Allegiance to the King and fidelity to 
the Lords Proprietors of New Jersey Anno Dmn 1665 the 
other side of the book titled the Record of Concessions War- 
rants <fcc granted by the Governor of New Jersey Anno 1665 

3 One other bound booke writt and entred by Cap' Bollen 
Titled Record of Warrants for the laying out of land and the 
Surveyors Certificates Anno 1675 1676. The other side thereof 
titled Records of Pattents for Land Anno 1678 — 

4 One bound book writt and entered by Cap' Vickers the 
one Side conteyning 15 folios being the Entry of the Retorns 

of 



of Surveyes Indian Pattents and Inventoryes of Estates of per- 
sons deceased. The other Side Containeing fol 36 being the 
Entry of Indian Grauiits the Governors Pattents for Land and 
Entryes of the present proprietors Deeds for this Province* and 
Some other matters — 

5 A paper book not bound but about a quire of paper 
Stieh't up and writt by Cap' Vickers one fol' and a peese of 
the Retornes of Surveyes and a license for a marriage entered 
in a leafe att some distance from the former — 

6 A Trunk of Cap' Bollens papers putt into order by the 
Governor Clerk and Cattalogued but whether all not known the 
said trunk being broke open and the papers promiscous 
when delivered — The trunk were Cap' Bollens papers and all 
bookes entered by Cap' Bollen were by the mutuall consent of 
the said Governor and Councill and also the Deputyes in their 
last Assembly Sealed up in the said Trunk at this Councill 
is Informed, broke open by Cap' Vickers & al without consent 
of the Deputyes — 

Att a Council held the first day of the l 3t moneth called 
March Anno Dmn 168f 

Thomas Rudyard Deputy Governor & Pro- 
prietor — 
William Penn — ) _ . . 
SamuellGroomefP r °P rietor9 
Pr'sent — Coll nl Lewis Morris 
Cap' Berry 
Cap' Palmer 
Cap' Sandford 
Lawrence Anderson — 
Benj Prise — 

The Deputyes of the Province appearing — the proprietors 
Deed of purchase from the Excrutrix and Trusttees of S r Geo. 
Carterett deceased as also the letter from the Governor and 
proprietors to Ihe Inhabitants of this Province and also the 
Depty Governor's Commission were openly read and Shewed 
to the Deputyes, After which were directed to choose their 
Speaker and Clerk in order to present them here — And with- 
drew 

It's 



8 

It's Agreed that George Jewell bee the Messenger of the 
Councill untill further order — 

It's agreed that the Messenger of this Councill forthwith 
Summon Cap* Vickars to appear before the Councill — 

Cap' Vickars came here before the Councill and being 
desyred to deliver up the Scales and papers hee answered 
that as to the Seales he hath them not but that they are 
in the hands of the widdow Carterett And as to the papers 
and publick concernes of the late Governor and Councill in his 
hands power and Custody hee Shall deliver them up to the 
Governor and Councill — and that they bee given up by him 
forthwith 

and a Solemme Attestac'on under his hand that directly or 
Indirectly hee hath retained none which hee hath not deliv- 
ered up either in his own Custody or in the power or Cus- 
tody of any other person by his order or for his use — And upon 
further debate hereof it is agreed that Samuell Groome one of 
the proprietors and and Cap 1 Berry see the papers Secured — 
And Cap 1 Berry and Samuel Groome are also ordered that they 
desire the Widdow Carterett to send here to the Councill the 
two Seales of the province One used in the tyme of the joint 
proprietors'p of the Lord Berkely and S r George Carterett and 
the other in the tyme of the proprietorship of S r George Car- 
terett and which were made use of in the time of the late Gov- 
ernor Cap* Carterett — 

The Deputys comeing were called in to the Governor and 
Counc : presented John Bound for their Speaker and Isaac 
Whitehead for their Clerk who were approved of by the Coun- 
cill — The Speaker acquainted the board that there was a want 
of their Deputyes viz — Coll Morris who was Elected for 
Shroesbury — Agreed that a new writt bee Issued out for the 
choise of a Deputy to Serve in his Stead 

A petition of Jn° Inions and Joseph Benbriggs read — the 
purport thereof requesting y' lands which they and their 
Associates had purchased of the Indians which had by 
the late Surveyor Generall been Surveyed and a returne of the 
Survey made into the Secrettaryes office might be pattented 
according to the said Survey — on perusall of the bookes it ap- 
peared that warrant was granted to lay out for the petic'oners & 
Associates 30 th 9 r 1681 6000 Acres and that the Surveyor had 
layed out 7680 Acres, and had not reserved any Sevenths to 
the Proprietors — The Further Consideration thereof is deferred 
until to morrow morning — 

And the Councill Adjourned to the Eight houre tomorrow 
morning — 

Att 



Att a Councill held 2 day of the first month called March 
Anno Dm 1 168f 

P'sent Tho Rudyard D Governor & p'pr 
William Penn & ) , 
Sam 11 Groome \ PP 10S 



Coll 1 Morris — 1 
Cap* Berry — 
Cap 4 Palmer — 
Cap 1 Sandford — 
Law: Andress & 
Ben Prise — 



of the Counc: 



Capt Berry reportes hee has received from Capt Vickers 
severall pape's of publick Conceme w ch Capt Vickers affirmed 
was all hee had relateing to goverment and publick Concerne 
of the p'vince — 

A bill sent sent here by the Deputyes to voyd all Courts and 
p'ceedures in this p'vince since the 2 d November 1681 — 

A message here alsoe from the Deputyes 

We are sent by the house of Deputyes to lett you know that 
wee have Considered of the Conveyances and Com'issions 
yesterday read And are satisfied w th the reasonable and legall pt 
of them saveing unto vs our. rights and desire a faire Correspon- 
dence, then the Deputyes desire to know what's become of the 
publick records books and pap's w dl were by the Joynte Con- 
sent of the late Governor Counc: and Deputyes att the session 
of the late Assembly sealed up and secured — They w th -drew — 

Coming in again A reporte was made to them what was 
yesterday don w th Captn Vickers — and alsoe aecompt what 
books and pap's have bin rec d and in what Order but by whome 
or how the same were broken vp wee know not — 

Sam 11 Groome and Captn Bessy Desired to goe to the 
Widdow Carterett and demand of her the seales and to bring 
w th them Captn Vickers — 

Captn Vickers here A question askt who opened the Records 
books and paps 

Ans That the Governor and pt of his Councill Ordered them 
to bee broke up and were by them broke open in p'sence of two 
freehold" and then a Catalogue of all the Irrasures and Inter- 
liniations made in the booke or Entys. Vickers ordered to w th 
draw — whereupon he delivered here the late seale of the 
p'vince vsed in the p'prietorship of S r George Carterett — 

Sam 11 Groom and Cap* Berry reporte that the Widd: Carte- 
rett 
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rett solemnly affirmed there was no other seales to her know- 
ledge. 

Cap* Vickers Cald in againe These questions askt him by the 
Couneill 

1 st Wherefore the Deputys were called in to seale up the 
Records, 

2 Why broke open w th out them — 

3 Whether they are in the same Condition as they where 
when sealed up — 

The first question wav'd by Cap 1 Vickers — To the second 
hee answereth that the Deputyes had not the Constitution of 
the Secretary nor keeping of the Records they had not power of 
them neither ought to bee concerned with them in his opinion — 

To the third he would p'duce the Catalogue of Irrasures to 
evidence that the books are not abused and then w th drew — 

Sam" Windor and James Graham p r sented here a petition 
w th their former Case here p r sented w cn being read It's agreed 
that it bee fyled And that Capt Brickhouse and other the 
p'sons concerned have nothin thereof and Coppy of the Case 
and pe'tion that a heareing between the p'tyes may bee in Con- 
venient tyme had 

Captn Vickers againe cal'd in brought here the Catalogue of 
Irrasures — 

In fol 60 of the book of Entryes of pattents in the margent 
ag l the pattent made for 2000 Acres to Rob' Vauquellin upon 
examination those appeares an irrasure on w ch is writt 1674 
Hackinsack — Wee finde on examination that this irrasure and 
writeing was not notified by the Catalogue of irrasures — and 
Captn Vickers being here p'sent alledged that hee believed the 
same to be an irrasure but was not there when hee Received the 
books — 

John Inions and Joseph Benbridge came into the Couneill 
board and after the debate and Consideration thereof by the 
p'prietors alone and also in Couneill The result was that the 
said John Inions and Joseph Benbridge and associates should 
have pattents for the land according to the p'portion mentioned 
in the warr' for Surrey in fol 142 vizt John Inions 1000 Acres 
and all the other 500 Acres apeece at £ p Acre and that the 
whole overplus of the tract of land shall bee appropriated to 
the p'prietors in liew of their sevenths to bee laid out by the 
Surveyer Generall and that the p'prietors shall pay and alow to 
the said John Inions and associates apportionable pt of the 
Indians p tB for the said overplus 

Adiorned to 3 afternoone 

post 



11 

post Meridiem 

A Message from the Deputyes — The Deputyes desireing an 
answer whether the bill here brought from them this foreaoone 
were passed here or noe — 

Ans: That it being of- weight and haveing much urgent 
business vpon our hands — wee had not Considered the same 
but would speedely, Take the same into Consideration and 
when ready returne them answer by a Messenger of our owne — 

The Bill entitled a Bill to make voyd the p'eeedure of sume 
late Courts w th amendm ts read and passed here by the board, 
And delivered to the Messenger aboue who came here for our 
Answer — 

A Bill brought here by the Deputeyes to Constitute a high 
Sheriffe for this province — 

Cap* Berry and Cap' Sandford to desire a Conference in the 
Councill Roome w th the Deputyes or a Com'itte of them this 
Evening by 1 Clock — 

Adjouned till 7 th hour 

A petic'on by "William Johnson and Jeffery Jones ag* Rob* 
Vanquillin read and agreed to be filed — 

And the Councill adjourned to the eight hour next moorning. 

Att a Councill held the 3 rd day of the 1 st month called March 
Anno Dni 168f 

Tho. Rudyard, D Governor & p'pr- 
William Penn & 



Sam 11 Groom e 
Coll Morris — 
P'sent Cap 1 Berry — 

Cap' Palmer — 
Cap* Sandford 
Law : Andress & 
Ben Prise — 



| P'P 1- — 



- of the Connc : 



Lawrence Andress tendring the Admi'stration of James Bol- 
lens Estate appraism' and sale might bee Entred in the Secre- 
tarys office vpon view thereof. — It appears 

l 3t the letters of admi'stration bear date the 12 th Day of 
September 1682. 

2 The appraisement the 27 th March 1682 

3 The sale of the Estate the 28 th of September 1682 amount- 

ing 



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ing to 93 lb 15 s l d — Lawrence Andress declared here in Councill 
that he was w th the Governor Phillip Carterett in December 
last w ch was after the p'prietors arivall here and then and not 
before the Governor sealed the letters of Admi'stration in 
Lawrence Andress p'sence and delivered them to him in com- 
pany of Capt Vickers — 

Wee observe the sale of the Estate and disposition was some 
months before the Admi'stration granted — 

Lawrence Andress Alledges he never had any p' of the Es- 
tate or received or disposed any p* thereof 1 — 

Wee finde not that any bond was given for the due admini- 
stration thereof w oh is aledged in the Admi'stration to bee 
entred into the 12 th Sep' lfc'82— 

A Bill drawne for Constitution of Sheriffs read and amend- 
ed— 

A petic'on for Cap' Baker read— 

Adiourned to 2 aftemoone 

post meridiem 

James Graham came to the Councill here and desired that 
noe furthur p'ceedure might be had here upon his Case and 
petition formerly delivered and that the [hee] might w th draw 
the same 

It's agreed and ordered that hee [the] same be delivered 
back vnto him wh was done accordingly — 

The bill to make voyd the p'ceedings of some late Courts 
read heare a second tyme and signed onely by their Clarke 

It's agreed that it bee transcribed and signed by their 
speaker and then by the Governor — 

Ordered by the Governor and Councill That James Emott 
be Clarke of the Councill and Deputye Secretary dureing the 
pleasure of the Deputy Governor — 

The bill to make voyd the p'ceeding &c and to Constitute 
Sheriffs given here to the Deputyes — 

The Deputyes brought the said bills downe againe Ordered 
that the bill to avoyd the p'ceedings of some late Courts bee 
signed by the Governor — 

Ordered that the bill for Constitu'ion of Sheriffs bee signed 
by the Governor — w ch was done accordingly — 

Ordered that the said bills be carryed vp to the house of 
Deputyes socr signed by Cap* Palmer and Ben Prise two of the 
Councill — w ch was done accordingly — 

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13 

A Bill disinabling severall p'sons &c was heere read the first 
tyme — 

A petic'on from Daniel Hoop M r chant to have the benefitt of 
land according to Concessions for nine servants &c — 

Ordered and agreed that hee have the p'porc'on of land in 
lieu of p'sons transported according to the Tenor of the Con- 
cessions and have warr' for the same hee bringing in names of 
Mb servants and famely transported — 

Adjourned till next 2 d day eight of the Clock in the moorne- 
ing— 

Att a Councill held the 5 th day of the 1 st month called March 
Anno Dni 168f 

P r 'sent Tho: Rudyard D Governor & p'pr — 

William Penn & ) , 

Sam 11 Groome J' P P r 

Coll Lewis Morris 
Cap' Berry 
Cap* Palmer 
Cap' Sandford 
Law Andres & ' 
Ben Prise — 



► of the Counc: 



Agreed that a message be sent to the house of Deputyes to 
desire a Conference this afternoone vpon the substance of the 
Bill for Disinableing severall p'sons &c to bee sent by Cap' 
Berry and Captn Sandford 

A petic'on of Cap' Baker p'sented here and read — 

As to the petic'on for his 1200 Acres of land for w ch hee had 
a warr' and delivered the same to R Vauquillin late Sur- 
veyor — Agreed that the matter bee heard and Considered to- 
morrow moorneing 8th a Clock R. Vauquillin having notice 
thereof. 

And as to the 2 d petic'on agreed that tomorrow moorneing 
hee bring in a p'ticular of his Charges — that the substance of 
the petic'on may bee further Considered. 

The petic'on of William Johnson and Jeffery Jones, Ex- 
hibited the second instant — it being Joynte and their Case 
distinct and divers, Agreed the w'Mraw their petic'on and 
petic'on sepa'tely — if the [they] see Cause soe to Doe. 

Agreed that Capt Vickers & other p'sons who were of the 
late Governors Councill since the death of the late Secretary 
Cap* Bullen and are here in towne may here notice to bee here 



14 

in Councill at 3 A Clock this afternoone to Attend a Conference 
relateing to them w tb the House of Deputyes — 

The petic'on of Cap' Palmer and Thomas Codrington here 
read Capt Palmer wthdrawing the Case was debated, hee 
Cald in againe Inquirey then was of S r George Carteretts Gift 
to Pardon w oh was p'duced and was dated 31 8t July 1674 — 

Then Inquiry was made when Pardon Assigned to Captn 
Palmer &c And that was the first of December 1680— S r George 
Carterett in Dec 1678 devised att East Jersey <fce — and dyes — 
Adjourned till 2 afternoone 

Post Meridien 

The Deputyes came to the Conference the D. Gov' gave 
them Accompt of the occasion and matter of Conference w ch 
was to debate the objections and matters Criminall in those 
p'sons whome by bill they would make Incapable of future 
office — Captn Vickers — Henry Greeneland— Sam" Etsall and R 
Vauquillin came alsoe here — and after ye Deputyes Charge and 
Answer by R. Vickers &c to the matters objected the [they] 
withdrew — and after due debate and Consideration of the 
p'misses It's the sence of this board That the matters 
alledged by the house of Deputyes ag' Robert Vickers ( lately 
officiateing as secretary of this p'vince] w th his defence being 
duely and thrughly heard before vs, and after a serious Con- 
siderac'in of what hath been urged on both sides — Wee doe 
declare it as our sence That the said Rob' Vickers hath be- 
haved himselfe Impiously and vexatiously ag 1 the former houses 
of Deputyes — And therefore that he ought to Confess his 
Errors in the house of Deputyes tomorrow, And there doe aske 
forgiveness or else that hee bee declared Incapable for the 
future of bearing any office of publick Charge of truste w th 
in this p'vince dated as abovesaid — 

Adjourned till 8 tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held 6 th Day of mo-1 called March Anno Dni 
168| 

P'sent Tho Rudyard D y Governor & p'pr — 

William Penn & ) , 
Sam 11 Groome— ■ j" P P r— 
Coll L. Morris 

Captn Sa e .idford > of the Coun °- 

Captn Palmer 

Law: Andress — 

Ben Prise — f The 



15 

The house of Deputyes sent here a message desireing the 
bill brought from' their house for disonableing severall p'sons 
from beareing office &° might bee reterned to them 

They were answered that wee would send a message of* our 
owne— 

Then read the resulte of the Conference and debate relateing 
to Robert Vickers late Secretary w ch after reading was agreed 
by the Councill to bee signed by the Deputy Governor — w 01 ' 
was done accordingly — And its agreed that the same bee sent 
up by Captn Sandford and Ben Price 

A Message sent by the house of Deputyes — as followeth 
viz 1 , By the house of Deputyes In answer to yo rs before vs, wee 
say wee retaine the same dispositions as in our bill before yo u 

But the p r misses Considered wee see noe reason both for the 
safety of Countrey and reputation of this house but earnestly 
to moove the excluc'on of Captn Robert Vickers and Captn 
Henry Greeneland from publick place of authority w th in this 
p'vince, — That is to say according to our bill before yo u 

Vpon reading hereof the bill sent downe by the Deputyes 
was read and after Alterac'on & amendm' thereof — It was 
Agreed to be transcribed and sent to the Deputyes by the 
hands of [William Penn's name erased] and Captn Sandford 
Adjourned till 3 this afternoone 

post meridiem 

The Bill to disenable Captn Rob' Vickers and Captn Henry 
Greeneland to beare office in this p'vince sent here from the 
house of Deputyes read and after due Considerac'on thereof — 
It's ordered that the same bee 

[At this point in the original Record about one fourth of the page has 
been cut out, leaving only the following terminations of lines.] 

-------- Committe 

-------- Governor and 

-------- ering 

--------- nt for the 

-------- land — and 

-------- ordered 

-------- teof 

-------- ingta 

-------- w ch 

-------- ofW m Pardon 

deceased but this is not to be a p'sident for any other 

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A petic'on of John Gillman and Edward Slater in behalfe of 
Piscattaway Inhabitantes for 200 Acres of Meadow now in pos- 
session of Cornelius Longfeld — read and agreed that Cornelius 
Longfeild have notice thereof in order to a hearing and further 
determinac'on thereof 

Captn Bakers petic'on for 1 200 Acres of land being read 
and Rob' vauquellin being alsoe here p'sent, It's agreed, That 
the further Consideraton thereof bee deferred untill there bee 
some settlement of the Concernes of this Town 

Rich : Mitchill's petic'on read and ordered that hee have the 
head land for himselfe and wife according to Concessions 

The Address of Lewis Morris desireing hee may have his 
land pattented w ch hee has lately bought of Sam" Leonard and 
Leonard Hunt — It's agreed and ordered that hee have pattents 
for the same 

A Message from the house of Deputyes desireing to morrow 
moorneing a private Conferance betw'ne some of the Councill 
and some of the members of the Deputyes to Confere about 
setling the Countyes and such like Concerne — It's agreed that 
a Conference bee had, and that Cap' Berry Cap 1 Sandford 
Cap' Palmer Lawrence Andress and such other of the Councill 
as, will attend it to meet heere in the Councill Chamber at 7 
Clock in the moorneing 

Adjourn'd till 8 A Clock to morrow moorneing 

[A portion of the page cut out of the original, being the other side of 
the leaf referred to above. The matter lost, if any, cannot be conjectured, 
although it may have reference to the Conference.] 

Att a Councill held the V th day of the mo-1 called March 
168f 

p'sent Tho Rudyard D* Governor & p'pr 
Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawr: Andress & 
Ben Price 



>of the Counc: 



Vpon the request of Lawrence Andress It's ordered that hee 
have liberty for two dayes to goe home upon some vrgency of 
affaires 

Sam 11 Moores petic'on read and agreed, that the same being 
for land for w " there's a bill now w th the Deputyes for 
Redress— It's therefore deferr'd till wee see the effect thereof 

Sam 11 



17 

Sam 11 Barons petic'on read and ordered as above in case of 
Sam 11 Moore 

Agreed that the pap's of Captn Rob' Vickers bee p'veed 
and hee bee sent for, whilst they are sorted that such as ar£ of 
his privat Concerne hee may have, and the other of publick 
concerne may be sorted and put into some method or order. 
' Adjourned till 3 afternoone 

post Meridiem 

Captn Vickers pap's called over 

A bill sent downe from the Deputyes for devideing the 
p'vince into Countyes read and agreed vnto 

A bill sent from the Deputyes ag' Sam 11 Edsall and Rob* 
Vauquellin — read, the Considerac'on of^this bill deferred untill 
to morrow moorneing 

Agreed that an Order bee sent from this board requireing 
Rob' Vauquillin late Surveyor generall to bring here forthw'" 
the Journall of his Surveyes of land laid out in this p'vince 
Adjourned till 1 a Clock tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 8 th Day of the mo-1 called March 
Anno Dni 168f 

P r sent Tho Rudyard D' Governor & p'pr 

Coll Morris 
Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer J- of the Counc: 

Captn Sandford 
Ben Price 

Vpon Complaint of John Toe ag' John Carter & Rob' Mors 
not onely for monyes w ch the said Carter owes the said Toe — 
But alsoe for other ronges and abuses w ch he has suffered and 
undergon from the said Carter & Mors — It's agreed that the 
said Carter as alsoe the said John Toe's wife now absent from 
him, and the said Rob' Mors father of the said Toe's wife, bee 
Sum'oned to appeare before this board forthw" 1 to answer the 
Complaintes of the said John Toe 

Vpon Consideration of the application made here by 
Daniel Hoop and Order made in Councill the third instant 
— And p r senting here a small Chart of land lyeing on the 
Rariton — 

It's 
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It's agreed that hee have the Southwest side orp* of the land 
p'sented to lye fourty Chain es vpon the Rariton from the 
South branch and to Run backwards from the Rariton South 
westerly two English miles little more or lesse to Compleate 
his number of Acres to the number of six hundred, and that 
hee may settle im'ediately upon the Same, vntill it can 
bee Surveyed and pattented, — And that hee shall enjoy the 
Same to him and his heires at one halfe penny pr Acre pr 
Anm — 

A bill Sent downe by the Deputyes to have four Justices of 
the peace in Each County — The Consideraton of this bill de- 
ferred vntil tomorrow moorneing 

One other bill Sent downe by the Deputyes for Justices of 
the peace and Sheriffs a double number to bee p r sented by 
Each County — w ch being read the further Consideraton de- 
ferred until tomorrow moorneing 

The bill to rectifie abuses in Some late records, read & 
agreed that the Same bee Subscribed by the Governor and 
Sent to the Deputyes 

The bill for Establishing Courts of Justices read and 
amended — and ordered that it "bee Subscribed by the D ty Gov- 
ernor and Sent to the Deputyes and Captn Palmer and Captn 
Sandford are to carry the Same as alsoe the bill for division of 
the p'vince into Countyes 

The Petic'on of Ben : Price sen' for fourty or fifty acres of 
land lyeing by him, requesting that hee may have it Surveyed 
and pattented, hee w'Mrawing — It's agreed and ordered that 
hee have the Same as hee desires, provided noe other p'son 
have right thereto by pattent or otherwise by some agreem' 
of the Towne 

Adjourned till 2 a clock afternoone 

post Meridiem 

A bill to disenable Sam 11 Etsall and Rob' Vauquillin from 
beareing further office charge or truste unlesse they make pub- 
lick Acknowledgm* & c being read in Councill it's ordered that 
a Coppy of the bill bee sent to each of them, and delivered to 
Captn Vickers who has undertaken to send forward the Same 
forth w th to them that they may be here the 12 th instant 

A Message from the house of Deputyes to desire a Confer- 
ence — It's agreed that a Conference bee had w th the house of 
Deputyes at four this afternoone att Isaac Whiteheads and that 
it bee managed by Captn Palmer Captn Berry and Captn 
Sandford 

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The Conference was had and the members of Councill re- 
turned — reporting that the Conference desired was upon the 
bill to Rectify abuses in Some late Records 

A Message from the Deputyes desireing a free Conference — 
w ch was granted, the p'sons above ordered to manage the Same, 
and to Carry w th them the Entryes of pattents and Surveys 
recorded by Cap' Vickers, and the Lady Cateretts order to 
pattent noe land after 25 th March 1682 under a penny pr 
Acre 

Adjourned to 1 A Clock tomorrow morning 

Att a Oouncill held 9 th day of mo-1 called March Anno Dni 
168f 

p r sent Tho Rudyard D' Governor & p'pr 
Sam 11 Groome p'pr 
Coll Lewis Morris " 
Cap' Sandford 

Cap* Palmer ^ of the Counc : 

Cap* Berry &■ 
Ben Price 

A Bill for severall Lawes in East Jersey read amended and 
agreed to bee Carryed to the house of Deputyes by Captn Pal- 
mer Cap ln Sandford. and Ben Price 

A Message from the Deputyes as followeth viz 4 An answer 
to a bill p'sented to this house March 8 th 168f for the recti- 
fieing abuses in some late Records — It is the Sence of this 
house, that there hath been many Erregular and vnjust Entreys 
made in the publick records of warrants Scertificates and pat- 
tents Since March 1682, And" that the p'son or p'sons guilty 
thereof ought to receive punishm 1 according to the merritt of 
their Offence — And that noe p'son ought to bee disseased of his 
freehold or any wayes destroyed but by the Lawfull Judgm 1 
of his peers March 9 th 168f— p r .John Bound Speaker of the 
house of Deputyes 

Adjourned till 2 afternoone 

post Meridiem 

Then p'vced and placed in Order the pap's last had from 
Captn Vickers w oh tooke vp all the afternoone 

Adjourned till 1 a Clock tomorrow moorneing 

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Att a Councill held the 10 th Day of the mo — 1, called March 
Anno Dni 168f 

pr'sent Tho Rudyard D l Governor & p'pr 

Sam 11 Groome p'pr 
Co 11 Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer f-of the Counc: 

Captn Sandford 
Ben Price 

Vpon Consideration of the vrgency of business of some of 
the Councill to repaire whome this Day — It's agreed that the 
Councill bee Adjourned untill next second day moorneing 8 A 
Clock 

And it is Adjourned untill next second day 8 a Clock in the 
moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 12 th of March Anno Dni 168f 



p'sent The D ,T Governor 

Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford & 
Benj n Price 



of the Counc. 



Vpon Consideration of the Slow dispatch of business in this 
p'sent Generall Assembly — It's agreed and Ordered that a 
Message be sent from this board vnto the house of Deputyes 
p'poseing to have dureing the Sessions a free Conference in the 
Councill Chamber betw'ne the Governor and Councill and the 
house of Deputyes, every day of Sessions from the houre of 
Three unto the houre of four every afternoone,Where all matt", 
and things may bee freely p'posed and debated betw'ne them. 
But resoluc'ons suspended untill the Councill and Deputyes are 
ap't — Captn Berry and Captn Palmer to carry vp this p r "'posall 

Agreed and Ordered that a Message bee sent to the Indian 
Sachems to Conferr w th them about their Entertainm 1 of Negro 
Servants — and that Captn Berry take care for the Conveyance 
thereof 

A free Conference Agreed vpon by the house of Deputyes — 
who attended here accordingly, where was principally debated 
the method of Settleing Courts in this p'vince — And after some 
Considerable Tyme taken vp therein — Two bills for setling 

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some Courts brought downe here from the house of Deputyes 
and delivered in here last 7 th day after the Councill were 
Adjourned were delivered back for their further Consideraton 

A petio'on of John Robinson & al for land — read and .the 
Debate thereof Adjourned- till tomorrow moorneing 

Adjourned to 7 a Clock tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 13 th Day of the mo- 1 called March 
Anno Dni 168f 

p r sent The D l Governor 
Captn Berry ) 

Captn Palmer » ,, .-, 

Captn Sandford f <>' the Couno: 
Benj" Price J 

Agreed and Ordered that Captn Vickers be sent for to this 
board to resolue this board whether those books formerly de- 
livered to the Deputy Governor now here p'sent and all of 
Captn Vickers's hand writeing bee the publick records of the 
p'vince, Entred and made by him dureing the tyme he was 
Secretary of this p'vince 

Captn Vickers being p'sonally here p'sent and being ask* the 
Question above p'scribed and U!t the books above menc'oned 
Declared that those books contained those matters w eh he re- 
corded dureing the tyme hee was Secretary, and that hee 
never affirmed that they were not records, and that hee has 
not any other books of records, w ch hee said hee gave for 
Answer 

The petic'on of John Robinson Richard Jones & al being 
read they were called in and being asked the Question where 
the warr' or Order of the late Governor & Counc was for the 
Indian purchas — they answered that Sam 11 Etsall had it — 
whereupon it was agreed that the petic'on be heard againe 
when Sam 11 Etsall comes here — 

A Conference w th the Deputyes, the discourse was onely 
about the Court for small Causes, the bill p'posed being that 
the vnder-sheriffe should serve allprosse — and it was necessary 
as they alledged there should bee two Courts, wee agreed two 
Courts in one County, two in every Towne and that an officer 
was pp for every Court — 

Edward Slater p'sented here a petic'on to have a bond de- 
livered up w ch he had given for paym' of a fine 

Adjourned till 7 A Clock tomorrow moorneing 

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Att a Councill held the 14 th Day of March Anno Dni 186f 

p r sent The D' Governor 
Sam 11 Groome 
Coll Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Benj n Price 

A bill for setleing Courts for Determination of small Causes 
brought downe from the house of Deputyes read and agreed 
that it be offered to the Deputyes to add in that bill a p'vision 
for the like Court to bee held in or about Hackinsack w' h in 
Bergin County and setling the fees 

A bill for setleing County Courts or Quarter Sessions 
brought downe from the house of Deputyes read and agreed 
that it be offered to the Deputyes to make p'vision therein to 
settle the fees of this Court 

A bill for setleing a Court of Com'on Right brought downe 
from the house of Deputyes — agreed that it be offered to the 
house of Deputyes to agree to the amendm ts now made in that 
Bill — and it's ordered that Captn Berry Captn Palmer and 
Captn Sandford forthw tb carry downe the same Bills to the 
house of Deputyes, for their Concurrency in the p r misses 

It's agreed and ordered that the p'sons hereinafter named 
Shall be the respective high Sherriffs for this Succeding yeare, 
viz' from the 25 th day of this Instant month, That is to say 
Michael Smith for the County of Bergin, Isaac Kingsland for 
the County of Essex, Sam 11 Moore for the County of Midle- 
sex and Lewis Morris Jun for the County of Monmouth. 

The Bill for County Courts brough here w tb some amend- 
ments 

The Deputyes being here debated Severall pts of the bill for 
settleing of Small Courts and for the Court of Com'on Right 

Then Adjourned to 7 A Clock to morrow-moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 15 th Day of March Anno Dni 168| 

p r sent The D 4 Governor ) , 

Sam 11 Groome } P P r 

Coll Morris | 

Capt Berry | 

Captn Palmer V-of the Counc: 

Captn Sandford I 

Benj n Price J A 



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A Message from the house of Deputyes whether it was our 
sence that the Court of Com'on Right and Court of Chancery 
ought to be all in one and could not be in two,— Answer was 
that the generall Assembly might vse their freedome and make 
one or Two Courts thereof — 

The Deputyes sent downe the Bill for setleing Courts of 
small Causes, w ob being read it's ordered that the Governor 
and Councill, Concur therein 

The Deputyes sent downe the Bill for Setleing the Court of 
Com'on Right w ch being read it's ordered that it bee p'posed 
to the Deputyes to make the Judges of this Court Twelve and 
not lesse than six and Captn Berry and Captn Palmer to carry 
vp the sense of this board — 

The bill for setleing the Court of Com'on Right brought 
downe read and amended as above p'posed and then agreed 
and ordered that the Gov r nor and Councill Concurr therew th 

The petition of Edw Slaughter to have vp his bond' given for 
the good behaviour &c — for a p'tended Ryott, the p'ceedure 
whereof is voyded by Act of the Generall Assembly — Vpon 
reading and Consideration thereof, it's agreed that his request 
be granted as desired 

The petic'on of John Gillman to have vp his bond for good 
behaviour being read its Ordered that hee have the same given 
up to him 

It's alsoe Ordered and agreed that the bond w° b Captn 
Sandford gave to pay the fine imposed upon him for a p'tended 
Ryott, w ch p'ceedures are null'd by Act of the Generall Assem- 
bly bee delivered to him to bee Canceld — w ch was done accord- 
ingly att this board 

Adjourned till 7 Clock tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 16 th Day of March Anno Dni 168f 

p r sent The Dept Governor 
Sam 11 Groome 
Coll Morris 
Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer | of the Counc 
Captn Sandford & 
Benj n Price 

A Bill for the generall lawes of the p'vince sent here from the 
house of Deputyes — read and after some amendm ts Agreed to 
bee Transcribed 

The Deputyes here and Debated the Rules and Orders for the 
Court of Com'on Right, and some p'ticulers in the bill last 
menc'oned w * are to bee sent them to morrow 

Then Adjourned till 1 A Clock tomorow-moorneing Att 



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Att a Councill held the 17 th Day of March Anno Dni 168f 

p r sent The D l Governor 

Coll Morris ") 

Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer J- of the Counc. 

Captn Sandford & 

Benj n Price — 

The bill heretofore sent from the Deputyes titled a Bill to 
p'hibitt Arbitrary p'ceedinge — Read w th Some amendm' 8 and 
agreed the said bill bee Signed by the Deputy Governor and 
sent to the Deputyes by Captn Palmer Captn Berry Captn 
Sandford and Benj° Price 

Ordered and agreed that the Same p'sons call vpon the De- 
putyes for their Concurrancy to a bill Sent them downe from 
this board Intitled a bill to rectifie abuses in Some late 
Records 

A private Conferrence desired by the Deputyes w th Some of 
the Councill It's ordered that Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn 
Sandford and Benj n Price, Doe attend the Conference as de- 
sired forthw th att the house of Isaac Whitehead 

A bill for the gen'all laws of this p'vince transcribed w th 
Some additions and amendm' 8 . Read and Agreed that the 
Same bee signed by the Deputy Governor and Sent to the 
house of Deputyes by Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn Sand- 
ford and Benj u Price 

Agreed that Coll Morris and Captn Sandford have lib'ty to 
goe home 

Then Adjourned till 1 A Clock next second day moorneing 

Att a Councill held 19 th day of March Anno Dni 168| 

p'sent The D 4 Governor } 

Sam 11 Groom fPP r 

Captn Berry j 

Captn Palmer - ., ,, 

Captn Sandford fof the Counc: 

Benj n Price J 

The Deputyes sent here a Message desireing a Conference 
w th some of the Councill and that they would bring w tb them 
the Records Entred by Captn Vicars — A Conference granted 
and Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn Sandford and Benj" 
Price to Attend it 

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The Conference was to Inspect the Records and debate 
about those Entryes made by Captn vicars in relac'on to the bill 
before the Deputyes to Rectifie abuses in Some late Records 

This board being informed that Captn Rob* Vicars who has 
lately officiated in this p'vince as Secretary in the tyme of the 
late Governor Captn Phillip Carterett notw th standing many 
grants by the late Governor and Councill made of lands w th in 
this p'vince (according to the gen'all Concessions) to Severall 
planters and Inhabitants who for many years have peaceably 
held and Enjoyed the same w th out disturbance yett to Im- 
peach not onely their Titles but alsoe the Right of the p'sent 
p'prieto™, and to stirr vp the peaceable people of this p'vince 
to quarrells and Contenc'ons and to inflame their minds and 
sperritts one ag' an other hath publickly advised and stirrd vp 
many to w th Stand the Interest of such who are legally and 
Justely setled in their lands and to oppose the Right and 
Interest of the p'sent p'prieto", Hath alsoe advised them to 
stand upon and maintaine an obsolete and voyd pattent or 
p r tended pattent long since made by Coll Rich: Nicholls to 
Captn John Baker and others — And the said Captn Rob 4 
Vicars haveing made as p r tended Secretary many Irregular and 
vnjust entryes on Record — And done Acted and Com'itted 
many Acc'ons and things agst the peace of the king and 
publick peace of this Province and the p'prietors thereof — It is 
agreed and ordered that the said Captn Rob' Vicars bee forth- 
w th app r hended and brought before this board that he may 
Answer all and singular the p'misses att the next Court of 
Com'on Right to bee held w tb in this p'vince 

Captn Vicars being here p'sent and ref useing to give security 
for the good behaviour and to answer the p'misses att the next 
Court of Com'on Right, it's ordered that hee bee Com'itted to 
the Custody of George Jewell the Messinger of the Councill 
and to appeare here att eight A Clock to morrow moorneing 
Then Adjourned till 7 A Clock tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held 20 th Day of March Anno Dni 168f 

p'sent The Dep 1 Governor & 

Sam" Groome j p'pr 

Captn Berry 1 

Captn Palmer 1 

Captn Sandford | of the Counc : 

Benj" Price 

Captn Vicars being brought here'and Demanded whether hee 

would 
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would give Security for y e Good behaviour &c as was ordered 
yesterday w oh hee refused whereupon it's ordered and agreed 
that hee be Com'itted to the Com'on Goale att Woodridge un- 
till hee shall give such security or bee discharged by due 
Course of law 

It's agreed and ordered That Sam" Moore bee made and 
Constituted high Sheriffe of the County of Middx and have his 
Com'ission forthw tb Sealed w ch was done accordingly, hee then 
by Subscripc'on p'missing allegiance to the King and fidelity 
to the Lords p'prietors and truely to execute his said office 

It's agreed and ordered that the warr 1 for the Com'ittm 1 of 
Captn Rob* vicars bee directed and delivered to Sam 11 Moore 
high Sheriffe of the County of Middx 

The petic'on of Edw ffox Servant to Rob' Vauquillin read 
and agreed that Rob 4 Vauquillin haveing notice thereof ap- 
peare w th his Servant at this board on Thursday next to Answer 
his said Servants Complaint ags 1 him and that all witnesses for 
either p'ty there alsoe Attend 

A bill for the gen'all lawes of the p'v ince of East New Jersey 
Sent here from the Deputyes w th Some Amendm ts — The amend- 
m tB read over and Corrected & ordered to bee transcribed and 
sent to the Deputyes for their Concurancy by Captn Palmer 
and Captn Sandford 

A petic'on of James Gyles of piscattaway to have land laid 
out for himselfe wife Children and two Servants w ch being read 
his Case is referred to the p'prieto rs for their Result 

The petic'on of Martha Symes to such effect as the petic'on 
above w ch being read it's refer'd to the p'prietor 3 for their re- 
sult 

The petic'on of Elizabeth Carterett the Widdow of the late 
Governor Captn Phillip Carterett being here read, the Con- 
siderac'on defer'd till further applicac'on 

Robert vicars of Elizabeth Towne in the County of Essex 
Gent- 
Elizabeth Carterett of the same place "Widdow — & 

Henry Greeneland of piscattaway in the County of Middx 
Gent 

Every one of them bound by himselfe or herselfe 
in the sume of 500" vnto our Sovereigne Lord the 
King— 

Vpon Condic'on that the said Robert; Vicars shall p'sonally 
appeare the second Tusday in the Month of May next before 
the Justices of the Court of Com'on Right to bee held in 
Elizabeth Towne and to doe and receive that w ch by the Court 
shalbe then and there Enjoyned him and that in the meane 

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tyme hee bee of the good behaviour and keepe the peace of 

the said Soveraigne Lord the King toward the King and his 

leigh people 

Cap* & Coguit die & Anno 

primo sup d drt 

coram me 
Tho Rudyard 

Att a Councill held the 21 3t Day of March Anno Dni 168f 

p r sent The D* Governor ) , 

Sam 11 Groome ) P P 
Captn Berry i 

Captn Sandford & | 
Benj' n Price J 

The Deputyes sent by Some of their members the Bills re- 
maining in their hands w ch were heretofore past w ch w th those 
lying w th the Councill are six in number The Act for the 
gen'all lawes yet lyeing w th the L)eputyes, It's ordered that 
the Acts and Bills passed this Assembly bee forthw th tran- 
scribed in order to bee published — And that a Message be sent 
to the Deputyes for them to remitt here the Accompts of the 
Oathes or Subscriptons to the oath or p'mise of Allegiance to 
the king and fidelity to the Lords p'prieto" and for the due 
p'formance of their office and Duty as Assembly men In order 
to the Entring & recording the same in a book according to 
the Concessions, And that Captn Palmer & Benj n Price carry 
the same message, And alsoe desire the Deputyes Answer if. 
they Concurr to the Bill for the generall Lawes. 

A Bill left here w th the Governor last night after Adjour- 
ment to p'hibit sale of strong liquors to the Indians read and 
some observac'ons drawn therein to p'pose to the Deputyes 

An Act to Enable the freeholders of this p'vince to p'pose 
and agree divers orders relateing to fenoeing and the like sent 
here from the Deputyes — w ch was read, amended Transcribed 
& read a second tyme and then sent downe to the Deputyes by 
Captn Palmer and Captn Sandford 

Agreed and ordered that Captn Palmer and Captn Sandford 
desire of the Deputyes an Answer to the Message sent from 
the Councill this day to the Deputyes 

A Bill for the gen'all Lawes of East New Jersey sent from 
the Deputyes containing thirty two Articles being the same 
was sent downe to them & returned Signed by the Speaker to 

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the Deputyes Ordered that the same hee signed by the 
Deputy Governor — 

The Bill to Enable the freeholders of this p'vince to p'pose 
and agree divers Orders &c sent back here w th some Alterac'on, 
— Agreed and order'd that this board Adhere to their former 
amendm tB and draw vp reasons for their Adhearancy 

Received from the Deputyes a Coppy of their Subscripc'on 
of Allegiance to the king & faithfullness to the p'prietors not 
mentioned proprietors or Lord proprietors soe not explanatory 
— It's Agreed and ordered that Captn Berry & Captn Palmer car- 
ry vp the same to be fully expressed according to the Concessions 

A Bill agst fugitive Servants & Entertainers of them read 
and ordered to bee signed and Captn Palmer to Carry the Same 
to the Deputyes 

The Deputyes here a Conference had about their Subscripc'on 
as above and about o r adhereing to our former Alterac'on of the 
bill to Enable freeholders to p'pose and agree divers Orders &c 

Forasmuch as many petic'ons & Addresses have bin & are 
dayly made & p r sented to the Governor & Councill for Lands 
to bee laid out in Right of former Claimes & by virtue of 
-warrants granted by the late Governor & Councill, and some 
to bee Redressed ags' alledged wrongs done to them therein by 
Robt vauquellin the late Surveyor Gen'all, And in asmuch, as 
so many returnes of Surveys made & p r tended to bee made by 
the said Surveyor Generall and Entred on Record there are 
no dates thereunto nor menton made by what warrants or 
when the lands therein mentioned were Surveyed, w oh is 
apparently Contrary to the Express directon in the gen- 
erall Concessions of this p'vince, and Contrary to the 
Duty of the said Surveyor Gen'all & may tend to the 
pludice not onely of the p'prietors but alsoe Inhabitants 
& many the freeholders of this p'vince And the said Sur- 
veyor gen'all altho Sum'oned to appeare before the Governor 
& Councill refused soe to doe It is therefore ordered that the 
High Sheriffe of the County of Middx forthw" 1 repaire to the 
house of the said Robert vauquillin & him bring before the 
Governor and Councill there to Answer to such matters as are 
and shall be objected ags 1 him, and that the said High Sheriffe 
alsoe make search & bring w th him to this board the said Sur- 
veyors Journall of Surveys & warrants for Surveys of land 
granted and laid out dureing the tyme hee was Surveyor 
Generall The better to Evidence & make out the truth of 
matters now Depending before this board & that cannot bee 
Determined w th out a due inspec'on into & examineing the Same 
Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow-moorneing 

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Att a Councill held the 22 th Day of March Anno Dni 168f 

p r 'sent The D' Governor 

Captn Berry ) 

Captn Palmer ( » , , „ 
Captn Sandford > <* *« Counc: 

Benj" Price J 

The Bill to Enable the freeholders of this P'vince to p'pose 
and agree Divers Orders &c being Transcribed as it was sent 
hence att first to the Deyutyes w th some Additions w oh being 
now read Agreed that it bee soe sent to the Deputyes the 
Deputy Governor signing the same. To bee sent vp by Captn 
Palmer & Benj n Price 

Agreed and ordered that Isaac Kingsland bee made & 
Com'issionated high Sheriffe of the County of Essex 

The petic'on of William Johnson of Raway in the County of 
Essex yeoman ags' R. Vauquellin w oh being read it's Ordered, 
That Robt Vauquellin have notice thereof in Order to the 
further p'ceedure therein 

The Bill ags' fugitive Servants & Entertainers of them 
Sent here from the Deputyes w th Some amendm ts w ch 
being read it's agreed and ordered the Bill passe w th the 
amendm ts 

The observatons relating to the Bill ag' the Sale of Strong 
liquors to the Indians read and ordered that the Same bee sent 
to the Deputyes & Carryed vp by Captn Berry Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford & Benj n Price 

Ordered that they acquainte the Deputyes that this 
board expects a returne of the Deputyes Oaths of Sub- 
scripc'on of Allegiance to the king & fidelity to the Lords 
p'prieto" 

The Deputyes sent downe the Same and is as followeth 

March the first 168| 

The Deputyes Subscription of Allegiance to the King and 
fathfullness to the Lords proprieto r3 of the Province of East 
New Jersey 

That I will beare true Allegiance to the King of England 
his heires and Successors and that I will bee faithful to the In- 
terest of the Lords proprieto" of this P'vince their heires Ex- 
ecuto™ and Assignes & endeavour the peace and welfare of the 
said P'vince, And that I will truely and faith fully Discharge 

the 



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the Trusts reposed in me according to my best Skill and 
Judgm' w th out Corrupc'on favour or affection 

Henry Lyon Sam" Moore 

Benj' n Parkis Sam 11 Dennis 

Ric: Hawthorne Edw: Slater 

John Bowne John Gillman 

Joseph Parker Tho: Johnson 

John Hannce John Curtis 

Elias Mickellson 

Elizabeth Towne Mathewis Cornells 

March the 22 th 16 8f 

A coppy of the Records of the house of Deputyes 
p : me Isaac Whitehead Clerk to Dep t8 

It's Ordered & agreed that the Acts and Bills passed and 
agreed vpon by the Governor and Councill & Dept this Session 
bee all fafrly Transcribed in Order to the p'fecting of the busy- 
nes of this Session 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow moorneing 

Att a Councill held 23 th Day of March" Anno Dni 1682-3 

p T sent The Deputy Governor 

Sam 11 Groome 
Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer J- of the Counc. 

Captn Sandford 
Benj n Pj-ice 

A Bill Entitled, The penalty of Drunkords read and Agreed 
the Councill Concurr therein & that the Deputy Governor 
signe the same , 

The petic'on of David De Marais here read and being called 
in an Inquiry was made of him what lands hee had purchased 
of the Indians from w ch hee desires to have all the Timber in 
that Indian purchase for the supplie of his saw Mill altho the 
land not pattented to him and his Sonns, The land purchased 
is about two miles in breath and Comeing of to a point, and 
six miles in length — Agreed that David De Marais have 
pattents for the. lauds w ch is Surveyed to him and his Sonnes 
att p. Acre But that wee cannot see reason to grante 

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liberty to Cutt the timber from the land hee takes not vp vntill 
further matters appeares then what is yett manifested, and that 
our purpose is to view the same 

A Bill to punish profaine sweareing and Curseing sent from 
the Deputyes & after reading thereof w th amendment of the 
word sterling and making it lawfull money — ordered that the 
Same Bill bee signed by the Deputy Governor— as a testimony 
of our Concurrance 

A petic'on presented from the Inhabitantes of Newark w oh 
being read and the Deputyes being here present — It's agreed 
that a view thereof shalbe in Convenient tyme and the Gover- 
nor hath declaved his willingnes to see those Towne bounds the 
next month the wether being seasonable and nothing extraor- 
dinary p'vent 

A Bill for the better mainetaineing and vpholdeing the 
Authority of this province and for the Encourageing the Same 
— read and agreed that the Councill concurr thereto and that 
the Deputy Governor signe the Same 

A Bill for lib'ty of the subject read amended signed and 
agreed to bee sent the Deputyes. 

A Bill for the better vpholding of Authority read 
and ordered to be passed the Deputy Governor to signe the 
Same 

A Bill titled an Act for the militia read and a provisoe made 
thereto not to extend to p'sons Conscientiously refuseing to 
beare Arms Agreed that the bill w th the provisoe bee sent vp 
to the Deputyes 

A Bill for punishm 1 of Incest Adultrey and fornicaton Read 
— and agreed that the same bee signed by the Deputy 
Governor and sent vp to the Deputyes for their Concurrancy 
and that this bill and all other Bills this day here read & 
agreed to be Carried vp to the Deputyes by Captn Berry Captn 
Sandford and Captn Palmer 

Robt vauquellin was here. Inquirey being made for 
his Journall of Surveyes — he Answered hee had none 
nor anything more of Surveyes then was entred on the 
Records 

Edward ffox & Robt vauquellin being here the matters 
op'ned on both sides — It's Ordered by the Councill that hee 
goe home to his Master & his Master take care of him as his 
Servant 

The Bills above menc'oned to be sent this Day to the 
Deputyes — brought back here to be Transcribed 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow-moorneing 

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Att a Councill held the 24 th of March Anno Dni 168f 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Gaptn Berry 

Captn Palmer L ftheCoano: 
Captn Sandford & [ 
Benj" Price 

Captn Sandford have leave to goe home this moorneing 
The Deputy es sent vp here a Bill for the better observac'on 
and keeping holy the first day of the week or Lords Day — 
w oh being read the Councill agreed not therew tb haveing these 
exceptions thereto — viz' 

1 st Ther's an Act already that sufficienly p'vides for ab- 
stinecy from dayly labour 

2 This Enforces people by paynes & penaltyes to worship 
whether their worship be true or false, if false better none then 
any, Better to bee silent than to offer the sacrefice of fooles 
The worship of the wicked is Abomination to the wholy God. 

3. The Bill obligeing all p'sons to worship in publick or pri- 
vate of pay 5 d • Every p'son who has not witness of his pri- 
vate worship (w ch is much if hee has any) must pay 5 d It 
seemes unreasonable to take witness for privat worship.) 

4. This bill Insinuates as if the first day were holy w ch the 
holy Scriptures never said more then any other — Every day his 
holy to the Lord — hee has noe profane Dayes, But the holy 
scriptures say hee that regardes a Day regardeth it unto the 
Lord — and hee that regardeth not &c Rom 14. 5. 6. — If one 
man Esteeme a day above another, another Esteemes every 
day alike, Lett every man bee fully p'swaded in his owne 
minde Lib'ty of Concience ought to bee p'ferred and Licen- 
ciousness punished w ch this Bill Seemes not equally to secure. 

Rules and Orders for p'ceedings at Com'on 
Law in the Court of Com'on Right 

1 st If the plentiffes writt or Capias expresse not the spetiall 
Cause of Action, Then the Defendant shall not bee held to 
speciall Bayle to Answer and pay the Debt and damages de- 
manded 



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manded nor shall the Defendant bee bound to goe to tryall the 
next Terme or session of the Terrae next after the Arrest made, 
but shall have an Imparlance to the succeeding Terme 

2 In Case the plentiffes writt or Capias shall expresse the 
spetiall Cause of Acc'on and the Debt and damages therein 
demanded or laid shalbe the same of pounds or vpwards 
then the Def may bee held to spetiall Bayle and shall bee 
obliged to goe to tryall the first day of tryall of Causes the 
Succeeding Terme 

3 That in Cases where the Def is Arrested in an Acc'on of 
Debt detinue Trespas, for goods acc'on vpon the Case (except 
Slaunder) if the debt or damages amount to tenn pounds 
spetiall Bayle is to be given except it bee ag l an heire Executo r 
or Admistrator 

4 That in Covenants because the Damages are vncertaine 
before the Declaration be delivered w oh may bee large Bayle 
at Discretion 

5 That in Battery Conspiracie false Imprisonment noe 
spetiall Bayle of Course w th out speciall order from the Court — 
That slaunder noe spetiall Bayle except in slaunder of title 
wherein it bee left to the direction of the Court 

6 That in all Causes of Removall out of any inferior Court 
be it by Habeas Corpus, Certiorary, and of all writts of Error 
to Reverse & Correct Judgm tB and on all appeales, spetiall 
Bayle to bee given 

7 Spetiall Bayle in all Cases and Causes above menc'oned 
shal be vnderstood double the debt or damages demanded laid 
or Recovered — and Com'on Bayle twenty pounds sterling 
mony 

8 That the principall rendring himselfe att any tyrae after 
Bayle putt in or before or on the day of appearance of the 
Scire facias returned Scire feci or the second Scire facias re- 
turned niehill or in Case ther shalbe any acc'on of Debt 
brought vpon the Bond or Recognizance ags* the Bayle then if 
the principall shall come and render himselfe vpon or before 
the prosses returned served noe further p'ceedings to bee had 
ags' the Bayle. 

9 That 
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9 That in all Causes & Cases where the pi' shall not declare 
the first terme after the Arrest made (and Com'on Bayle or 
Spetiall Bayle Entred as the Cause or Case shall require as 
aforesaid) The Def Entring a Rule for the pi' to Declare the 
pi* shall bee nonsuited — and the Defend' shall have reasonable 
Costes ags' him 

10 The Defend' shall have six dayes to give in his plea after 
the pl tB Declaration delivered— And after issue Joyned the 
pi' shall give to the Defend' reasonable notice of tryall, that is 
if in Case the Defend' lives w th in the Countys of Essex & 
Middx and the tryall to be in either of those Countys — eight 
days notice, Exclusive, and if in the Countys of Bergen or 
Monmouth and the Tryalls to be had in either of the Countys 
of Essex or Middx fourteene days notice of tryall Exclusive. 

1 1 That every first day of terme the Justices or Judges of 
the Court shall according to their direc'on appoint and sett vp 
in writing one or more days for tryalls of Causes the first to be 
sixteene dayes att least from the first day of the Terme that 
all p'sons may be p r 'pared 

In Case the pi' shall give to the Defend' notice of Tryall as 
aforesaid and shall not w' h in reasonable tyme forbid the 
same, but the Defend' shall attend the Tryall to his Costs, 
the Court may alow the Defend' his reasonable Costes for the 
Same 

In Case the pi' after issue Joyned shall refuse to goe to 
Tryall the Terme after issue Joyned nor shall discontinue 
his acc'on on Record Then the Defend' moveing the Court to 
p'ceed may bring on the Cause by p'viso to Tryall, And if the 
pi' be nonsuite att Tryall or discontinue his acc'on the Defend' 
shall bee allowed reasonable Costes 

That all process and writts issueing out of this Court shalbe 
made in the name of the Governor & p'prieto" of the p'vince 
of East New Jersey, Directed to the Sheriffe, Com'anding him 
in the kings name to Arrest sum' on Attach &c the Defend' &c 
and sealed by the seale of the p'vince and Tested by the 
Governor or Deputy Governor for the tyme being 

The house of Deputyes Concent to these Rules above written 
no otherwise then vntill the next gen'rall Assembly w* h in w ch 
our experience may informe vs soe as either to Continue them 
or to vrge alterac'on 

p. order of the house of Deputyes 

Isaac Whitehead Clerk to Dep ts 

Justices 



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Justices of the peace for the severall Courts of Sessions and 
other officers appointed w tb in the severall Countys w th in this 
p'vince to hold Durante bene plito 

Foe the County of Essex 



' Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andross 
Benj" Price 
■( Sam 1! Wilson 
L' John Ward 
Henry Lyon 
Benj" Parkis ' 
Thomas Johnson 
Isaac Whitehead & 
Elias Mackillson 



Essex Justices of 
the peace 



of the Quorum 



James Emott 

Clerk of 

the County Courts 



Isaac Kingsland High Sheriffe of the County 
Captn John Baker Coronor of the County 

For the County of Middx 



Middx Justices of 
the peace 



Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andross 
Benj a Price 
Sam 11 Dennis 
Ed w Slater 
James Gyles 
John Bishop Jun r & 
Benj a Hull 
Thomas Codringson 



of the Quorum 



John Pike Jun r 

Clerk of 

the County Courts 



Samuel Moore High Sheriffe of the County 
Thomas Blumfield Coronor of the County 



For 



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Monmouth Jus- 
tices of the peace 



Foe the County of Monmouth 

' Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse 
■ Benj a Price 
John Bowne 
John Hans 
Peeter Wilson 
Joseph Parker & 
John Throgmorton 

Richard Hartshorne High Sheriffe of the County 

Richard Lippingcott Coroner of the County 

Fob the County op Bergen 



of the Quorum 



Rich Gardner 
; Clerk of 

) the County Courts 



Bergen Justices 
g of 
the peace 



' Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andress 
Benj a Price 
Nicholas Bagard 
Claud Arentson 
Hans Dederisky 
Enock Mackillson 
Abraham Vohirty 



► of the Qu 



Will Dougles 

Gierke of 

the County Courts 



Michael Smith High Sheriffe of the County 
William Lawrence Coroner of the County 

Agreed that Com'issions bee issued forth by the Deputy 
Governor to Com'issionate all & every the p'sons above named 
for the respective offices and places respectively expressed, And 
that he grant to them Com'issions respectively vnder the seale 
of the p'vince to be signed by the Deputy Governor 

Justices of the Court of Com'on Right 

The Governor or Deputy Governor for the tyme being 

Sam 11 Groome one of the p'prieto" & Surveyor Gen'all 

All the Members of the Councill Excepting Captn Sandford 



John Bowne 
Sam 11 Dennis 
Henry Lyon & 
Benj a Parkis 



James Emott Clerk 
John Warren Marshall 



Captn 



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Captn William Sandford the King's Attorney Generall for 
this p'vinoe 

Ordered and Agreed that respective Com'issions be made 
and graunted for the Judges of this Court under the seale of 
this p'vince & Signed by the Deputy Governor 

A Bill to p'hibitt Rudenesse & Irreligious Excercises of the 
first day of the weeke — Read and agreed to be passed the 
Deputy es Coneurr there wth 

The petition of Thomas Young here read — desireing redresse 
ag 3t the taking away the meadow lyeing betweene him and 
the Creek — w™ matters altho true yet it's not in the power of 
the Couneill to Redresse but he may take his due Course of 
Law 

All the Acts of this Sessions Transcribed and the Deputyes 
being here p r sent Agreed that the same be signed & Authen- 
tick Coppyes sent to every County in this p'vince 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock next second day moorneing 
■ 

Att a Council held the 26 th of March Anno,Dni 1863 



p r sent The D l Governor 
Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Benj' n Price 



of the Counc: 



A Bill sent from the Deputyes to vacat the Entryes of some 
p r tended Records made & Entred by Rob 1 Vicars read 
amended and Agreed to be sent vp w th amendm ts 

A Bill Entitled an Act directing subscriptions by Magis- 
trates and ministers of Justice — Read and agreed it be sent vp 
to the Deputyes Captn Berry Captn Palmer & Coll Morris to 
Cany vp the two Bills 

A Bill to Rectifie abuses in some late Records sent vp from 
the Deputyes amended here Transcribed and ordered that it 
be signed & sent vp to the Deputyes w th the Bill last above 
mentioned 

A Message from the Deputyes desireing our Concurrence to 
the bill long since sent Downe to Disenable &c Sam" Etsall 
and Rob 1 vauquellin — the said Bill being read amended & 
Transcribed & ordered that it bee subscribed by the Dt Gov- 
ernor & sent to the Deputyes 

A Bill sent downe from the Deputyes relateing to the Coun- 
tryes publick debts, w ch being read was Transcribed and 

amended 



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amended and Entitled an Act in order to the satisfac'on of the 
publick debts of this p'vince, Agreed and Ordered that it be 
signed & sent to the Deputyes by Captn Berry & Captn 
Palmer 

A Message from the Deputyes to desire the word ligall to be 
put out of the Bill to w ch the Councill did Concurr 

Ordered that a Message be sent to the Deputyes for their 
Concurrance to two bills now before them sent hence viz 1 A 
Bill Entitled An Act to enable the freeholders to p'pose & 
agree divers orders relateing to fenceing and the like, A 
Bill to p'hibitt Arbitrary p'ceedure before the Governor and 
Councill 

A Bill to rectife abuses in some late Records sent here from 
the Deputyes, w th their Concurrency 

The house of Deputyes here in free debate p'posed and 
Agreed some amendm' 8 in the Bill 

Adjourned to 1 A Clock to morrow: moorneing 

Att a Councill held the 27 th of March A»no Dni 1683 

p'sent The D' Governor ) , 

Sam 11 Groome f P P r 



Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Benj a Price 



of the Counc. 



A Bill sent here from the Deputyes titled an Act in order to 
satisfie the publick debts of this p'vince, To w cn the Governor 
and Counc: cannot Concurr and offer for reasons as followeth, 
first for order: 

1 st The Deputyes yesterday sent here a Bill to the subject 
matter of this Bill to w ch this board made their amendm'" & 
returne the Bill yesterday 

2 It has bin vsual for dispatch of business if one house has 
p'sented a Bill, the other has offered amendm' 8 to w ch if the 
other has not agreed a Conference has bin desired, and reasons 
offered for and aginst the amendm tB 

2 In Case the Councill & Deputyes after a Bill p'sented by 
one house & amendments made in another, agree not to Con- 

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ferr but draw new Bills it may bee thence allowed w th out 
lymitt & nothing cton but p'senting one Bill for another 

4 As to the matter of the Bill now sent differing from the 
Bill sent hence to the Deputyes yesterday. This Bill now sent 
is defective in these p'ticulars 

1 st The Bill Insinuates that the p'vince is Indebted and 
makes out no debt — Nothing appearing to us that the p'vince 
was indebted but in the Quitt Rents — all other demands ap- 
peare not on Record, And it's a maxim in Reason that it's the 
same thing not to bee as not appeare to bee 

2 The Debts ought to be p'ved else the p'vince not to be 
Charged therw th 

3 The Debts ought to be p'ved in a Court of Record that 
they may there remaine for Justification of Just demands and 
Impeachm" of Cheates if any bee offered to abuse the publicke 

4 A Constable is not made by any Act of Assembly a Court 
of Record, nor a Judiciall but a ministeriall officer, he Cannot 
trye any petty Causes, nor has bin thought meet to be a 
Magistrate but only a minister or Servant in the petty Courts 

5 The Deputyes are not' a Court of Record destinct from the 
Governor and Councill, So noe opp'tunity nor Capacity to take 
p'ofe of such Debts 

6. for the gen'all Assembly to approve of Accompts as Just 
or not Just debts before proof made or opp'tunity offered for 
p'sons to proof them, seems verry irregular & agst reason — for 
w ch reasons wee Adhere to the Bill sent vp w th our amendm ta 
yesterday and Concurr not w th this new Bill. Agreed that 
Captn Palmer and Captn Berry carry vp the same Reasons 

A Bill read here for the Coroners & Constables Subscrip- 
c'ons for faithfull p'formance of their offices read & ordered to 
be signed and sent vp to the Deputyes by Captn Berry & 
Benj n Price 

A Message from the Deputyes being an Answer to o rs yes- 
terday sent for their Concurrence to 2 Bills before them .the 
Consideration thereof Deferred till afternoone this day 

A 



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A Message from the Deputy es in writing viz' 

March 27 th 1683 Ordered by this house to send downe two 
of their Members to the Governor & Councill to acquainte 
them that the house will wait upon them forthw th in order to 
an Adjournment of this Assembly. 

Message brought by Sam 11 Moore & Joseph Parker, 

A Bill for the office of Coroner and Constable brought vp 
from the Deputyes in w oh the [they] Concurr 

Ordered that the Bills past by the Governor Councill «fe Dep- 
utyes be Transcribed & sent vnder the seale of the p'vince to 
every County 

Vpon debate & Consideration of some tyme of Adjournem', 
It's ordered & agreed by mutuall desire and Consent of the 
Deputyes, That the gen'all Assembly bee Adjourned to the 
ninth day of May next, & the said gen'all Assembly are Ad- 
journed to the ninth day of May next Then to sett for the 
pablick affaires of this p'vince at Eliz: Towne 

Att a Councill held the 28 th day of March Anno Dni 1683 

p'sent The D ty Governor 



Sam 11 Groome ") 

Captn Berry I , ., ,, 

Captn Palmer ^f the Counc : 



Benj a Price J 

Agreed & Ordered, That all Com'issions made & granted to 
the Justices of the Court of Com'on Right and Justices of 
the peace of all Countyes & to keepe County Courts & Jus- 
tices to keepe Courts for tryall of petty Causes and all 
Com'issions for Sheriffes Coroners, Clerkes of the peace & 
other officers w ch are & shalbe Com'issionated by the Councill 
or order of Councill shalbe made & graunted vnder the seale of 
the p'vince & signed by the Deputy Governor onely 

It's agreed & Ordered that Every Clerk appointed for the re- 
spective County Courts shall from and after they have made 
such Subscripc'on as is directed by Act of gen'all Assembley 
make out writts & p'cesses ag st any p'son for any matter or 
thing, (Criminall Causes excepted) Subscribed by their owne 
names to appear and Answer to any p'son or matter in the 
said Courts, And from & after the next Sessions or County 
Courts they shall signe or subscribe them (By the Court) 

Whereas 



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Whereas there are severall writeings vnder the hands and 
Seales of the Earle of Bath, S r Edward Atkins &c the Trustees 
of, S r George Carterett Deceased & vnder the hand & seale of 
the Lady Caterett not onely the Conveyances of this p'vince.to 
the p r sent p'prietors thereof, but also gen'all Com'issions orders 
and Direc'ons to Captn Phillip Caterett Late Governor of this 
p'vince & the then Secretary and Surveyor Gen'all of this 
p'vince, and the said Governors Councill and also to the In- 
habitants of this p'vince w ch are not duely Entred on Record as 
the [they] ought to have bin, but are now in the possession 
& keeping of the Deputy Governor of this p'vince, — And inas- 
much as severall thereof are of much Concerne as well to the 
Inhabitants & planters as to the p r sent p'prietors of this 
p'vince — It's therefore ordered and Agreed that the Same be 
duely Entred on Record by the Deputy Secretary to secure 
and p'petuate the Knowledge thereof and that the like Entryes 
be made of all late orders Com'issions & direc'ons for the 
p'sent p'prieto" 

The Com'ission for the Justices of peace for the County of 
Bergen sealed and Delivered this day to Captn Berry for safe 
Conveyance 

The Com'ission for the Sheriffe and also for the Clerk of the 
same County Sealed and given alsoe to Captn Berry for safe 
Conveyance 

An orig'nall letter from the Earle of Bath & Lady Carterett 
Dated the 28 th of June 1682, directed and sent to Captn Phillip 
Carterett late Governor — and now brought here by Sam 11 
Groome from the hands of Captn Vicars — It's ordered that the 
said letter w th the other writeings & things before menc'oned 
bee Recorded, And that the said orig'nall letter bee delivered 
into the Deputy Governor for Safe keeping thereof 

Ordered that to the Justices or members nominated for the 
Court of Com'on Right, Thomas Codrington and Sam 11 Wilson 
be added to make vp the number twelve according to the Act 
of the gen'all Assembly and Henry Lyon in respect of other office 
wherein hee is placed is ordered to be excused from this Service 

The p'sons to heare and Determine Cases in the Respective 
Courts for small Causes 

Claes Arents ) 

Hans Dedercks >■ Bergen 

Enock Machielson ) 

Henry Lyon ) 

Benj a Parkis >• Elizabeth Town 

Isaac Whitehead ) 

Sam 11 
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Sam 11 Dennis ) 

John Bishop .Tun 1 [ Woodbridge 

Sam 11 Hulls ) 

Edw: Slater ) 

John Gillman > Piscattaway 

Benj a Hull ) 

John Bowne ) 

John Throgmorton > Middletowne 

James Grover ) 

Joseph Parker ) 

Peter Tilton > Shwsebury 

John Hans ) 

It's agreed and Ordered that the respective p'sons above 
named shalbe Com'issionated to heare & Determine the small 
Causes in the above respective Townes and that Depty Gover- 
nor make out distinct Com'issions for the Same & seale them 
by the seale of the p'vince signeing them w th his owne hand, 

And that the respective p'sons Elect their owne Messinger 
and Clerke 

Ordered that a warr' be made and delivered by the Deputy 
Governor to the Surveyor Generall to layout w th in this p'vince 
in such place as he shall see meet not Intrenching vpon any 
mans interest or right Twenty four thousand Acres of land 

That is to say to and for the use of every one of the Twenty 
four p'sent p'prietors one Thousand Acres and make Returne 
thereof to the Governor and Councill 

This is a True Journall of the p'cedure 

of the Deputy Governor & Councill to this 

The 28 th Day of Day wherein all Matters comeing before 

the l mo cald them have bin duely Entred and the Min- 

March Anno utes of all things [justly expressed] to the 

Dni 1683 best of their knowledg Remembrance & 

understandinge 

Tho Rudyard 

D' Governor & p'pr 

John Berry 

J Palmer 

Ben: Price 

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Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Town according to the 
former Adjournm' the 9 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Co 11 Lewis Morris 
Captn John Palmer 
Captn W m Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse 
Benj n Price 



- of the Councill 



This Day the Court of Com'on Right being held and the 
Members of the Councill Attending the same as Justices there- 
of, The Governor and Councill proceeded not to businesse but 
the Deputyes Attending this board 'twas agreed to Adjourne 
till tomorrow morning 7 A Clock and the Councill Adjourned 
accordingly 

Att a Councill held the 10 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Co 11 Lewis Morris 
Captn John Palmer 
Captn W m Sandford 
Captn Berry 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj a Price 



► of the Councill 



Samuel Moore & Nathaniel ffitzrandolph makeing applicac'on 
here and requesting to have the Administrac'on of the Estate 
of Captn James Bollon who Dyed intestate granted to them as 
guardians to the Children of the said Captn Bollen, 

And Lawrence Andresse the late p r tended Admi'strato r to 
the said Estate. Declareing that he dus absolutely renounce all 
p'tence and Claime to the Adm'istrac'on thereof, It is There- 
fore Ordered that Samuel Moore and Nathaniel ffitzrandolph 
bringing here the Children of the said Captn Bollen and they 
Chooseing them their guardians that their Adm'istrac'on be 
granted by the Deputy Governor to the said Moore and ffitz- 
randolph dureing the minority of the said orphans according 
to the Due Course of Law, they bringing in here a perfect In- 
ventory or appraism 1 of the said Intestates Estate to be re- 
corded 

Agreed and ordered, That the Deputy Governor Issue out 
his warr' to the Surveyor gen'all to layout for Benj n Price 
sen r one of the Governors Councill the quantity of 270 Acres 

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of Land w th in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne or somuch 
thereof as has not of the number or quantity of Acres bin laid 
out to him by Robert Vauquillen the late Surveyor gen'all w ch 
said Lands are granted him in Compensao'on of the beads he 
brought here at his ffirst settlem* in this province 

The petic'on of Captn, John Baker here read, And ordered 
that the like warr' be granted to lay out 1200 Acres of Land 
for Captn John Baker in Elizabeth Town according as hee De- 
sires in his petic'on 

Samuel Moores petic'on to have the Lands granted him by 
order of Lord Bartlett and S r George Carterett read, and after 
some Debate thereupon Agreed that the same bee cal'd over 
againe when Sam 11 Groome is here in Councill 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes for the Orderly keeping 
of Swine read and after some Amendm' 8 and Additions made 
it's agreed the same be Ingrossed againe w th the same and sent 
back to the Deputyes for their Concurrance by Captn Palmer 
and Captn Sandf ord 

The petic'on of John Shottwell being here read, and vpon 
reading thereof it being alledged that the Lands for w ch _he 
Desires a Survey and pattent is now or late in the possession 
of Elizabeth Caterett Widd : the Relict and Executrix of the 
late Governor Captn Philliph Cateret Deceased It's agreed 
that the ffurther Consideration thereof be Deferred till the 
next Seventh Day morneing being the 12 th instant at 8 of the 
Clock in the fforenoone and that notice there be given to the 
widdow Cateret that she may then appeare, and if she as 
ought to allege ags 1 the substance of the petic'on she may then 
be heard 

Then Adjourned till tomorrow morneing 1 a Clock 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 11 th Day of May 
Anno Dni 1683 

The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Thomas Warne p'pr 
Coll Lewis Morris 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj n Price 



- of the Councill 



A Bill Drawne vp and read, A Bill for makeing and setting 
of high wayes, passages, Bridges and fferryes w tL in this prov- 
ince 



45 

ince and agreed the same be sent to the Deputyes by Benj n 
Price and Lawrence Andresse 

A Message from the Deputyes as ffolloweth 

The Request of the house of Deputyes is to Desire the Gov- 
ernor and Councill to send a Coppy of the ffees of the Court 
of Com'on Right Samuel Dennis and Benj" Parkis Messingers 

Eliz Towne May 11 th 1683 Join* Bound 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entitled an Act to Ena- 
ble the freeholders of this province to propose and agree 
Divers orders relateing to the good and welfare of Each 
Towne 

w cb being read this board agreed on these exceptions to the 
p'ceeding thereon 

1 st This Board has allready had a bill from the house of. 
Deputyes to the same affect to w ch the Governor and Councill 
has made some amendm 19 and sent it back to the Deputyes for 
their Concurrance w ch bill still lyes w th them not returned here 
w th their Consent 

2 There are other particular Bills now Depending for reme- 
dying the matters expressed in this Bill viz 4 for that against 
hoggs and for makeing and setting out highwayes 

3 In this Bill is a Clause, Dubious uncertaine and vnp r si- 
dentiall viz' to settle and impose Town rates not only for the 
matters Contained in the said Bill — but alsoe for the like — w ch 
word (and the like) are without lymit and uninteligable 

4 The locall and prudentiall Lawes by the Townes to bee 
made not to Come under the Considerac'on of the Governor 
and Councill, their Lawes may be such as may oppose and con- 
tradict the Acts of the gen'all Assembly — The lib'tys p'per- 
tyes and ffranchises of the planters and Inhabitants of this 
province and may be of Dangerous Consequence to the Gov- 
ernment 

Thereupon it's Ordered that the Depuytes be Desired a ffree 
Conference upon the subject matter above expressed and that 

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the Deputyes will Attend it between three and ffour this After- 
noone, and Captn Palmer and Captn Berry are Desired to 
acquainte the Deputyes therew th 

Captn Berry and Captn Palmer give account that the 
Depuytes will give Answer to the Message by their owne 
messingers at the tyme above p r fixed 

A Message from the Deputyes in writing as followeth 
viz' 

That forasmuch as Captn Robert Vicars, Captn Henry 
Greenland M r Robert Vauquillen and M r Sam" Edsall were 
p'sented by Bills to the Grand Inquest as persons guilty of 
Crimes or evil and illegall practices w cb tended to the great 
Disturbance of the peace and qniett of the p'vince to the 
apparent Damage of severall Inhabitants and Contrary to the 
peace of our Soveraigne Lord, the King, his Crown and 
Dignity, the w ch Bills are ffound by the grand Jury true Bills, 
Resolved by this house of Deputyes now sitting that ffour of 
their Members namely Samuell Dennis, Samuell Moore, Thomas 
Johnson and Benj" Parkis, Doe repaire to the Governor and 
Councill and there in the behalfe of all the Com'ons of this 
province Desire that the above named Robert Vicars, Henry 
Greenland, Samuell Edsall and Robert Vauquillen may be by 
some Due means safely secured in Order they may be brought 
to Answer to the p r misses 

Eliz Towne ) p Order of the house 

May 11 th j 1683 John Bound 

Vpon Consideration of the p r mises it's agreed that Captn 
Robert Vicars as already secured by sufficient Bayle given by 
him to Answer the p r mises 

Whereas by the gen'all Concessions of this province of East 
New Jersey amongst other things it is provided that the Con- 
stables of the said province shall Collect the Lords Rents and 
shall pay the same to the Receiver that the Lords should 
appoint to receive the same unlesse the gen'all Assembly should 
p'sente some other way whereby the Lords might have their 
Rents Duely Collected w th out Charge or Trouble to them, It 
is therefore ordered by the Governor and Councill that Captn 
Berry and Captn Palmer attend the Deputyes and Recom'end 
to them their Case in the p r misses, That such Care may be taken 
for the Collecting and payment of the said Quit rents as may 
Answer the p r scription and Direc'on given in the said Con- 
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A Message from the Deputyes in writing as followeth viz 1 

By the house of Deputyes in Answer to what this Day was 
Desired by the Governor and Councill Relateing to a ffreg 
Conference, Wee Desire that either w th respect to what is 
before yo r hono™ or as occac'on may require for the future 
there may be a Com'ittee Choosen by both houses to Debate 
the same, Messengers Richard Hartshorne Samuel Dennis 
Joseph Parker & John Gillman 

Eliz Towne p. order of the House 

May 11 th 1683 John Bound 

Vpon Consideration of the Message from the Deputyes now 
Delivered here in Answer to that of the Governor and Councill 
this Day sent them It's ordered there bee a Com'ittee of not 
lesse than ffoure p'sons appointed from the Governor and 
Councill to meet a Com'ittee of the Deputyes to Debate of 
such matters as now are or shall Come before them And that 
for the more expeditious Dispatch of business it's agreed and 
p'posed that the same Com'ittees meet Dayly in ffree Con- 
ference between the houres of Three and ffoure every after- 
noone at the house of the Deputy Governor, And that the 
Deputyes be Desired to send downe here the names of their 
Com'ittee that this board may also nominate and send to them 
the names of the Com'ittee to bee here appointed, And it's 
ordered that Captn Palmer Captn Berry and Captn Sandford 
Carry up this Message 

A Bill- for the better p'ceedings of County Courts sent here 
from the Deputyes, w ch being read and Considered it's ordered 
that this board Concurr therew" 1 and that the same be signed 
by the Deputy Governor 

Captn Palmer's petition being' here read, it's ordered & 
agreed that the Deputy Governor, . Issue out a Warr 1 to the 
Surveyor Gen'all to Devide the Tract of Land cal'd Rariton 
lyeing on the North side of the Rariton River w ch the said 
Captn Palmer Thomas Codrington and others lately purchased 
of the Indians into Eight Equall p'ts in order that the same 
may be afterwards disposed of by pattents according to right 

A Third Message from the Deputyes in writing as folloWeth 
vizt 

In Answer to an order of the Governor and Councill 
Delivered to this house by Captn Palmer Captn Berry and 
Captn Sandford 

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It is Consented and agreed that there be a Com'ittee of ffour 
p'sons«appointed from the Governor and Councill and ffive of 
this house to meet Dayly for Debateing of such matters as 
now are or shall Come before them and that for the more ex- 
peditious Dispatch of business the said Com'ittee to meet 
Dayly between the houres of three and ffour every afternoone 
the said Members of the said Com'ittee to be Dayly Chosen as 
each house shall see Cause and the Com'ittee themselves to 
appoint their owne places of meeting 

(p order of the house 

John Bound 
Messengers Henry Lyon and Joseph Parker 
Eliz Towne May 11 th 1683 

-Vpon Considerac'on of the Message here sent from the 
Deputy es by Henry Lyon and Joseph Parker relateing to a 
Com'ittee of both houses, It's the sence of this house 

1 st That the Deputyes Denyall of a ffree Conference at the 
Desire of this board is unp r sidentiall and the first of that kind 
that ever has bin Deny'd in this province, and the same 
appeares to be more strange for that open and ffree Con- 
ferences w th this board and whole house of Deputyes are most 
effectuall for Dispatch of busines, ffull vnderstanding of the 
sence of Either house, and most gen'all satisfac'on to all 
persons that are Desireous of Expediteing matters in the 
gen'all Assembly and p r vents misreportes and Errors w ch may 
happen by mistakeing or in rendring the sence of Either house 
otherwise than Intended 

2 But this board Desireing rather a Delatory dispatch then 
noe effecting of businesse w th the Deputyes have receded from 
our first modest request, and Condiscending to a Dayly 
Committee of Both houses and have sent a Message to that 
our purpose that this board will appoint persons not lesse then 
ffour Dayly to attend 

3 But to be Lymitted by the Deputyes to the number of 
ffour and to meete the number of ffive of the Deputyes and to 
be obliged to Choose our Com'ittee Dayly — and to meet as 
ffour of this house and ffive of the Deputyes house shall 
Dayly agree, is p'scribeing such Lawes to this board 



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as belongs not to the house of Deputyes — being neither 
Customary nor warrented by any authority Law or p r si- 
dent, And it's the sence of this board that as either 
house have alwayes had the priviledge to appoint such 
and soe many for a Com'ittee as they see meet and as 
this board Lymittes not the Deputyes, Soe this house ought 
not to bee imposed vpon or Lymitted And this house 
adheres to their Last Message. In Case the Deputyes agree 
not to our ffirst request of a ffree Conference as were had at 
our Last Sessions w ob had a gen'all good effect for the Dispatch 
of business then passed by vs in gen'all Assembly Ordered 
that Co 11 Morris Captn Berry Captn Palmer & Captn Sandford 
carry vp this Message 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 12 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p'sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 

Thomas Warne one of the p'pr 
Co 11 Lewis Morris . 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj a Price 



of the Councill 



A Remonstrance Delivered in here by Edward Slater and 
John Gillman the Deputyes of Piscattaway by order and w th 
the Consent of the Towne of Piscattaway, — And Edward 
Slater and John Gillman being here p r sent and after some Con- 
siderable Conference and Debate, they being offered to have 
the bound of their Towneship or Desired Towneship Survey'd, 
they aprov'd not thereto soe this board Could not p'ceed vpon 
the matter p r sented 

Another petie'on from the same persons for some meadows 
to be layed to their Towneship read and defered to some other 
opp'tunity of Debate 

Ordered that one Bond of Captn William Sandford bound 
to the King in [?] lb w th Condic'on to p'secute John Johnson 
Dated the eight of July 1682 be Delivered vp to Captn Sand- 
ford 

Ordered that one other Bond wherein John Berry is bound 
to the king in [?] lb w th Condic'on to be of the good behaviour 
&c Dated the second November 1681 be Also Delivered up to 
Captn Berry 

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A Message from the Deputyes in Writing as followeth 

The Com'ittee appointed by the house of Deputyes for De- 
bateing things w th a Com'ittee from the Governor and Conncill 
namly Richard Hartshawne Sam" Dennis Benj" Parkis Ed- 
ward Slater and John Curtis 

Eliz Towne ) p order of the house 

May 12 th 1683 ] John Bound 

It's ordered and agreed that there may be noe Defect on the 
part of this house to the Dispatch of Matters lyeing before vs, 
That this whole board — viz' the Deputy Governor and all the 
Councill resolve into a Com'ittee to meete and Debate Matters 
w tb the Com'ittee of the Deputyes and are ready to meet this 
afternoone at the house of the Deputy Governor, between the 
hours of three and ffour, And that Benj n Price carry up this 
Message to the Deputyes 

The Matter of John Shottwells petic'on came here into 
Debate and the Widdow Carterett being alsoe here p r sent and 
in writeing gave in two papers as her Answer to the substance 
of the said petic'on and it being asked the said Widdow Car- 
terett if shee Desired any tyme to offer or object anything 
agst the substance of the petic'on shee said shee had noe 
ffurther answer then what shee gave in writeing, And it ap- 
pealing that Abraham Shottwell was the possessor occupant 
Cleerer and improver of the Land menc'oned in the petition 
And that John Shottwell is the said Abraham Shottwells Sonne 
and heire — It's therefore agreed and ordered that the Deputy 
Governor issue out a Warr' to the Surveyor gen'all and his 
Deputy to Survey the same Lands and make returne Thereof 
in order that the said Shottwell may have a pattent thereof 
according to the Concessions 

Ordered and agreed that Lawrence Andresse have Lib'ty to 
goe home returning here next second Day at eight A Clocke in 
the moorneing 

The petic'on of James Graham and Sam 11 Winder for them- 
selves and Associates read. It's ordered that the Deputy 
Governor make a warr' to the Surveyor gen'all to Survey the 
said Land in Order the same may bee pattented to the p'sons 
haveing right to the same and make returne thereof to the 
Governor and Councill 

Then the Governor and Councill resolved into a 
Com'ittee in Order to a Debate w th sev'all Members 
of the house of Deputyes 

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A Conference w th the Com'ittee appointed by the Deputyes 
vpon the Bill to Enable ffreeholders to p'pose and agree Divers 
orders &c at w ch Conference was offered the reasons and objec- 
tions by vs Entered to the Bill yesterday. Their members re- 
turned saying the would reporte the Same to their house 

It's ordered that p'cesse be made out in the Court of Com'on 
Right agst Sam" Etsall, Robert Vauquillen and Henry Green- 
land in pursuance of the Message sent here yesterday from the 
house of Deputyes 

It's agreed that Captn Sandford have lib'ty to go home re- 
turneing next second Day morneing by 9 A Clocke 

Agreed that Co 11 Morris and Captn Palmer have Lib'ty to 
go home this Day 

Adjourn'd till next Second Day morneing 8 A Clocke 

Att a Councill held the 14 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p'sent The Deputy Governor & prop'r 

Sam 11 Groome & 



Thomas Warne 
Captn Berry 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj a Price 



j-p'pr 



of the Counc: 



The petition of John Gillman and Edward Slater in behalfe 
of Piscattaway — for to have a parcell of meadow on the South 
side of the Raritan River to be laid out to the Inhabitance of 
Piscattaway, — It's ordered and agreed that a Warrant be Issued 
by the Deputy Governor to the Surveyor gen'all to Survey and 
view the said Meadowes and Lands Adjacent and make reporte 
thereof to this board that such ffurther order may be made 
w ch may either fully Answer the petic'one r8 Desire, or that they 
may know the positive Answer of the Governor and Councill 
in this matter to the Contrary 

The petic'on of Jane Ogden Widd: read, the same being for 
300 Acres of Land in Elizabeth Towne in right of John Ogden 
her late husband w ch shee alledges to bee in right and pursu- 
ance of a Towne order for w ch John Ogden had a warr 4 29 th 
Oct 1678, — vpon inspection of the Records wee find noe such 
warr 1 , but a warr* for 300 Acres in pursuance of the gen'all 
Concessions — in w° h respect the petitione r is mistaken soe the 
Councill cannot Answer the same as Desired 

The petic'on of Robert Shrevs Blacksmith, came a Servant 
into this province in the yeare 1675, — Desires he may have 

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Land laid out according to the Concessions. Vpon Consider- 
ation thereof it's agreed that the old Concessions make noe 
p'vision for Land for Servants in the yeare 16*75, — Soe cannot 
order him any Land but referr him to the now Lords p'prietors 
and the Concessions by them published 

The petic'on of Joseph Ogden for 90 Acres of Land and 
meadow in p'portion, w th in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne, 
Desireing to have the same as hee has pitcht vpon formerly — 
It's ordered that Joseph Ogden give an accompt to this board 
wherefore the late Surveyor gen'all Executed not a "Warr* of 
this quantity of Land the 27 th Oct lfc'76, And alsoe of the Land 
he pitches vpon the Councill may give their further resolution 
in the p r mises 

A Message from the Deputyes in writing viz' 

The Answer of the house that was appointed to meet ffour or 
more of the Councill the 12 th of this instant in a Com'itte to 
Debate the Bill about Enableing the Townes to make locall 
and prudential orders 

ffirst wee say that the Bill sent before to yo u at our last sit- 
ting was Sufficiently answered, as to the second wee are willing 
hoggs should be excepted, To the third wee Consent that the 
words (and the like) should bee left out: ffourth our Bill not 
mentioning Lawes there is noe roome for such objections and 
as to Towne orders it's a thing verry Customary 

Eliz Towne ) p. order of the house 

May 14 th 1683 j John Bound 



K/Serf Messengers 



In answer to the Deputyes Message to vs now sent by Sam 11 
Moore and Joseph Parker, It's the sence of the Governor and 
Councill 

1 That if the Bill sent before to vs at our last meeting be 
Sufficiently Answered, then noe neede of this Bill for the mat- 
ters p'vided for in this Bill are all the same and noe more then 
in the former — for killing of woolves in each Towne or 
-Country onely excepted, But for makeing and maintaineing 
good and sufficient fences and to p r vent Damages w ch may bee 
don by horses Cattle and other Stock in the Com'on high 

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way.es Cornefields and meadowes and for makeing bridges lay- 
ing out high wayes and keeping the same in repaire and for 
makeing Towne Rates for the Defraying of Charges that may 
arise vpon the aforementioned occac'ons — are all expressly* 
p'vided for in the former Bill now Depending w th the Deputyes 
— w ch matters if they be fully answered ther's no neede for this 
Bill as it's now made but onely a p' vision for killing of 
woolves in w ch particular onely the other is Defective 

2 As to the Dep'tys Answer to the 2 d and 3 d Article of our 
Exceptions for leaveing out the p'vision ag' hoggs and expelling 
the words (and the like) answers the sence of this Board 

3 As to the Deputys Answer to our ffourth exception, it's 
the sence of this board it's not answered but onely evaded, they 
being Criticall upon the word Lawes for the word orders — For 
the Deputyes Bill instead of by lawes expressing themselves in 
other Terms and calling them orders Alters not the sence but 
orders to have the force of Lawes, and to be put in execuc'on as 
Lawes, and the Infringers of them to be sued at Law and pun- 
ished for the breach in Courts of Justice are equally Lawes in 
those Townships as any Lawes of this province are to the gen'all 
not improp'ly but p'perly called Lawes, And the Deputyes 
calling those Agreem ts Orders as they Doe in their Bill is imp'- 
per, the word orders being not p'perly appropriable to agreem ts 
of any Towne or Incorporated body of people, but only to the 
Councill Board and Courts of Justice — all other Determinac'ons 
in Towneshipps are called By Lawes and so are agreem tB this 
Day of all the Corporac'ons in England, so much as the great 
City of London 

4 Wee must againe repeate as formerly vpon tbe Same 
occac'on, that it has been vsuall for Dispatch of busines in the 
gen'all Assembly — if one house has p r sented a Bill the other 
has offered amendm ts to the w ch if the other has not agreed a 
Conference has bin Desired and reasons offered for or ag* the 
amendm' 8 , * 

5 In Case the Deputyes or Councill after a Bill p r sented by 
one house and amendm ts offered by the other — Agree not to 
Conferr but Draw new Bills and lay the former aside, it will 
p'vent all Dispatch of Busines, and allows vs to p r sent one Bill 
for an other and Dispatch none 

6 It's the sence of this board that such p'ceedure is Con- 

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trary to the Due Course of Law agst, the orders of gen'all 
Assemblys, And tends to Disorder and Confusion 

7 This sitting of the Assembly is but a Continuance of our 
former Session by Adjournment and noe new Session, and the 
fformer Bill being in force w th the Deputyes this board desires 
their Concurrance thereto or a ffree conference in both houses 
freely to Debate the matters that it may come to a speedy and 
effectuall Determinac'on, — Benj a Price is ordered to Carry this 
Message to the Deputyes 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as followeth, 
viz* 

The house of Deputyes by their Messingers Do acquainte 
the Governor and Councill that they have appointed M r Harts- 
home M r Moore Benj a Parkis, Joseph Parker and Edward 
Slater to meete so many of the Councill as shall be appointed 
to meet them in a Com'ittee and are ready to waite upon 
them 

p. order of the house 
May 14 th 83 1 John Bound 



John Gillman 
Elias Machielson 



y Messingers 



It's ordered that Captn Berry Captn Sandford and Lawrence 
Andresse meete the Com'ittee of Deputyes upon a free Con- 
ference and to Conferr in such place as they see meete make- 
ing a reporte to this board of the subject matter thereof 

The Members of the Councill above named reporte that the 
Members from the house of Deputyes desire from this board 
the Bill for setling of ffees 

2 The Bill for warr ta from the County Courts 

3 The Bill for locall and prudentiall orders — the former Bill 
extinct per their Answer the Charge to be more then the 
benefitt 

4 The Desire of the Deputyes w' 1 ' respect to Towne orders for 
fenceing and maintaining them,— Bridges high wayes, building 

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and repaireing Mills and suf. incouragm 1 for killing of Woolves 
makeing rates for defraying of Charges of the above p'ticulars 
and for maintenance of the peace if need be to p'vent Damage 
by Geese, The Governor and Councill to Draw up what they 
thinke fitt for the said p'ticular 

Then Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 
Att a Councill held the 15 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 



p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Captn Berry 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj a Price 



of the Councill 



Vpon Considerac'on of the Report from the Com'ittee yester- 
day as to the ffirst Article — It's the sence and appears to this 
board, — That by the Act for the establishing the Court of 
Com'on Right, the Members or Justices of that Court are to 
settle the ffees thereof, who are the most p'per p'sons and 
Judges in that concerne as it is in England and that there is 
no Bill before vs for that purpose neither any sent to vs from 
the Deputys 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as f olloWeth vizt 

A Reply to the Governor and Councills message sent to us by 
Benj a Price the 14 th 3 m 1683 

To the ffirst It's the sence of this house the former Bill is 
sufficiently Answered as appeares by the Governor and Councill 
desireing a Conference upon the other Bill 

To the Third wee say as before Towne orders are a thing 
verry Customary in such places as are of the same Constituc'on 
and as for London to be a p r sjdent for this place) can in reason 
be thought no farther a p r sident than it agrees w th the Consti- 
tuc'on of this place as to ffences woolves Cattle and the like 

To the ffourth it's the sence of this house, where there is not 
a Concurring by both houses it possibly may be a hindrance 
but both houses agreeing no Roome for objection, and So Con- 
sequently needs noe Answer to the application 

To the ffifth wee ever looke as needing no Answer and So 
Consequently the 6 th as being a Relative 

To the 7 th *wee not Denying it a Continuance of the former 

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Session the assertion is nselesse (as to the former biil being in 
force w th the Deputyes) the Bill can be no more in force than 
a Bill fully answered and this house accepts of a free Con- 
ference w th the Councill as to the p r misses in our last Bill 

Eliz Towne ) p. order of the house 

15 3-m 1683 j John Bound 

Messingers Thomas Johnson 
and Sam" Moore 

Vpon Considerac'on of the Deputyes reply this day sent by 
Thomas Johnson and Sam" Moore to the Message from us yes- 
terday, — This board cannot but be Senceable of the great Day- 
lay in Dispatch of busines in gen'all Assembly principally 
occasioned for want of a Daly ffree Conference by the whole 
Members of the gen'all Assembly w ch practice in the former 
sitting of this Assembly was found not onely a meanes for a 
good vnderstanding but tended much to the Speedy Dispatch 
of business, the gen'all Assembly then passing more Acts w tb 
full Consent in one Day, then now in a weeke — But the De- 
putyes seeing Cause to refuse the Request of the Governor and 
Councill in that p'ticular, This board is willing and Desireous 
in this way of writeing between both houses how delatory 
soever to give the Deputyes all possible satisfac'on say 

As to the first Article of Reply viz* the former Bill is Suffi- 
ciently Answered by the Governor and Councill's Desireing a 
free Conference upon the other Bill — w ch the Deputyes say is 
the sence of their house — To w oh the Governor and Councill 
say that it is their sence y l y e Deputyes are under a great mis- 
take in the matter — And this board is fully satisfied that never 
any message was this Session sent to the Deputyes Desireing a 
p'ticular Conference on the 2 d Bill or a Conference on the 2 d 
Bill p'ticularly — The Messages hence have bin ffour — The ffirst 
of the 11 th Instant Desired a free Conference on the subject 
matter expressed in excepc'on w oh was not to p'ceed on this 
Bill but on the former 

The 2" Message of the same Day was for a free Conference 
on all matters then Depending or to Depend w ch can nowise bee 
Construed to exclude the ffirst Bill and p'ceed vpon the second. 

The Third Message of the same Day is to desire a ffree Con- 
ference and referrs to the former 

The 4 th Message of the 14 th Desires a free Conference in the 
p'mises w oh was on onr excepc'on, whereof one is agst the 
Second Bill and p'ceeding on the ffirst 

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To the Deputyes 2 d Article of Reply it's the sence of this 
board that an excepo'on agst a p'ticular in the Bill sent 
w th Articles that excepts ag st all the Bill is noe accepting the 
Bill or condiscending to it, but fortifyes our gen'all excepc'on,* 
w th Argum ts is as if a man were Charged w" a Trespasse and 
felony — If I charge him w th trespasse he's innocent as to the 
higher Crime 

As to the Deputyes 3, 4 & 5 th Articles — it's the sence of this 
board that there needs no other Answer but referr them againe 
to those 3, 4, & 5 tu Articles, of ours, to w ob their's is sent as 
reply— — 

As to the 7 th If the former Bill be fully Answered soe are 
all the Matters therein contained but it's an argum* the Bill is 
not fully Answered the 2 d Bill sent Desireing our Answer or 
Concurrence to the same matters — Againe if such answers as 
the Deputyes give to the former Bill or alledge they have 
given is legall, Customary usuall or according to the Custome 
of the gen'all Assembly wee desire p r sidents in the Case — The 
Deputyes say they accept of a ffree Conference w th the 
Councill as to the p r mises in the last Bill — To w oh the Councill 
Answers that the never desired such a Conference but on the 
excepc'on w oh are the p r misses and to Debate ffreely on all 
matters Depending before the gen'all Assembly and such Con- 
ference this board renews their desire to the Deputyes to Con- 
curr in, for speedy Dispatch and for a fair vnderstanding of 
matters before the gen'all Assembly ordered that Captn Berry 
and Captn Sandford carry up this Message 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as followeth, viz 1 

An Answer to an order from Governor and Councill brought 
to this house by Captn Palmer and Captn Berry 

Whereas, those Concessions of New Jersey, or Nova Ce- 
saria make mention conoerneing the Constables gathering the 
p'prieto" Rents so likewise the [they] make mention that the 
gen'all Assembly shall p r scribe the Quantities of Land w^ h 
Shall from tyme to tyme bee alotted to every head &c It is 
the sence of this house, that it's contrary to reason for any man 
to be an other mans Servant w th out his Consent, much more 
for *any man to be Compelled to serve another man and the 
Master not to be Compelled to satisfie him for his Service 

Benj n Parkis & ) Mess : nfrers P order of the house 

Elias Mekellson f ivlessln g ers j 0HN Bound 

Adjourned to 7 a Clock to morrow morneing 

Att 
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Att a Couneill held the 16 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

pr'sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 

Thomas Warne p'pr 
Captn Berry ] 

Captn Sandford I f the Councill 

Lawrence Andresse I 
Benj a Price J 

Ordered that Captn Berry and Captn Sandford goe to the 
Deputyes and acquaint them it's the desire of this board that 
the Deputyes forthw th attend this board 

The Deputyes Came here w th whome wee had a free Debate 
for some tyme. And the Deputyes returned to their house 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as followeth viz* 

This house desires by their Messengers Henry Lyon and 
Benj a Parkis, That the Governor and Councill will appoint 
some of the Councill to meet ffour of this house in a Com'ittee 
to Debate of affaires tending to a ffree Conference 

May 16 th 1683 p. order of the house 

Jo Bound 

Ordered that some Members of the Councill be appointed to 
meet 4 members of the house of Deputyes forthw" 1 — agreed 
that Captn Berry Captn Sandford and Lawrence Andresse 
attend the same 

Report made that at the Com'ittee above agreed vpon it was 
Determined to have a ffree Conference between the Governor 
and Councill and the house of Deputyes, tomorrow morneing 
8 A Clock 

It being the sence of the Governor and Councill that at this 
Juncture of Tyme, there may be some matters of weight and 
Concerne for the good and welfare of this p'vince w ch may be 
Discoursed Setled and Determined in gen'all Assembly but the 
said matters lying indigested and vnp r pared for publick Debate 
and that a privat Conference w th a ffew p'sons of both 
houses wherein Secrecy may be alowed and enjoyned to all 
partyes, save onely such matters as the said p'sons shall agree 
to report to either house, it is p'posed by the Governor and 
Councill to the Deputyes that such p'sons may bee appointed 
by either house to meet together from tyme to tyme and in 
such place and tyme as they see meet, And as p'sons who may 
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in gen'all, This board appoints the Deputy Governor and Captn 
Berry for the Governor and Council! and p'pose that such a 
number of persons most knowing the Concernes and Interest of 
the province in gen'all, and of the planters and Inhabitants of» 
the same in p'ticular may be Com'issionated by the Deputyes 
to joyne in the said Com'ittee, and that the matter by them 
p'posed and Debated shall not be Devulged or reported but as 
aforesaid, or advantage taken thereof ags* any person or party. 
That a happy Conclusion may be made of all matters and all 
Controversies ended in the p'vince w ch it's hoped by God's 
assistance may be Composed by this meanes 

Then Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 17 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Sam 11 Groome & l^w 

Thomas Warne ' j P P 

Captn Berry ^ 

Captn Sandford Lf the Counc : 

Lawrence Andresse as | 
Benj a Price J 

The Deputyes came here in pursuance of the agreem 1 yester- 
day and after the Deputy Governor had op'ned the p r sent 
state of things in gen'all Comunicated to them our agreem 1 
above and read the same to them, they desired a Coppy 
thereof, and that the [they] would returne to their house and 
Consider there of the same 

It's ordered that a Coppy of the above p'position be made 
and sent to the Deputyes by Captn Sandford 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing 

In Answer to the Bill of the Governor & Councill p'poseing 
for a private Conference sent to this house beareing Date the 
16 3-m 1683 The Conference to bee w th the Deputy Governor 
and Captn Berry and two of the Deputyes, Wee the Deputyes 
Do Condiscend to the Contents of the Bill onely for this Day, 
that Clause of Secrecie onely excepted and have appointed 
Richard Harthorne and Sam 11 Moore for that Service 

Eliz Towne p. order of the house of Dep u 

May 17, 1683 * John Bound 

Messingers Edw Slater 

Jo 8 Parker Vpon 



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Vpon Consideration of the Message now sent by the 
Deputyes it's agreed that such Conference be had as is above 
p'posed and that such Answer bee given the Messingers and 
that p'sons meet here forthw" 1 w ch was done accordingly. 

A Conference was had w ch began about eleven A Clock fore- 
noone — wherein was fully Debated the Matters of passing the 
Bill about the Townes making locall and prudentiall orders, 
After a Long Debate for 3 houres tyme in Discourse wee Came 
to this result — 

1 That as well the ffirst Bill as the second are both before 
the Assembly, not rejected or expelled by the gen'all As- 
sembly 

2 That vntill by Some agreem 1 of the Assembly, the ffirst 
Bill being fframed and passed by the Deputyes and. received 
and amended by the Governor and Councill, cannot be ex- 
pelled the Assembly but by Consent of both houses 

3 The ffirst Bill may yet bee p'ceeded on notw th Standing the 
Deputyes Answer to the Governor and Councill and notw th - 
Standing the second Bill — But the second Bill cannot till the 
ffirst be expelled as above. 

4 That if the Matters contained in the Bill bee not worth 
attending the Councill therew th , then not worth an act, much 
lesse worth Contention. 

5 That it's a bill of that nature as for the Things to be Don 
as fenceing &c. That all Townes Doe themselves w th out act 
not onely in this p'vince but most part of America 

6 but Enforceing the Doeing thereof & p'formeing those 
orders on paine of being sued & p'secuted at Law &c This is 
an Act of that nature that has neither bin in this p'vince or 
other parts of America 

1 It seemed to be gen'ally Satisfactory to lay aside the Bills 
wholely and in the Townes to Do amicably and by voluntary 
Consent those things w ch this Law would Enforce — w ch mat- 
ters the Deputy Governor as alwayes said and Did now 
Declare hee would Countenance and in his place Assist and 
thus the forenoone was Concluded 

Afternoone wee Entred into Debate after some small Sum- 
'ary of our forenoones Discourse about the Demands of Never 

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sinkes, by Colour or virtue of Nichalls pattent, And after a 
long Debate for Tree or ffour houres came in our Discourse to 
this Result, That after the Duke of Yorke and the king by 
their Letters had required all p'sons to Submitt to the Gover- 
raent of S r George Carterett &c and vpon this termes, — 

And the province had knowledge Thereof viz' in the Month 
of May Anno Dni 1673 John Bound and James Grover for 
and in the behalfe of the Two Townes of Neversinkes peti- 
c'oned the Governor and Councill that noe Conclusion should 
be made of their pattent rights till the [they] could make their 
Addresse to the proprieto rs &c And that when the [they] had 
made Such Addresse, the [they] would acquiesse in the Lords 
proprieto" Determinac'on — to w oh the Governor and Councill 
then agreed 

That the said petic'oners in pursuance thereof sent a peti- 
c'on and Remonstrance to the then Lords proprieto" yielding 
all their p r tentions vp to the Lords proprietors w oh petic'on 
was read by the Lords proprieto™ 5 th Sept 1673, After this re- 
signation the Lords p'prietors by their grant vnder their hands 
and Seales ordered and granted vnto the pattentees 500 Acres 
of Land apeece, The pattentees accepted of the same and peti- 
c'oned to have the same laid out — warr ts were granted for the 
same — some Surveyed andpattented p'ticularly that of Richard 
Hartshornes, w ch appeared to bee a full Conclusion, of that 
affaire vnlesse it were made appeare such petic'ons and 
p'ceedure were not by Consent or approbac'on of the Townes 
— They being Don by approbac'on, of some who Subscribed to 
that purpose — Ric: Hartshorne, Declared as for his owne part 
he believed that all p'sons would pay for their pattented Land 
in those Two Townes, and for his owne part hee would — but 
the Matters being transacted by John Bound now speaker of 
the house of Deputyes it was p'posed that hee and Joseph 
Parker now Deputyes for those Two Townes should debate the 
p'misses further tomorrow and soe the Debate w th night Con- 
cluded 

Adjourned to 7 a Clock to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 18 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor ) 

Sam ; ' Groome >• p'pr 

Thomas Warne ) 

Captn Berry 

Captn Sandford I rf h c m 

Lawrence Andresse & | 

Benj a Price J John 



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John Bound Richard Hartshorne and Joseph Parker came 
here and in open Councill — A Sumary Discourse was w tn them 
of all matters passed yesterday — And after a Serious Debate 
vpon the agreem ts and settlem' made w th the late Lords pro- 
prietor 8 w th the Two Townes of Neversinkes Debated yester- 
day wee Inquired into the truth of those petio'ons and 
Addresses the submission and resignac'on of their p'tended 
pattent Rights to the late Lords proprietor And they were all 
owned and agreed to be true — but alleged that the same was 
for feare — It was answered that the like allegac'on may ever 
be made — but as an Evidence to the Contrary the petic'one r s 
themselves Demonstrate besides that the pattentees had after 
the Lords proprieto r s grace and ffavour granted them 500 
Acres of Land apeece the [they] returned a letter of acknow- 
ledgem' and thanks — And their Associates in Complyance 
therew 1 * all pattented their Lands according to Concessions 
none excepted — continued ever afterward satisfied there wth , 
All Contented w th what was don, made noe Demonstrac'on of 
the least Disscatisfac'on w ch Evidented a voluntary and Satis- 
factory agreem', Inspecc'on was made of the bookes and 
therein was view'd their Severall warr ts for Lands to the pat- 
tentees severall whereof Enjoy them to this Day. 

The pattentees alleged they were to have their Land Rent 
free — It was Answered no for that grants of that nature was 
no otherwise but by Rent as the late Governor and others, as 
also Richard Hartshorne who has his pattent he Declared hee 
would pay his rent and beleiv'd all the Inhabitants of these 
Two Townes would Doe the same — An Authority vnder all the 
peoples hands was p'duced and things left to the p'sons above 
and Three more w°" three others were not here — however they 
alledged they had full power in themselves to End all p r ten- 
c'ons w th vs — Then was inspected the Late Lords p r prieto r ^ 
Resolve wherein they give 500 Acres of Land a peece to the 
pattentees and order allowance for Barrens to all other the 
Associates — Then it was offered that such allowance was 
given as p'ticularly to R Hartshorne Three Acres for one in 
respect of Barrens — and others in p'portion to the barren- 
nesse of the Soyle, — But if any Complain'd of Due allowance 
we were ready to make a Resurvey for further Allowance — 
w 011 seem'd to Conclud the busines w tb out further Difficulty 
— But Richard Hartshorne Joseph Parker and John Bound 
Consulting privatly togeither told vs they were Limitted by 
the Towne what Termes to make notw th Standing under their 
hands they had given them full power, w" 1 " was to Demand to 
have all their Land at halfe a bushill of wheate a 100 Acres — 

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This we told them we hoped they would show vs such Limita- 
tion as well as the other full Authority — Their Lymitation they 
alledged they had not in writeing but by word of mouth, that 
we tould theme was vnfaire to have one Authority to p'duce in » 
order to treate and another Secrett w ch they told vs not of 
when we entred into treaty — And such Com'issions and 
Authorityes wise and honest men have frequently refused as 
not fitt for honest men to execute — Soe this being their Termes 
and now haveing their words for it and nothing vnder hand, 
besides the unreasonablenes of the Demand — we found Cause 
to Dicent from further Debate — They then Alledged as for all 
Quit Rents for Lands pattented they would pay and other 
p'tentions leave till it Could be otherwise Composed, — wee then 
p'posed to them that the Case should be fairely from ffirst to 
Last from the pattent of Governor Richard Nicholls to this 
Day — be stated w th out a Com'ent and to Leave the whole to 
any Lawyers Judges honest men or king and Councill for a 
finall End — or if they had any other wayes to p'pose, Wee 
Desired them to offer it — vpon w"* they not seemeing to En- 
cline to any ffriendly End neither accepted nor rejected our 
p'position nor offered any other wayes or meanes to End or De- 
termine the same but left vs, w oh is the sume of o r Conference. 

In the afternoone the members of Elizabeth Towne came 
here in Councill, viz' Henry Lyon Benj a Parkis and Isaac 
Whitehead and p'duced their Towne Booke — and showed how 
in the yeare 1666 they had agreed and appointed p'sons to 
make and settle l 4 2 d & 3 d Lott men" for the equall and 
orderly Disposall of Lands w ch Lotts soe setled were then 
ordered to be p r sent to the next Towne meeting for approba- 
tion by Search of the books, the next or after Towne meeting 
there is noe Report of the Alottm' 8 setled or Confirmed 

As for their p'ceedure that or any other way so that it might 
be equally Just w th all wee were ready not onely to Consent 
but Countenance and should allwayes be ready soe to doe — In- 
quiry was if they had any greevance wee weare ready to heare 
it haveing already redressed all they fformerly complained of 
— They alledged the [they] wanted a'townes meeting in order 
to it, The Governor Answered that the [they] should have 
them as frequently as they Desired — in all other p'ts of the 
p'vince the Justices of peace gave out warr* 8 for the same — 
and so the Governor expected the [they] should Doe here 
— That the Assembly had Enacted how Justices of peace 
should be Com'issionated in pu'sance thereof by order of 
Councill, I made a Com'ission for Justices by their appointm', 
the p'sons now here, p'sons who made the Law, p'sons of most 

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repute ability and Integrity I know in the Towne and that 
their Com'ission was long since published and that they have 
not yet quallified themselves according to Act of gen'all As- 
sembly, what ever is wanteing for Townes meetings^ or other 
matters where the people are Agrieved they takeing vpon 
them their office may remedy, And till then the fault lyes at 
their owne Dores not mine 

Adjourned to 7 a Clock to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 19 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor } 

Sam 11 Groome >■ p'pr 

Thomas Warne ) 

Captn Berry 

Captn Sandford I rf ^ CounoiU 

Benj n Price & 

Lawrence Andresse 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing 

This house by their Messingers Elias Makeellson and John 
Curtis moves for a Coppy of the flees of the Court of Com'on 
Right, And also for the Bill for setleing the Train'd Bands or 
Militia that was p'sented to the Governor and Councill the last 
Sessions of this Assembly 

Eliz Towne ) „ „ p. order of the house 

19 th May j John Bound 

In Answer to the Deputyes Message now sent by Elias 
Mekeellson and John Courtis in reference to the flees of the 
Court of Com'on Right, It's the sence of this board that the 
Justices or Members of the said Conrt are to sett & appoint 
the flees thereof according to Act of gen'all Assembly, And 
that the power of setleing such flees is neither in the Governor 
and Councill nor the Deputyes apart but in the Court onely — 
And the members of the Councill who are part of the Judges 
or Justices of that Court every one here p r sent Declare they 
know not of any flees yet taken or paid in that Court 

The Bill for setleing the Train'd bands or the Militia read, 
some Additions and amendm ts made thereto and orered to be 
Transcribed in order to be sent up to the Deputyes, sent up by 
Captn Sandford 

The petic'on of John Marsh for the grant of 800 Acres of 
Land to lye on Raway River. It's ordered that the Deputy 

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Governor issue out a warr* to the Surveyor gen' all to lay out 
the same to him and make returne thereof to the Councill 

The petic'on of Dedrick Corneliesson for to have a pattent 
of Land he has lately purchased of the Indians lyeing neere 
Cheesquakes, It's ordered that it be left to Sam 11 Groome and 
Thomas Warne Two of the proprieto™ to Confur w th the said 
Dedrick about his Indian purchase and make report thereof to the 
Governor and Councill for their further Consideration thereof 

Vpon Reading of Sam" Moores petic'on, And by the in- 
spec'on of the warr' and order of the Late Governor and 
Councill for his takeing vp of meadow Land agst Amboy 
point ; It is as formerly referr'd to the Surveyor gen'all who 
w tb Thomas Warne one of the p'prieto r s shall view the Land 
and returne whether the vpland is Capable of Improvem' and 
settlem' w ch lyes Adjacent to the Meadow Land lately laid out 
or p'posed to be laid out to Sam 11 Moore, That the Councill 
may make such further order therein as is Consistant to Justice 
and Equity 

Ordered that Lawrence Andresse have Lib'ty to goe home 
returneing here next 2 rt Day morneing 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing 

Considering the season of the yeare and the State of affaires 
at this Juncture of tyme being such That the publick busines 
of the p'vince seemes to be obstructed wherefore the rep r sen- 
titives p'poses to the Governor and Councill for an Adjournm 1 
of this Assembly vntill the Third Tuesday in October next 

p. order of the house 

Eliz Towne ) John Bound. 

May 19 th 1683 j 

Mess: Thomas Johnson ) 
Benj a Parkis J 



The Governor and Councill takeing into their weighty Con- 
sideration the Message now sent from the Deputyes wherein 
it's Insinuated that the publick busines of the p'vince Seemes to 
be obstructed, vpon w° h account they p'pose an Adjournm', 
wee cannot but Declare our Sence that there Seemes not the 
Least Colour of obstruc'on to p'ceed or Arise from the Gov- 
ernor and Councill or by or from any in publick Authority 
w th in this p'vince, And in asmuch such obstrucc'ons are seene 
by or in the house of Deputyes of w cb wee are strangers 
It's the Desire of this board the Deputyes would explaine 
themselves, That such obstrucc'ons may be removed, It being 

Dishonorable 
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Dishonorable to the Goverm 1 , that there should be obstruc'ons 
in the publick busines of the p'vince. And that the Gen'all 
Assembly w ch is Composed of the Authority and Compact 
body of the peoples representitives Should Desert the publick 
Service of the p'vince in p'sence of obstruc'ons and not by 
their power and Authority remove their obstruc'ons, w cb may 
(in the sence" of this board) may most Tend to the Honour of 
the Goverm*, and best Answer the Duty of the peoples rep'sen- 
titives of this p'vince. Ordered that Captn Berry and Captn 
Sandford Carry this Message to the Deputyes 

The Request of Richard Hartshorne being here read, And 
the reason therein offered wherefore he would bee excused for 
beareing the office of Sheriffe, being Duely weiged and Consid- 
sidered, It is the sence of the governor and Councill, That the 
like or more weighty reasons may be offered by any p'son ap- 
pointed for that office, and that noe p'son in that County is 
more Capable in respect of Estate or Capacity in vnderstanding 
fitter to vnder goe and execute the same. Therefore it's the 
sense of this board that according to Act of gen'all Assem- 
bly and in pursuance of his Com'ssion hee take vpon him the 
execuc'on of high Sheriffe of the County of Monmouth 

Adjourned to 7 a clock next 2 d Day morneing. 

Att a Council held the 21 st Day of May Anno Dni 1863, 

P r sent The Deputy Governor ) , 
Thomas Warne [ P P r 

Captn Berry 

Captn Sandford & l of the Councill 
Benj a Price J 

In answer to the Governor and Councill 19 th 3 d mo 1683, in 
saying (it's Insinuated) is a mistake for that w cb is reall, is 
no Insinu.ac'on for we are really satisfied that the Gover- 
nor and Councill have made severall offers that they would 
be willing to Condiscend to the Doing of those things w ch 
appeare reasonable in answer to satisfieing the Country but 
there hath been much tyme spent in Debates but nothing Don 
but what really seemes to vs rather an obstrucc'on then satis- 
facc'on, And therefore this house Doth againe move for an 
Adjournm' as before 

Eliz: Towne ) p. order of the house 

May 21 1683 J 

John Bound 
Messengers Thomas Johnson 

John Curtis — The 



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The Governor and Councill taking into Considerac'on the 
Message this Day sent here from the Deputyes by Two of their 
Members, vizt Thomas Johnson and John ' Curtis — Cannot but 
Declare that as they have ever Endeavored so they still Desire, 
there may bee a good vnderstanding and Correspondence kept 
between them and the Deputyes, And as Conduceing thereunto 
this board has rather Condiscended to such words and termes 
(in passing of Acts) w ch the Deputyes have vsed, then to Con- 
test for other words or Termes more p'per, yet we have had 
from the Deputyes many reflecc'ons about words and w th too 
small reason, of w ch this last Message gives further Instance 
Those who vnderstand English words Know that Insinuac'on 
and Intimac'on are Synanjmous Termes & Contrary to yo r 
Centiment, what ever is reall, is p'perly said to be Insinuated 
or Intimated, And it's the Desire of this board that the gravity 
of the gen'all Assembly may not be soe Debaced as to Contest 
needlesly about words, The Deputyes say that the Governor 
and Councill have made severall offers that they would bee 
willing to Condiscend to the Doeing of those things w eh ap- 
peare reasonable in Answer to the satisfieing of the Country, 
w oh allegation as this board acknowledge to be a great truth so 
it's the sence of this board that it has bin as faithfully p'formed 
— And as a Demonstrac'on thereof 

1 There as not one Bill bin sent from the Deputyes to the 
Governor and Councill this or the late Session of the Assembly 
but has bin by vs accorded unto or our reasonable Amendm" 
or excepc'ons made and returned to the Deputyes 

2 Altho there are now sev'all Bills sent hence to the 
Deputyes for the gen'all good of the p'vince and they neither 
Concurr w th nor offer exceptions ags' the same, There is not 
one such before the Governor and Councill 

3 There's not any greevance gen'all or p'ticular vnder w 1 * 
the people of this p'vince laboured, duering the Goverm' of the 
late Governor Deceased, and Addressed to the p'prieto r s for 
Redresse, but wee have either most effectually Redressed the 
same, or Com'issionated legall Courts according to Act of 
Assembly for their Reliefe 

4 As the Governor and Councill are a part of the gen'all 
Assembly of this p'vince they Do Declare that now and at all 
tymes they are and shall be ready according to the accustomed 
Regular and Legall p'ceedings in Assembly to joyne in the 

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Enacting and passing any reasonable Act or Acts of Assembly 
for the good and welfare of this p'vince and the people thereof 

5 That after the Deputyes Allegac'on that there has bin 
much tyme spent in Debates and nothing Don but what really 
seemes to the Deputyes — rather an obstruc'on than satisfacc'on 
It tends much to the Quiet and Satisfacc'on of the Governor 
and Councill that hither to, they have not bin in the least 
occac'one r s of such obstructions, And are fully satisfied that 
Justly they Merritt not the least Imputac'on of that nature but 
Evident Demonstrac'on to the Contrary, therefore cannot but 
againe recomend it to the house of Deputyes to Joyne w th the 
Governor and Councill in a due p'ceedure in gen'all Assembly 
to remove these obstrucc'ons, w ob when effectually Don the 
season of the yeare may be taken into Considerac'on in order 
to an adjournm* as Desired 

Therefore as wee are members of one body wee Earnestly 
Desire what ever passeth between vs for the future may not 
bee Construed to the worst sence but that we may amicably 
lay all misapp r henc'ons aside and what remaines yet to be Don 
Either for the further p'secution of the affaires of this p'vince 
or for Adjourm* to a future meeting may be Don w tL a 
ffreindly Correspondoncy, Ordered That Captn Berry and 
Benj* Price carry up this message 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

At a Councill held the 22 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p'sent The Deputy Governor and p'pr 
Cap' Berry ) 

Cap' Sandford >■ of the Councill 
Benj a Price ) 

A Bill Drawn Here Intituled an Act for the Due Regulac'on 
of Executions Drawn, w ch being read it's ordered that the same 
be Signed by the Deputy Governor and sent to the Deputyes, 
And that Captn Berry carry up the same 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entitled an Act for the 
Melitia w ch being read, It appeares to Containe the substance 
of a former Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entitled an Act 
for the Militia, to w ch wee made our amendm' 8 , and returned 
the same Bill, This latter Bill excluding some part of our 
amendm ts and altering other p't thereof w th out reasons given 
for the same — This board adheres to the former Bill and 
amendm 18 , sent to the Deputyes, And agree not to the last bill 

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sent here from the Deputyes, And this board is ready accord- 
ing to the orderly p'ceedure of the gen'all Assembly to heare 
in Conference or otherwise such reasons w oh the Deputyes may 
offer agst these amendm ts made by vs & sent w th the former 
Bill to the house of Deputyes, ordered, that Captn Berry and 
Benj a Price carry vp this Message 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes ags' the sale of strong 
Liquors to the Indians w ch being read some amendm' 8 were 
made therein, And ordered that the same be transcribed w th 
the amendm tB and sent to the Depuytes for their Concurance, 
and that Captn Berry and Captn Sandford carry vp this Bill 

The bill Entitled an Act for the Due Regulac'on of Ex- 
ecuc'ons — sent here from the Deputyes w th an amendm' of 
these words viz' (men of good reputac'on) to w ch amendm' 
this board agreed 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing viz' 

Considering the season of the yeare and the necessity of the 
Representitives of this p'vince to bee at their habitations the 
wether being so wett by w ch reason their Cropps of Corn may 
be in much Danger to their great Damage and Losse w ch pos- 
sibly may be p r vented by their Speedy repaireing home where- 
fore the Deputyes mooves for an Adjournm' of this Assembly 
till the Third Tusday in October next 

Eliz : Towne ) p. order of the house 

May 22 th 1683 j Johk Bound 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 23 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Sam 11 Groome p'pr 
Captn Berry ~1 

Captn Sandford I n. u r\ -n 
Captn Palmer j> of the Councdl 

Benj a Price J 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing to The Governor 
and Councill — 

w oh being read and the Messengers viz' Richard Hartshorne 
Sam 11 Moore and four more being here Supposeing the same 
not admitting of the Councills Concurrencie or opposition or 

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reasons to the Contrary, therefore the Messingers carryed back 
the said Message 

A Bill to Regulate Treaties w th the Indians read and agreed 
the same be signed and sent up to the Deputyes by Captn 
Berry and Captn Sandford 

A Bill Entitled an Act ags' tradeing w th negro Slaves being 
read agreed the same be Transcribed and sent up to the 
Deputyes by Captn Sandford and Benj 1 Price 

A message from the Deputyes in writing viz' 

To the Governor and Councill 

This house Desires that there may be an amicable Concur- 
rance between the Governor Councill and Deputyes for an 
Adjournm' to the 3 d Tuesday in October next, and that the 
Deputyes of Each respective Towne at the publicac'on of the 
Laws may give notice to the Inhabitants of Each Towne that 
if any Debts be oweing to them from the Country they may 
bring in their accompts to this Assembly at the next Sessions 

MeSS: W Mom? ™ & \ P- order of the house 

Eliz: Towne ) John Bound 

May 23 th 1683 j 

The Governor and Councill having Considered of the Mes- 
sage in writeing this Day sent from the Deputyes by Richard 
Hartshorne and Sam" Moore Do Declare that they are and 
ever shall bee ready Amicably to Concurr w th the Deputyes 
for an Adjournm 1 of the gen'all Assembly according as is 
p'scribed in the gen'all Concessions of this p'vince, w ch Directs 
the same. But the Deputyes intimateing the publicac'on of 
the Lawes now made it's the sense of this board, That for the 
tyme the gen'all Assembly have now sate Dureing the last 
Session or meeting (w oh is but a continuance of the fformer) 
there has been so few Bills passed into Acts, That the 
publicac'on thereof must rather occac'on misapp'henc'ons 
amongst the people then satis'facc'on, And in as much 
as there are sev'all necessary Bills now Depending in the 
gen'all Assembly w oh are not yet Concluded and passed 
into Acts, Altho of p r sent necessity for the good of this 
pMnce, ffor want of w ch this board is senceable, occa- 
sion has been taken to Reflect (dureing the late Recesse) upon 
the Governm* and p'ticularly vpon the Governor and Coun- 
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or the house of Deputyes we cannot but p'pose it as our sence, 
that it's verry necessary that in gen'all Assembly we either 
passe those Bills into Acts wh ch lye before vs before our Ad- 
journm' or otherwise agree in an amicable way to satisfie the 
Country wee will not at all medle w th the same as not of Ser- 
vice to the Country and o r Duty therein, And so soone as in 
gen'all Assembly we have Duly Dispatched the same, the Gov- 
ernor and Councill are and shall be willing (no Inevitable acci- 
dent p r venting) Amicably to Concurr w th the Deputyes in the 
adjournm 1 p'posed and as they have Desired in their Message 
now sent vs, ordered that Captn Berry and Benj a Price carry 
this Message to the Deputyes 

A Bill Entitled an Act ags* tradeing w th Negro Slaves this 
Day sent to the Deputyes was sent back w th their Concurrence 
thereto w th out any amendm* 5 . 

The petic'on of Sam 11 Moore late p'vost Marshall of this 
p'vince now high Sheriffe of the County of Middx and the 
keeper of the Common Goale for this p'vince being read, therein 
setting forth his former great Cost and Charge in keeping and 
maintaineing the prisoners w th out any allowance for the same 
w eh charge is yet Continued upon him there being noe p'vission 
to this Day made for him, It is the sence of this board as well 
his former as his latter Charge expended is p'vinciall and ought 
to be borne by the Country for wose service it is, Therefore it 
is ordered that his Case bee recommended to the Deputyes 
now assembled that they may Consider of some effectual 
way for his redresse, And it's further p'posed that the 
petic'oner being in a p'ticular of his Charge that some Due 
Course may be taken to settle by Act of Assembly or 
otherwise such a Sallary on that office or other p'vision 
that the office w oh is so necessary may not onely be 
borne w th out Cost or Charge to the officer but a due En- 
couragem 1 for such who undertake the same, it's ordered that 
Captn Berry and Cap* Palmer carry vp our sence to the 
Deputyes 

Adjourned to 1 A Clock to morrow morneing 

At a Councill held the 24 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry ~) 

Captn Palmer ( , x , „ 
Captn Sandford r ° f t*e Councill 

Benj a Price J 

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A Message left here last night after the Adjourm 4 of the 
Councill & is in writeing viz 1 

This house desires such a number of the Com'itte as the " 
Governor and Councill will please to appoint may meet five of 
this house in a Com'itte to morrow morneing about 8 A 
Clock to Debate the Bills concerneing the militia and the 
p'bihiting of selling of Drinke to the Indians 

p. order of the house 
Eliz: Towne ) John Bound. 

May 23 th 1683 j 

Ordered that a Com'itte be appointed by this board to Con- 
firr w th the Deputyes as in their message is directed 

Ordered that Captn Berry Captn Palmer and Captn Sand- 
ford go to the hovse of Deputyes and acquaint them therew th 
and that they also attend that service, and make report of what 
they Doe therein to this board. 

Captn Berry reports from the Com'itte appointed that their 
Debate was onely on the two Bills above menc'oned, And first 
as to the Militia, — they Debated as to that Claus wherein by 
the second bill sent from the Deputyes the Townes are to 
nominate and appoint their own officers whom the Governor 
and Councill should Com'issionate, The Deputyes said that 
the would bee thankeful if it would be granted, and if not they 
would not contend for itt 

As to the Claus being the p r amble setting forth that by the 
Concessions the gen'all Assembly should by Act Constitute 
Train'd bands &c — to this the Deputyes objected that Such 
Claus was a Confirmac'on of the Concessions w ch the would 
not. — It was offered by the members of the Councill that w th - 
out the Claus of the Concessions they have no power to con- 
cerne themselves about the Militia for that it is a p r rogative 
due to the Governor and so is in all Goverm ts in America and 
it was replyed that they did as respecting naturall Safety yr° h 
all were concern'd in — to w oh they were answered that then 
they ought by Addresse or petic'on to have made their Desire 
Knowne to the Governor and Councill and not by Bill 

Vpon Considerac'on of the force of the matters Debated 
about the Bill for setling the Militia it is the sence of this 
board that the recitall of the Claus of the Concessions is a 
truth and plainely and gennuinely recited, and to sett forth in a 
Bill of gen'all Assembly the reason wherefore a matter comes 
in Act before the Assembly is necessary espetially in setleing 
the Militia w oh is a p'rogative and right in the Governor and 

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Counciil if the Concessions gave not the priviiedge thereof id 
the gen'all Assembly — Therefore it is the sence of this board 
that the Governor and Counciil ought not to Condiscend to 
passe that Act of the Militia w th out that p'amble — the Gen'all* 
Assembly haveing no power to settle the same but by the Con- 
cessions, And the Governor and Counciil are of opinion that 
al'tho the setting of the Militia bee a matter requisite for the 
quiet peace and safety of the p'vince yet w th respect to the 
Concessions will not Doe it by their owne Authority untill there 
has been tyme and opp'tunity given to the gen'all Assembly to 
settle the same according to the Concessions. And the Gov- 
ernor and Counciil Do adhere to their Amendm' 3 of the said 
Bill in all parts as they amended the same and cannot p'ceed 
vpon the second Bill sent here from the house of Deputyes, 
however the Governor and Counciil are willing and shall agree 
to a ffree debate w th both houses, if the Deputyes have reason- 
able Exceptc'ons agst the Bill as it was sent up from this board 
to them desire the same 

Captn Berry reports from the Com'ittee meet this Day about 
the Bill to p'hibitt the sale of strong liquors to the Indians — 
The Members of the Deputyes insisted to have the Bill of 
p'hibition to passe w th out any the p'visoes here inserted by the 
Governor and Counciil vpon, Consideration thereof it is -agreed 
that the Latter p'visoe shall bee waved and not insisted vpon by 
us, but the former wee adhere vnto and are ready to allow a 
ffree Conference of both houses to hear their reasonable ex- 
cepc'ons, agst the same, if they have anything to offer agst the 
same 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock to morrow morneing 

At a Counciil held 25 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Capt Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford & 
Benj a Price 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entitled an Act concerne- 
ing Juryes w oh being read and Considering that the Bill p'vides 
for grevious punishm 1 of Sheriffes for misbehaviour in their 
office before anyp'vission made by Act of Assembly sufficiently 
to punish such p'sons as shall not take vpon them the office of 
Sheriffe when Com'issionated which p'vission in the latter be- 
fore the former is to Deter p'sons from beareing that office and 
obstinately to refuse the same. Therefore it's the sence of 

this 
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this board that a short Bill be drawne up by the Gov- 
ernor and Councill to punish such as shall refuse to ex- 
ecute the Sheriffes office when Com'issionated, and send to 
the Deputyes for their Concurrence, that the same being passed 
into Act wee may consider of the Latter in it's due place and 
order of tyme, — ordered that Captn Berry and Captn Palmer 
carry this Message to the Deputyes 

A petic'on from Marie Pope for meadow to be laid out w th 
her Land, agreed that the same be read when Sam" Groome is 
here 

A petic'on from the Deputyes for piscattaway Desireing a 
grant of all the Lands w th in the Indian purchase for ffourteen 
pounds p. Ann: was here read — And Edw: Slater and John 
Gillman being then p'sent, they were Answered that their re- 
quest was not intelligeable, the quantity of Lands w th in those 
bounds being vncertaine. That if the Land were Surveyed 
that we might know the number of Acres and they then de- 
sired a Charter for the same, wee would inquire into their 
p'posall and give o r Answer, for these reasons at p'sent wee 
could not 

Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held the 26 th Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

p'sent The Deputy Governor 
Sam 11 Groome ") 

Spin Palmer & \ of the CounciU 
Captn Sandford J 

A Message left here last night from the Deputyes w th the 
Bill Intituled an Act to punish such who take not vpon them 
the office of Sheriffe when Com'issionated w th the Deputyes 
amendm ts , The Message as followeth 

The reasons why the house of Deputyes cannot submitt to 
the Bill sent from the Governor and Councill as it is there 
stated about the Sheriffs refuseing their office when Com'ission- 
ated is, That the p c vince being as yet in his minority 
and most of the freeholders of this p'vince being but men of 
meane Estates, This house thinkes that such a fine may tend 
to the great impoverishing of the families of some that are or 
may be Chosen to the office of Sheriffe and therefore Doth 
humbly offer this their Bill 

May 25 th 1683 p. order of the house 

John Round 
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Vpon reading and Considering the Message yesterday sent 
from the Deputyes relateing to the Bill to punish such who take 
not upon them the office of Sheriffe when Com'issionated, and 
the Deputyes Alterac'ons or Amendmen ts of that Bill It's the t 
sence of this board 

1st That the gen'all Assembly haveing passed a Bill that in 
Each County of this p'vince there should be a Sheriffe, and for 
that for the necessity of it, w oh they Declare their Reasons for 
that Bill 

2 That insomuch as the office of Sheriffe is one of the great- 
est office of Trust and power in Each County in this p'vince, 
And therefore ought to be of persons of most ability in Es- 
tates and Capacity in understanding 

3 In that it is judged that their Miscarriage in office ought 
to be grievously punished not onely to answer for their Mis- 
carriages to the king, but to satiefie all p'sons who shall suffer 
p'judice by their Misdoeings 

4 That Considering the Cost and Charges of calling Coun- 
cills for Chooseing and Com'issionateing such officers from 
tyme to tyme hath hither to bin and must be boorne by the 
Governor and Goverm 1 and not by the p'ticular Countys till 
it's otherwise p'vided 

5 And the amendm* 8 the Deputyes have made to the Bill, 
will rather Encourage p'sons of Estate Ability and Capacity 
obstinatly to refuse then to take vpon them the office of 
Sheriffe 

It's the sence of this board that for these reasons and what 
other is contained in the said Bill by vs sent vp That we can- 
not in Justice or honour to the Goverm' condiscend to the 
amendm 18 made by the Deputyes to the said Bill but for the 
said Reasons Do adhere to the bill as the same was sent vp, 
And Desire the Deputyes Concurrance thereto — otherwise the 
Governor and Councill shall be ready in a ffree Debate of both-' 
houses if the Deputyes agree, there to, vindicate the same or 
receive any matter or thing the Deputyes shall offer ags' the 
said Reasons 

And this board takeing into Consideration the Bill yesterday 
sent from the Deputyes Entituled an Act concerneing Jurys, 
Do Declare as their sence that every false and malitious act or 
thing Don by a Sheriffe or Bayliffe, they are punishable for the 
same w th out any Act made, but it seems unreasonable to this 
board l 8t That the Deputyes should offer a Bill to Inflict 

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greivous punishm' 3 vpon an officer Com'issionated before any 
p'vission is made for Sallery or Reward for such officer for the 
Doing of his office 

2 That whilst the Deputyes p'pose an inconsiderable ffine to 
be imposed on an officer for wholely refuseing an office w ctl is 
Declared of necessity — They should appoint greivous punishm' 
for a Miscariage in that office, and for Acts that are neither 
malitiously or knoweingly Don, The Consequence of w ch is 
rather to Deterrand discourage p'sons frombeareing office than 
officiateing such as are Declared by Act of Assembly to be of 
necessity in this p'vince 

All w ch the Governor and Councill are ready to maintaine in 
a ffriendly Debate w th the house of Deputyes, if these our 
reasons in writeing give them not plenary Satisfac'on 

ordered and Agreed That Captn Berry and Gaptn palmer 
carry up the said Message and call of the Deputyes for their 
Concurrence to Gen'all Bills sent to them from the Governor 
and Councill now remaineing w th them, to w ch the Deputyes 
haveing not returned Answer, according to the Rule and. Cus- 
tome of gen'all Assembly's, viz', The Bill Entitled an AGt for 
the Militia, The Bill Entituled an Act to p r vent the Sale of 
Strong Liquo r s to the Indians, The Bill to Regulate Treaties 
w th the Indians, The Bill for makeing and setling of high 
waves, passages bridges and fferryes w'Mn this p'vince 

vpon Consideration of the Bill this Day sent from the 
Deputyes to p r vent the raiseing or imposeing any tax &c, 
upon the people of this p'vince but by Act of gen'all Assembly, 
— It's the sence of this board that all the matters to be p'vided 
for in the said Bill are already sufficiently p'vided for and the 
lib'ty of the ffree people of this pvince amongst other things 
fully secured by the gen'all Concessions of this p'vince, 

The petic'on of Mary Pope to have a p'portion of Meadow 
to 100 acres of upland alread laid out — vpon Inspection of the 
Booke of Record of this p'vince it appeares that the 28 th of 
March 1676 there is a warr' to lay out for John Pope a 100 
acres of vpland and meadow in p'portion It's ordered that 
vpon the peticV paym' of the arrearages of Quit Rents and 
takeing a pattent she may have a warr' to lay out the Meadow 
Desired, and it's referr'd to the Deputy Governor and Sur- 
veyor gen'all to see the same effected 

The petic'on of Jane Ogden for 300 acres of Land in Eliza- 
beth Towne for her husbands rights according to Concessions 
It's ordered that it be referred to the Deputy Governor and 

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Surveyor gen'all to examine what Lands have bin laid out or 
taken vp by the husband in his life tyme — That according to 
Concessions she may have her just rights 

The petition of Robt Stivers Blacksmith of Elizabeth Towne f 
for Lands according to the published Concessions of the p r sent 
Lords p'prietors — It's ordered that the Surveyor genV.llayout 
such p'portion w"'in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne according 
to the Tenor of the said Commissions and that the Deputy 
Governor issue out a warr' to the Surveyor gen'all Accordingly 

The petition of Benj a Price Jun r of Elizabeth Towne setting 
forth that in the yeare 167<i he had a warr' from the late Gov- 
ernor and Councill to the then Surveyor gene'all to layout for 
him 90 acres of vpland and meadow in p'portion w ch hitherto 
hee Could not p'cure to be laid out for him — It's ordered that 
the Deputy Governor issue out his warr 1 to the Surveyor 
gen'all to lay out the said Lands w th in the bounds of Elizabeth 
Towne according to Concessions. 

The petic'on of Daniel Hoop to have the Land ordered him 
in March last vpon the Raritan River to bee Survey'd It's or- 
dered that the Deputy Governor issue out his warr 1 to the Sur- 
veyor Gen'all to Survey the Same Land in order to the pattent- 
ing the same. 

The petic'on of Joseph Ogden Son of John Ogden deceased 
of Elizabeth Towne to have 90 acres of vpland and meadow in 
p'portion w th in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne according to 
a warr* formerly granted by the late Governor Phill Carteret 
Esq 1 and to have the same laid out as hee has formerly pitch't 
vpon It's referred to the Surveyor gen'all to Inquire of the 
same land by him pitch't vpon be not in p r iudice of any others 
right, and report thereof to the Deputy Governor, it's referred 
to him to issue out a warr' to survey the same in order to the 
pattenting thereof according to Concessions 

A Message from the Deputyes in writing as followeth 

The House of Deputyes takeing into their Serious Con- 
siderac'on, The weight of some Bills lyeing before them sent 
from the Governor and Councill to this house Desires that they 
may first have tyme allowed them to acquaint the Inhabitants 
of this p'vince that hath Delegated them, w' h the Contents 
thereof their Advice and orders in the p r misses, And to that 
End Doth humbly offer for an Adjourm' to the Third Tuesday 
in October 

p: order of the house 

May 26 th 1683 John Bound. 

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Ordered that Captn Palmer and Captn Sandford forthw th go to 
the Deputyes and acquaint them that vpon Consideration of 
their Message this board agrees that they im'ediately Attend the 
Governor and Council to Consider the subject matter of their 
Message in order to an Adjournm' 

A Conference had w th the Deputyes wherein after many 
things was p'posed to Confirme, make voy'd or Review the 
gen'all Concessions of the p'vince, That the p'vince might bee 
at some certaintie of the Ground & foundac'on on w oh we 
stand, after some further Debate and the Deputyes Consulteing 
apart, The speaker returned Answer that the Deputyes next 
second Day momeing 6 A Clock would meet and Conferr w tb 
the Governor and Councill about the Concessions 

Adjourned 6 A Clock nex 2 d Day morneing 

Att a Councill held the 28 th Day of may Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Benj a Price 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as followeth 

To the Governor and Councill 

This house according to the Debate on Satterday the 26 th 
instant hath appointed flour of their Members to meet such a 
number of the Councill as the Governor and Councill shall 
see meet 

p: order of the house 
May 28 th 1683 John Bound 

Benj«PwM.&) M 
John Gulman \ 

The Governor and Councill vpon Considerac'on of the mes- 
sage now sent from the Deputyes It's ordered that Captn 
Berry and Captn Palmer forthw th repaire to the Deputyes and 
acquaint them that the Governor and Councill Do Concurr 
w th their p'position and have agreed that the Governor and all 
the Councill now in Towne meete w th the Deputyes in the 
p'posed Conference, onely this is the further sence of this 
board, that the Conference be ffree and before all the Deputyes 

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now in Towne that all p'sons Concern'd may have a full and 
Cleave vnderstanding of the matters in Debate, And no oppor- 
tunity given of misreporteing the matters Debated And that 
the Conference be forthw th in the Councill Chamber 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing viz' 

To the Governor and Councill According to our Message 
thiSeinorneing this house has Chosen four of their Members to 
meete as many of the Councill as the Governor and Councill 
shall see good to appoint w ch said members are ready to 
attend 

p. Order of the house 
Joseph Parker & ) ,, John Bound 

Henry Lyon \ Mess : 

May the 28 th 1683 

It's agreed that Such Conference as is p'posed be ffree and 
w th Such Members ss the Deputyes by their Message say the 
have appointed and that the Governor and Councill lay aside 
all other matters and give way to the said Conference 

Richard Hartshorne, Edward Slater, Thomas Johnson and 
John Gillman came here in pursuance of the Message, Sev'all 
people came in wherein was related our former p'ceedure w th 
the Deputyes, — and some p'ticulars relateing to the Concessions 
— Richard Hartshorne alledged hee was to meet a Com'ittee of 
the Councill and not the Governor in Councill — it was An- 
swered that our Message was to acquaint them the Governor and 
all those of the Councill in Towne should meet them and their 
Answer to o r s did not oppose it — soe wee desired a free Con- 
erence w th both houses, — After a long stay till past Twelve A 
Clock It was agreed and ordered that the further p'ceedure on 
such Conferrence as p'posed should be Deferr'd till Wednesday 
morrow morneing 7 A Clock, To w ch tyme the Councill Ad- 
journ'd accordingly 

Adjournal to 7 A Clock Wednesday morneing 

Att a Councill held the 30 th Day of May Anno Dn l 1683 



P r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Lawrence Andresse 
Banj a Price 



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A message from the Deputyes in writeing 
To the Governor and Couneill 

The house of Deputyes haveing some things in Considerac'on 
at this p r sent, Crave the patience of the Governor and Couneill 
awhile for the Deputyes waiteing vpon them and they will at- 
tend as soone as possible 

Answer was given them the Governor and Couneill were 
ready when the Deputyes would Come here and that they 
might take their owne tyme 

In the afternoone the Deputyes came Downe and Delivered 
in this paper following viz* 

Whereas on the 26 th instant the Governor and Couneill vrged 
the Deputyes for an Answer either to owne the Concessions or 
Deny them our possitive Answer is wee Disowne them 

May 30 th 1683 . p: order of the house 

John Bound. 

The Governor and Couneill then takeing the same into De- 
bate in Free Conference w th the Deputyes — acquainted the 
Deputyes, first that owneing or Disowneing was not a terme 
vsed by the Governor and Couneill but the p'position was 
the 26 th to Confirme make voyd or review the Concessions 
of w ch this is not or p'posed in words of Act of gen' all Assem- 
bly 

2 That the makeing voyd of our fundamentall of f oundac'on 
of Governm 1 was not like ministers of State or gen'all Assem- 
bly but to p'pose something in the place of that made voy'd, 
Considering that the priviledges of gen'all Assembly Depends 
thereon. 

3 That if he had anything to p'pose in order to Confirme 
or make voyd the gen'all Concessions by way of Act p'pose it 
and as pt of gen'all Assembly wee are ready to Answer the 
same 

The Deputyes made Answer that they could not Determine 
any such matter untill they Considered thereof amongst them- 
selves and thereupon w th drew from the Couneill 

Adjournd till 7 A Clock to morrow morneing 

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Att a Councill held the 31 st Day of May Anno Dni 1683 

-p'pr 



p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Thomas Warne 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Lawrence Andresse & 
Benj a Price 



of the Councill 



A message from the Deputyes in writeing 

The house of Deputyes desire the Assent of the Governor and 
Councill for an Adjournm' of this gen'all Assembly to the 
3 d Tuesday in October next 

May 31 Bt 1683 p. order of the house of Deputyes 

John Bound. 

■Ordered that Captn Berry and Captn Palmer forthw th goe 
to the Deputyes and acquaint them that he attend this board — 
ordered that the Governor and Councill Concurr w th the 
Deputyes for an Adjournm 1 to the 3 d Tusday in November 
next 

The Deputyes Attending this board by mutuall agrecm' of 
the Governor Councill and Deputyes, in gen'all Assembly mett 
and Assembled agreed to Adjourne the said Gen'all Assembly 
to the 3 d Tuesday in November next to w ch tyme the said 
gen'all Assembly Adjourned accordingly 

The petic'on of William Broadwell of Elizabeth Towne 
Setting forth that he had a warr 1 from the late Governor and 
Councill 26 ffeb 1679 -to lay for him in Right of his wife 60 
Acres of Land, Agreed that in Case hee make his rights to 
appeare to the Deputy Governor and Surveyor gen'all, that 
then the Deputy Governor, Issue out his warr' to the Surveyor 
gen'all to lay out the same according to the petic'on 

The petic'on of Robert Travis Blacksmith of Elizabeth 
Towne setting forth that in the yeare 1679 as a free man he 
Came into this p'vince and has been ever since here resident 
Desires Land according to the now' Lords p'prieto r s published 
Concessions, Agreed and Ordered that this matter be left to 
the Deputy Governor and p'prietors now in this p'vince to 
search into the Truth of the Allegac'on — and if They see cause 
that the Deputy Governor issue out his warr' to survey and lay 
out the same as Desired 

The petic'on of ffrancis Drake of piscattaway seting forth 
that 28 th ffeb 1681, hee had a warr' from the Late Governor 

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for 120 Acres of Land w th in the bounds of Piscattaway — vpon 
examination it appeares not wherefore the same was granted — 
and that his p r tence is Convey'd or Assigned to Daniel Hooper, 
The Substance of the same petition is left to the Considerac'on 
and Determinac'on of the p r sent p'prieto r s and if they see 
cause the Governor to issue out his warr' for laying out the 
same as Desired 

The petic'on of Richard Clarke of Elizabeth Towne for 300 
Acres of Land for head rights according to the Concessions, 
Agreed and ordered that he makeing his rights appeare to the 
Governor that then a warr 1 be issued out by the Governor to 
the Surveyor Gen'all for laying out the same according to the 
Tenor and effect of the petic'on 

The petic'on of Gersham Bowne by Joseph Bonbridge his 
Attorney to have a pattent for 500 Acres of land according to 
the order of Councill the second of March last at \ p Acre, 
and the Addition of 120 Acres att such rent as the p'prietors 
and the petic'oner cann agree — It's ordered the matter of the 
petic'on be left to the p'sent Deputy Governor and Surveyor 
gen'all to Determine and Agree w™ the petic'oner to make a 
pattent for part or all as they see meet 

The petic'on of Joseph Bainbridge for the like quantity of 
Land upon the termes above expressed, it's ordered and agreed 
that the like reference bee as in the petic'on last above men- 
tioned. 

The petic'on of Jeremy Markham read — Desireing that land 
may be laid out for him w th in the bounds of This Towne, ac- 
cording to the p'portion expressed in the now p'prieto's Con- 
cessions — It's ordered and agreed that he makeing his right 
appeare the Deputy Governor issue out his warr 1 for the laying 
out the same as is petitioned 

Vpon the Inspection of the gen'all Concessions of this 
p'vince, And vpon Consideration of the Absolute necessity of 
Laying out of Lands (Agreed and Ordered by the Governor 
and Councill to bee laid out and Survey'd) to sev'all p'sons, 
who have petic'oned to have the same in pursuance of their 
respective Rights granted by the said gen'all Concessions — 

It is Agreed and Ordered that the Surveyor gen'all Do 
not onely make- such Subscripc'on for the faithful p'for- 
mance and Execuc'on of his office but also p r sent vnto 
the Deputy Governor, Two or more Deputy Surveyors for 
the more effectuall p'formance of that office of Surveyor who 
may make such subscripc'on for the ffaithfull p'formance of 
their respective Dutyes in that behalfe, And in Case the sur- 
veyor gen'all shall not p r sent such p'sons for Deputyes vnto the 

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Deputy Governor w th in the space of ffourteen Dayes now next 
Ensueing, That tb$9i the Deputy Governor appoint and Com- 
'issionate Two or more p'sons skillfull in Surveying Causeing 
the said p'sons to make such Subscripc'ons as aforesaid w ch said 
p'sons so p'sented appointed and Com'issionated and Subscribe- 
ing as aforesaid shall and may execute all warr ts given out 
vnto them for Survey and make returns thereof, in order to the 
pattenting of Lands, that right may be Don vnto all p'sons and 
Justice neither Deny'd or Delay'd to be Don vnto every one 
The want whereof heretofore Dureing the late Goverm* vnder 
the late Lords p'prieto r s has bin the occasion of many Conten- 
tions Quarrells and offences taken ag* the Goverm' w c * we finde 
is not to bee w th out trouble and Difioulty Allayed. 

Ordered and Agreed that Eliakin Wardell of Shresburey in 
the County of Monmouth gent bee High Sheriffe of the said 
County, and that the Deputy Governor issue out his Com'ission 
to him vnder the Seale of the p'vince 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 14 th Day of 
August Anno Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Palmer ) 

Captn Sandford >■ of the Counc: 
Benj a Price ) 

It's ordered and agreed that a new Com'ission be forthw th 
issued out under the seale of this province for the Justices of 
the Court of Com'on Right, And that the Justices to bee Com- 
missionated vntill the Governor and Councill otherwise Doe 
order shall bee Coll Lewis Morris, Captn John Berry Captn 
Palmer Captn William Sandford Benj a Price, Members of the 
Governors Councill, Thomas Warne Captn John Baker Sam 11 
Dennes Benja Parkis Thomas Codrington M r chant, Daniell 
Hooper M'chant, and Lieueten 1 John Ward 

Att a Councill held the 15 th August 1683 att Elizabeth 
Towne 



p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Coll Morris 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford 
Lawrence Andress & 
Benj a Price 



■ of the Counc : 

George 



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George Heathcott and Captn vicars being here p r sent it was 
inquired of Geo. Heathcott whether hee uipon any discourse 
w'" Governor Carteret Deceased, or w" 1 Captn Vicars before 
the Comeing of the proprieto rs in this province viz 4 ag 4 the 
last winter, Ever tooke and agreed to take the house where the 
p r sent Governor now lives for winter onely or that the pro- 
prieto rs should come in here as Ten ts for winter onely — 

George Heathcott affirmes that hee spoke to the late Gover- 
nor ag 1 the last winter and his words were to him — That hee 
vnderstood that his father Groom and some other of the pro- 
prieto™ were then coming over vnto this province And said to 
the Governor, that it would bee well if hee would repaire the 
old house for them ag 1 winter for their winter Quarters, — But 
Denyes that he either tooke the same or Discoursed to take 
the same for any tyme, (as for the winter) or as to take it as a 
Tenant, or looked vpon the house as such 

Lawrence Andress being desired to appeare as a witnesse for 
Captn Vicars, who had alleged that the house was taken by the 
proprieto" for the winter onely and that the proprietors came 
into the same as Tenants— The said Lawrence being Desired 
to express his sence and knowledge thereof saith — That he 
was p'sent when George Heathcott Discoursed with the 
late Governor Carteret towards the last winter, some tyme 
before the Comeing of proprietors, And that George Heath- 
cott Did then tell the Governor that hee vnderstood that his 
father Groom and some other of the proprietors were then 
Comeing over into this province, And said to the Governor 
that it would Doe well if he would repaire the old house ag 1 
winter for theij winter quarters — That there was then menc'on 
made that the proprietors were to build att Amboy point — but 
that noe menc'on made as if the proprietors were to come in as 
Ten ts or that they were to live in the house Is Tenants for the 
winter onely or that they were to Remove from the house when 
the winter was over, or when they had built att Ambo poynt — 
noe menc'on or Discourse thereof to the best of my memory 
Lawrence Andress 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 16 th Day of 
August Dni 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor j , 

Thomas Warne \ P P r 

Coll Lewis Morris 

Capt John -Palmer 

Captn W m Sandford \-of the Counc: 

Lawrence Andress & 

Benj a Price J The 



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The petition of Captn John Palmer and Tho: Codrington 
here p r sented, w ch setts forth that they have formerly had by 
order of this board A warrant issued out according to Cus- 
tome for the survey of a Tract of Land belonging to them and 
their Associates att the Raritan, That the warr 1 has bin De- 
livered to the now Surveyor Generall who refuses to survey 
the same untill the L ds Proprietor sevenths bee sett out to 
them according to the Concessions — And further setting forth 
that the late Governor Carteret who well knew and was instruct- 
ed w th the proprietor Intrest here, refused to Consent that the 
Land should bee laid out to them before hee had reserved to 
himselfe in his owne name and Ga: Mienvell the 4 th p't 
thereof w ch they Conceive was or ought to bee for the pro- 
prietors sevenths Captn Palmer w th Drawing and the same 
coraeing in Debate and Consideration of this board it's agreed 
and Declared to bee the sence of the Governor and Councill 
p r sent And is given under their hands in writeing as followeth 
viz' — Vpon the petition of Captn John Palmer and M r Tho. 
Codrington my sence is that Governor Carteret reserved the 
ffourth part of the purchase to himself as he was then a full 
Authorized p'son to secure the proprieto r s seventh p't and 
therefore out of that fourth part the proprieto r s Rights is to 
bee required, This is the sence of me William Sandford, This 
above written is the sence of vs vnderwritten Lewis Morris 
Lawrence Andress Benj" Price 

Vpon the petition of Captn John Palmer and Tho: Codring- 
ton my sence is that a seventh p't of that whole Tract of Land 
bee laid out for the proprietor and then their other propor- 
tions to bee laid out to them and not otherwise Thomas Warne 

Then the further resoluc'on at that tyme was suspended to 
the next meeting of the Councill 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 30 th of August 
1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor ) 

Sam 11 Groome V p'pr 

g Tho: Warne ) 

' Captn Berry \ 

Captn Palmer I - . , r , 

Captn Sandford & f° the Connc: 

Benj a Price j 

Then was againe Read over the petition of Captn Pal- 
mer & Tho: Codrington, And in writeing Captn Berry 
gave in his sence viz 4 Governor Carteret having formerly 

taken 



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taken up farr more Land to his p'ticular than was Due 
to him by Concessions or grant of the L dB proprietors 
my sence is that the proprietor seventh p't ought to bee 
bee taken out of the ffourth p' of the above s d Land next to 
the piscataway bounds and the rest to bee Devided amongst 
the purchasers, — Then Sam 11 Groome saith hee shall not Survey 
nor set others to Survey such Large Tracts of Land as Captn 
John Palmer and Associates laid Claime vnto in East Jersey 
vnless the seventh or a Cotnpensac'on for the same Reserved 
for the use of the proprieto r s in such manner as the Concessions 
Does Direct, East Jersey 30 6-mo Sam" Groome 

After a Considerable Debate of the p r misses in Councill the 
Governor proprietors and Councill came to this Resoluc'on 
viz' — That a warr' bee issued out by the Deputy Governor to 
the Surveyor Gen'all or Deputy Surveyor to Survey layout 
butt and bound the said Tract of Land in manner following 
viz' — one ffourth p' next vnto the bounds of piscataway to bee 
reserved for the vses hereafter expressed, — And the other three 
ffourth p'ts thereof to bee Surveyed and laid out in six equall 
and proportionable parts to and for the use of Captn John 
Palmer, Thomas Codrington, John White, John Delevall, 
Richard Hall and John Royse, their heires and Assignes equally 
that the proprieto" Seventh p't of the whole Tract of Land 
shall bee laid out and taken from and out of the above men- 
c'oned 4 th p't next to Piscataway bounds and that y e remainder 
of the s d ffourth p't bee reserved to the order and Disposition 
of the Governor and Councill as they shall see Cause in Justice 
and equity, And that Captn Palmer Tho: Codrington &c 
giveing Accompt of the 4 th p't of the Indian purchase of all 
the said Tract that Sam 11 Groome Emburse them the same or 
such p't thereof as they have not Received 

The petic r on of Henry Greenland now read, the Contents 
whereof were to appeale to the Governor and Councill to Cor- 
rect the Errors of a Judgm' had ag' him in the County Court 
of Essex at the suite of Edward Slater, vpon w ch were a writt 
of Error into the Court of Com'on Right and Judgm' there 
affirmed, Vpon Debate and Considerac'on thereof it's the 
sense of this board that the Governor and Courroill cannot 
Judicially as Governor and Councill Correct the Errors of a 
Judgm' affirmed in the Court of Com'on Right nor have power 
to Doe the same 

A pap. brought here by the hands of Stephen Osborne and 
John Arent, Subscribed by Isaac Whitehead and by him writt 
by order of the Comi'tte of p'sons Deputed by the Towne w dl 
pap. was as followeth viz' — 

Whereas 



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Whereas it's publickly knowne that Coll Richard Nicholls, 
Did by pattent give and grant unto John Baker John Ogden, 
Luke Watson and John Bayly and their Associates a certaine 
Tract of Land bounded as in the said pattent is fully specifiedg- 
And in as much as the said pattentee's and their Associates 
hath to this Day by force been p r vented of the peaceable In- 
joym' planting setling and reapeing the benefitt of the s d grant 
and pattent afores d the w re forre wee hope Cannot Deprive us 
of the benefitt ffreedomes and Im'unities intended vs by 
the s d Grant but on the Contrary from henceforth Doe Desire 
and Expect a Removall of the afores d force and obstruc'ons of 
a full and ffree Injoym 1 of the said pattent or grant w th all it's 
ffreedomes and Im'unities w ch wee finde to bee the mindes of 
the most of the Towne w th vs, and w oh will best tend to a 
peaceable and loveing settlem' of the Inhabitants of the s d 
Elizabeth Towne, and soe Doing will oblige vs to p'forme what 
is required of vs according to the true intent and meaneing of 
the s d grant and pattent 

Eliz Towne by order of the Com'ittee or p'sons 

Augt 3 th 1683 Deputed by the Towne 

Isaac Whitehead. 

w ch being Read and Considered the whole matters alledged 
being neither Matters of Record but meere Allegac'ons it's 
not knowne to the Governor and Councill, Therefore that a due 
Considerac'on may bee had to the matters offered and that the 
p'sons Addressing here are Interested therein It's the sence of 
the Governor and Councill That the Addressors here to this 
board Doe bring here the pattent of Governor Nicholls vnder 
the hand of the said Governor and the seale provintiall by w nh 
he made such grant as is alledged, That then the matters 
further Alledged may bee taken into Due Considerac'on and 
such order and agreem' made therein as may be Consistant to 
Justice and Equity 

The petic'on of James Graham and Sam" Winder in behalfe 
of themselves and Associates here Read, setting forth that the 
Governor and Councill Did formerly grant a warr' Directed to 
the Surveyor Generall to Survey a Tract of Land mentioned in 
the s d warr' lyeing on the Raritan River w ch warr' was 
Delivered to the Surveyor generall and hee refused to yeild 
obedience thereunto — And Sam 11 Groome the Surveyor Gen- 
erall comeing here in Councill and being Desired to execute 
the same according to his Duty and his Com'ission either in 
his owne p'son or by a Lawful Deputy — And it being vrg'd to 

him 



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him that the warr' of Survey was neither to Determine 
the proprietors Right unto the sevenths nor to Determine any 
other p'sons rights or p r tontions — And that neither by the 
Generall Concessions nor by the Governor, and Councills Com- 
'ission or Authority it lay in them to grant a warr 1 to appropri- 
ate a Seventh to the proprietors by and in their warr* of Sur- 
vey but onely to grant warr' 8 for survey, But that the Tract of 
Land being in the hands of the petic'oners before the p r sent 
proprietor Arivall here or Interest in this province it's 
necessary to know the quantity of Acres therein that 
the same may be appropriated w th Respect to the In- 
terest of the petic'oners proprietors and others concerned 
And it appeareing to this board that the s d Sam" Groome has 
not quallified himselfe or any Deputy Surveyor to Execute the 
Just warr' 8 of this board — It's ordered by the Governor and 
Councill that in pursuance of the order of this board of the 31 
3-mo last Phillip Wells bee Deputed and appoint A Deputy 
Surveyor of this Province and that the Governor make him a 
Coth'ission for that purpose and that the s d Deputy Surveyor 
being quallified according to the Concessions, That hee exe- 
cute the Orders and warr 18 of the Governor and Councill, the 
said Sam" Groome p'emtorily refuseing the same in Contempt 
of this Boai-d — It's therefore agreed and ordered by the Gover- 
nor and Councill that the Deputy Governor issue out his warr 1 
for survey of the said Tract of Land that the same may bee 
disposed and pattented according to Justice and Equity to the 
Respective p'sons haveing Right therevnto 

The Deputy Governor proposed a matter to the Councill for 
their Advice— viz 1 — That in Conference w th Sam 11 Groom about 
a Treaty w th the Indians for a Tract of Land on the Raritan — 
The D' Governor alledged that it was most safe to make out 
Survey and know the quantityes of Land before any Treaty for 
purchase Sam 11 Groome alledged hee had seene the Land and 
would Treat Contract and agree before markeing or surveying 
out the Land, wherevpon the Councill Advised vnanimously 
that in makeing any purchase of Indian Right the same should 
bee marked and Surveyed not onely before paym' but alsoe be- 
fore any Treaty Contract or Agreem' w th the Natives 

Agreed and ordered that the grant lately had from the Duke 
of yorke to the proprietors bee Entered upon Record 

Tho. Rudyard 
John Berry 
J. Palmer 
W m Sandford 
Benj s Price Att 



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Att a Council! held att Elizabeth TWne20 th November 1683 



p'sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford & 
Benj a Price 



- of the Counc; 



In pursuance of the Adjournm' of the gen'all Assembly 
agreed upon the last Day of May last past the Major p't of the 
Deputyes and Councill mett together in Elizabeth Towne and 
then Adjourned to the 23 d Day of November 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 23 November 
1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry ) 

Captn Palmer > of the Counc: 

Benj a Price ) 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes by the hands of John 
Hans &c Entituled an Act for the makeing and setling of 
highways passages landings Bridges and fferryes w th in this 
province w" 1 their Concurrance 

Then Adjourned till 8 a Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 24 th of Novem- 
ber 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry ") 

g£ SXrd of the Counc. 

Benj a Price J 

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Intituled a Bill for the 
more Regular ordering of fences w cb being Read, Agreed that 
the Governor and Councill, Concurr therew 11 ' and that the same 
bee signed by the Governor 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes for the further Explenac'on 
of the Law in the Month called May 1683 concerneing swine, 
agreed that the Consideration thereof be Defferd vntill the 26 th 
Instant and that the Members of the Councill take opportunity 
in the meane tyme to Confer with the members of the house 
of Deputyes about the same 

Att 
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Att a Councill held att Elizabeth Towne the 26 th Day of 
November 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Captn Berry 

Benj a Price {■ of the Councill 

Capt Palmer 

A message from the Deputyes as followeth 
The house of Deputyes have made Choyce of M r Sam 11 
Dennes and John Hans to Joyne w th a Com tee from the Gov- 
ernor and Councill to Consider of the Bill concerning the pro- 
hibiteing the sale of strong Drinke to the Indians 
By order of the house 

John Bound. 

Agreed that the Governor and Councill bee in a Com tee to 
meete the Deputyes on the subject matter of the message 
above 

The Com tee mett and Considered of severall heads in order 
to draw up a Bill 

Then Adjourned to 8 a Clocke tomorrow morneing. 

Att a Councill held att Elizabeth Towne 27 th Nov 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Captn Berry 

Captn Palmer J- of the Counc: 

Benj a Price 

Agreed that Captn Palmer Draw vp a Bill on the subject 
matter on w ch the Com tee yesterday Consulted 

The Bill being drawne up and Read, agreed that the same 
bee Transcribed and sent to the Deputyes for their Concur- 
rence. 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes Entitled an Act to p'vent 
Tipling, read and ordered that the Governor signe the same 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes Intituled an Act for Regu- 
lac'on of ordinaryes — read and Amended and ordered that the 
same be signed by the Governor and sent to the Deputyes for 
their Concurrence 

A Bill Intituled an Act for the more Regular ordering of 
ffences — order the Governor signe the same 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes Intituled an Act to Incourage 
the killing of woolves, Read and ordered that the Governor 
signe the same 

The 



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The Bill for the explenac'on of the Act Conserneing swine, 
Amended read and agreed that the. same bee signed by the 
Governor and sent to the Deputyes for their Concurrence — 

Agreed that Captn Berry and Captn Palmer Carry vp all" 
the Bills above menc'oned to the Deputyes 

Adjourned to 8 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex Nov 28 1683 

p'sent The Deputy Governor 

Captn Berry ) 

Captn Palmer V of the Counc: 

Benj a Price ) 

Adjourned to 8 A Clock tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 29 th Nov: 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Captn Berry ) 

Captn Palmer > of the Counc: 

Benj a Price ) 

A Bill Intituled an Act for the Regulac'on of makeing of 
Pattents for Land read and Ordered to bee signed by the 
Governor and sent vp to the Deputyes for their Concurrence 
by Captn Palmer & Captn Berry 

A message from the Deputyes for a Com'ittee to Debate 
about horses read and agreed that the members of the 
Com'ittee now p r esent meete the Deputyes in a Com ee 

The Bill for Regulac'on of Ordinaryes — The Bill for the 
Explenac'on of y e Act about Swine — A Bill for Regulateing 
Trade w th the Indians sent by this Board to the Deputyes, Re- 
turned w th their Concurrence 

The Com ee meeting Drew vp some heads Tor a Bill to bee 
prepared— ordered that Captn Palmer Draw vp a Bill to bee 
sent to the Deputyes in order the same may bee passed into 
an Act 

A p'etic'on of Cornelius Longfield setting forth that by Con- 
sent of the late Governor Carteret hee had purchased a Tract 
of Land of the Indians on the south side the Raritan River, 
had a warr 1 granted him the 25 th June 1681, for the survey 
thereof, That it was accordingly surveyed and Desires a pat- 
tent thereof, vpon inspection of the warr* for survey the Date 
appeares to bee altered and the warr 4 was made as appeares by 

the 



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the Records the 25 th of Oct 1681 — and the survey thereof 
appeares not to bee the late surveyor Generalls hand writeing 
nor his name thereto but by some other hand and the Indian 
Deed of Sale not Recorded, Its agreed that a warr 4 bee 
Issued out to the now Deputy Surveyor to survey the 
whole Tract of Land in the Indian . purchase and that the 
quantity of Lands to bee granted may bee then Considered, 
according to Justice, and that the Indian Deed of Sale or 
proofe thereof bee Entred on Record 

Adjourned to 8 a Clock tomorrow morneing 

At a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex 30 th Nov: Anno Dni 16.83] 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Captn Berry "1 

Benj"pri c r r \ oi the Counc 
Captn Sandford J 

Ordered that Captn Palmer and Benj a Price goe from this 
board to the Deputyes and Call of them for their Concurrence 
to the Bill for the Regular makeing of pattents for Land. 

A Message from the Deputyes for a Com ee of some number 
of p'sons of the Councill and Deputyes about the publick 
Charge of the Oountry : — Agreed that this board Concurr w th 
them therein, and that Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn 
Sandford and Benj a Price or any three of them Attend the 
same 

A petic'on of Otto Laurence to have a Tract of Land in the 
south River hee had bought of the Indians by Bill of Sale 
Date 2 May 1681 — the bill of sale being produced — hee was 
asked if hee had a warr* from the Late Governor to purchase 
of the Indians hee Answered no, hee had often Desired but 
was refused — The *ill of Sale was of Edward Slaters write- 
ing — hee being p r sent sayes hee knowes nothing of Otto 
Laurence buying it w th out warr 1 being onely Employed in 
it to make the Bill of Sale 

A Bill for Regulac'on of abuses in takeing vp horses, 
Transcribed Read and agreed to be signed by the Governor 
and sent vp to the Deputyes 

A Bill Entituled an Act for the better Enabling of p'sons in 
this province to Recover their Just Debts ags' non Residents 
read and agreed to bee signed by the Governor and sent vp to 
the Deputyes 

The 



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The Two last bills to be sent vp by Captn Berry Captn 
Palmer and Captn Sandford 

Ordered that they call on the Deputyes for their Con- 
currence to 2 Bills sent them the last Convenc'on — one En- t 
tituled an Act for the Malitia — the other to Regulate Treaties 
w th the Indians 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes purporting a grant of a poll 
for the Governors Charge read and the Consideration thereof 
Defer'd till tomorrow 

Adjourned to 8 a Clocke tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex — ffirst December 1683| 

p'sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Captn Berry 
Captn Palmer 
Captn Sandford & 
Benj a Price j 

Benianiin Price one of the Members of Counc. giveing the 
board to vnderstand that in pursuance of an Order of this 
Board that the Governor had issued out his warr' of the 20"' 
May last past for laying out and surveing to him 270 Acres of 
Land in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne w th meadow in pro- 
porc'on w ch warrant was Delivered to Sam'. 1 Groom the late 
surveyor Generall Deceased, and not Executed fully, vpon Con- 
siderac'on thereof the said Benj a Price w th Drew out of Coun- 
cill — It was resolved and Ordered that the Governor issue out 
his warr' to Phillip Wells the Deputy Surveyor to survey and 
lay out the said 270 Acres of Land according to the warrant 
formerly granted and make returne thereof to the Secretaryes 
office 

The Deputy Governor giveing the Councill to understand 
that after the Death of Captn Sam 1 ' Groome the late Surveyor 
and Surveyor Generall the goods and Chattells wares and 
M r chandies of and in the hands and Custody of the said Sam 11 
at the tyme of his Death hee had Caused (most whereof hee 
app r hended belonged to the proprietor of this province) to be 
apprised and Inventoryed — by ffour Apprisers — had given 
accompt thereof to Geo: Heathcott Captn Grooms sonne in 
Law who absolutely refused to Concerne himselfe w th the 
Estate — That noe will appeares to bee made by the Deceased — 
That the goods and m r chandises in his hands will Dayly 
suffer losse if not Disposed off — That all the bookes and papers 

of 



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of the Deceased are sealed up, by the appraisers and now in the 
Deputy Governors house whereby all Recourse thereto is pro- 
hibited and thereby the Debts lyeing out cannot bee Received 
w oh matters being proposed to the Councill for their advice it 
was advised agreed that— 

That the Deputy Governor being the Ord'nary of this 
province and haveing power of Adm'istration may either take 
keepe or Dispose of the said goods as hee sees Causes — Hee 
being not onely a proprieto r soe principall Creditor in the pro- 
vince to the Estate of the proprietor in Captn Groomes hands 
— but as the proprietor Estate was by Bill of Lading Con- 
signed to him in Case, of Captn Grooms Death — That as to 
the Bookes and pap's in Case that Garven Laurie the proposed 
Governor arive not heare by the 25 th instant that then the ap- 
praisers of the Estate or such of them as Can Attend it 
takeing such to them as they shall see meet open and inspect 
his pap's and accompts and after Inventory thereof made De- 
liver the same to the Deputy Governor 

A Message from the Deputyes Desireing somany of the 
Councill as this board shall see meete to Joyne w th ffour of the 
Deputyes as a Committee to Debate about Two Bills one to 
Regulate Treatyes w th - the Indians and the other to Regulate 
the makeing of pattents for Land Ordered that the Councill 
here p'sent forthw th attend the said service 

An Act for the Malitia sent here by the Deputyes 

An Act Entituled an Act to p r vent strangers Com'enceing 
vexatious suites ag 1 the Inhabit: in this province also sent from 
the Deputyes 

Agreed that the same bee passed and signed by the Governor 

An Act for the making Rates for severall p'sons as Deputyes 
Clarkes &c sent from the Deputyes 

Agreed and Ordered that the members of this Councill also 
Debate in the Com ee p'posed the amendm 1 of the Act for the 
Militia and the Act for makeing rates for severall p'sons as 
Deputyes Clerkes &c and also y e poll Act 

The Com ee mett together and Considered of severall matters 
to bee amended and *Carryed vp the 4 Bills for Amendm* 

The poll Bill, some amendm' 8 made, Transcribed and ordered 
to bee sent back to the Deputyes 

A Bill Entituled an Act to build y e Com'on Goales and 
pounds read — Agreed that the Governor signe the same and the 
same to bee Carryed to the Deputyes by Captn Palmer and 
Benj" Price 

A Bill sent here from y e Deputyes for a poll Tax, Agreed 
that the Governor signe the same 

A 



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A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entituled An Act for 
the Regular makeing of pattents for Land w th some Amendm* 8 
Ordered the same bee agreed unto and signed by the Deputy 
Governor 

A Bill Entituled An Act for building of Com'on Goales and 
sent from the Deputyes w th their Concurrence 

A petic'on of Captn Palmer in behalfe of himself e and 
Thomas Codrington John White and John Rice setting forth 
that they have had severall Tracts of Land Adjoyneing to- 
gether and lyeing on the Raritan River lately surveyed to them 
by order and warrant from the Governor, Desireing pattents 
for the same It's ordered that pattents be forthw th made to 
them in pursuance of such surveyes 

WHEREAS Dayly Complaints have bin made to the Gov- 
ernor of this province that many p'sons and Inhabitants of 
this province and others Doe p'sume to Cutt Downe and barke 
Trees for Taning, others Doe Cutt Downe Timber Trees for 
pipe staves, and other uses vpon any Lands w th out Leave had 
or obtained from the owners or proprieto r s thereof to the great 
wast and Destrucc'on of the Timber and in wrong and abuse 
of the owners or proprietor thereof in Contempt of the Law and 
Authority of this province ; — It is therefore Ordered that procle- 
mac'on bee forthw th made and issued out by the Governor to 
p'hibite all such felling and Distraction of Timber for the 
future, and that the same be sent into all Countyes in this pro- 
vince to bee published w th the Lawes of the gen'all Assembly 
— That all p'sons offending in the p'misses may be punished for 
the same According to Law 

Adjourned to 8 A Clocke next 2 day morneing 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Town 3 d December 1683 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 



Captn Berry ~) 

Captn Palmer | „ . , .-, 

Captn Sandford & \ of the Counc : 



Benj a Price j 

Thomas Rudyard the Deputy Governor informeing this 
Board that at his Arrivall in this province in November 1682 
hee Imported into the same Two daughters viz' Anne and 
Margerett Rudyard, and six servants viz' Isaac Smuton, Benj a 
Griffith, Nathaniel Neale, Hanna Beamond and Jane Baynes 
for w ch According to the proprietor Concessions and Agreem" 

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hee is to take vp and have and Enjoy to him and his heires in 
this province for himselfe as Master of a ffamily 50 Acres of 
Land, for every servant Imported Thirty Acres of Land apeece 
the whole Amounting to 230 Acres of Land and Desireing the 
same may bee laid out and Surveyed, It is agreed and Ordered 
that a warr' bee made and Issued out under the hand of the 
Deputy Secretary to the Deputy Surveyor to lay out the said 
quantity of Land vpon the River called the South River lyeing 
or Leading into the Raritan River 

A message from the Deputyes Desireing the Governor and 
Councill would be pleased to appoint so many of the Councill 
as they shall see goode to meete Two of the house of Deputyes 
in a Com ee to Debate Concerneing the Courts of Com'on Right 
and Courts of Sessions — The Governor and Councill takeing 
the same into their Considerac'on Doe order that all the Mem- 
bers of Councill here p'sent Joyne in the same Com'ittee w*" 
the Deputyes 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes Entituled an Act to Rectifie 
some p'ceedings at Law read and orered that the same be signed 
by the Governor for Concurrence 

A Bill from the Deputyes to Enable 2 Members onely to 
Determine Cases monthly in the Court for small Causes, Read 
and Ordered to bee signed by the Governor for Concurrence 

An Address from the Deputyes as followeth 

To The Governor and Councill 

The Humble Addresse of the rep r sentitives of the Inhabi- 
tants of this province p r sent 
Showeth 

That whereas Captn Baker of Elizabeth Towne from the ffirst 
setling of this province to this Day hath approved himselfe to 
bee a man evilljprincipled not onely to the Goverm' Established 
in this province but also in all other his Acc'ons w ch as wee 
humbly concieve makes him vei-ry vnfitt for any place of Trust 
either Millitary or Civill Doe request that the said Baker may 
bee Discharged from all and every such offices or places of 
Trust as hee the said Baker holds now in this province 

December 3 d 1683| p. order of the house 

John Bound 

After the Reading of the said Addresse and Debate thereof 
in Councill all and every the Members in Councill this day in 
Councill Did agree and Advise that this board Concurr w" 1 the 

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Deputyes in their Request — It is therefore Ordered that what 
ever Com'issions are made to the said Captn Baker that they 
bee Recalled and that the said Captn Baker bee Discharged 
from all offices of Trust in this province 

Captn Berry informeing this Board that there will bee a 
necessity to have a Constable yearly Chosen by the Inhabitants 
of Hackinsacke and those Inhabitants lyeing and being above 
Bergen Bounds — It's ordered that the Governor issue out his 
warr' for the Choyce of a Constable in those parts, The warr' 
to bee sent to Captn Berry 

It's further Ordered that the like warr 1 be issued forth for 
the Choyce of a Constable by the Inhabitants at Aquaninoncke 
and New Barbadoes necke, the warr' to bee sent to Captn 
Sandford 

ffor the better setling and Exerciseing the Militia in every 
County w tb in this province It is Ordered that there bee one 
Major and so many Captaines Com'issionated in Each County 
-as there bee Inhabitants to make vp Companyes 

It's Ordered that Captn John Berry be Com'issionated Major 
for the County of Bergen — John De Macais Lievtenant — and 
Rouloft Vanderbrick Ensigne 

ffor the County of Essex, Captn Will: Sandford to be Com- 
'issionated maior — John Ward of Newarke Lievtenant — Jos- 
eph Johnson Ensigne — It's ordered that Maior Sandford ap- 
point an officer to exercise the Inhabitants of Aquaninocke 

ffor the Company in Elizabeth Towne, Justice Parker to bee 
Com'issionated Captn — George Rosse Lieutenant and John 
woodruffe sen r Ensigne 

ffor the County of Middx w tl! in the bounds of Pascataway, 
Justice Tyler to bee Com'issionated Maior Sam" Dotey Lieve- 
tenant — and Jediah Higgins Ensigne 

ffor the Inhabitants on Raritan River above Piscataway 
bounds Thomas Codrington Captn of horse John Rice Lieve- 
tenant and John White Cornett 

ffor the Coporac'on of Woodbridge the Corp'ac'on by Charter 
may p r sent and the Governor approve and Com'issionate 

ffor the County of Monmouth Captn John Bound to bee 
Com'issionated Maior — ffor Middle towne James Grover Lieve- 
tenant — Safty Grover Ensigne 

ffor Shresbury John Slocomb Captn — George Stowlett 
Lievetenant Lewis Morris Ensigne 

It's also the priviledge for the Corp'ac'on of Bergen (as it's 
Alledg'd) to p r sent and the Governor approve 

It's Ordered that the Governor f orthw 111 issue out Com'issions 
to the severall officers to bee Com'issionated as above, Agreed 

upon, 
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upon, As also to such as hee shall approve of those to bee 
p r sented by the Corporac'ons of Woodbridge and Bergin 

Persons proposed and Agreed upon to be the Chiefe Rangers 
in and through out this province 

ffor the County of Bergen and Corp'ac'on Maior John Berry 
ffor the County of Essex James Emott 
ffor the County of Middx Sam 11 Dennis 
ffor the County of Monmouth Captn John Slocomb 
It's Ordered that Joseph Baker of Aquapoch bee high Sheriffe 
for the County of Bergen and Clais Arentson Toures — Coroner 
— Richard Berry high Sheriffe — Isaac Whitehead Coroner — for 
the County of Essex 

Adjourned to 1 A Clocke tomorrow morneing 

At a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of Essex 
4 Dec 1683| 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Maior Berry 
Maior Sandford 
Cap* Palmer & 
Benj" Price 

A Bill from the Deputyes to fine every member of the 
Deputyes 5 3 p day for Absence from Generall Assembly read 
and agreed to be signed by the Governor for Concurrence 

A Bill Entituled An Act for Defraying the publicke Charges 
of this Province being read in Councill and many things there- 
in being (in the sence of this board) matter not prop' to bee 
Enacted w th out Considerable Amendm ta Doe propose as the 
most expeditious way for a Right vnderstanding to have some 
Members of the Councill to meete w th some members of the 
Deputyes in A Com ee to meete this afternoone 2 A Clocke, And 
that a message bee sent to the Deputyes to that End, Benj a 
Price to Carry that message 

The Deputyes and Members of the Councill mett and after 
some Considerable Debate and Conference returned to their 
house 

The petic'on of Elizabeth Carteret widd. setting forth That 
John Durham has Inveagled her neg .... Servant by 
w eh shee has suffered wrong and Losse of her service — Desire- 
ing Justice ag l him The Governor and Councill Considering 
thereof — And being senceable that there are Lawes ag 4 such 
matters of w ch shee Complaines — It's the sence of the Gov- 
ernor and Councill that shee take her Due Course at Law ag' 
Durham for the same, if shee see Cause sou lo Doe. 

Adjourned to 8 A CJocke tomorrow morneing 

Att 



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Att a Couucill held at Elz: Towne 5 th Dec 1683| 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 
Maior Berry j 

Maior Sandford >• of the Counc : 

Benj a Price ) 

A Bill sent from the Deputyes Entituled An Act for Defray- 
ing the Publicke Charges of the province — read and ordered 
that the Governor for Concurrence signe the same 

The Petic'on of John Gillman setting forth that hee was one 
of the ffirst setlers in piscataway, brought in severall heads has 
not his Land laid out According to the Concessions — vpon In- 
quirey made it appeares by the bookes of Record that the 8 th 
April 1676 — a warr' was issued out to the surveyor Generall 
then to survey and layout unto him 200 acres, some part there- 
of is Alledged to bee Allready Surveyed to him but not any 
Retorne thereof — It is therefore Ordered that the Land formerly 
laid out to him bee againe surveyed and somuch more as will 
make up the 200 Acres, all in the bounds of Piscataway — And 
that a warr 1 bee issued forth to the Deputy Surveyor for that 
purpose 

A Bill Entituled an Act to p r vent vexatious Delayes in Law 
sent from the Deputyes read and agreed that the same bee 
signed by the Governor for Concurrence 

An Accompt of p'sons and sumes of money to bee 
paid by Henry Lyon out of the moneys raised by the Bill 
Entituled an Act for Defraying the publicke Charges of the 
province, w ch being read — ordered that the Governor signe the 
same 

vpon Debate and Considerac'on of the Rangers flees to bee 
paid and allowed by the Respective p'sons Concerned or to bee 
Concerned in the Execution of the Bill Entituled an Act for 
the Regulateing abuses in takeing up horses, 

That these Respective ffees and no other shall bee taken by 
the Chiefe Rangers in this province — viz* 

ffor every horse Mare or gelding or other beast Landed in 
this province, or to be Conveyed or Carryed through this 
province to west Jersey, for the Tolling and Certificate one 
shilling in silver money or the full value thereof 

ffor the examining of a Certificate att piscataway, or in those 
parts or the supposed last place in the province when any 
horses Mares or geldings or other Cattle may bee Ridd Driven 
or Carryed, for every horse Mare gelding or other beast in sil- 
ver one shilling or the value thereof 

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ffor the Tolling and Entring the marke of every horse &c 
to he marked hy any p'son 3"in money 

A Bill Entituled an Act for the Regulac'on of markeing 
Cattle read and agreed to hee signed by the Governor and sent 
vp to the Deputyes by Benj a Price 

The Bill Entituled an Act for the Regulation of markeing of 
Cattle Delivered by the Deputyes w th their Concurrence 

Ordered that a Com'ssion bee issued for holding a Towne 
Court in Bergen — Justices or Members Clais Arentson Toures 
p r sedent, Hans Dedricke & Enock Machielson — or Two of 
them 

Tho: Rydyaed 
John Berry 
W m Saudpord 
Benj 3, Price 

Att a Councill held at Eliz Towne in the County of Essex 
28 th Day of ffebruary 1683| 

p'sent The Deputy Governor 
••' Maior Berry ) 

Maior Sandford >■ of the Counc. 

Benj a Price ) 

Garven Lawrie Esq r one of the Lords proprietors of the said 
province p'duced his Com'ission to bee Deputy Governor under 
Robert Berkley Esqr one other of the proprietor thereof and 
Governor of the said province, w ch being read it was agreed 
and Ordered that the same Com'ission bee Entered on Record 
and bee this Day published in the Court of Com'on Right and 
hee is hereby Recognized Deputy Governor of the province of 
East New Jersey 

The Governor then Declared in Councill that as to the Mem- 
bers of Councill here p r sent, viz 1 Major Berry, Major Sandford 
and Benj a Price, that hee heareing soe good a Carreeter of 
their Integrity to the Goverment & province it was his will 
and Desire that they should Continue as Councillor — And 
further that Captn Palmer of the late Councill by reason of 
his Public Employ in the province of New Yorke has Desired 
a Discharge from the service of this board — And that Co" 
Morris being also mostly Absent and Liveing in the province of 
New Yorke and Lawrence Andress mostly absent, it was 
necessary to appoint others as Addic'on to the former Councill 
viz 5 Richard Hartshorne of Middletowne in the County of 
Monmouth Sam 11 Dennis of Woodbridge, Henry Lyon of 

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Elizabeth Towne and Captn Thomas Codrington of Raca- 
wackhacca on the Raritan River and that a Com'ission bee 
forthw th made for the Eight Members of Councill to Continue 
viz* for Coll: Morris, Major Berry Major Sandford, Captn Cod-* 
rington Benj a Price Richard Hartshorne Sam 11 Dennis and 
Henry Lyon 

It's agreed and Ordered that there bee made a new Com- 
'ission for the Justices of the Court of Com'on Right and 
therein inserted all the Members of the Cquncill together w th 
David Barclay, Thomas Warne, Lievetenant John Ward and 
Tho. Johnson 

Ordered and Agreed that a Declaration bee Drawn e up set- 
ting forth the new Governor's Com'ission w th a Confirmac'on 
of all Com'issions — Magistrates and officers, Civill and Millitary 
in the province vntill further Order 

Adjourned to 8 A Clocke tomorrow morneing 

Wht (SlWWttJM and proprietor of the Province of East 
New Jersey. To our Trusty and well beloved Collonell Lewis 
Morris of Shresbury in the County of Monmouth Esq r Major 
John Berry of the Towne and County of Bergin Esq r , Major 
William Sandford of New Barbadoes in the County of Essex 
Esq r , Captn Thomas Codrington of Rackawackhacca in the 
County of Middx Esq r Benj a Price of Elizabeth Towne in the 
County of Essex gent, Richard Hartshorne of Middletowne in 
the County of Monmouth gent, Sam 11 Dennis of Woodbridge 
in the County of Middx gent, and Henry Lyon of Elizabeth 
Towne in the County of Essex gen', send, Greeting, wee being 
well assured of every of yo r Capacity wisdome, prudence and 
integrity in the managm' of the publicke affaires of the said 
Province, Have made Choyce off, Constituted and appointed, 
and by these p r sent Doe make Choyce off yo u the said Coll 
Lewis Morris, Major John Berry, Maior William Sandford 
Captn Thomas Codrington, Benj a Price, Richard Hartshorne, 
Sam 11 Dennis and Henry Lyon and every of yo u to bee of the 
Councill for the managm 1 of the publicke affaires of this 
province and to bee Assistant to the Governor or Deputy 
Governor of this Province in all Debates Consultac'ons 
Reseluc'ons, and proceedures as well in the Councill as in 
the generall Assembly of this province and otherwise 
and in all Matters Causes Cases and things belonging 
to the office and place of a Councillor, yo u and every of 
yo u are to Doe and Act to the best of yo r skill knowledge 
and Discretion, and According to our Instrucc'ons and the 
Lawes and Constituc'ons of this province, Given vnder the 

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seale of the said province this Eight and Twentieth Day of 
ffebruary, And in the xxxvj" 1 yeare of the Reigne of King 
Charles the second over England &c Garven Lawrie, By 
order of Councill Tho: Rudyard Secret' 



The subscription of the 
ffebruary Anno Dni 1683| 



Councill this xxviij th Day of 



<ffitt and every of vs whose names are herevnder written 
Doe severly and each for himselfe solemnly promise to beare 
true allegiance to the king of England his heires and suc- 
cessors, and to bee true and faithfull to the, Interest of the 
Lords Proprieto r s of the said Province and to their heires 
Execute's and Assignes, & Endeavour the peace and wellfare 
of the said province and that every of vs respectively now 
being of the Governors Councill, shall and will to the best of 
our Judgm' and at all tymes freely and faithfully give our 
Advice to the Governor for the good managem 1 of the publicke 
affaires of this province and shall not nor will not Revaile 
Directly or Indirectly to the Injury or p'iudice of the Gov- 
ernor and Lords proprietor any matters as shall bee Debated 
in Councill or Com'itted by them to our Secrecy but in all 
things Doe and Act as true and faithfull Councillor when 
thereunto Required 

Johh Beery 
Henry Lyon 
Sam" Dennis 
W m Sandfoed 
Benj 3, Price 



Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex 29 th ffeb: 1683) 

p'sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Tho: Rudyard Secret' & p'pr 
Major John Berry ^1 
Major W m Sandford j 
Lawrence Andresse I ^ 
Benj* Price 
Sam" Dennis & 
Henry Lyon 

The petic'on of Jonas Wood of Eliz 1 Towne setting forth 
that vpon the Death of D r W m Taylor the Deceased was 
indebted to him, That he and W m Broadwell Entred into 

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bond after Taylors Death to Admi'ster his Estate — but since 
no Admistration granted — but that Broadwell notw t!l standing 
Receives the effects of Taylors Estate but gives noe Accorapt 
thereof to the peticV and prayes Admi'stration — w ch being 
read the petitioner and Will. Broadwell came before the board 
— Broadwell Denyes hee has rec rt anything — since Taylors 
Death, in his life tyme hee rec d about 20 s and noe more — after 
hearing of both p'tyes it's ordered that Admi'stration be 
granted to the peticV 

The petic'on of Captn Palmer Captn Codrington John Rice 
& John White, setting forth that they have had severall Tracts 
of Land att Racawackhacca by Raritan River surveyed to 
them by warr' from the late Governor — Desireing pattents for 
the same — It's agreed and Ordered that they have their Lands 
att Two pence an Acre, And have pattents made by the Sec- 
retary at one halfe penny an Acre, they purchaseing at Twelve 
yeares purchase the Tree halfe pence an Acre for the Lands 
they have Respectively pattented to them, to w oh the petitio' 8 
agreed 

The petic'on of James Grayhanr, Sam" Winder John White 
and Cornelius Corson, to have a pattent of the Lands lately 
surveyed to them lyeing on the Raritan River. Agreed that 
they have their said Lands pattented they paying Two pence 
an Acre — viz 1 — purchaseing at Three halfe pence an Acre att 
Twelve yeares purchase and paying by pattent £ d p Acre 

The petic'on of Mary Mitichell widd, setting forth that by 
Articles of Agreem 1 made by Arent Sonimans Deceased w" 1 
her Deceased husband, shee and her ffour young sons were by 
Articles Transported out of Scotland into this province at the 
Charge of the said Arent Sonimans, but since their Arrivall 
here no Care has bin taken for their Children they being all 
Arent Sonimans Servan" w oh is to her great Charge and ex- 
pence — Desireing Either that some p'son for Arent Sonimans 
may receive them or that they may bee Discharged from their 
obligation ; vpon Reading the Articles of Agreem', and David 
Barcley one of the proprieto™ and agent or m'chant for Arent 
Sonimans being here present — It's agreed and Ordered that 
David Barcley reemburse the peticV for her Charges expended 
in the Childrens maintenance — And that such Inhabitants of 
this province who will keepe the Children vnto seventeene 
yeares of Age & mainta'ine them may have them bound to 
them to that age 

The petic'on of John Robinson W m Pinhorne Ric: Jones and 
Mathew Taylor praying a Pattent for 2000 Acres of Land ou 
the Raritan River w tlv lib'ty to Dispose of a Considerable 

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parcell of Land Adjoyneing, or that the proprieto™ take the 
said whole Tract of Land into their hands reemburseing the 
petic'o" their Indian purchase w th Costes and Charges — w cl1 
being read Agreed and Ordered that the petic'o rB bring an 
Account of the Indian purchase and Costes to the. Governor 
that then the petie'on may bee further Considered 

The petie'on of John Robinson setting forth a Title hee holds 
of Lands from the purchase of Robert vauquellin of 700 Acres 
of Land on the Raritan River — 500 thereof from a grant of S r 
Geo Carteret and 200 Acres more for Servants Imported accord- 
ing to the Concessions prayes a pattent for the same. The 
matters Admitting of some Difieulty more then now to Deter- 
mine the same, is referred to the Governor to receive further 
informac'on from the peticV or his agent as they shall make 
applicac'on to him 

The petie'on of Joseph Bainbridge setting forth that hee had 
a grant from the late Governor Rudyard and Councill for 500 
acres of Land on Raritan at £ d p Acre, and that one hundred 
and nifty Acres Adjoyneing should bee reserved to the Lords 
Proprietor, and pray that hee may have the whole viz' 500 
Acres att £ rt p Acre and the 140 acres at the proprietor 
Termes ; after Considerable Debate and Considerac'on — It's 
ordered and agreed that the petitio r have 500 Acres of Land 
att ^ d p Acre — but if the 640 Acres it must be at 2 d p Acre 

The petie'on of Richard Jones for Land Adjacent to the 
last above mentioned being of the same Contents It's ordered 
and agreed as above 

The like Petition of Grosham Bound for one other like 
Tract of Land ordered and agreed as above 

Adjourned to 8 A Clocke tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne the 1 st of March 
1683| 

p r sent The Deputy Governor & p'pr 
Tho: Rudyard. Secre'? & p'pr 
Maior Berry 
Major Sandford 

Sam" Dennis lof y e Counc. 

Henry Lyon & 
Benj a Price 

Complaint being made to this board that many runaway 
servants and vagrants passe out and through this Province 
w tl> out examinac'on or Inquirey — Ordered and Agreed that 

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there bee a warr' issued out into Each County to the Sheriffs, 
Justices and Magistrates to p r vent such, vagrants and runaway 
servants wandring or passing through the province 

The petic'on of John Gillman setting forth hee was one of* 
the ffirst Setlers in Piscataway had a warr' to lay out Land 
from Major Berry when Deputy Governor and from Captn 
Carteret also a warr', but never had Land laid out to him, De- 
sires Land — Ordered that hee have a warr' for the Survey of 
200 Acres according to the Order of the 2 d of December last 
past w th the further Addic'on of 109 Acres in Right of Israel 
ffoulson w' h in that Tract of Land called Piscataway Bounds. 

A petic'on of Sam 11 Moore setting forth hee had 260 Acres 
of Land ag' Ambo poynt survey'd for w oh hee Desires a pattent, 
and other Land Desires may be surveyed to Complaite 600 
Acres for w oU hee had the Order of the late Lords Proprietor 
in the yeare 1672 — vpon Considerac'on and Debate of the 
p r mises it was agreed and the Governor Declared that in some 
short tyme hee would accompany him to the Land surv'ed and 
will Accommodate him w th the whole 600 Acres so soone as 
possible 

Att a Councill held in Elizabeth Towne the 29 th May 1684 

P r sent The Deputy Governor 

Tho: Rudyard prop'r & Secrety 
Major Berry 
Cap' Codrington 
Benj a Price & 
Henry Lyon 

The Petition of Mary ffletcher setting forth that Seth 
ffletcher her late husband Deceased in his life tyme purchased 
26 Acres of Land in Elizabeth Towne, neare Adjoyneing to 
the house now in the possession of David Barclay, w ch house 
and Lott are p't of the 26 Acres and four Acres of Meadow in 
Elizabeth Creeke, — w ch Land was not held by pattent but by 
other p r tences from Nichols pattent, and such pretencs, That 
her Sonn in Law Seth ffletcher hath acquited his interest 
therein to her and requests a pattent thereof: shee being called 
in produced a gen'all Release but not of Land — onely of 
Acc'ons &c, And after a full Debate and heareing of Henry 
Lyon of whom most of the land was purchased or Contracted 
to bee purchased — and Declared his vnwillingnesse that the 
Land should bee pattented vnto her w"'out the Consent of 
Pembleton ffletcher the heire att Law of the said Sith ffletcher 

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— It's agreed and Ordered that a Coppy of the petic'on hee 
sent to Pembleton ffletcher — And if Pem: ffletcher vnder the 
Petic'on Declare hee is willing that the PetieV shall have a 
Pattent for the same and send his Assent Attested by the 
Authority of the province where hee Inhabites, then the Gov- 
ernor and Councill will take the peticVs petic'on into further 
Considerac'on 

A petic'on of Thomas Bartlet and Tho: Lawrie Desireing 
Each 60 Acres of Land on the west side of Raraton River ag' 
Ambo poynt — It's ordered That warr' 8 bee granted to the Sur- 
veyor gen'all to lay out to Each of them 60 Acres of Land, 
and that they have pattents for the same payeing the yearely 
Rent of 2 d p Acre 

David Esmonds Requests to have fforty Acres of vpland 
and 6 Acres of meadow neare Cheesquace It's ordered that a 
warr 1 bee granted to the Surveyor gen'all to lay out the same 
in order for a pattent 

John Pearce Request for 500 Acres of Land by Stephen 
Osborns to Adjoyne to 20 Acres hee lately purchased of Benj a 
Wades — It's referred to the Governor and Secretary to Dis- 
course him, And as they see Cause, to grant him what hee 
petio'ons for, or as they see meet 

The Petic'on of David De Maie & Sam" De Maie setting forth 
that they have an Indian .Deed of gift for a Tract of Land on 
Hackingsacke River, Containing 300 Acres or there aboutes 
— Desire lib'ty that they may have a Conveyance thereof — 
Agreed and Ordered that they have a Deed Drawn vp by the 
Secretary, a warr* to Survey the same and after survey a pat- 
tent att a Certaine Rent to bee paid An'ually 

The Petition of yougham Antonius Roberts a ffree borne 
Negro Desireing Liberty to purchase 200 Acres of Land of the 
Indians on Hackinsacke River, And it being for Land given 
him — It's ordered a Deed bee Drawne — a Survey thereof 
being made ; that hee have a pattent for 100 Acres thereof att 
Rent Certaine. 

The petic'on of Nicholas D Vow, David Rawford and 
Andrew Tebo sevr'ally to purchase Lands on the west side of 
Hackinsacke River — Nicholas D Vow to have 300 Acres -D 
Rawford 300 Acres and A Tebo 600 Acres — Read and Ordered 
— that the Governor appoint some p'son or p'sons to treat and 
agree w lh the Indians for the Tract of Land, and purchase the 
Indian Right to the same and grant them to the peticVs Re- 
spectively such p't and p'cells thereof w ch may answer the 
heads or hands they have Respectively to improve the same. 

The petic'on of william Broadwell for a p'cell of Sunken 

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meadow on the South side of Eliz a Creeke next Adjoyneing to 
the house and Lott Lately Benj" wades — ordered that the 
same bee left to the Deputy Governor and that hee Dispose 
thereof as hee sees meet, and that hee grant a warr' to Survey 
the same and lay it out to the petic'o r s or some other as it 
may lye most Convenient for, that the same may bee kept 
from being a Nusance 

The petic'on of Gabriell Monnell, setting forth that by order 
of the late Governor Carteret hee became Joynt purchaser of 
a Tract of Land on the North side the Rariton River 
w th Cap* John Palmer and Associates, That a gen'all Survey 
was made thereof, and Request a warr' to have his proportion 
Surveyed to him — Agreed and Ordered that the matter in the 
petic'on bee Referred to the Governor and Secretary, and if 
hee will setle in this province on their Termes they may agree 
w th him 

A petic'on from John Bound setting forth his father John 
Bound Deceased had an Order to take vp and purchase of the 
Indians 500 Acres of Land granted by the Late Lords proprie- 
to r s to him as a pattentee of Neversinks — That hee had pur- 
chased the Land of the Indians and request to have a warr' to 
Survey the same to him — The matter being here fully Debated 
And Cap' Bound, brother to the petitio's father, and the 
petitio 1 being here p r sent and being Inquired whether the 
widd. Bound had Nicolls pattent, they Answered they believed 
not, but they believed Richard Hartshorne had the same, — 
The petic" 1 said his father some tyme past had it, that the last 
spring was 12 m it was sent for to these parts and his Mother 
Delivered the same to the Messenger — It appeareing that the 
500 Acres granted to the Deceased was for the Surrender or 
resigneing of Governor Nicolls pattent of w ch hee was one 
pattentee — It's ordered it bee referr'd to the Governor to 
Answer the peticVs Request, who may grant a warr' for Sur- 
vey as hee sees meet and Just 

A petic'on from Eliz a Carteret widd : the Relict of the late 
Governor Carteret, setting forth hee had a grant for 2000 Acres 
of Land as the gift of the Late Lords proprietors to bee taken 
vp by him in any part of the province — That in Anno 1679 the 
late Governor Carteret in ' pursuance of such grant pur- 
chased an 8 th p't of a Tract of Land! on the Raraton w th 
Capt John Palmer and Associates. — requests a warr' to 
Survey the same — upon Inquiry and examination of the 
petic'on — It appeares not that this Land was taken up for 
him on such accompt as alledged — That by former Sence of 
Councill that 8 th p't was Addjudged to belong to the proprietor 

— vpon 



I 



^vpoti Considerac on of many Clalholii's that has made ag l the 1 
>roprietors and Late Governor on p'tence of Rong Don her — 
t's ordered that shee bee Desired to bring in the full and whole 
of her Claimes of the proprieto 1 ' 8 That the same being att one 
Considered, Justice and Right may bee Don her in all matters 
whatsoever w th out Delay. 

Thomas Rudyard one of the proprieto™ of this province 
p'sented his Case here, setting forth that hee had noe Land yet 
laid out to him in the province altho his famely here. Desire 
an order to the Surveyor or Deputy Surveyor for a warr' to 
Lay out and Survey vnto him the quantity of 5000 Acres of 
vpland and Meadow w th in this province or such other number 
of Acres as the Councill shall see meete to bee laid out in such 
p'cells or places in the province as are apt and fitt for im- 
provem' and not appropriated or Legally vested in any othe 
p'ticular p'son — w dl being Read, the said Thomas Rudyard w th 
Drawing, The Councill Adjoured to 8 A Clock tomorrow 
morneing 

Att a Councill held att Eliz a Towne the 30 th May Anno Dni 
16S4| 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Tho : Rudyard prop'r & Sec 
Major Berry 
Cap 4 Codrington 
Benj a Price & 
Henry Lyon 

A Large, Letter of Instrucc'ons from the Lords proprietors in 
England Directed to Garven Lawrie &c ffellow proprietor, in 
Councill Dated in London 2 d January 1683 Subscribed by the 
Number of 16 of them w ob being read amongst other things 
therein Contained was that they would not allow the Governor 
and Councill to grant any Land in the province w th out the 
Consent of the Major part of the proprietors or their proxes 

To this I Thomas Rudyard as one of the pro- 
prieto r s of that s rt province Do Enter my Solemn protest, 
Declaiming the same to bee ag' my just Interest and 
Right and the knowne Rec' d practices and priviledges 
of the Governor and Councill of this province in 
whom is the Right of granteing Land by the gen'all 
Concessions of this province 

The Kings Proclemac'on to the proprietor planters and In- 
habitants 



109 

habitants of this province being here Read, Ordered that the 
same bee sent and published to all the Inhabitant in this pro- 
province, and to that End that two of the printed proclama- 
c'ons bee sent to each Sheriff of a County that in Each Towne 
att some publicke assembly w th intenn Dayes next after the 
[they] Come to hand they bee there publickly Read and after 
affixed vp att Each publicke meeting place in Each Towne 

The Governor and every one of the Councill after Debate 
and serious Considerac'on of the Contents of the proprietor 
Lett' above mentioned Doe app'hend, That as the Lett' is not 
Directed to them they are not obliged to take notice thereof, 
and that the Rather for that the proprieto's in England have 
not their p'ties here whereby they might lay out Land by 
the Major Assent of them here either to any proprieto's or 
planter. And that vntil the Governor and Councill heare 
further from the proprietors they will lay out Land as formerly 
the Denyeing or forbearing whereof will bee of absolute losse 
and Damage to the province, not onely to Discourage planters 
here but to make provision here for such as are to bee 
Transported from Scotland or England into these parts. 

The petic'on of Hans Dedricke Elias Mekellson and Adrian 
Post in behalfe of themselves and other Inhabitants of Aquaqua- 
nuncke setting forth they had purchased by order of the late 
Governor Carteret A Tract of Land Containeing 5520 Acres 
w ch is to bee Devided amongst fourteen ffamelys of them, 
those settled pray they may have a gen'all Pattent for the 
same, — -It's ordered that the Indian sale being Recorded — 
Arrerages of Rent paid, that a pattent bee made and granted 
them att one halfe penny p. Acre yearely Rent 

The Petic'on of John Demarest for License to purchase 200 
Acres of Land of the Indians at Kinderkamacke att Hackin- 
sacke above the Mill in Order to the pattenting thereof, Order- 
ed that hee have License granted him to purchase, makeing vse 
of such p'son as the Governor shall appoint for Nicholas 
D e vow and others who p'sented their petic'ons yesterday — And 
the Governor appoints J° Demaree to Attend the same 

The Petic'on of Peter Johnson Jacobus Johnson, Hendricke 
Tunison Vorther Tunison, Peter Tyson, Mathew Henderson, 
and John Tunison for 1000 Acres of Land att Chingaroras 
Creeke vpon the South west side of the said Creeke — It's or- 
dered and agreed that the Petic'o's have warr ts to lay out to 
Each of them, except John Tunison, 120 Acres of Land, and 
to John Tunison 200 Acres, Adjoyneing to the Land of Thomas 
Rudyard att an An'ual Rent 

A paper brought in here as ffolloweth, — It's Desired by Da- 
vid 



110 

vid Barclay in behalfe of him selfe and the proprietor belong- 
ing to Scotland, — That hee may have an Order to the Surveyor 
to sett out for Each proprietor some Tract or Tracts of Land, 
That it may bee Ready surveyed before the Shipps Arive 
whereof Advice is Come that they were prepareing 

The Like is Desired by the order of W m Dockura and Tho- 
mas Warne and other proprieto r s of East Jersey — That they 
may have warr t9 to the Surveyor for setting them out Land to 
sette people vpon — It being proposed by the Governor that 
2000 acres to Each of the proprietor above mentioned might 
suffice at p'sent, It's ordered that warr ts bee issued forth to 
survey to Each of the said proprietor 2000 Acres of Land. 

Vpon further Consideration of Thomas Rudyards, Case — 
It's agreed and Ordered that a warr 1 or warr tB bee made and 
Issued out to the Surveyor gen'all or his Deputy to lay out to 
him any Quantity or Quantities of Land not exceeding in all 
in the Number of Acres of Land Three Thousand Acres for 
the p'sent as hee has Desired. 

Att a Councill held at Eliz a Towne the 29 th of August 1684| 

p'sent The Deputy Governor 
Major John Berry 
Major W m Sandford 
Benj a Price 
Hen: Lyon & 
Sam 11 Dennes 

The petic'on of Cornelius Longfield setting forth that by 
virtue of a warr' granted by the late Governor Carteret, hee 
had laid out to him a Tract of Land vpon the South side of the 
Raritan River Containeing 440 Acres of vpland — together w th 
50 Acres of Meadow, praying a pattent for the same — Read 
and ordered That Cornelius Longfield attend the Councill the 
next sitting in order to have his Petic'on Answered 

The Petition of Caspar Ianson and Alattys Ianson — setting 
forth that about seven yeares since the petic'oner obtain'd by 
gift from the Indians a parcell of Land lyeing att Hack- 
insacke on the North side of the Creeke — w ch gift was 
then also Ackowledged by the said Indians before the 
late Governor Carteret, who promised the peticV a Con- 
firmac'on of the same, onely Delay'd the full grant or pattent 
till the adjoyneing Lands should bee purchased from the In- 
dians and laid out in Lotts — And that since one Jacques 
La Row hath Entred vpon the said Lands and taken possession 

of 



Ill 

of the same w th out haveing any Indian Deed of gift — The 
Petic' oners praying a warr' to lay out the same Directed to the 
Surveyor gen'all in order for a pattent — w ch being Read and 
the PeticVs call'd in who brought w th them Two Indians that* 
had formerly given the said Land to the • petie'oners, and the 
Indians being Examined Concerneing the p r misses Declared 
that they never made any Deed to Jacquies Le Low of the 
said Lands but that the same Did belong to the Petie'oners, 
wherevpon it was Ordered that both p'tyes attend this board 
the 27 th 9 ber next — that they bring w th them the Indians Con- 
cerned — And that Jacquies La -Row have notice thereof 

The Peti'con of Rob* Hamilton for a warr 1 to lay out a 
peece of Land lyeing w th in the bounds of Midletowne Con- 
taineing about 50 Acres — Read and ordered that the s d Rob' 
Hamilton attend this board the next sitting of the Councill to 
make his Right appeare to the s* Land 

The petic'on of John Lambert for 100 Acres of Land vpon 
Chesquakes side — Read and ordered that the peticV have a 
warr' granted him — Directed to the Surveyor gen'all or his 
Deputy to lay out to him 100 Acres as is pray'd 

The petic'on of W m Leets and Nathaniel Tutle for Each of 
them 150 Acres vpon Chesquakes side — Read and ordered as 
above 

The petic'on of Thomas Mathewes seting forth that whereas 
M r John Injans purchased a tract of Land on the South side 
the Raraton River, and y' the petico r was Concerned & In- 
cluded in the same in the Eleventh Lott for 500 Acres accord- 
ing to a grant — prayeing a pattent for the same, Read and 
ordered that a warr 1 bee forthw" 1 made out to the Surveyor 
gen'all to lay out to the petic'or 400 Acres of the said 500 the 
Remainder to bee to the proprietor for the Arrerages of Quit 
Rents and in Discharge of 3£ d p Acre for the said 400 Acres, 
payeing for the future one |- d p Acre onely for every of the 
said 400 Acres. 

The petic'on of Tho: Whitelocke for 200 Acres of Land lye- 
ing w ,h in the bounds of Middletowne att the Reare of Benj a 
Burdens Land and between Swiming River and Jumpeing — 
Brooke not yet taken up ; Read and Ordered that a warr' be 
im'ediately made out to the surveyor gen'all to lay out the 
same to the peticV 

The petic'on of John Bray for a 100 Acres of Land lyeing 
w th in the bounds of Midletowne adjoyneing to the branch of 
Nutt swamp and bounded vpon the Land of Richard Gibbins — 
Read and Ordered That the petitio r attend the Governor, who 
is left to Doe and order in the p'mises as he shall see meet 

The 



112 

The petic'on of W m Sutton setting forth, that hee had laid 
out to him by virtue of a warr', Granted by the Late Governor 
Phillip Carteret, Esq 1 100 Acres of Land w th in the bounds of 
Piscataway w th Meadow in proportion — Desireing a pattent — 
Read and ordered that hee have a pattent made out to him for 
the same according to his petic'on 

The petition of Derrick Corneliason for a Tract of Land 
vpon Chesquakes according to an Indian Deed of Sale — Read 
and ordered that the same bee Deferr'd vntill.the Governor and 
Councill bee further satisfied in the peticVs Indian Deed of 
Sale. 

A pap: brought hereby Eliz a Carteret widd: as ffollowes, viz' 

The Hon bl e Garvin Lawrie Esq r Deputy Governor of the pro- 
vince of East New Jersey and his Councill. 

The Claime of Eliz a Carteret widd: Relict and Executrix 
and the last will and Testament of Pillip Carteret Esq r De- 
ceased late Governor of the said province in Right of her said 
husband from the p r sent proprieto r s pursuant to an order of 
Councill — humbly p r sented 

Impri's That my said husbands sallery for being Governor 
amounteing to the sume of 1000 lb may be satisfied 

2<iiy That a pattent may bee made to me for the 3596 Acres 
of Land w' b in Eliz a Towne Bounds, w ch are expressed in Two 
pattents granted in the tyme that Rob 1 Vicars was Secretary. 

3 dly That a pattent may bee made to me for a Lott of Land 
lyeing on the Raraton River, burchased by my Deceased hus- 
band of the Indians in Company w' h Cap' John Palmer and 
others. 

4 ly That the house Lott and Orchard in Elizabeth Towne 
and farme Com'only Called the poynt part of the said 3596 
Acres of Land now in the proprietor possession, may bee De- 
livered vnto me to whom of Right it Doth belong. 

w oh was Answered by the. Governor and 
Councill as ffollowes 
viz' 

I s ' As to the Hirst Article it Dotli not Come vnder the Con- 
siderac'on of this Board to make any Answer 

2 As to the second Article or Claime for 3596 Acres of 

Laud, 



113 

Land, to w ch shee Claimes a Right by virtue of a pattent 
granted her in w ch tyme Robert Vicars was Secretary w oh pat- 
tents are since made voyd by Act of gen'all Assembly — That 
this board cannot Act in the p-misses vntil shee make some 
other Right appeare 

3 To the Third, — that Cap' John Palmer saith — That her 
Deceased husband Did not pay any share in the Indian pur- 
chase — and that it was formerly the opinion of this board that 
the proprietors sevenths should bee taken out of it 

4 The ffourth is Answered in the second 

The subscription of M r Isaac Kingsland who 
was Com'issionated Councillor the 26 th Novem- 
ber 1684— 

I Isaac Kingsland Doe solemnly promisse to beare true 
Allegiance to the King of England his heires and Successors— 
and to bee true and f aithfull to the Interest of the Lords Pro- 
p'ieto's of this Province and to their heires and Assigns, and 
endeavour the peace and welfare of the said province, and that 
I will to the best of my Judgm* and att all tymes ffreely and 
faithfully give my advice to the Gover r for the good Manage* 
of the publicke affaires of this Province and shall not nor will 
not Revaile Directly or Indirectly to the Injury or p r iudice of 
the Governor and Lords Proprietor any matters as shall bee 
Debated in Councill or Com'itted by them to my Secracy but 
in all things Doe and Act as a true and ffaithfull Councillor 
when therevnto Required, Dated this xxvij" 1 Day of Novem- 
ber Anno Dni 1684 

Isaac Kingsland 

Att a Councill held att Eliz a Towne this 2 V th Day of 
November Auno Dni one Thousand six hundred Eighty ffour 



p r sent The Dep 1 Governor 
Major W m Sandford ' 
Isaac Kingsland 
Benj a Price & 
Henry Lyon 



Members of 
Counc. 



The petic'on of Nathaniel Tuttell & al: being Read, therein 
setting forth that they (God willing) intend to settle in this 
Province vpon Chesquakcs side desireing they may pay noe 

Quit 
N 



114 

Quit Rents for the ffirst Three years the land there being verry 
pore— And that the prises for makeing of Pattents may bee 
lymited — Agreed and ordered that as to the paying of Quit 
Rent it being their own former agrecm' w" 1 the Dep' Governor 
to pay 2 d p Acre — therefore this Board thinks not fitt to Act 
or order in the p r misses Contrary to that agreem' — and as to 
prises for makeing of Pattents that the same bee deferr'd till 
the pattent of such other ffees as belong to the Secretaryes office 

Petic'on of John Renn in behalfe of himself e and one Thomas 
King now in Pensilvania Smith, for a Lott of Land lyeing over 
ag l Amboy next to the Long Poole — Agreed and ordered the 
same bee Left to the Dep 1 Governor to answer the Petic'o's 
Request as hee shall see meete 

The Request of W m Ridford for 100 Acres of Land— Read 
and Ordered that a warr 4 bee granted to lay out to him one 
hundred Acres of Land in such place as is not yet appropriated 
to any other p'son — 

Petic'on of Benj a Ogden for 50 Acres of Land w th in the 
bounds of Eliz a Towne w th Meadow in proportion — Read and 
ordered that hee have a warr 4 granted him according to his 
petic'on 

The petition of Isaac "Whitehead Jun r for 120 Acres of Land 
w th in the bounds of Eliz* Towne according to a former warr 1 
granted him by the Late Governor Carterett — Read and ordered 
that have a warr 4 granted him according as hee petic'ons 

The petic'on of John Pearce for 100 Acres of Land for him 
and his famely — Read and Ordered that the petic'o r have a 
warr' granted him for 50 Acres of Land lyeing w th in the 
bounds of Eliz" Towne in such place as the Governor shall ap- 
point and not taken vp or appropriated to any p'ticular p'son — 

One Korough an Indian Comeing in made his Complaint ag l 
David De Mare sen r for purchaseing a Certaine p'cell of Land 
lyeing on the west side of Hackinsacke River, over ag' the Mill 
— of one Mumshaw an Indian Sachim that had noe Right to the 
Same (as is p r tended) in wrong and Injury of the said Korough 
— And also of Some evill treatm' of the Indians by the said 
David D e Mare and his famely, and John D e Mare his sonn 
and in makeing them Drinke — The said David De Mare sen r 
and John D e Mare his sonn being also here, and both sides 
being fully heard, — It's Agreed and Ordered that the said 
David D e Mare Sen r and John D e Mare his sonn for their Evill 
practices towards the Indians in selling them Rum and make- 
ing them Drunke — Doe Immediately give in Security for their 
good behaviour for one whole yeare before one of the Members 
of this Councill — and for want of better Security they being 

bound 



115 

bound Each for the other the same to bee sufficient — -As to the 
Land, It's Agreed and Ordered by Consent of all p'tyes that 
Sam 11 Edsall and William Lawrence is appointed to meete 
David D e Mare & the Indians Concerned vpon the Land in 
Question and to Inspect the said Land and strictly to Examine 
as well the said Indians as others Concerned and to make their 
Report in the p r misses in writeing vnder their hands to this board 
att the next sitting of the Councill — that the truth of things 
may the better bee knowne in Order to a ffinall Determinac'on 

The Petic'on of Cap 1 John Baker of Elizabeth Towne being 
Read — therein setting forth that whereas hee not Rightly vn- 
derstanding the true Extent and Meaneing of the Act of 
Assembly about the Converseing and Treateing w th the Indians 
and by Reason thereof being Justly Amerced by the Court of 
Com'on Right held in August Last past to pay by way of a 
ffine the sume of Tenn pounds — and to give in Security for his 
good behaviour for whole yeare — Requesting his bound may 
be Cancelled — The said Petic'or alsoe Comeing in and makeing 
his p'sonall submission It's Agreed and Ordered Captaine John 
Baker have vp his bound for his good behaviour — w ch was 
Delivered him accordingly 

The humble Request of James Emott Dep f Secretary of this 
Province being then Read, setting forth that whereas it has bin 
the Laudable Custome and practice as well in this Province as 
all other Neighbouring Adjacent provinces, that vpon appli- 
cac'on made for a License for Solemnizeing Marriage the Secre- 
tary vpon taken Security of such p'sons as Request the same 
that they are vnder noe other obligac'on or p r contrac;t of Mar- 
riage — im'ediately to make out a License p'enreing the same to 
bee signed by the Governor and given vnder the seale of the 
province — praying an Order of Councill may bee passed for 
the Continueing y e said Custome — After the same were Con- 
siderably Debated the whole Councill was Consenting to passe 
an Order for the Continuac'on of the said Custome, but the 
Deputy Governor Desired that the same might be Deffer'd till 
the next sitting of this Councill 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex the xxvij th ffeb 1684 — 



p r sent The Dep' Governor 
Major W m Sandford 
Isaac Kingsland 
Benj a Price 
Henry Lyon & 
Sam ! ' Dennes 



► Members of Counc : 
Petic'on 



116 

Petic'on of Thomas Price of Eliz a Towne setting forth that 
hee has bin for severall yeares setled in the said Towne and as 
yett has noe more Land w^'in this province but a house Lott 
lyeing in the said Towne given him by his ffather, — Request- 
ing as 'much Land as will make it ffifty Acres w" 1 Meadow in 
proportion — Head and ordered that a warr 1 bee granted to lay 
out to him fforty ffour Acres of vpland w Ul meadow in pro- 
portion w th in the bounds of Eliz* Towne afores d 

The petic'on of Captaine Thomas young for 120 Acres of 
Land w th in the bounds of Elizabeth Towne according to a 
former Order granted him by the Governor Carterett but as 
yett never laid out — Read and Ordered that the petic'or have 
a warr 4 granted him for 120 Acres of Land to bee laid out to 
him w u 'in the bounds of the said Towne in order for a Pattent 
Petic'on of John Pounds of the Towne of Piscataway for 
Eighty Acres of Land lyeing vpon the Reare of his owne Lott 
w lll in the said Towne — Read and Ordered that a warr' 
bee forthw th granted and made out for the layeing out of 
Eighty Acres of Land w th in the bounds of the said Towne 
to the petic'or att the Rear of his owne Lott as is Re- 
quested — 

Petic'on of John Decent for Eighty Acres of vpland w th 
Meadow in proportion to bee laid out to him w th in the bounds 
of Piscataway — Read and ordered that a warr 1 bee granted to 
the petic'or to layout to him Eighty Acres of vpland w th 
Meadow in proportion w th in the bounds of the said Towne as 
he has petitioned 

Petic'on of Sam 11 willes — setting forth that aboute two years 
agoe hee Transported himselfe and famely out of the Province 
of West Jersey into this Province to settle here, but hath not 
as yett any Land laid out or Enjoyeth any but what hee holdes 
by yearelyRent, — prayeingthat [warrant] may bee granted him 
for one hundred Acres of vp Land w" 1 Meadow in proportion 
w th in the bounds of the Towne of Newarke — Read and ordered 
that the peticV have a warr* granted him Directed to the 
Surveyor generall or his Dep' to layout to him w th in the 
bounds of said Towne of Newarke one hundred Acres of vp 
Land w tn Meadow in proportion 

Petic'on of one W m Johnson of Raraton for 100 Acres of Land 
w th in the bounds of Piscataway being Read — Johnson being a 
man wholly vnknowne to the Governor or any of the Mem- 
bers of this Councill and not appeareing or any one for him to 
satisfie this Board how hee intends to setle the same or vpon 
what termes, — It's therefore ordered that the same bee left to 
the Governor to Answer the petic'on, and to grant a warr' as 

hee 



117 

hee shall see Cause — vpon further application to bee made to 
his honor by the peticV 

Petic'on of Mathew Gyles of Raraton for one hundred and 
Twenty Acres of Land w th in the bounds ol Piscataway — Read 
and Ordered that a warr' bee granted Directed to the 
Surveyor generall or his Dep* to lay out to the PeticV one 
hundred and Twenty Acres of Land w lll in the bounds of 
Piscataway 

Att a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of 
Essex this xxix th Day of Aprill Anno Dni 1685 

p'sent The Dep' Governor 

Major W m Sandford ^ 
Isaac Kingsland | 

Benj" Price y Members of Counc: 

Henry Lyon & 
Sam 11 Dennes 

A Proclamac'on by the Governor and Councill w th the prin- 
cipal! officers and Inhabitants of this Province, for the pub- 
lishing and Proclameing James Duke of yorke and Albany (by 
the Death of our Late Soveraigne Lord Charles the second of 
happy memory) King of England Scotland ffrance and Ire- 
land — and supraime Lord of this Collony of East New Jersey 
&c — being Read — And also the kings Proclamac'on for the Con- 
tinueing of all officers till his Ma tiea pleasure bee further knowne 
— Agreed and ordered that both the said Proclamac'on s 
bee im'ediately published and proclaimed att the publicke 
meeting house Dore w th in this Towne, to w ch End all or 
great p' of the Inhabitants and Traine Bands of this County 
are there already Convin'd — And that Duplicates thereof bee 
forthw" 1 made and sent to the Sheriff of Each County w Ul in 
this Province to bee there also publickly Proclaimed w"'in 
their Respective Countyes — 

In pursuance of this order the Goveror and 
Councill together w th all or a great p't of the Majes- 
trates and principall officers of this County im'e- 
diately Repaired to the publick meeting-house 
where they were meet by the Traine bands and 
other the Inhabitants, where both the said Procla- 
mac'ons were orderly published 

post 



118 

post Meridiem 

Then was Read in Counoill, Major W m Dyer's Com'ission 
Date 4 th January 1682 ffor Coll. of his Ma tles Customs as well 
of this Province of East New Jersey or Sezaria and Pensilva- 
nia — w ch was Read, allowed and ordered to be recorded. 

Att a Councill held att Eliz a Towne in the County of Essex 
the 27 th Day of May Anno Dni 1685 — 

p r sent The Dep' Governor ] 
Major W m Sandford 
Isaac Kingsland iMemb of Counc: 
Henry Lyon & 
Sam 11 Dennes 

Severall Members or Justices of the Court of Com'on Right 
being Removed out of the Province or Attend not their ser- 
vice, — It's Agreed and ordered that a new Com'ission bee 
made, and that the Members or Justices of the said Court of 
Com'on Right bee as ffolloweth — Coll Lewis Morris, — Cap' 
John Palmer Major W m Sandford M r Thomas Codrington M r 
Isaac Kingsland M r Richard Tormely M r Benj a Price M r John 
Campbell M r David Mudy M r Thomas Johnson M r Sam 11 Den- 
nes and M r Henry Lyon 

The petic'on of Albert Alberts & Jaques Curtilian in behalfe 
of them selves and Associates, setting forth they had a grant 
and Pattent of 5000 Acres of Land on passaicke River — that it 
was pattented by the late Governor Phillip Carterett — that the 
pattent was made voyd by Act of generall Assembly, but a 
Salvo of their Right — Desire to have a Pattent — Major Berry 
haveing formerly Entered a Caviat as p'tending the Land to 
bee part or all of the Land granted to him — Agreed that 
Major Berry bee Called into Councill together with the 
petic'o rs — and the Petic'ors and Major Berry being here in 
Councill — vpon Inquire and Examinac'on of the p'tences of 
both p'tyes it appeares that at the tyme of the Indian purchase 
Major Berry was one of the Council], Hee never had a Survey 
of his Land nor purchased the same of the Indians — And vpon 
Inspection of Major Berrys Pattent it appeares that his grant 
was of a Neck of Land It's Agreed that the PeticV 8 have a 
pattent according to the Survey, paying their Arrears of Quit 
Rents. 

Att 



119 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth in the 
County of Middx the 6 th day of Aprill Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent Gai'uon Lawrie Esq r D Governor 
Major John Berry ^ 
Major W m Sandford [ 
M r Benj a Price & I of the Councill 

Henry Lyon j 

M r Sam 11 Dennes J 

The writts for Electing of Deputyes in Each Respective 
Towne in this province to serve in the generall Assembly were 
Retoorned here by by the Respective Sheriffes of Eadh County 
— w ch Election was as ffollowes viz' — 



Will: Pyles & 
John Parker 



Ric: Berry 



for Eliz" 
Towne 

for New Bar- 

badoes & 
aquickanunc 



John Curtis |-for Newarke 

Eph : Andress ) 

& y Woodbridge 

John Jerley ) 



(out planta- 
tions on both 
sides ye 
Raraton 



W m Haige 



► for Amboy 



old & New 
Hackinsacke 



Hans Dedricke 

& 



Sam 11 Edsall V ™ U " U < 

plantations [ Peter Hesells 



Towne of 
Bergen 



JudadiahAllen ) I Ric: Harts- ) 

& I f orShresberry 1 home & j- MidleTowne 

John Hanse ) ( Benj a Burden ) 



] Isaac Smally [■ for piscataway 



The house of Deputyes all appeared here as above according 
to the Election, Excepting M r W m pinhorne and W m Haige, 
and being called, out our Governor according to the vsual man- 
ner Directed them to make Choyse of their speeker & Gierke 
and they w th drew 

Agreed 



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Agreed and ordered that a new Com'ission for 
the Justices of the Court of Sessions for the County 
of Bergen bee Issued out and that Major John 
Berry's name be Incerted w ch through a mistake 
was left out and omitted in y e last Com'ission — 

The Councill haveing .taken into Considerac'on the Ilemovall 
of Thomas Rudyard Esq r to y e Island of Barbadoes and that 
he has Deserted the office of Secretary of this province of East 
new yorke [sic] — It's therefore agreed and ordered that a Com- 
'ission bee im'ediately made out to James Emott gent for the 
office of Chief e Secretary, of whose skill prudence and integrity 
in the managem' of the s d office this Councill is verry well 
satisfied — and that in the meane tyme hee act as such 

a Coppy of the Com'ission of Coll Thomas Dongan for the 
office of Vice Admerall of new yorke &c was translated into 
English by James Emott and here Read — and also Co 11 Don- 
gans writt of Admiralty Directed to our Govenor to take the 
boddy of Ric: Hartshorne &c and the Considerac'on thereof 
Differd till next Councill 

The house of Deputyes Came here and nominated Ric: 
Hartshorne for their speaker and Benj a Griffith for their 
Clarke — as to y e speaker this board was well satisfied but the 
Governor Excepted ag* the Clarke as being his servant &c 
Adjourned till 8 A Clocke tomorrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the seventh day of 
April Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent The Deputy Governor 

Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
( Benj a Price }- Councill 

M 1 ' < Henry Lyon & j 

( Sam" Dennes J 

A message from the house of Deputyes brought here by M r 
Sam 11 Edsall John Ilanse John Curtis and Isaac Smally — ac- 
quainting this Board of their want of a Deputy for theTowne 
of Newarke, and also one more for the piscataway — the Coun- 
cill Did propose to them to take into Considerac'on as well the 
want of a Deputy for this Towne of Amboy and vpon the 
Result of both houses to have writts issued out accordingly — 
the Messingors w u 'drew and againe Comeing in acquainted this 
Board that it was the vote of their house that Two Deputyes 

bee 



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bee Chosen for the Towne of Amhoy to serve in the generall 
assembly, to w ch this Councill agreed 

Coll Dongans Com'ission for v ice Admerall &c came againe 
in Debate — and being Read and well considered — It's Agreed* 
and ordered that a Letter bee Drawne vp in order to bee sent 
to y c Governor of new yorke vpon the subject matter of the 
Com'ission, and also touching an Admeralty writt formerly 
sent Directed to our Governor &c 

Agreed and ordered that a new writt for y e electing one 
other Deputy to serve in this p r sent general assembly for the 
Towne of piscataway and out plantations bee issued out and 
that the Inhabitants bee summoned to ineete vpon the 9 th 
Instant in order thereto — also a writt to the sheriffe of this 
County to sumon the Inhabitants of this Towne for Electing 
of two Deputyes 2fcc 

a Bill of Costs wherein this province of East Jersey is 
Debtor to the Secretarys office for sundry Com'issions &c for 
y e Justices and other officers necessary for Goverm 1 wherein 
noe p'vision is made for paym' — being here Read — Agreed and 
ordered that major Sandford and Benj" price carry the same to 
the house of Deputyes to the ende they may Consider of a 
way of paym 1 . 

a Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes — That the 
Deputyes for the Respective Townes shall bee p d by the Re- 
spective bounds where they have bin Elected — Three shillings 
p. day, to bee p* in money porke or Corne att money price for 
this p r sent yeare — w oh was here Read — Considerac'on Differ'd 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m r idiem — 

a Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes for the 
forme of an Engagem 1 for Jury men, who for Contience sake 
cannot take an oath in the forme vsed — w ch being Read, after 
some amendm ts the same was againe sent backe to the house 
of Deputyes 

The Bill for Establishing the sallery for the Deputyes being 
againe Read out — amended — and sent to the house of Depu- 
tyes by M r Sam" Dennes 

Agreed and ordered that major John Berry, Major W m 
Sandford and Benj" Price bee appointed for the more Dispatch 
of businesse to meete the like number of the house of Deputyes 
this Evening to Conferr together about the p r sent businesse of 
this Assembly — and that M* Sam" Dennes Carry this message 
to the house of Deputyes to acquaint them therew th 

(1) The 
O 



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(1) The Bill from the Deputyes for the forme of an Ingagem' 
for such p'sons as cannot take an oath &c w ch was this day here 
Read — amended and againe sett backe, was brought here fairly 
transcribed — Agreed & ordered that the Governor eigne the 
same for this Boards Concurrance &c — w ch was done accord- 
ingly 

Adjourned till 8 a Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey the 
Eight day of Aprill 1686 

p r sent The Dep 1 Governor 
Major w m Sahdford 
Major John Berry 
Isaac Kingsland 
Sam" Dennes 
Benj a Price & 
Henry Lyon 



► Councill &c 



The Sheriffe of this County of Middx brought here a Re- 
turne of his writt, w oh yesterday *vas issued out for Electing 2 
Deputyes for the Towne of Amboy perth to serve in this p r sent 
generall Assembly, w ch were John Campbell and Benj a Clarke 

2 Bill for the'Deputyes Sallery being againe brought here, 
Transcribed by them according to the severall amendm' 8 
formerly made by this Board being Read — agreed and ordered 
that the same bee signed by the Governor for this Boards 
Concurrence &c 

A Bill being brought here from the house of Deputyes for 
the punishm' of Adultry and ffornication — Read and amended 
— and sent to the Deputyes &c 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m'idiem 

The aboves d Bill for punishm' of adultery and ffornicac'on 
being againe Read — Agreed and ordered that m r Sam 11 Dennes 
and Major Berry bee appointed im'ediately to Conferr w th the 
like Number or Comittee of the house of Deputyes vpon the 
subject matter of the s d Bill 

Whereas Collonell Thomas Dongan Governor of new yorke 
hath lately sent into this province a writt of Admeralty beare- 
ing date the 21 th ffeb: last past, Thereby Comanding our 

Governor, 



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Governor, Justices and all other officers to arrest the boddy of 
Richard Hartshorne and him to keepe in safe Custody, that his 
boddy might bee brought before the Judges of the Court of 
Admeralty in new yorke afores d the first Munday in this p r sent„ 
Month of Aprill — and this Board haveing viewed and duely 
Considered y e Com'ission granted to y e s d Governor Dongan 
for Vice Admerall &c — Doe not app r hend that the s d Com'ission 
doth give any power or Authority to the s d Governor Dongan 
thereby to Comand the Governor Justices and other officers 
of this Province to arrest the boddy of the s d Ric. Hartshorne 
and him to Convey to the Citty of new yorke before the s d 
Judge in order to a Tryall, as in the s d writt is suggested and 
Comanded — and therefore doe not app r hend that the Governor 
Justices or other officers of this province may w th safety put 
the s d writt in Execution &c 

A Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes that all 
acc'ons may bee tryed by a Jury of the Neighbourhood where 
the ffact Realy arises — w ch Read — agreed that Two of this house 
meete the like number of the Deputyes to Conferr about the 
subject matter of the Bill— and that M r Sam" Dennes and 
Major Sandford attend the same 

A message from the house of Deputyes for a ffree Conf erance 
w th this house — Agreed they have the same &c 

3 A Bill from the house of Deputyes for the punishm' of 
Adultrey and fornicac'on fairely Transcribed being againe 
Read — Agreed and ordered that the Governor signe the same 
for this Boards Concurance, w oh was Done accordingly and 
sent backe to the house of Deputyes by m r Sam 11 Dennes &c 
Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Atfc a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth the Ninth 
day of Aprill 1686 

p r sent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
Benj a Price V Councill 

Henry Lyon 
Sam" Dennes 

A message from the Deputyes Desireing a Retorne of their 
Bill yesterday sent here, for the trying of all actions by a Jury 
of the neighborhood where the ffact realy arises — agreed the 
same bee Returned by m r Sam" Dennes one of the Members of 
this Councill 

A 



124 

A Bill brought here from the Deputyes, for prohibiteing the 
Removall of all Causes and Cases before tryall out of the 
Courts of Sessions where the Debt or Damages amounts not 
to the sum'e of Twenty pounds — w ch being Read and amended 
was againe sent to the house of Deputyes by m r Sam 11 Dennes 
&c 

Agreed and ordered that 2 of this Councill bee appointed to 
meete the like number of the house of Deputyes to Conferr 
vpon the subject matter of the last Bill, the house of Deputyes 
Desireing a ffree Conferance — the same was agreed vnto by 
this Board and the Deputyes Comeing in the s d Conferance was 
had accordingly 

Adjourned till 3 Clocke afternoone 

post M r idiem 

The High Sheriffe of this County brought here the Retorne 
of the writt of Elecc'on issued out vpon the seventh Instant 
for the Chooseing one other Deputy for the Towne of Pis- 
cataway and out plantations — which was George Drake 

A Bill for the Raiseing the value of silver money passing in 
this province brought from the Deputyes, was here Read, 
amended, and againe sent them by Henry Lyon and Benj a 
Price &c 

4 The above s d Bill for Raiseing the value of money &c 
was againe brought here fairely Transcribed according to the 
amendm'" And the same was signed by the Governor for this 
Boards Concurance 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att the Towne of Amboy perth in East 
New Jersey the Tenth day of Aprill Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent Governor Lawrie 

Major John Berry ] 

Major Wi u Sandford | 

M r Benj s Price S- Councill 

M r Henry Lyon & 

M r Sam 11 Dennes J 

A new Bill Touching and Concerneing the Courts of Ses- 
sions being brought here from the Deputyes — was Read, 
amended, and sent backe by m r Benj a Price &c 

The Com'ission w ch was ordered to bee made out vpon the 

6th 



125 

6 th Instant to James Emott gent, for the office of Chiefe Secre- 
tary and Register of this province was here Read and ordered 
to bee signed by the Members of this Councill, and that the 
broad seale of this Province bee affixed to the same, all w ch 
were Done accordingly— 

A Bill for the punishm 4 of such p'son or p'sons as shall for 
the future Clandestinely take away from any Landing &c 
Canoes or boates w tb out Lieve &c, brought from the house of 
Deputyes and here Read,, amended and againe sent to the 
house of Deputyes by Berij a price and Henry Lyon. 

The Bill touching y e Court of Sessions being againe brought 
here, w th some alterac'ons, was againe Read 

5 The Bill for the punishm' of such p'sons as shall take 
away Clandestinely Canoes and boates w ch was this day sent 
to y e Deputyes w th sundry amendm ts , being fairly Transcribed 
out, was signed by our Governor for Concurance &c — and by 
the Request of the Deputyes — It's Agreed that the same bee 
im'ediately published. 

petic'on of Major w m Sandford for a survey of his Lands att 
New Barbadoes in order to assertaine the bounds betwixt him 
and Major Kingsland — Agreed and ordered that Notice be 
given to M r Isaac Kingsland that he is Desired to appeare att 
this Councill, being one of the "Members thereof, to answer to 
the petic'on givein ag' major Kingsland 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke Munday momeing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey the 
Twelfth day of Aprill 1686 



p r sent The Dep' Governor 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
Benj a Price 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Henry Lyon 



Councill 



A new Bill brought here from the Deputyes for a weekely 
markitt att Amboy, and Two ffaires in the yeare, w ch was Read, 
amended, and sent backe by m r Dennes and m r Price 

The Bill touching the County Courts being againe Read, 
amended and sent backe to the Deputyes by m r Lyon 

Governor Lawrie gave in here to bee Read a Scheme of 
Goverm' or ffundamentall Constitutions for this province of 
East new Jersey Drawne up by the proprietor in England ; — 

but 



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but it was the sense of this board that the same, Did not agree 

w th the Constitution of these American parts — It's ordered that 

the same bee sent to the Deputyes that they may here them Read 

Adjourned till 2 Cloeke afternoone 

post m r idiem 

The Bill for a weekely markitt in the Towne of Amboy 
perth and two faires yearely, was againe Read amended, and 
sent backe to the Deputyes. 

A Bill that all writts of Debt aceompt and such other 
acc'ons shalbe com'enced in the Countyes where the Con- 
tracts were made, w oh being Read and fully Debated w th the 
whole house of Deputyes, the same was sent backe to them by 

m r Price 

The secretary gave this board an Aceompt that 

[Original in the Dreadfull fire w oh hap'ned in his house 

Concessicms V pon Satterday last the originall Concessions of 

and other j j0r( j B aro i ev anc i g r George Carterett amongst 

°Burnt.l ° severall other writeings bookes and papers was 

there burnt and consumed 

6 The Bill for a weekely markitt in Amboy &c was brought 
here from the house of Deputyes fairely transcribed, and being 
againe Read, was ordered to bee signed &c 

Adjourned till 8 Cloeke tomorrow morneing. 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy the Thirteenth 
day of Aprill 1686 

p r sent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
M r Isaac Kingsland 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Benj a Price & 
Henry Lyon 

A New Bill that writts of Debt aceompt <fcc shalbe Com- 
menced in the Countyes where the Contracts were made, w Ul 
some Inlargem 4 , being againe brought here from the house of 
Deputyes and Read, — Agreed and ordered that a Message bee 
sent to the house of Deputyes for a ffree Conference to Debate 
the subject matter of the s d Bill — and that m r Lyon carry the 
s d message. — The Deputyes comeing in the same were fully 
and ffreely Debated. 

Adjourned till 2 Cloeke afternoone A 



Councill 



127 

A Bill touching hogs, brought here from the Deputyes, 
being Head amended and sent baoke — 

A Bill touching the Court of Com'on Right being here 
Drawne vp, was sent to the house of Deputyes by m r Sam" . 
Dennes. 

7 The Bill touching the keeping of hoggs being againe 
Read and signed by the Governor, by order of this board — and 
sent backe by m r Henry Lyon. — 

The Bill touching the Court of Com'on Right being againe 
brought here by two of the Deputyes— Informing this Coun- 
cill that the s d Bill doth in noewise answer their ende. 

A Bill touching ffences and highwayes &c brought here 
from the Deputyes— was Read — and againe sent backe by m r 
Dennis and m r Price to Informe the house of Deputyes of the 
vncertainty of the s d Bill. 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey the 
xiiij tb day of Aprill 1686 

p'sent The Deputy Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
M r Isaac Kingsland 
( Sam" Dennes 
ni rs < Benj a Price and 
( Henry Lyon 

It's Agreed that a message bee sent to the house of Deputyes 
to acquaint them to p r pare the Bills ffollowing viz 1 

1 st ffor Impowering the Justices in Each County, to make 
Rates att their Quarter Sessions for Defraying the Charges of 
high wayes bridges and fferryes already made. 

2 ffor Defrayeing the Charges of the Councill Secretary and 
Messinger attending the Countryes service. 

3 ffor maintenance of the Goverm* 

4 For Reliefe of prisoners that have noe visable Estate &c — 

5 ffor paym' of sundry Com'issions writts and other writeings 
for the vse of the Country onely, due to the Secretaryes office, 
according to a p'ticular &c sent to y e Deputyes by m r Isaac 
Kingsland &c — this p'sent Assembly, — 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post 



of the Councill 



128 

post m r idiem 

A new Bill touching the Court of Sessions was Drawne vp 
here, being very Long, and sent to y e Deputyes &c 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Ambo.y perth the fifteenth day of 
Aprill Anno Dni 1686 

p'sent Governor Lawrie 
major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 
Isaac Kingsland J-Councill 

Benj a Price & 
Sam" Dennes 

The Scheme of Goverm' or ffundamental Constitutions 
w ch was Drawne vp by the proprietor in England, and yester- 
day sent to the house of Deputyes, was againe brought here 
by two of their house w ,h out giveing any aecompt of their like 
or Dislike to the same. 

A Bill from the house of Deputyes for the settlem 1 of flees 
&c — was Read, amended and sent them backe by m r Price 
&c — 

A message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a ffree 
Conferance in the afternoone vpon the subject matter of the 
Bill yesterday sent them touching the Court of Sessions — 
Agreed a Conferance bee had as Desired — 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m r idiem 

The house of Deputyes Came here vpon the Conferance 
w ch was appointed this morneing touching the bill Relateing 
to y e Courts of Sessions, and after a long Debate the Deputyes 
Departed, and the Bill was againe altered and sent to y e 
Deputyes 

A Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes for appointe- 
ing new Com'issio rs in the County of monmouth for laying 
out of high wayes bridges landings and fferryes, in place of 
■Coll Morris John Bowne and Joseph Parker; the two last 
being Dead and Coll morris left the Province. 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing. 

Att 



129 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in the County of 
Middx the Sixteenth day of Aprill Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandford 

M r Benj" Price 
M r Sam" Dennes 
Henry Lyon 

A Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes ffor the 
Tryall of all Cause? and Cases in the Courts of Sessions — was 
here Read, amended, and sent to the Deputyes by m r Sam" 
Dennes &c — 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m r idiem 

8 The Bill for appointing new Com'issioners for laying out 
of high wayes &c in the County of Monmouth againe Read — 
and ordered to bee signed for the Concurrance of this Board — 

The Bill touching the Court of Sessions being againe Read — 

The house of Deputyes Retoorned here the Bill of Costs, for 

money due to the Secretarys office for y e makeing out sundry 

Com'issions &c (w ch was formerly sent them) — sayeing they 

app r hended it Did noewise Concerne them — 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy the seventeenth 
day of Aprill Anno Dni 1686 

p r eent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major wm: Sandford 
Isaac Kingsland 
Benj a Price 
Sam" Dennes & 
Henry Lyon 

A Bill for maintenance of prisoners that have noe visible 
Estate brought here from y e house of Deputyes — and Read, 
and being Drawne verry short and in many Cases insuffitient, — 
a new Bill vpon the subject matter was againe Drawne up by 

the 
P 



Councill 



130 

the Secretery, and ordered to bee sent to the house of Depu- 
tyes &c 

A message from the Deputyes Desireing that the Conside- 
rac'on for Defrayeing the maintenance of the Goverm 1 for the 
ffuture and such Charges as are by post— and a provition for 
the Governor and Councill &c being in service of y e Country 
as well as the Deputyes may bee Differ'd till next assembly. 

9 A Bill from the house of Deputyes for p'hibiteing the 
weareing of swords daggers pistolls Dirks stilettoes &c by the 
Inhabitants of this province — was here Read — amended, and 
sent backe by ra r Sam 11 Dennes, — and againe brought here and 
signed by the Governor &c 

A Bill touching the Court of Com'on Right brought from 
the house of Deputyes, was here Read amended and sent 
them backe &c 

10 The Bill for Maintenance of Prisoners &c, being againe 
brought from the house of Deputyes and signed by their 
speaker w th out any amendmen ta , — ordered that the same be 
signed by our Governor for this boards Concurrance &c — sent 
backe by M r Dennes 

11 Bill touching and Concerneing the taking vp of Runaway 
servants, — was here Read, — amended, and sent backe to y e 
Deputyes by m r Dennes, and againe brought here and signed 
by our Governor &c. — 

12 The Bill touching the Court of Com'on Right to bee 
held att Amboy onely, and that Twise in Each yeare — was 
againe Read, — and signed by our Governor for this Boards 
Concurrance. 

Adjourned till 4 Clocke afternoone 

post m'idiem 

A ffree Conferance was here held vpon the Bill for 
the settlem 1 of the Secretaryes surveyo" and all other 
office's ffees in this province, vpon the Result it was Con- 
cluded that a Comittee of Each house bee appointed to setle 
the s rt fees and to meete vpon Munday morneing next &c 
Adjourned till 8 Clocke Munday morneing 

Att 



131 

Att a Councill begun and held at Amboy the 19 th April 
1686 



p r sent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry- 
Major w m Sandford 
M r Isaac Kingsland 
M r Benj a Price— 



Conncill 



A Message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a ffree 
Conferance to Debate sundry affaires and in p'ticular the Bill 
for settlem' of ffees — w ch was granted them — and the house 
of Deputyes Coming in, — 

1 st The Governor made Inquirey of what answer they gave 
touching the scheme of Goverm* formerly Given them in — 

Answer, That they app r hended the same Did 
[fundamental not a g ree w th t ] le Constitution of this province, 

not agreeable an< ^ * na * tnev understood that the same were noe 
& c ] wise bindeing Except past into a Lawe by the 

Generall Assembly 

2 dy There Came in Debate how the Charges should bee De- 
fraide for such publicise high wayes bridges and ferryes as are 
already made and to bee made, — after some Debate the 
house of Deputyes sayes they will take Care to Draw vp a Bill 
for that Ende. 

3 ly proposed by the Governor, how the Councillo rs and 
Secretary's Charges (who attend for the publicke servise in this 
Assembly) shall bee Defrai'd, — after a long Debate — the 
speaker sayes they see no Cause or Reason that the Country 
ought to Defray the same, being w th out p r sident. 

4 ly How y e Secretaryes Bill of Charges for makeing out of 
writts for Elections of Deputyes Com'issions for Justices of 
peace &c, shal bee Defraide: — Answer that they see no Rea- 
son that the Country ought to pay for the same, for that they 
have not Liberty or power to Choose such officers &c 

5 ly Ques. who shall pay y" Kings Attorneyes ffees vpon 
Cryminall actions. — The speaker makeing Answer, says That 
the proprietor 8 haveing all Royaltyes, waiths, strayes, and 
ffines ought to pay the same 

6 ly proposed 



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6 ly proposed by the Governor, how they intend to Defray 
the Charges for the maintenance of the Governm 1 ; the house 
of Deputyes Desired some tyme to Conferr amongst them- 
selves vpon the subject matter and w th drew. 

A Message from the Deputyes in writeing as followeth 
&c viz* 

The house of Deputyes haveing a second tyme taken into 
their serious Considerac'on the Bill for maintenance of the 
Goverm' <fcc Desire Lieve, first to Confer w th their neighbours in 
Each Towne and County, and att the next meeting of the As- 
sembly will Retorne an Answer &c 

Ric: Haktshoene speaker. 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post meridiem 

A paper was given in here by M r John Inynons, therein set- 
ting fforth that he has bin att a Considerable Expense to ac- 
commodate the Country, in makeing out a Road to the ffalls 
from his house vpon the Raraton, w oh is six miles shorter then 
formerly, and hath ffurnished himselfe w Ul all accomodac'on as 
boates Canoes &c flitting for fferrying over the Raraton River 
all Travelling w th horses and Catle &c — Desireing this Board 
will bee pleased to order its being a publicke Road for the use 
of the Country, and setle the Rates for the fferry &c, w oh being 
Read, It's Agreed and ordered that the Com'issio rs appointed 
by Act of Generall Assembly for laying out of all High 
wayes Landings and fferryes, in some short tyme Repaire to 
the s d fferry and there inspect the same and make their Re- 
torne to the Secretaryes office ; and as to the s d ffees and Rates 
for the fferry, the same must bee setlcd by Act of Generall 
Assembly, to w ch end this Board will take Care to Recomend 
the same to the house of Deputyes 

A Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes for the In- 
habitants in Each Towne Respectively to meete and make 
Rates orders &c: — w ch being Read,— this Board findeing the 
same not well model'd, — Agreed that the Secretary Im'ediately 
draw vp a new Bill vpon the subject matter w ch was done 
accordingly and sent to the house of Deputyes &c. 

13 The above s d Bill was againe brought here w th out any 
alterations signed by their speaker, and being Read the second 
tyme was ordered to bee signed by our Governor for this 
boards Concurrance 

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133 

A message from the house of Deputyes as ffollowes 



viz 1 

The House of Deputyes haveing in Considerac'on the season 
of the yeare, and the Emergency of their occas'ons Require a 
Respite it heing planting and seede tyme, Doe propose to the 
Governor and Councill an adjournment of the house of 
Deputyes vntill the Third Tuesday in October next: — w ch being 
Read,— Agreed and ordered that this Councill bee adjourned 
till the Third Tuesday in the Month of October next- J -and the 
whole house of Deputyes being p r sent agreed to the same 

And this Councill adjourned accordingly &c — 

Att a Councill begun and held att Elizabeth Towne in the 
County of Essex the ffifth day of 8 ber Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent Governor Lawrie 
Major John Berry 
Major w m Sandforr] 

L?Pr£ ngSland r° UnCiU 
Sam" Dennes & \ 

Henry Lyon J 

A Com'iRsion from Governor Barclay to Lord Neil Campbell 
for the office of Deputy Governor of this Province — was here 
Read ; whereupon it was agreed and ordered that the same bee 
Recorded, and that his Lordship is Recognized by the Members 
of this Councill our Deputy Governor of this Province of East 
New Jersey, who Itnediately tooke the Chaire &c. 

It's Agreed and ordered that a Proclamac'on bee im'edatejy 
drawne vp and issued out into Each County in and through 
out this Province setting forth his Lord pps Com'ission w th a 
Confirmation and Continuac'on of all Cora'issions Magistrates 
and officers both Civill and Millitary in and throughout this 
province, till his Lord pps pleasure bee further knowne &c 

Ja Emott Sec y 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth in the 
County of Middx the 20 th day of 8 bsr Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent Lord Neil Campbell Gov r 
Cap 4 Andrew Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
M r Sam 11 Winder I Councill 

M r David Mudy 
James Emott Sec. The 



134 



The Com'ission of the Governors Councill was Read whose 
names were as followes viz' 

' Garven Lawrie Esq 1 
Major John Berry 
Cap' And: Hamilton 
Cap' Tho: Codrington 
• Cap' Ric: Tormley 1- Councillo rs 
Sam" Winder gent 
John Johnstone gent 
David Mudy gent 
x James Emott Sec 

The house of Deputyes sent here a Message that their Mem- 
bers Desired to see his Lords pps Com'ission for Dep' Gov- 
ernor; w ch was given to the Messingers, and after they had 



p'used the same in their house againe Returned the s d 
'ission. 



Com- 



The Members of Councill made their vsuall sub- 
scription here in open Councill &c — 

A Bill for Repealeing of a late Act made for the Raizeing 
the value of money in this province, w ch being Read, and the 
same being amended and Transcribed out, was againe sent to 
the house of Deputyes for their Concurrance &c 

A Message to y e Deputyes was sent as ffollowes 
viz' 

Whereas att the gen r 'all Assembly held att Amboy in the 
month of Aprill last past, it was proposed to the house of 
Deputyes by this board, That a Bill might bee Drawne by 
them for the Maintaineance of the Goverm', and the Consider- 
ac'on thereof being by [them] Differ'd till the meeting of this 
p r sent Assembly, This is againe to Renew the proposall to the 
s d house of Deputyes, to the intent a Bill may bee Drawne vp 
to Defray the same &c 

Bill for Repealeing of a late Act made for the Raiseing of 
the value of money in this province, being sent here fairely 
Transcribed according to the amendm' 8 and signed by the 
speaker,— w 011 being Read, — It's Agreed and ordered that the 
same be signed by his Lords ,>p for this boards Concurrance, 
and was againe sent backe by m r Sam" Winder and major 
John Berry &c. — 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post 



>■ Councill 



135 

post m r idiem 

A Bill for Enableing the ffreehold'' 8 in Each Respective 
Towne to meete, agree, and propose prudentiall orde", and to. 
Choose and Towne Clarke, w ch being read the Considerac'on 
Differ'd till next morneing 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey 
the Twenty ffirst day of October Anno Dni 1686 

p'sent L rt Neil Campbell Governor 
" Garuon Lawrie Esq r 
Major John Berry 
Cap* And: Hamilton 
M r David Mudy 
M r Sam" Winder & 
James Emott Sec y 

A Bill touching y e Court of Sessions for the County of 
Middx sent here from the house of Deputyes was Read — and 
some alterations being therein made, the same was againe Re- 
turned to the house of Deputyes. 

The Bill w ch last night was brought here from the house 
of Deputyes to impower the ffreeholders in Each Respective 
Towne to meete & make Locall and prudentiall Lawes &c, 
— was againe Read — and being taken into mature Con- 
siderac'on it's the sence of this Board, that the thing Desired 
in the s d Bill is fully p'vided for in a former Act made the last 
Assembly. 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

2 The above s d Act touching the Court of Sessions in 
middx County was againe sent here, fairely Transcribed w th 
what amendm ts was made by this Board and signed by the 
speaker to the house of Deputyes ; w oh being Read — Agreed 
and ordered that the same bee signed by his Lords pp for this 
boards Concurrance, and to bee sent backe to the house of 
Deputyes by Major John Berry and James Emott w ch was done 
accordingly 

A Bill was sent here from the house of Deputyes for a 
penalty vpon such p'sons as shall for the Suture Continue in 
the office of sheriffe above one yeare ; w ch being Read, and 
some small amendm ts being made, the same was Retorned by 
m r Mudy. 



136 

A Message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a ffree 
Conferance touching the subject matter of the aboves d Bill 
Relateing to High Sheriffes. Agreed a ffree Conferance im'e- 
diately bee had w th the house of Deputyes ; and they Comeing 
before this board the same was ffreely debated. Whereupon 
it's was agreed and ordered by Consent of both houses, That 
the Secretary Im'ediately draw vp a new Bill, that noe Sheriffe 
shall Continue in the s d office above one yeare and that they 
shall always bee Com'issionated vpon the first Tuesday in the 
month of January yearely, w th a penalty of Twenty pounds — 
that shall Refuse to accept of such Com'ission &c 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy the 22 th day of 8 ber Anno 
Dni 1686 

p'sent L d Neil Campbell Governor 
Major John Berry "j 

£ P Da A vidM H ud7r C ° UnCm 

James Emott Sec. J 

The Bill touching the office of Sheriffe was againe Drawne 
out by the Secretary, and here Read, — and ordered to bee sent 
to the house of Deputyes, w ch was Done accordingly by Major 
John Berry. 

A Bill touching the Courts of Sessions of this province in 
generall, w ch was offered the last assembly, was sent here by 
the house of Deputyes, — and Read. 

Agreed and ordered that the Message w ch the ffirst day of 

this Assembly was Drawne vp, touching the maintenance of 

the Goverm 1 bee sent to the house of Deputyes, — w ch was done 

accordingly by major John Berry and Cap' Andrew Hamilton.- 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

A petic'on from the Inhabitants of the Towne of Amboy 
perth for a Com'ission for a Court of small Causes according 
to Act of generall assembly; — w cb being Read — Agreed they 
have a Com'ission granted them — and the Com'issioners be m r 
Benj a Griffith m r James Armer and m r Benj a Clarke 

3 The Bill touching sheriffes, was againe brought here 
from the house of Deputyes w"'out any alteration, signed by 
their speaker; — and being Read and signed by his Lords pp for 
this Boards Concurrance &c 



137 

a Conferance was had by a Com'ittee of the house of 
Deputyes and this Councill, touching the Bill for setlem* of 
ffees, w ch was wholy agreed vp, and y e same was Carryed 
backe to the house of Deputyes to bee fairely Ingrossed. 
Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held at Amboy Perth in the County of 
middx the 23 d day of October Anno Dni 1686 

p'sent L d Neil Campbell Governor 
Major John Berry 
Cap* Andrew Hamilton 
M r Ric:Tormely 
M r David Mudy 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec. 



Councill 



Agreed that a Message bee sent to the house of Deputyes> 
to Recomend to them the Act made in the last Assembly 
touching the weareing of Armes, to the end the same may bee 
either Repealed or snch.alterac'ons made therein as publicke 
Armes as swoards &c may not bee prohibited to any. — The 
Message sent by Cap' Andrew Hamilton and Major John 
Berry. 

The High Sheriffe of the County of Bergen brought here 
the boddyes of Rowley Vanderhide, Andresse Lawrenson, 
Lawrence Lawrenson, Dericke Eptkeyes, Cornelius Christian- 
son, Hans Christianson, Eptkey Jacobs and weart Eptkey — 
pursuant to a proclamac'on issued out to the s d High Sheriffe 
for a Riote by them Comitted in the s d County, and for Re- 
fuseing to obey the Kings Authority there, and sundry Depo- 
sitions being here Read, and also sundry warr ts , and the 
Sheriffes Retorne therevpon, wherein appeares the great inso- 
lency of the s d p'sons in breach of the Kings peace, and Con- 
tempt of the Lawes of this province — the p r misses being duely 
Considered and vpon mature Considerac'on, It's vnariimously 
agreed and ordered that the aboves* p'sons and every of them 
stand Close Cqmitted to ye Com'on Gaole of Woodbridgc 
there to Remaine vntill they shall give good and sufficient 
security, and that in the sume of Each of them one Hundred 
pounds, before some Justice of peace of this County, for 
their p'sonall appearance att the next Court of Com'on Right 
to bee held att the Towne of Amboy perth the second Tues- 
day in the month of Aprill now next ensueing, to Answer the 
p r misses, and that in the meane tyme to bee of the good 

behaviour 

Q 



138 

behaviour <fcc ; — and also that Im'ediately bee Comitted to the 
hands and Custody of the High Sheriffe of middx, who is 
hereby Required in the Kings name to take the said p'sons 
into his Custody and them 'safely keepe vntill the shall give 
such security as above, or bee Discharged by due Course of 
Law. 

It's also agreed and ordered that Major John Berry issue, out 
his warr' to the sheriffe of the County of Bergen, to take into 
his Custody the boddy of Lawrence Andress of Bergen and 
him safely keepe, soe that hee may have his boddy att the next 
Court of Com'on Right to bee held att Amboy the second 
Tuesday in the month of Aprill next, to Answer to such Arti- 
cles and things as shall bee objected ag' him vpon the p't and 
behalfe of our Lord the King &c 

The Bill touching the Secretaryes and other ffees was brought 
here from the house of Deputyes, fairely Transcribed accord- 
ing to the last nights settlem': — w oh being Read agreed and 
ordered that the same bee signed by his Lords pp for this boards 
Concurrance 

Adjourned till Munday 2 Clocke afternoone 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy the 25 th day of 
October Anno Dn 1 1686 v 

p'sent Lord Neil Campbell Gov r 
Cap' And : Hamilton 
M| David Mudy I c ^ 

M r Jchn stone 
James Emott Sec: j 

The Councill being meet according to the Adjournment, and 
there being Litle businesse offering, the house of Deputyes not 
being all Convein'd, agreed that this Councill bee adjourned 
till 8 Clocke tomorrow morneing 

And this Councill adjourned accordingly 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey the 
26 th day of 8 ,ber Anno Dni 1686 

p'esent L rt neil Campbell Governor 
Major John Berry \ 

Cap' Andrew Hamilton 
M r John Johnstone > Councill &c 

M r David Mudy 
James Emott Sec 

The 



139 

The Bill touching the Courts of Sessions for tryall of all 
acc'ons &c in the County where the ffact doth arise, was here 
Debated by a ffree Conferance of both houses, and many In- 
conveniences being apparently sett forth to all or most p't of, 
the Articles of the s <l Bill by the members of this Councill, the 
house of Deputyes Retorned to their house seemeingly Con- 
tented: — 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m r idiem 

One John Duty was brought here, before this Councill for 
speaking sundry words of Evell import ag' his p r sent ma" 1 the 
King of England, and being Examined vtterly Denyed the 
same, and the Informer peter prew being also Examined, a 
message was sent to the house of Deputyes for a flfree Confer- 
ance vpon the subject matter of the Complaint, and to fall vpon 
a way whereby the s a John Duty might bee brought to a 
Legall Tryall in some short tyme, and after some Debate w" 1 
the house of Deputyes touching and Concerneing the p'misses, 
It was agreed that the further Considerac'on thereof bee Di- 
ffer'd till thirsday morneing next, and that as well the s d peter 
prew as the s d John Duty in the meane tyme Remaine in the 
Sheriffes Custody, the s d prew not haveing made his Com- 
plaint w tb in Eight and fforty hours as the Law Directs but has 
Delayed the same for severall monthes 

4 A new Bill touching the Courts of Sessions was againe 
Drawne vp by the Deputyes, That all Transitory Actions not 
Exceeding ffive pounds should be tryed in the Court of Sessions 
where the fact shall arise &c. — w° h being Read and sent backe 
to the Deputyes after some small amendm' 3 , the same againe 
was sent here fairely Ingrosed w th the amendm' 8 — w ch was 
ordered and Agreed to bee signed by his Lords pp for Concurr- 
ance of this Board 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke Thirsday morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East Jersey the 28 th 
day of October Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent L d Neil Campbell Gov r 
Major John Berry 
Cap' Andrew Hamilton 
M r Sam 11 Winder 
M r David Mudy 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec 

The 



Councill 



140 

The house of Deputies Comeing here, Delivered in their 
opinion that a spetiall Court ought not to bee granted for the 
Tryall of John Duty who was Examined vpon Tuesday last 
before this Counoill: — wherevpon it was agreed and ordered 
that the s d Duty bee bound over to the next Court of sessions 
to bee held for this County, to Answer the p r misses and that 
also peter prew bee bound over to give his Evidence &c 

The Act formerly made touching the Rangers office, came 
here in Debate as to severall Articles and things therein Con- 
tained and the Deputyes againe Retorned to their house &c — 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

A Message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a ffree 
Conferanee touching a former message, sent from this Board, 
for Raiseing money for maintenance of the Goverm 1 ; Agreed 
and ordered that To morrow morneing att nine Clocke bee the 
hour appointed for that service. 

A Bill touching an Act formerly made for the office of 
Ranger being sent here from the house of Deputyes and Read, 
the Considerac'on Differ'd till next morneing 

A Bill touching servants, was Drawne vp by the Secretary 
and sent to the house of Deputyes by m r Sam" winder and 
James Emott. 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

* 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East New Jersey 
the 29 th day of October Anno Dni 1686 

p r sent L d neil Campbell Gov r 
Garuon Lawrie Esq r 
Major John Berry 
M r Sam" Winder 
Cap' And: Hamilton J- Councill 
M r John Johnstone 
M r D Mudy & 
James Emott Sec, 

The whole house of Deputyes Came here, vpon the Con- 
feranee yesterday appointed for Raiseing a supply for support 
and maintenance of y e Goverm*; The speaker m r Hartshorne 
Delivered the sense of the house of Deputyes touching the 
subject matter of the Conferanee, Declareing that the planters 
and Inhabitants of this Province have bin att Equall Charges 
w th the proprietors in England, in that they have made all 
High wayes bridges Landings and prisons &c, — and also it 

was 



141 

was the Complaint of the House of Deputyes that great p't of 
their Land has bin lately granted to others to w ch they had an 
vndoubted Right, and sundry other Evations, — w ch was fully 
Answered them by our late Governor Garven Lawrie. — But 
after all, the house of Deputyes Desired tyme till the meeting 
of the next Assembly for a further Considerac'on, m r Speaker 
Declareing amongst other things why they ought not grant a 
supply as above, was, for that they were not willing to main- 
taine a goverm' ag' themselves &o 

Agreed and ordered that a Com'ssion bee granted out by the 
Proprieto r s to m r Sam" Winder for the Kings Attorney Gen- 
eral! of this Province of East New Jersey. 

Adjourned till 8 Clooke tomorrow mprneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East new Jersey the 
30 th 8 ber 1686 



p r sent L d Neil Campbell Gov 
Garven Lawrie Esq r 
Major John Berry 
Cap 4 'A. Hamilton 
M r Sam 11 winder 
M r David Mudy 
James Emott Sec 



- Councill 



James Scott (sonn of George Scott of picklorkey late of the 
Kingdom of Scotland Deceased) came before this Councill 
being a Minor and made choyse off m r John Johnstone and m r 
George Willox to bee his Guardians — who were Admitted 
accordingly — They giveing in sufficient security to bee accompt- 
able to the s d James Scott when hee shall attaine to the age of 
one and Twenty yeares 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy the Tenth day of 
December Anno Dni 1686 



p r sent L' 1 Neil Campbell Gov r 
' Garven Lawrie 
Cap' And: Hamilton 
M r Isaac Kingsland 
M r Ric. Tormely 
M r Sam" Winder 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec 



► Councill 



Lord 



142 

Lord Neil Campbell gave the members of this Councill an 
Accompt of the vessell, that was soe lately taken away from 
this port by order from the Governor of new yorke; — and alsoe 
his Lords pp shewed a Coppy of a Letter hee sent to the Gov- 
ernor of New yorke Relateing to the takeing away of the s' 1 
vessell, w th the Governors Lett' to his Lords pp in answer there- 
to; — w ch being Read — vpon the whole matter his Lords pp De- 
sired advise in the p r misses, from the Members of this Councill 
for a suitable addresse to his Ma tie in Councill — after some 
debate and mature Considerac'on, It's the sense of this Board 
that a Letf be Drawne vp by the the members of this Councill 
and sent to the proprietor in England, Dilateing the whole 
Case, and Leave the same to them to bee managed as in their 
great wisdome they shall see meete 

His Lords pp alsoe gave this Board an accompt that some 
vrgent affaires called him for Britton, soe haveing power by 
virtue of his Com'ission (w ch was here Read) to appoint an 
Deputy, hee nominated Cap* Andrew Hamilton one of the 
Members of this Councill to supply his place of Deputy Gov- 
ernor till his Retorne, — Cap' Hamilton Excused himselfe verry 
much, but being pre st vpon by his Lords pp to accept thereof, 
Desired tyme till next morneing to advise about the same and 
to give this Board his answer, whether hee could w th Conve- 
niency accept thereof or not 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke tomorrow morneing 
• 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy the Eleventh day 
of December Anno Dni 1686 



p r sent L d Neil Campbell Gov 7 
' Garven Lawrie 
Cap' A Hamilton 
M r Kingsland 
M r R Tormely 
M r Sam 11 Winder 
M r John Johnstone 
(^ James Emott Sec 



Councill 



The Councill being meet, Cap 1 Hamilton againe Excused 
himselfe of what was proposed by his Lords pp the last night, 
in takeing vpon him the Governm' as not agreeing w th the 
Exigency of his affaires &c. — But vpon the whole Cap 1 Ham- 
ilton Consented to accept of the same, w ch was to the good 
likeing of the Members of this Councill, — Excepting Garven 
Lawrie Esq r , who Desired his p'test might bee Ented ag* Cap 1 

Hamilton 



143 

Hamilton his being Governor, ffor that hee waR already out of 
Esteeme w th the planters and Inhabitants of this Province, the 
w ch would prove pluditiall to the proprieto" Interest &c 

The Lett r , w oh yesterday was ordered to bee drawn e vp was 
here Read, and signed by all the Members of this Councill. 

It's Agreed and ordered that Im'ediately Com'issions bee- 
granted out for malitia office rs as ffollows, To M r Ric: Tormely, 
for Cap' of ffoot Company Consisting of the Inhabitants of 
Eliz a Towne and out plantations &c 

To M r Isaac Kingsland, for Cap' of a ffoot Company Con- 
sisting of the Inhabitants of Aquickanio and new Barbadoes. 

To M r James Emott, ffor Captaine Lieu' of a ffoot Company 
Consisting of the Inhabitants of Amboy perth, vnder the 
Comand of the Lord Neil Campbell 

Agreed and ordered that a Com'ission bee im'ediately granted 
vnto James Emott for Clarke of the peace of the County of 
Middx <fec 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the 27 th December 1686 

p r sent L d Neil Campbell Gov 1 
Cap' A Hamilton 
Cap' Isaac Kingsland 
Cap' Ric: Tormly ]■ Councill 

M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec 

My Lord gave this Board an Aceompt of the Transactions of 
the Justices of the County of Middx, in holding a Court att 
the Towne of piscataway, the 3 d Tuesday in this Instant month 
of December, Contrary to Act of General Assembly and the 
Governors p'ticular p'clamation — 

Whereupon it's Agreed and ordered that a warr' bee issued 
out to the High Sheriffe of the County of Middx, Im'ediately 
to bring before this Councill on to morrow morneing by Eight 
ot the Clocke, the boddy of M r Sam 11 Dennes of Woodbridge, 
who was p r sident of that Court, to Answer to p r misses &c 

Att a Councill held at Amboy perth in East New Jersey the 
28 th 10 ber 1686 

p r sent L d Neil Campbell Gov r 
Cap' A Hamilton 
Cap' R Tormely 

Cap' Isaac Kingsland y Councill 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec: The 



144 

The Councill being mett, the High Sheriffe of the County of 
Middx brought before this Board (pursuant to an order yester- 
day made) the boddy of M r Sam 11 Dennes, ffor holding a Court 
att the Towne of Piscataway the Third Tuesday in this Instant 
month of December, Contrary to Law ; vpon Examinac'on M r 
Sam 11 Dennes Denyed not the matter of ffact, but alledged it 
was not Contrary to Law — and vpon the whole matter, It's 
Agreed and ordered that M r Sam n Dennes have aweekes tyme 
granted him to ffind security, and that in the sum of 300 lb for 
his p'sonall appearance att the next Court of Com'on Right, to 
bee held att the Towne of Amboy perth the second Tuesday in 
the Month of May now next ensueing, then and there to Answer 
the p r misses. and for want thereof, afterwards by warr' to be 
issued out from some of the Members of this Councill, to stand 
Close Com'itted to the Gaole of woodbridge there to Remaine 
vntill hee shall be Discharged by due Course of Law — 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth the Twelfth 
day of March 168f 

p r sent Andrew Hamilton Esq 1 ' Gov r 
Garven Lawrie Esq r 
Cap* Ric: Tormly 
M r Sam" Winder 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott Sec 

Cap' Andrew Hamilton p'duced here a Com'ission vnder the 
province seale and signed by L d Neil Campbell, for the office 
of Deputy Governor of this province of East New Jersey vn- 
till His Lords pp Retorne from England, or the proprieto rs 
pleasure further Knowne ; w ch being Read — agreed and ordered 
that the a 6 - Com'ission bee Entred vpon the publicke Records, 
and also that p'clamac'ons bee issued out into Each County 
w tb in this Province, signifieingg the same, and that all officers 
Civill and Millitary bee Continued in their Respective offices 
& places till further order. 

Agreed and ordered that a Com'ission bee granted to Robt: 
Hamilton of Middletowne, for office of Clarke of the peace of 
the County of Monmouth &c — 

Att a Councill held att Amboy Perth in East New Jersey 
Jersey the 30 th 9 ber 1687 

p r sent Governor Hamilton 
Cap 1 Ric: Tormly 
M r Sam" Winder & 
James Emott Sec I James 



145 

James Graham Esq r , one of the Com'issio™ of his Ma tles 
Revenue of the Province of new yorke and Dependences, pro- 
duced to this Board a Duplicate of an order from, the Lords 
Com'issio r s of his Ma ,les plantations in America, bearing date* 
the xiiij" 1 August last past, Directed to his Excellency 
Thomas Dongan Cap 1 Generall and Governor in Chiefe of 
new yorke, — signifieing his ma" ,s pleasure that all shipps and 
vessells bound for new perth in this province of East New 
Jersey, shall have ffree liberty to goe Directly thither w tb out 
touching att new yorke, Provided alwayes that this Goverm' 
of E new Jersey doe suffer such p'son, as the Cap 1 Generall of 
new yorke or the Receiver Generall of ms ma"" Revenue there 
for the tyme being shall appoint, peaceably and quietly to Re- 
ceive and Collect for his Ma tles use, all such Customes and im- 
postes as are vsually paid att new yorke for such ships and 
their Ladeing as shall Enter there ; — w* being Read, — and 
also a Com'ission to Myles ffoster for the office of Collecto r and 
Receiver of his Ma tiea Revenue att new perth afores d , beareing 
also Date the 26 th 9 bei ' Instant and signed by the said James 
Graham and Stephamus Courtland Esq r the other Com'issioner 
of his ma ties Revenue att new yorke afores d , to w ah Com'ission 
was annexed a schedule of the Customes and Impostes as are paid 
there, Certified vnder the hands of the s d Com'issio r8 and the 
seale of their office, — wherevpon it's agreed and ordered that 
the same bee Recorded in the publicke Records of this Pro- 
vince of East new Jersey, — and that fforthwi" 1 Proclamac'ons 
bee issued to the High Sheriffe in Each County for the publi- 
cac'on thereof, 

Ja s Emott Secy 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth the four- 
teenth day of may Anno Dn 1 1688 

p r esent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
Cap* Ric. Tormly 
Cap' Thomas Codrington 
M r Sam 11 Winder 
Cap 1 Isaac Kingsland & 
James Emott Sec — 



Councill 



This being the ffirst day of the Assembly the whole house 
of Deputyes came here and nominated m r Ric Hartshorne their 
Speaker, — after w oh the Governor gave them an accompt of the 
great Reason of their meeting at this tyme, w ch was touching 

the 
R 



146 



the warr w th theffrench att Canade. Then was Read the Kings 
Letter to his Excellency the Governor of new yorke, to call for 
assistance from the Neighbouring Province if neede should 
Require: also his Excell. Letter to y e Governor and Councillof 
this Province for assistance in the warr was Read ; and left to 
the Considerac'on of both houses for a suitable Answer, ad- 
journed till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

The names of the Deputyes for this p r sent yeare are as ffol- 
lowes viz' 



John Parker & 
Jeffery Jones 



) Elfza: 
j Towne 



) ffor 
) Newarke 



Richard 



j John Curtis 

) -vr„ , ) Peter Hestells ) t> 
Berry f n ^ ew f & L 861 ?™ 

) Barbadoes j Enoche Machielson { Cor P ac ° 



W m Lawrence I Plantac'ons I j* am ' 1 £ ennes 
) of Bergen j Sam" Moore 



John Langstaffe 
Geo: Drake 



W m Haige & 
Benj a Griffith 



• Piscataway 



■m r John White 



Amboy )Ric:Hartshorne ) 



Wood- 
bridge 

out Plan- 
tac'ons 
vpon 
Raraton 

Middle- 



P erth jjohnThrogmortonj towne 

Eliakin wardall ) 

& > shresberry 

Judah Allen ) 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the 15 th day of May 
Anno Dni 1688 



p'sent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
Cap 1 Ric: Tormly 
Cap' Isaac Kingsland 
M r Sam 11 Winder 
Cap' Tho: Codrington & 
James Emott Sec 



sundry 



147 

sundry orders and Instrucc'ons from his Ma tle , touching the 
privaters &c and also, what plate &c, has bin lately taken vp 
neere Highspaniola &o was here Read ; also sundry Trans- 
acc'ons by the proprieto r s in England in the managem' of the 
affairs of this province w th his Ma tie &c, and also the pro* 
prieto r s Lett 1 to this Councill Dated the 20 th August 1687 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m T diem 

The house of Deputyes sent here a Message by six of their 
Number Desireing to see the Governors Com'ission, w oh was 
sent to the house of Deputyes by the s d p'sons — and after a 
verry short tyme the same was Retorned by the Like num- 
ber, who gave this Board to vnderstand that they well approved 
of the s d Com'ission. 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the 16 th day of may 
Anno Dni 1688 



p r sent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
Cap' Tho: Codrington 
Cap' Ric: Tormely 
Cap' Isaac Kingsland 
M r Sam 11 Winder & 
James Emott Sec 



> Councill 



The house of Deputyes not haveing offered anything to y" 
Considerac'on of this Board touching the affaires of this 
Assembly, a Message was sent them from this Councill carryed 
by m T Kingsland and Major Berry, Desireing as quicke a Dis- 
patch as the weightinesse of the affaire will allowe, tyme being 
pretious by Reason of the season of the yeare 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m T idiem 

A Message from the house of Deputyes brought 
here by Eliakim wardall & Benj a Griffith, — as 
followes &c 

To 



148 

To the Hqn w e the Governor and his Couneill 

Whereas att a generall Assembly begun and held att Am- 
boy perth in the province of East New Jersey the Nineteenth 
day of 8 ber 1686, and there Continued by severall Adjour- 
nem ts vnto the 29 th of the same Month, ffive Acts were past 
for the pVblicke weale of this province &c 

wee the Rep'sentatives therefore Request yo r Honor and 
Couneill would bee pleased to appoint some Members of yo r 
house to Conferr w" 1 some of ours, for the Coppying and Ex- 
amineing the s d Acts, and then wee Desire publicac'on of the 
same, soe that wee may not onely Enjoy the benefitt ariseing 
thereby, but also gratefully acknowledge the Contentmen' this 
province will Receive 

Ric. Haetshoenb speaker 

w ch message being Read and Considered — It's agreed and 
ordered that m r Sam" Winder and Cap 1 Ric: Tormely bee the 
p'sons appointed to give the house of Deputyes an Answer to 
the aboves d Message, and that there may bee affree Conferance 
vpon the subject matter of the s d Message 

The whole house of Deputyes Came here vpon the aboves d 
Conferance — and vpon the whole matter, it was agreed by Con- 
sent of both houses, that the s d original Lawes made as afores d 
bee brought to this Couneill in order Coppys bee made thereof 
by the Secretary, and Examined by a Com'itee of both houses, 
in order to bee sent into Each County for publicac'on &c 

The house of Deputyes sent here the said orignall Lawes 
by M r John White and Benj a Griffith, and Desired they might 
bee Recorded and Coppys made. — 

The house of Deputyes sent here a Message for the King's 
Lett r to y e Governor of yorke, and alsoe his Lett* to our Gov- 
ernor and Couneill touching the affairs of Albany <fcc, and the 
same were sent them 

Adjourned till 8 A Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Couneill held at Amboy perth the seventeenth day of 
May Anno Dn 1 1688 

p r sent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
Cap 1 Isaac Kingsland 
Cap* Ric: Tormly ... 

Cap' Tho: Codrington >Counoill 
M r Sam 11 Winder & 
James Emott Sec 



149 

A message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a Comittee 
of this Councill, to meet six of their house to Consult touch- 
ing the Kings Letter or order, and also the Governor of yorkes 
Letter about the affaires of Albany ; — wherevpon it's agreed 
and ordered that m 1 Sam 11 winder Cap' Thomas Codrington 
and Major John Berry bee the p'sons appointed to meete a 
Comittee — of the house of Deputyes att 2 Clocke afternoone, 
touching the p r misses and to make their Report to this Board. 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

post m r idiem 

Major John Berry Cap 1 Thomas Codrington and M r Sam 11 
Winder Retorned here from the Comittee and made their Re- 
port, That the house of Deputyes Desired the sense of this 
board, whether it was fitt and necessary for this province to 
allow any assistance to Governor Dongan touching the 
warr w"' the ffrench, seing that the Kings order was not 
Come to hand &c ; — wherevpon, Major John Berry &c gave 
them to vnderstand that it was the Cleare sense of this Coun- 
cill, that neverthelesse assistance ought to bee given by this 
province, for that it was as well for the Defense and safty of 
vs. here as them of the province of New yorke 

A Message from the house of Deputyes, brought here by 
m r w m Haige and M r John white, signifieing that it was Agreed 
in their house that a supply bee given to the Governor of New 
yorke ffor the affaires of Albany, and that they Desire a Com- 
ittee from this Board may bee appointed to meete six of their 
house to agree vpon a sume to bee Raised, and the manner 
thereof, — It's Agreed that M r Sam 11 winder, Major John Berry 
'and Cap' Codrington bee the p'sons appointed to attend the 
same 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the 18 th May 1688 

p r sent Gov r Hamilton 

Major John Berry 

Cap' Tormely 

Cap' Codrington J- Councill 

Cap' Kingsland 

M r Sam 11 winder 

James Emott Sec 

Major John Berry M r Sam" Winder and Cap' Thomas 
Codrington made their Report of the Debate the had w th the 

Comittee 



150 

Comittee of the house of Deputyes the last night, touching 
the Raiseing of a supply of money for his Ma ties service for 
the affaires of Albany &c, and sayes that it was the opinion of 
the Deputyes, that the sume of 500 ,b bee a Competent supply 
of money to bee Raised for that service, the Country being 
pore. 

Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill begun and held att Amboy perth 19 ,h May 

1688 

p r sent Gov r Hamilton 

Major John Berry 

Cap 1 Isaac Kingsland 

Cap* Tho: Codrington i> Councill 

Cap' Ric: Tormely 

M r Sam 11 Winder & 

James Emott Sec 

The house of Deputyes sent here by two of their Members, 
viz' John Parker and John Curtis, the heads of a Bill for 
Raiseing a supply of money for the affaires of Albany &c, — 
w ch being Read: — It's Agreed and ordered that a Message bee 
sent to the house of Deputyes Desireing a Comittee of both 
houses may Immediately meete to Discourse vpon the matter of 
the heads of the s d Bill. — The Message Carryed by m r Sam" 
winder and Cap' Thomas Codrington to w ch the Deputyes 
Consented and to meete 2 Clocke afternoone. 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

The house of Deputyes sent here a Message that 6 of their 
Number were Ready to attend a Comittee of this Councill 
touching the beads of the aboves d Bill, and that they intended 
to adjourne their house till 2 Clocke munday afternoone: — and 
m r Sam l; winder Cap' Codrington and Major Berry were sent 
to attend the s d Comittee, and this Councill 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke Munday afternoone 

Att a Councill held at Amboy perth the Twenty flirst day of 

May 1688 * ' ' 

p r sent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
M r Sam 11 Dennes j- Councill 

Cap' Isaac Kingsland 
James Emott Sec J 



Councill 



151 

A Bill brought here from the house of Deputyes, — touching 
sumoning of Jury men by a sumons Left att their house &c, 
w ch was here Read, — amended, and new Transcribed over, was 
sent backe to the house of Deputyes. — 

Another Act was brought here from the house of Deputyes 
— Desireing that all Errors Mistakes and Misunderstandings 
touching the late Acts of Generall Assembly made in the 
month of 8 ber 168f>, — and all Differances touching or Con- 
cerneing the same, may bee buried in oblivion — w ch act was 
here Read — amended — and sent backe to the house of Depu- 
tyes by m r Sam" winder, 

Adjourned till 8 Cloeke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy the Twenty second day of 
may Anno Dni 1688 

p T sent Governor Hamilon 
Major John Berry 
Cap 1 Tho Codrington 
Cap 1 Isacc Kingsland 
M r Sam" Winder 
Cap 4 Ric. Tormely & 
James Emott Sec 

The Bill for sumoning Jury men was againe brought here, 
and vpon further Debate, this Board see Cause to make some 
alterac'ons in the 8 d Bill, and againe sent it backe to the house 
of Deputyes. * 

A Bill was Drawne vp by this Board, for makeing the vpper 
p't of both sides of the Raraton River above the Bound Brooke 
to bee a Distinct County &c, sent to the house of Deputyes by 
Major John Berry and Capt Kingsland 

1 The Bill touching the sumoning of Jury men was againe 
brought here from the Deputyes and signed by their speaker, — 
w ch being Read the Governor signed the same for this Boards 
Concurrance 

a Bill was Drawne up by the Secretary for a Court of small 
Causes for the out plantations in Bergen County, and also for 
aquickenic and New Barbadoes in the County of Essex, and 
was sent to the house of Deputyes by major John Berry 

petic'on of Joseph ffrazey, — was here Read, — wherein hee 
Desires this Board and house of Deputyes will bee pleased to 
order that the petic'oner may bee paid, for assisting the Oom'- 
issi rB in laying out and markeing the High wayes from Towne to 
Towne &c. Agreed the same may bee sent to the house of Dep- 
utyes to Consider of the peticV 8 Request in order to his paym' 

2 The 



152 

2. The Bill touching a Court of small Causes in the out 
plantac'ons of Bergen County and Aquickanne and New Bar- 
badoes, was signed by our Governor 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 



post meridiem 

3 The Bill for makeing the vpper p't of the Raraton River a 
Distinct County from the County of Middx, and to bee called 
the County of Somersett, was againe brought here from the 
house of Deputyes w th out any amendm*, signed by the speaker: 
— It's Agreed the Governor signe the same for this Boards 
Concurrance 

A Message from the house of Deputyes Desireing a ffree 
Conferance touching Governor Dongans Letf &c ; w ch was 
Consented vnto by this Board — 

The house of Deputyes, Comeing here vpon the s a Confer- 
ance, — The Governor ffirst made Inquirey of the house of 
Deputyes what they ment by Taxing all Lands in this province 
according to the heads of a Bill sent here from their house; — 
wherevpon M r Richard Hartshorne and sundry others of the 
house of Deputyes, Declared that their opinion were that all 
Lands, as well the proprieto™ as others w ch are purchased from 
the Indians, should be Rated, — notw th standing that Clause of 
the Concessions was Read to them that positively says, that 
the proprieto r s Land before setlm' shall not bee subject to any 
Taxe — The w oh was fully argued and the Deputyes Retojned 
to their house to Consider thereof. — 

The house of Deputyes Againe Came here vpon the ffree 
Conferance touching the aboves d matter, and the Deputyes 
againe gave their opinione That all Lands purchased from the 
Indians ought to bee Equally Rated whether proprieto™ or 
planter.— vpon w oh the Governor, after a Long and hott Debate, 
finding the Resoluc'on of the Deputyes to bee such as might 
if put in Execuc'on Destroy one of the ffundamentall Constitu- 
c'ons of this province, Did assume vpon his Honor to pay in 
behalfe of the Lords proprieto r s of this province, their Equall 
Taxes for such of them as have p'ticular pattents for any 
Tract or Tracts of Land vnsettled and purchased of the 
Indians, but would not Consent that the same should bee past 
into an Act for the Reasons afores d : — vpon w ch the Deputyes 
was seemingly Contentent and went out to Consider thereof 
Adjourned till 8' Clocke tomorrow morneing 

Att 



153 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in the County of 
Middx the 23 d day of May anno Dni 1688 

p r sent Governor Hamilton 
m r Sam" Winder 
Major John Berry 
Cap' Ric. Tormely 
Cap 1 Thomas Codrington 
Cap 1 Isaac Kingsland 
James Emott 

A Message from the houBe of Deputyes brought here by m r 
John White m r w m Haige m r Ric: Berry m r Benja Griffith & 
al. signifieing, that it was the vote of the house of Deputyes 
ypon mature Considerac'on, That the proprietor Land w oh is 
vnsettled should not bee Rated or Taxed for the Raiseing a 
supply for his ma"" service att Albany, and further they 
Desire that there might bee a Com'ittee of the house of Depu- 
tyes and this Councill im'ediately to meete to setle the Bill 
for Raiseing a supply as afores d ; to w ch this house agreed 
— wherevpon it was ordered that major John Berry m r Sam 11 
winder and Cap' Thomas Codrington, bee the p'sons ap- 
pointed from this Board to attend the s d Com'ittee &c. 

The Bill w dl formerly was brought here from the house of 
Deputyes touching the Court of Small Causes was againe Read 
over, and after some amendm ts made by this Board, was 
Transcribed over and sent backe to y e Deputyes &c 
Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

about seven att night, major John Berry Cap' Thomas Cod- 
rington and m r Sam" winter Retorned from the Com'ittee 
appointed this morneing to meete touching the Raiseing of 
a supply for his Ma'' es service &a, and made their Reporte that 
the s d Com'ittee had agree vpon the method for Raiseing the 
same, and had also Drawne vp the s d Bill w ch was here Read. 
Adjourned till 8 Clocke to morrow morneing 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth in East New Jersey 
xxiiij th May 1688 

p'sent Governor Hamilton 
Major John Berry 
M r Sam 11 Winder 

Cap' Thomas Codrington i ( , • ,, 
Cap' Isaac Kingsland 
Cap' Ric. Tormely 
M r John Johnstone & 
James Emott The 



154 

The house of Deputyes brought here the Bill w rh yesterday 
by the Com'ittee was agreed vpon, touching the Raiseing of a 
supply for his ma"" service &c for the affaires of Albany, w° h 
they had past w th out any araendm' 8 ; — and also signified to this 
Board, that it was the vote of the bouse of Derutyes that 
Governor Hamilton was Released from the p'misse his Honor 
made for the paym 1 of any sume or sumes of money for such 
of the proprietor Land as is vnsetled; — wherevpon it's Agreed 
and ordered that the s" Bill bee past by this Board, also 
w th out any amendm 1 , and to that end it's ordered that the 
s" Bill bee fairely Ingrosed: — w clJ was done accordingly and 
sent to the house of Deputyes by m r winder and Cap 1 Tormly 
<fec — 

5 The Bill touching Courts of Small Causes was againe 
brought here, and after an addition of another Clause, the 
same was againe sent backe to the Deputyes by Cap 1 Isaac 
Kingsland, — and was againe brought here signed by the- 
Deputyes. 

6 An Act was brought here from the Deputyes by Ric. 
Berry, for building a pound for the out plantac'ons of New 
Barbadoes and Aquickanne, w otl being Read, — the same was 
signed by our Governor and sent backe by Capt Townely and 
m r Sam" winder 

Adjourned till 2 Clocke afternoone 

7 An Act or Bill was brought here from the Deputyes, 
touching an Act of Assembly made in theyeare 1683 for pro- 
hibiteing the markeing of Catle by Cropeing of both their 
Eares: — w oh Bill was here Read, and many alterac'ons made, 
and fairely Transcribed over, was againe sent backe and agreed 
vnto by the Deputyes 

The whole house of Deputyes Came here and gave in to this 
Board, all such Acts of this Assembly as were in their Custody 
in order to bee Recorded, to the end that Coppys thereof might 
bee made out by the Secretary and sent vnder the seale of the 
province into Each County for publicac'on — after w ch the 
house of Deputyes Desired an adjourn m l vntill the Latter end 
of the yeare: — and by Consent of both houses the Assembly 
amicably agreed, to adjourne vntill the Third Tuesday in the 
Month of October next, and both houses adjourned accord- 
ingly.— 

Att 



155 

Att a Councill held att Amboy perth the 19 th day of June 
1688 

p r sent Governor Hamilton 
Cap' Tormely 
M r Sam 11 Winder 
M v John Johnstone 
James Emott 

Governor Hamilton produced here a new Com'ission beare- 
ing date att London the 18 th August last, and to him Directed, 
signed by Governor Barclay &c, and given vnder the seale of 
the province for the office of Deputy Governor for the space 
of two yeares : — w ch being read — It's Agreed and ordered that 
proclamac'ons bee Issued out to publish the same, and to Con- 
tinue all officers both Military and Civill in their Respective 
offices and places vntill further order &c 

Ja: Emott Sec| 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy y e 28 th day of Sep- 
tember anno Dom' i692 

f Coll Andrew Hamilton Governour 

Present J Andrew Bowne ) 

rresent < David Mudie f of y6 CounoiU 

(_ James Dundas ) 

Co 11 Andrew Hamilton produced here a Commission from 
England for Chiefe Governour of this province w ch was read 
here, well accepted of, & he Recognized by this board Chiefe 
Governour of this province 

The House of Deputyes being according to y e writts Issued 
out to y* effect they appeared before this board, and y° Gover r 
haveing made a short Speech to them they were desired 
to withdraw and Choise their Speaker and after some short 
time they Returned and presented Richard Hartshorne their 
speaker who was well accepted of 

Ordered y' Cap' Andrew Bowne one of the members of this 
board do administer the usuall oaths to all y B members of y° 
house of Deputyes which was done accordingly 

A message 'sent y e Deputyes by Cap 1 Bowne, to deliver to 
them a letter from y° proprietors in England, directed to y e 
Generall assembly of this province. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clocke to morrow morning 

Att 



156 



Att a Councill held a perth Amboy y e 29 Sept anno Dom' 
i692 

'Co 11 Andrew Hamilton Gover r 
Andrew Bo wne' 
. i David Mudie 
i ,re !M 1 John Bishop )■ of y B Councill 
John Royse 
James Dundas 

A Message from y e house of Deputyes by Six of their mem- 
bers desireing to see y e Gover™ Commission for Cheife Gov- 
ernour of this province, w oh was delivered to them and in a 
short time they returned & declared y e Satisfaction of y e whole 
house therewith and returned y e thants of y e house that y e pro- 
'prs had made Choise of a person so well known & acceptable 
to them & j e whole Country 

The whole house of Deputyes, after perusall of the propr's 
letter to y e assembly, Came before this board & by their Speak- 
er gave this board the Thanks of that house for y 6 proprietors 
Care and kindness for this province. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clocke afternoon 

post meridiem 

The house of Deputyes desire y 1 his Ho r y e Gover r would 
Issue out writts, for y e Chouseing Representatives for y e 
County of Bergen & y" Town of acquicanum, w ch they find 
wanting. 

Ordered that this board do resolve into a Comittie, to Con- 
sider w th y° house of Deputyes of a method for Confirmeing 
y e Lawes of this province, y e further Consideration thereof re- 
ferred till to morrow morning 

Adjourned till 8 a Clocke tomorrow morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy 30 th Septr i692 

'Co 11 Andrew Hamilton Gove r 
Andrew Bowne ~) 
David Mudie | 
present ^ John Bishop y of y e Councill 
John Royse I 
James Dundas J 

A Message to y e house of Deputyes for their Concurrance to 
an address or letter of thants to be sent to y e prop's in Eng- 
land for their Care of this province. 

A 



157 



of v e Councill 



A Message from y e house of Deputyes for a Generall Con- 
ference Concerning y e s d address w ch was granted, and being 
meet y e Gover r Council & deputyes aggreed upon y e s d address 
& ordered y e same to be Engrossed & signed by y e Speaker in i 
name of y e house of Deputyes, & by y 6 Secretary in behalfe 
of this board, w ch was doon accordingly 

Adjourned till 2 a Clocke afternoon 

Postmeridiem 

Thomas Gordon produced here a Commission to be Deputy 
Secretary of this province unter m r Dockwra, who was admit- 
ted & Sworne here, and Recognized by this board Deputy Sec- 
retary of this province. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clocke to morrow morneing , 

Att a Councill held at perth Amboy y e first day of October 
1692 

Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
present I David Mudie 
John Royse 
James Dundas 

Two bills from y c house of Deputyes for y e Concurrance of 
this board, viz: one for repealing y e money act for levying a 
tax made in May i688, & for Confirming all y e laws of this 
province &c, and another for repealing a former act touching 
a femme Covert, both past this board. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clocke afternoon 

A Conference of both houses about y" passing a Certain bill 
but upon a full debate y e bill was set aside 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock on Moonday morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy y e third of Octr Anno 
Dora' i692 

" Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 

John Bishop ^ of y e Councill 

John Royse 
__ James Dundas 

A Bill for y e house Deputyes Concer'ing markeing of Horses 
past that house, & desireing y c Concurrance of this board, was 
past this board. 

Adjourned till 2 Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 



present < 



158 



Postmeridiem 



A Message from y e house of Deputyes w th a bill for pro- 
hibiting selling of Strong drink to y e Indians, and a bill for 
declaiming all Conveyances of lands made by vertue of letters 
of Attorney &c to be good in Law. both past this board. 
Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 a Clock 

Att a Councill held at perth Amboy y e 4 th of Octr i692 

Gover 1 Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 
John Bishop 
John Royse 
James Dundas 



present 



of y e Councill 



A Committie of both houses appointed, to Confer upon y e 
methode for raiseing a tax for helping to Carry on y e warr agst 
y e french. 

A bill past both houses for moderateing y e former Act Con- 
cerning markeing of horses. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 

A Generall Conference of both houses about y° money Act 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning. 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 5 Octr i692 

Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 
John Bishop 
John Royse 
James Dundas 



Present 



- of y B Councill 



A bill for devideing each County into Townships past both 
houses 

A bill past both houses for further Encurradgment for y e 
killing of woolves 

A bill past both houses for Regnlateing of Ordinaries, and 
for raiseing an Excise upon strong drink & Liquors. 

A 



159 



A bill past both houses for setling a standart of weights and 
measures. 

A bill past both houses for raiseing 400 11 for their Majesties 
service in Carrieing. 

All y e Acts past this Sessions of Assembly, being ten in 
number, were delivered in to this board & ordered y u Secretary 
should record & publish y e same, and the y e Gover r did disolve 
y e assembly, & y e assembly was accordingly disolved. 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy y e 12 th October anno 
Dom' if 93 



" Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland "I 
Andrew Bowne 
present ■{ David Mudie 
John Bishop 
James Dundas ] 

Lewis Morris J 



of y e Councill 



The House of Deputyes being meet together Came before 
this board, & y e Gover r did desire them to w tb draw & Choise 
their Speaker & present him to morrow morning & then he 
would lay before them such things'as were for y p generall good 
& welfear of y e province. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow Morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 13 Octr i693 

Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 
Andrew Bowne 
, , David Mudie 

|JI f ' m 1 Sam 1 ' Dennes \- of y e Councill 

John Bishop 
James Dnndas 
__ Lewis Morris 

The House of Deputyes being meet Came before this board 
& presented william Lawrance for their Speaker, who was re- 
ceived accordingly, and then y e Gover r told them that he had 
Called them together at this time to Consult & advise of severall 
things w ch were for y e Generall good Credit and welfear of this 
province, and seeing y e warr agst y e French still Continued, he 
desired they would fall upon some proper & good method for 
defence of y c Country, & for y e assisting y e warrs & Continu- 
ing y e Credit of y e province, w oh they had already acquired, by 
assisting of our neighbours of new yorke w th men & money for 

defence 



160 



defence of y e frontiers ; and because y e makeing of detachments 
is found to be very Inconvenient he desired they would fall 
upon some better method for raiseing of men & paying them 
for y e future 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 

Ordered that Isaac Kingsland & Thomas Gordon Dep' Sec- 
retary & Clerk of this board Do take y e usuall oathes of mem- 
bers of y e house of Deputyes w ch they did 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 14 th October anno 
Dom: i693 

' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 
present { John Bishop \- of y e Councill 

Sam" Dennes 
James Dundas 
[ Lewis Morris 

A Message to y e house of Deputyes by Thomas Gordon 
Clerk of this board, desireing them to fall Spedily upon y e 
bussinese recomended to them yesterday by y e Gover r , and to 
Shew them a letter from his Ex' ci e Benj' fletcher Gover 1, of new- 
york applauding & giveing thanks in their Maj ties names, for 
y e Loyalty & assistance this province hath given towards y e 
defence of y e frontiers 

A Message by John Reid & John Lyon, desired this board 
would appoint some of their number to meet a Committie of 
their house, to discourse of y° bussinese in hand; this board did 
appoint Andrew Bowne & Sam" Dennes to meet John Bowne 
John White John Lyon & John pike, who meet accordingly 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock on Moonday morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy y e 16 th October anno 
Dom': i693 

Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bonne' 
John Jnians 
present ■{ David Mudie 
John Royse 
Sam" Dennes 
James Dundas 



► of y e Councill 



161 



A Message by John White and John Reid desireing a Gen- 
erall Conference of this board, w ch was granted presently, & 
being meet, y e Speaker informed this board that y e Country 
was much aggrieved by many ill and unaccountable practices 
don to y e Inhabitants of this province by y e Collector of New- 
Yorke, the Gover p answered y' he would willingly Joyn w th 
them to redress y e same any way they thought fitt 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy y" 17th Octr i693 

' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
John Jnians 
David Mudie 
Sara" Dennes 
John Bishop 
John Royse 
James Dundas 



present 



► of y e Councill 



A Message by John Bowne & John Drake to Inform this 
board, that ye house of Deputyes have agreed to Levy fifteen 
men to be sent to albany for assisting in y b defence of y e 
frontiers, & to pay them for one yeare next Ensueing 

Another Message by John Bowne & John pike, to Informe 
this board that they have aggreed to add five men more, w ch 
makes twentie in all, for one year 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to Informe y e house of 
Deputyes that this house desires a Genr" Conference of y e 
whole house presently, & being meet, y 6 Gover r told them y' 
they had received two Messages one Informing them that y e 
house Deputyes had agreed to levy 15 men to be sent to y° 
frontiers, & another that they had five men more w c h seemed 
very strange that they should bargaine as if they wore buying 
or selling a horse or a Cow, when their own seafty & Credit 
Lyes at stake, and therefore he desired that this year they 
would agree to send 30 men w ch would tend very much to their 
Seafty & Credit, and would also be a leading Case & a good 
Example to y e neighbourhood, and that he would Endeavour 
y' 25 if not 20 men should be accepted of next- year. The 
Governor also told them that there was an Express Messenger 
Come for him to go to west Jersey to y e Assembly now sitting 
at Burlington, & therefore thought fitt that they would think 
of adjourning for some short time 

Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post 
T 



162 

Post meridiem 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to acquaint y e house of 
Deputyes, that this board did desire they would Conclude upon 
what y e Gover r had rccomended to them, that he might be 
Enabled to Improve to y° best advantage in west Jersey, 
where he was now going, And also y' he might writt to y e 
Gover T of New-Yorke, who is now at Connectecute, y' he may 
Improve to y e best advantage as a leading Case there, & also 
to desire them to Informe this board what time they desired to 
adjourn to. 

A Message from y e house of Deputyes by John lieid and 
Thomas Richards, to Inform this board that they Incline to 
adjourne to y e 14 th November next, & in y e mean time, to In- 
forme & advise w" 1 their Neighbours if they Can give 30 men 
to be sent to ye frontiers as is proposed. 

The Gover 1 ' did Informe this board that being necessitate 
to go to burlington to y e assembly now sitting there, who 
have sent for him, & not being resolved to stay above 3 
or 4 dayes, upon Second thoughts he did not think fitt 
to adjourn y e assembly, but that a Chairman might be 
appointed in his absence, and y e Members of this board 
did recomend it to his Ho r to appoint whom he thought 
fitt, Whereupon y e Gover r did name Cap' Andrew Bowne to 
be Chairman dureing his absence, w ch all y e members of this 
board did well approve of. 

A Message by Cap' John Bishop to Informe y D house of De- 
putyes, that this board desired a Generall Conference w' h them 
presently, & being meet, y e Gover r did Informe them that upon 
Second thoughts, w th advise of y e Councill, he thought fitt not 
adjourn because it would be a great truble & Charge to y e 
Country to meet again, And therefore, w th y e advice & appro- 
bation of y e Councill, he had appointed Cap' Andrew Bowne 
to be Chairman dureing his absence, w ' 1 should be very Short, 
& in y° mean time they might be prepareing bills <fec till his 
returne, and that he bad now resolved w th advice of y B Coun- 
cill to accept of 25 men, w ch was y e lest w 011 is y e least that 
they Can w' h Credit offer or he accept of. 

A Message by John ReidSam" Dennes & Thomas Richards 
pressing this board for an adjournment at least for tenn dayes 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to Inform y e house of Depu- 
tyes, that they desired they would appoint 4 of their house to 
meet 3 from this board to debate y° reasons why they pressed 
for an adjournment: this board made Choice of Capt Andrew 
Bowne John Royse & Sam 11 Dennes to meet Richard Harts- 

horne 



163 

home Sam 11 Dennes John Lyon & Daniel Dod of y e house of 
deputies, and after a full debate y e Comittie aggreed to 
Adjourn for 10 days and accordingly did 

Adjourn till Thoursday y° 26 Instant Octr at 9 a Clock in y. e 
morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy y B 26 th Octr i693 

' Gover r Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne ^ 

present -^ John Inians [ e . r, •„ 

1 ' o u t» • > of y e Councill 

Sam" Dennis j J 

James Dundas J 

The House of Deputyes Not being fully meet 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to Morrow Morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 27 th Octr 1693 



c 



present 



Gover r Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne 

John Jnians 

Sam 11 Dennes Vof y e Councill 

John Bishop 

James Dundas 



A Message from Sam" Dennes & James Dundas to y e 
house of Deputyes, to Informe them that this house desires 
they would finish y c bill of supply for defence of y° frontiers 
w th all Expedition, for two reasons, firBt y l notice may be Sent 
to y e proprietors in England that they may Improve our Loy- 
alty to Our advantage there, & also that Notice may be Sent to 
y e Gover r of New-Yorke Now at Connecticute, that he may 
Improve it to our Credit there, & y e forwarding their Maj tles 
Interest there & elsewhere w th in their Maj ties plantations. 
Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post meridiem 

A Message by John Reid John pike & Sam" Dennes w' a 
bill Concerning y e Courts of Small Causes past that house, de- 
sireing y° Concurrance of this board. 

A Message by Sam" Dennes & James Dundas to y e house 
of Deputyes proposeing some Amendments of y e s d bill Con- 
cerneing y e Courts of Small Causes, And desireing An Answer 
of y e Message sent them in y e morning Concerning y e Bill of 
Supply &c. 



164 

A Message by John White & John Drake w lh y" s A Bill 
Concerning y e Court of Small Causes amended, & a bill for y e 
repealing of an act formerly made for regulateing of ordinances, 
& raiseing an Excise upon Strong liquors, both past that hous, 
for y e Concurrance of this board 

A Message by Sam 11 Demies & James Dundas desireing a 
generall Conference of y e house of Deputyes presently, about 
y e bill of Supply &c, Seeing they.had returned no answer to 
y e two last Messages, and being meet, y c Gover r did press y e 
dispatch of y e bill for Supply &c for y e reasons afores d . The 
Speaker did answer that they had Considered y* bussinese, & 
y' they thought they had made a great offer, & that Consider- 
ing their own poverty 20 men is a great matter, & at their own 
Charge is as much as they Can well do & as farr as they Can 
well go 

Att A Committie of two of this board viz Andrew Bowne & 
Sam" Dennes & four of y e house of Deputyes, to witt John 
pike John Lyon John Drake & John Fitzrandolph appointed 
to debate y e reasons of repealing y e act Concerning regulateing 
of ordinaries, upon full debate it was found that bill had pro- 
ceeded upon a Mistake & therefore was set aside. 

Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 a Clock 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 28 Octr i693 



present 



Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
John Jnians 
David Mudie 
Sam 11 Dennes 
James Dundas 



of v e Councill 



A Message by Richard Hartshorn John pike Sam 11 Dennes , 
& John Reid w th y° bill Concerning y e Court of small Causes 
amended & past that house, w rh was read here & past this 
board, and they did also Inform this board that their house had 
fully debated and Considered y e bill of Supply &c, And y e 
poverty of y e Country in Generall & of every County & town 
in particulare, & found 20 men, on their own Charge, y e utter- 
most that they Could go 

A Message by Thomas Gordon desireing a Generall Confer- 
ence of y e house of Deputyes presently, to Show some solid 
reasons why they Can do no more &c, w ch they desired time to 
Consider upon & give their Answers. 

Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post 



165 

Post meridiem 

Both houses being meet at y e Generall Conference, M r 
Speaker did still Insist upon y c poverty of y e Country, And* 
long and much debate y e Gover r & Councill aggreed to y e 
levying of 20 men, to be sent to albany to Joyn in y e Common 
defence of y e frontiers, & to be maintained for one whole year 
from & after y e first of may next 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock on Moonday Morning. 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 30 th octr i693 

' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne " 

™, ,,,; j David Mudie 

present < Jo]m Bighop I of ye Councill 

John Royse 
James Dundas 

A Message from y e house of Deputyes w th two bills past y e 
house, one Intitled a bill for setling a School & School Master 
in every town in & throughout y e province, the other a bill for 
regulation of ordinaries 

A Message by Thomas Gordon, w th two bills past this 
board to y c house ot Deputyes for their Concurrance, the 
one a bill for regulateing y c proceedings of y e Court 
of Common Right the other a bill for Establishing a 
Court of Oyer & terminer, also w" 1 y e bill Concerning y e 
Court of Small Causes past this board, and also desireing they 
would appoint a Comittie to debate w" 1 some of y° members 
of this board about y c bill Concerning School Masters & y' 
about ordinaires. Andrew Bowne & David Mudie were named 
by this board to meet John Reid John- Pike John Lyon & 
John Drake. 

Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 

* A Message by John Barclay Thomas Fitzrandolph & Elias 
Michielson, w th a bill past that house for divideing each County 
into Townships, & desireLng this board would appoint some of 
their number to meet Six of that house to debate upon y e bill 
for y c Court of Common Right, & y e bill for a Court of Oyer 
& Terminer. Andrew Bowne John Bishop & James Dundas 
were appointed by this board to meet John Reid Sam 11 Dennes 

Henry 



166 



Henry Norris John Lyon, Thomas Cooke & John Drake of y e 
house of Dcputyes to Conferr as afores d 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to y e house of Deputyes w th 
3 bills past this board, viz: one Concerning selling strong 
drink to y° Indians, one for establishing School masters w^'in 
this province, & one for regulate of Lycences for publick 
houses & marriages & take off y e Excise &c. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 3i Octr 1693 

'Gover' Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David' Mu die 

Sam 11 Derines > of ye Councill 
John Bishop 
John Royse 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to y e house of Deputyes w th 
y e bill for deviding each County into townships past this board 
Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 



present < 



A Message by John Reid & Sam 11 Dennes w th 2 bills past 
y r house viz: a bill for regulateing of marriages, & another 
for takeing off y e Excise & Impowering y c Gover r to grant 
lycences to ordinary keepers, & y° Bill sent yesterday returned 
& by this devided into two — 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at perth amboy 1 st nover r i*>93 

'Gover r Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne" 

, , John Inians 
present i Dav j d Mudie j^ f ye Councin 

John Royse 
James Dundas 



A Message by Thomas Gordon to y° house of Deputyes, 
w th a letter from y c proprietors in England giveing Our 
Gover r & y° assembly, thanks for their prudent Care & Con- 
duct in y° management of y e Goverment of y c province &c, 
and a bill Concerning y° Militia past this board. » 

Adjourned to 2 Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 



167 

Postmeridian 

A Message by John Drake w th a bill past y' house, for 
aughmenting y e Deputyes fees & fyning y e absents, w ' 1 being 
read here was returned again by Andrew Bowne & James 
Dundas, & to acquaint y 4 house, that seeing they pleaded so 
much poverty this board thought y e Salary allready allowed 
enuff, and that they should rather Consider y e Gentlemen of 
y e Gove™ Councill who as yet had nothing allowed to them 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at perth Amboy 2 Nover r 1693 

fGover 1 Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne ") 

presents JohnJnians I 

r I Sam" Dennes J-of y c Councill 

John Bishop | 

John Royse J 

A Message by John White & John Lyon w th a letter signed 
by y e Speaker, by order of that house, directed to y e proprietors 
in England, giveing them thanks for their Care over y e province 
& Complaining of y e hardships put upon y e Inhabitants of this 
province by y e Collector of New-Yorke, & Intreating their 
assistance for redress of y e same &c ; and also a bill Consern- 
ing John pike & his father past y l house. The letter to y e 
prop'rs being read here, Ordered y* y e same be signed by 
Thomas Gordon Dep' Secretary & Clarke of this board w ch 
was don. 

A Message by Thomas Gordon Clerk of this board to y" 
house of Deputyes, to)Informe them y* y e bill for Regulateing of 
marriages, & the bill for Imppwering y e Gover r to grant 
Licenses to ordinarie keepers & for takeiiig off y e Excise, are 
past this board 

Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post merediem 

A Message by John Reid & John Lyon, w th a bill for Im- 
powering Each County in and throughout y e province to make 
rates to defray their debts, past y e house. 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to y e house of Deputyes, to 
know what bills sent them from this board are past y' house, 
who returned answere y 4 y c bill about Schoolmasters, y e bill 

about 



168 

about selling strong drink to y e Indians, & y e hill about y e 
Militia, are all past that house, & returned y e bill about y e 
Court of Common Right & y e bill about y e Court of Oyer & 
terminer past 

A Message by John White & John Reid w th a p'per signed 
by y° Speaker by order of y l house, recomending y e putting in 
practise y e former law about weights & measures, & w th them 
was returned y e bill Conserning John pike Elder deceased & 
John pike, because this board did esteem any former disgrace 
&c, sufficiently taken of, by his being admitted a member of y l 
house 

A Message by John White John Reid Sam 11 Dennes & John 
Drake w th y e bill for Raiseing souldiers for y e seafty of this 
province, & money for maintaining y" same past that house, 
desireing y e Concurrance of this board to y e s d bill, and also 
A Committie to be appointed to Conferr upon y e bill about 
John pike &c. Ordered that Andrew Bowne John Royse & 
David Mudie do Conferr w th John Reid John pike John Lyon 
& Sam 11 Dennes of y c house of Deputyes upon y e s i bill Con- 
cerning John pike &c 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to y e house of Deputyes 
Desireing a Conference of y l whole house to discourse about 
y e bill for raising men & money &c, for makeing some amend- 
ments of y" same, & to acquiut them y l y e bill y' Impowered y e 
County Courts to make rates &c was past this board. 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to Morrow Morning 



Att A Councill held at perth Amboy 3 (1 Nover r i693 
present 



' Governour Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne ) 
John Inians >• of y e Councill 
John Royse ) 

The Bill for raiseing men & mo'e &c, w th the amendm ts , past 
this board & sent to y e house of Deputyes & past y l house. 

A Message to y e house of Deputyes by Thomas Gordon de- 
sireing all y° principall bills past both houses to be sent here, 
& desireing all y e members of y l house to attend y" Gover r & 
Councill presently, w ch they did &c, Ordered that all y° bill 
past both houses, being nine in number, be recorded by y c 
Dep 1 Secr'y in y e publick records of this province, & Copies 
sent to y e severall Countyes, and then y° Gover r did dissolve 
y e Assembly 

Thomas Gordon D Secr'y & Reg ,r 

Att 



169 



Att a Counoill held at Perth Amboy in y e County of Midi- 
sex y 6 Second Day of October anno Dom': i694. 



'Co 11 Andrew Hamilton Gover r 

Andrew Bowne 
Present-! David Mudie 

Sam 11 Dennes 
[ James Dundas 



► of y e Councill 



The Major part of y e Deputyes being meet Came before this 
board. The Gover r did desire them to withdraw & Choise 
their Speaker, & then he acquaint them w th such things as he 
Judged would tend to y e Generall good welf ear & Credit of y e 
province. 

The House of Deputyes Came before this board and pre- 
sented John Harriman for Their Speaker, who was accepted 
& Received accordingly, and then y e Gover r told them y* he 
had Called them together at this time to rectifie what is now 
found by experience to be formerly amiss, and to Consult & 
advise what may be further needfull for y e Common good 
wealfear & seafty of y e province, and as on y e one part he is 
persuaded y e Gover r & Councill will Deny nothing that may 
Contribute to that End, So on y e other side he desires that 
they would lay aside all factions & animosities, & Joyn Cor- 
dially in what May be for y e Generall good & Common 
defence of this & y e rest of their Maj tles Colonyes. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow Morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy 3 d October anno Dom': 
i694 



' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
present -l David Mudie 
Sam 11 Dennes 
James Dundas 



of y° Councill 



Adjourned till 8 a Clocke to morrow morning 
Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy y e 4 th of October i694 



present < 



U 



Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bourne 
David Mudie 
Sam 11 Dennes 
James Dundas 
Lewis Morris 



of ye Councill 



170 

A Message by Elias Micheilson Edward Earle, John pike & 
Thomas Fitzrandolph, w th a bill Concerning Negroes past that 
house, desireing y e Concurrance of this board 

A Message by Sam" Dennes, desireing y e house of Deputyes 
to appoint some of their Number to meet some of y e members 
of this board, to debate Concerning some amendmt 8 to be made 
of y e bill Concerning Negroes &c. 

A Message by John Reid, Richard Hartshorn Sam 11 Leonard 
& Jasper Craine, desireing a free Conference of Their whole 
house w th this board, w oh was granted presently, & being meet, 
M r Speaker did offer that they had some debate in their House 
Concerning y e trade of this province, it's lying under severall 
very bad Circumstances at present, & therefore desired y e Con- 
currance of This board to advise & to assist how, & w ch way, 
to Remove y e Same. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy y e 5" 1 October i694 



Present 



' Gover r Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne 

David Mudie 
] Sam 11 Dennes > of y e Councill 

James Dundas 

Lewis Morris 



A Message by Richard Hartshorne, William Lawrence & 
Josias wood, Desireing this board would order y e Secretary to 
lett their House have y e peruseall of y e booke of Records, Con- 
taining Commissions &c w cU was granted by this board. 

And also w th them was sent a letter from The Committie of 
y e Kings Councill in England for trade &c, Directed to y e 
Gover r of y e Jerseyes, Concerning y e Regulateing y e Trade 
of this province according to y e act of Navigation &c, to be 
perused by y° members of y e house of Deputyes. 

A Message by Edward Earle & Job Throckmorton to this 
board from y° house of Deputyes, w th y e act Concerning 
negroes amended &c & past that house. 

A Petition from James Armour Complaining y l y G Con- 
stable of Perth Amboy, by a warrant from Two Justices of y e 
peace, had Dispossessed him of some hay &c, which being 
read this board told him thaWthey had Considered his petition, 
but Could do nothing in it, and that if he found himself any 
way aggrieved, he might seek for redress & remidie at y e 
Common Law in a Regulare & Legall way. 

A 



171 

A Message by Thomas Higgens Tho: Fitzrandolph will m 
Laing & will" 1 Ridfoord, desireing this board would appoint 
some of their number to meet w th a Committie of 8 of Their 
House, to Conferr Conserning y e Encurradgeing & Increasse-, 
ing y° Trade of this province &c. 

Ordered that Andrew Bowne Sam 11 Dennes James Dundas & 
Lewis Morris be a Committie of this board, to meet Richard 
Hartshorne, Thomas Codrington John Reid Sam 11 Leonard, 
Jonas wood John pike, azariah Crain & will™ Lawrence, to 
Conferr Conserning y e Encurradging & Increassing y e Trade 
of this province &c 

A Message by Sam 11 Dennes & Lewis Morris desireing a 
Genr 11 Conference of y' house presently, Conserning ye En- 
curradeing & Encreassing y e trade of this province &c, and 
being meet, the Gover 1 told them That he understood y e Com- 
mittie had Concluded upon three things, to witt, first y e setle- 
ing of perth Amboy for a port <fcc, Secondly The Prohibiteing 
y e Exportation of pipe staves &c both w oh were very good but 
for y e third y e prohibiteing y e Exportation of firewood <fcc he 
thought it were better to let it alone at this time &c 
Adjourned till 8 Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy 6 th October i694 



present > 



' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 
Lewis Morris 
James Dundas 



of y e Councill 



The Gover r did propose to this board, that seeing y e propri- 
etors of this province, have been this 14 years at y e Charge to 
maintain & Support y e Govern" 1 ' to their Expense, that now at 
length some way may be taken by y e Country to raise a found 
for Supporting y e Goverment for y e future, being in vain to 
talk of trade unless y e Goverm 4 be first Maintained Supported 
& Secured. Andrew Bowne & James Dundas were appointed 
by this board to propose to y e house of Deputyes to frame a 
bill to this effect. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn & Thomas Codrington, 
desireing this board Would please send y e peruseall of y e let- 
ters directed to our Gover r , from y e Committee of Trade & 
plantations in England, & y e other from M r Powie, w oh was 
doon accordingly. 

A bill for takeing y c attainder off from John pike Elder & 

Jo: 



172 



Jo: pike his Son & their posteritie, past y e house of Deputies, 
was read here and past this board 

A Bill Conserning Negroes w th y e amendments past y e house 
of Deputyes, was read here & past this board. 

Being proposed here y' y e Court of Common Right being to 
Sitt on tuesday next y e ninth of this Instant Month of October 
it will be fitt to adjourn till after y e Court be over and accord- 
ingly 

Adjourned till fridday j" 12 lh Instant at 8 a Clock in y e 
Morning 

Att a Councill held at perth-amboy y e 12 th of October i694 

' Cover 1 Hamilton 

Isaac Kingsland 

, , Andrew Bowne 
present <j David Mudie . of y6 Councill 

John Bishop 
__ James Dundas 

A Bill prohibiting y e Exportation of pipe staves boards 
Shingles firewood & all kind of wood &c, past y e house of 
Deputyes was read here. 

A bill appointing all vessells Ships boats &c to Enter & 
Clear at Perth Amboy, past y e house of Deputyes was read 
here. 

A bill prohibiting all Justices Sheriffs, Clerks of Courts &c, 
to plead as attorneys in Any Court w th in y e province, past y e 
house of Deputyes, was read here. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning. 



Att a Councill held at perth Amboy 13 th octr 
i694 



Dom: 



Present { 



Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 
Andrew Bowne 
I David Mudie 
[ James Dundas 



- of y e Councill 



A Message by David Mudie to y e house of Deputyes to 
desire a Generall Conference presently, Concerning y e three 
above s d bills last sent from y e house & read here, and being 
meet, the Gover r proposed severall necessary amendments to 
be made in y e s d bills. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock on Moonday Morning 

Att 



173 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy 15 th Octr i694 



Present < 



Govr 1 Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 
Andrew Bowne 
David Mudie 
James Dundas 



of y e Councill 



A Message by Thomas Codrington & Sam 11 Leonard, w th a 
bill Concerning Town meetings past that house, and another 
bill Concerning patents &c past that house, both w ch bills was 
read here 

A Message by Thomas Codrington Sam 11 Leonard, will" 1 
Lawrence and Azariah Craine, w th a bill Concerning County 
Courts past that house, and-W th y e bill prohibiteing pipestaves 
&c amended, both w ch were read here. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att A Councill held at perth- Amboy 16 octr i694 

' Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 



Present 



Andrew Bowne ; , .. ,-, .,, 
David Mudie } of ? 0ounclU 

James Dundas 



A Message by Isaac Kingsland to y e house of Deputyes, w th 
y e Lumber bill w th further amendments, The Bill Concerning 
Attorneys amended, and y e bill Concerning Trade amended, 
and a bill Concerning y e Court of Common Right past 
thi9 board, and also desireing a generall Conference upon 
y e bill Concerning town meetings, y e bill 'Concerning 
patents., y e bill Concering County Courts, and being meet 
y e Gover r desired them to take Care to bring" in y e bill 
for the publick Subsidie, and also for Reimburseing 
himself what money he had layd out of his own estate upon 
accompt of y e publick, an particular acc'p* of w ch he had sent 
them, and then he Showed them Exceeding great Inconve- 
niency of y e 3 above s d bills — viz 

First, y B bill about town meetings haveing unlimited power 
&c, what dangers might follow thereupon, but if they Name 
& Express particularly what powers & authorities the towns 
do want for y e benefite of y e Country, he was ready to grant 
them, as to y e 2 a , y e bill Concerning patents, it was a thing Could 
not be don by act of Generall assembly, w ch Can make nothing 
Contrary to y e Laws of England, w oh this bill seems to Import, 

by 



174 

by Converting y e word (or) assigns, w ch makes an estate only 
for life, into y e word (and) assigns, w rh is an estate of Inherit- 
ance or freehold, and therefore Cannot be don By any assembly; 
& as to y e 3 d , y e bill about County Courts, it seems to Erect 
the County Courts into so many Courts of Chancery & to 
Occasion a great delay, being only two of them in a year, & 
therefore also very Inconvenient. 

A Message by John pike will" 1 Lawrence & william Ridford, 
w th a bill Concerning ministers past that house. 

A Message by Thomas Fitzrandolph & Job Throckmorton, 
w th bill Concerning trade w th further amendments past that 
house, w ch being read here was also past this board 

A petition by Isaac Laucer for liberty to Erect an oyl mill & 
to prohibite all others y e Space of i7 years, being read here 
& being directed to y e Generall assembly was sent to ye house 
of Deputyes. 

A petition by Johannes Van Imberg & others for a high 
way upon new Barbadoes Neck, for goeing to A Religious 
meeting &c, being read here & directed to y° Genr 11 assembly, 
was sent to y e house of Deputyes. 

A Message by Thomas Fitzandolp Job Throckmorton & 
Azariah Crain, w th y e bill Concerning Lumber, w th further 
amendments &c past that house. 

A Message by Azariah Craine Will" 1 Laing & David Harriot, 
w th y e bill Concerning County Courts amended & past that 
house 

A Message by John Harriman Speaker Thomas Codrington 
and Richard Hartshorn, desireing his Hon r y e Governour 
would please to be more Carefull & warie, to appoint honest 
& substantiall men in Each County for Sheriffs, upon w ch much 
of y e welfear of y e Country did depend, for Chooseing Jurys 
&c, w ch y e Gover r told them he had doon to y e best of knowledge 
& Information & would Continue so to do &c 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at perth Amboy 11 Octri694 

r Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland ) 

Present J David ^7" | of ? e CounciU 
James Dundas J 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn Azariah Craine & Edward 
Earle Junior, w th 8 bills past that house, viz: a bill Concerning 

attorneys, 



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attorneys, a bill about y e Court of Common Right, and a bill 
Concerning Indictments & y° Kings Attorny. 

A Message from this board by Andrew Bowne & James 
Dundas, w th y e bill Conserning attorneys past this board, ajid 
y° bill Conserning lumber &c, y e bill about ministers, & y e 
bill about y e County Courts amended. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn Thomas Codrington & 
Sam 11 Leonard w th y e Lumber bill, & y e bill about County 
Courts. 

A Message by Isaac Kingsland, w th y e bill Concerning 
County Courts & y e bill Concerning y e Court of Common Right 
& y e bill Concerning appointing the Kings attorney in y e 
County Courts, w tjl amendments. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow Morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth-Amboy 18 Octr i694 

Gover r Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland "I 
Present I Andrew Bowne I 
David Mudie j 
James Dundas J 



of y c Councill 



A Message by Thomas Gordon to y e house of Deputyes, w th 
y" bill prohibiteing Lumber &c past this board, & y e bill Con- 
cerning Inditments & Kings Attorney past this board. 

A Message by Thomas Codrington Richard Hartshorn Sam" 
Leonard Edward Earle Junior Job Throckmorton & Thomas 
Higgens, w th y e bill about y'- Court of Common Right w ih 
amendments, w oh being read here was also past this board. 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow Morning 

Att A Councill held at Perth-Amboy 19 th Octr anno Dom: 
i694 



Present < 



'Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne ^| 
David Mudie > of y e Councill 
James Dundas J 



A Message by Richard Hartshorn will™ Lawrance and 
Thomas Higgens, w th y e bill Concerning County Courts further 
amended, past y l house, a bill Concerning town meetings &c, a 
bill Concerning y e militia, a bill Concerning Sheep, all past that 
house, & desireing a generall Conference upon y e money bill & 

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y e Gover r acc'p 1 of disbursements, y e bill Concerning Sheep 
was read here & past this board, & y e bill Concerning y e 
militia was read & amended, & past this board & sent to y° 
house of Deputys. 

Att ye Conference of both houses, upon Consideration of y° 
Gover rs acc'p* of i60 n dispensed by him upon acc'p' of y e 
publickj y c house of Deputyes seemed to allow of non of y e 
articles save only y° first of 21 11 &c; & as to y c subsidie for 
support of y e warrs & defence of y e frontiers, it is y e sense of 
y e whole house of Deputyes, y' seeing y e Supply last given 
doth Continue till May next it's time enuff between & y' time 
to Consider of it 

A Message by andrew Bown & James Dundas to y e house of 
Deputyes, to desire their possitive answer if they do Intend to 
raise any supply for y e Common and publick defence, or not, 
& if they will re-Imburse y e Gover r of what he hath disbursed 
upon. acc'p' of y e publick or not, & to send their answer before 
they adjurne. 

A Message by Thomas Gordon, to acquaint y e house of 
Deputyes y' y e Gover r & Councill expected y° answer of y e 
Last message. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn & Thomas Fitzrandolph 
w' h y e house of Deputyes answer to y e last message, w ch was in 
writting to this effect, that there is Sufficient money raised till 
may next & then they will Consult what they Judge needfull 
to be done if Called thereto, and that they allow 67 lb i 8 00| d 
of y e Gover's acc'p' of disbursment upon acc'p' y e publick 

A Message by Thomas Gordon desireing a Generall Confer- 
ence of y e house of Deputyes presently, & being meet, The 
Govr r told them that by his information on their behalf, y c 
proprietors in England had Supported and maintained y c 
Goverment untill now, and therefore he desires their positive 
answer whither they will for y c future Support & maintain y e 
Goverment or not, & what they will allow, & what fund they 
will propose for that end. 

A Message by Thomas Codrington Edward Eare Jun'r & 
azariah Craine w' h an answer to y e Gover's proposall to Witt, 
That they were Subjects of y e Crown of England, & must be 
subject to what Governour Their maj" e8 were pleased to set 
over them Whither y c prop'rs or others. The Gover r told them 
that that was no answer to y° question proposed, w ch was, 
whither they would raise a fund for y e Support of y e Gover- 
ment or not. 

A Message by Thomas Gordon to y° house of Deputyes in 
writting as followeth, viz: A Message from y e Gover r & Coun- 
cill 



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cill to y° house of Deputyes, to have their answer if they will 
Support y e Charge of y°,Gov&rment, and to releive y e prop'rs 
of y e vast Charge they have been at hitherto in y e Support of 
it, that they aggree on y e yearly sume & a Certain method of 
levieing it ; y e answer is desired in writting Octr i9, i691 by 
Consent of y" Councill And: Hamilton 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn will" 1 Lawrence Edward 
Earle & John pike, who a long discourse about y e aboves d mes- 
sage, telling y e Cover 1 that he had promised them to delay 
their Supporting of y e Goverm' so long as y e frontiers were 
helped to be Supported by them, w oh y° Gover r did acknowl- 
edge & is still willing to do so, but being they do now reject it 
or delay it,w oh in effect is y e same thing, it is now but just and 
reasonable that there be a fund & Support raised for y e main- 
tainance of y e Goverment for y° future <fec 

A Message by James Dundas & Thomas Gordon, requireing 
y" Speaker and y c whole house to attend y e Gover r & Councill 
presently. The Speaker answered that their house was ad- 
journed till Moonday morning. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock Moonday morning 

Att a Councill held at per,th-amboy y e 21 st octr anno Dom': 
i694 

r Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne ~) 
Present I David Mudie ( £ ^ .,, 

Sam" Dennes \ of ? e Counci11 
James Dundas J 

A Message by Thomas Gordon, desireing y e Speaker & y e 
whol house to attend y s Gover r & Councill on a Generall Confe- 
rence w th in an hour, & to bring w" 1 them all y c bills already 
past, & all y* were at present under their Consideration, and. 
being meet,m r Speaker proposed that a petition was given In to 
their house by James armour &c, after long debate y e Subject 
matter of the petition not being Cognossible by an Assembly, 
y e petitioner was left to take his remedie as y e Law directs. A 
bill was presented Concerning highwayes, returned w th amend- 
ments &c, a bill appointing officers for executeing y e lumber 
Bill&c 

A Message from y c house of Deputyes proposeing to raise y e 
Sume of 30" to prosecute y e Co" r of new-yorke, for y e abusses 
put upon y e Inhabitants of this province in y e free use of ports 
&c 

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A Message by Andrew Bowne & Sam 11 Dennes, proposeing 
to accept of y e s d 30" for y e end proposed provideing they 
would lay down Some methode for prosecuteing y e appeal at 
home, w* must need follow upon y e Suite w ch ever party were 
Cast, for so long as they were out of their dutie to the Crown 
in not Joyning in y e Common defence of y e frontiers, nor yet 
Support y e Charge of y e Govcrment, y e Gover r was robt of 
any arguments w cb he could use w th y e prop'rs in England, to 
appear upon y e appeal, or in their behalf anyway at home. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorn Sam 11 Leonard Edward 
Earle & "Will" 1 Laihg, w" 1 y c bill Concerning County Courts 
further amended, past that house and y e bill Concerning high 
wayes past y' house & a bill for County Treasurers past y' 
house and y c bill for raiseing 79" 12" 9 d for repaying y c Govei J 
his publick disbursements. 

A Bill Concerning County Courts further amended, & a bill 
about high wayes, were both read here and past this board. 

A Bill Concerning y e militia amended, & a bill about 
Treasurer amended, & A bill for executeing y e lumber 
bill amended, & y e Bill for repaying y e Gover r 79 lb 12" 
9 a of publick disbursments, were all read here and past 
this board, and Sent to y e house of Deputyes by Sam 11 
Dennes & James Dundas, who required y e Speaker and 
y e whole house of Deputyes to attend y e Gover r & Coun- 
cill presently, w ch they did, and did deliver all y e bills 
past both houses at this assembly to y e Secretary, being in 
number 14; and because Some of them wanted titles it was 
recomended to y e Gover r & Secretary to give proper titles to 
Such as wanted, Orderd by both houses that y e Secretary do 
Record y e Laws made at this assembly, and do transscribe 4 
Copies & Send one to Each County, & that John pike do 
revise & Compare y e Copies (when ready) w th y e Secretary, 
& then y e Governour dissolved. y e assembly & y e assembly was 
accordingly dissolved. 

Thomas Gordon D Sec'y & Reg r 

Att a Councill held at perth-Amboy y" 25 th day of Jully 
anno Dom: i695 

I Gove r Hamilton 
Present \ Andrew Bowne ) „ „ r , .„ 
( Lewis Morris f of y' Councill 

The Members of y e house of Deputyes being meet, Came 
before this board & Informed his Hon r y e Gover 1 y' y e major 

part 



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part of them were Conveened & Came to know his Hon' 8 
pleasure, The Gover' did desire them to withdraw and Choise 
their Speaker and present him, and they did withdraw and in 
a short time returned Richard Hartshorn for their Speaker, 
who was accordingly received, and then y° Gover r told them, 
That he had sent some proposalls to y e severall towns of y e 
whole province in writting, that y e Country knowing what was 
to be effected, they might Come y e better Instructed to give 
Satisfactory answers, w ch proposalls if Complyed with would 
Conduce to y e general! good & welfear of y e province and as he 
had proposed in writting, so he expected their answers in 
writting, & desired it be y e first thing- w ch they would take 
into tht-ir Consideration : 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held at perth — Amboy 26 th Jully anno Dom' 
i695 

' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne ) 
Present-; David Mudie „ . ^ .„ 

|Sam»Dennes [ of y= Councill 
[ Lewis Morris J 

A Message by Sam" Leonard Will m Lawrance and Benjamin 
Burden, desireing y e writts & returns of Deputyes to be sent 
them, w oh was ordered & don accordingly 

A Message by David mudie & Thomas Gordon Clerk of this 
board to take y e usuall oaths & Subscriptions of y e members of 
y e house of Deputyes, who returned & reported to this board, 
that they found a difference between y e oath taken by y e last 
assembly & y e oathes of y e preceeding former assemblys, by 
puting y e word (Rights) in stead of (Interest) in y e oath. 

A Message by Thomas Gordon Clerk of this board to In- 
forme y e members of y e house of Deputyes, that this board 
Could not admitt of any alteration in y e Deputyes oath. 

A Message by Sam" Dennes Thomas Fitzrandolph & John 
Treat, desireing a Generall Conference about y e oath used to 
be taken by y e Deputyes, which was granted presently, and 
being meet, The Governour told them he Could not admitt of 
any alteration in y e ■ Deputyes oath, by changing any of y 8 
words thereof as it has been formerly taken and as it is pre- 
scribed by y e Concessions and y e Laws of y e province, w ch at 



last was agreed to 



Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

postmeridiem 



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Present 



of v e Councill 



Postmeridiem 

A Message by David Mudie & Thomas Gordon, to adminis- 
ter y e Usuall oathes to y e house of Deputyes & to see them 
Subscribe y e Same in usuall forme, w ch they did. 

A Message by George Willocks George Harriman & Sam" 
Leonard, desireing a Generall Conference Concerning some 
Reports Spread abroad as Come from England Concerning y e 
Goverment, and being meet, The Governour did fully Satisfie 
all of them, that these Reports were altogether false & ground- 
less & not worth noticeing. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

At a Councill held at Perth Amboy 27 th Jully i695 

'Gover 1 Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne 

John" Jnlhians 

David Mudie 

John Bishop 

James Dundas 
_ Lewis Morris 

A Message of John Royse & Sam" Leonard desireing a 
Generall Conference about y c s d article of y e proposalls Con- 
cerning y e quitrents 

A Message by David Mudie, to Inform y e house of Depu- 
tyes, that y e Gover r & Councill would attend y e Conference 
w ch they desired at y° usuall place presently. 

Att Which Generall Conference, being meet, M r Speaker did 
propose that y° paying of y e quitrents was a Generall griev- 
ance to y e Country and therefore did propose to buy them off, 
The Gover r answered that he had no Instructions at present to 
dispose of them, but if they would send some person home to 
negotiate that affair w th y° proprietors, He and y e Councill of 
proprietors would send home another, and did not doubt but 
it might be so ordered and Concerted that the proprietors 
would Consent to sell off y° quitrents on reasonable terras, they 
setleing a fund for y e future Support of y° Goverment. 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock on moonday morning 

Att a Councill held at Perth-Amboy y e 29 th Jully anno 
Dom': i695 

(Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne " 
David Mudie 
James Dundas 



[ Lewis Morris 



• of y e Councill 



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A Message by Richard Berry & Sam 11 Dennes, to Inform 
this board that some more of y" members of y* house were 
Come who had not yet taken y 6 oath. 

A Message by David Mudie & Thomas Gordon Clerk of th,is 
board, To administer y e oath to those of y l house who were 
lately Come, & to see them Subscribe y e Same, in usuall forme. 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning. 

Att A Councill held at Perth-Amboy 30 th Jully anno Dom: 
i695 



' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne " 
John Jnians 

•( David Mudie 
John Bishop 
James Dundas 
Lewis Morris 



of y e Councill 



A Message by John Royse John ReidSam" Leonard will" 1 ■ 
Lawrance & Edward Earle, w th a bill Concerning Attorneys at 
Law, prohibiting any to be Imployed or to plead savti such as 
live w tjl in the province, a bill Concerning y° Coiinty of 
Sommersett, & a bill about y e Towns defraying their publick 
Charges all past that house. 

A Message from this board by Andrew Bowne &■ Lewis 
Morris, to acquaint y° house of Deputyes that y e Gover r & 
Councill do Expect & desire that they would first setle y e 
fundation, w u, out w oh y" Superstructur would soon fall to y e 
ground, first begine w th y e proposalls made by y e Gover r and 
answer them, and that being once well setled, then they may 
do what may be found to be Convenient & for y" General 
good of y° Country 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to Morrow Morning 

Att a Councill held at perth-Amboy 31 Bt Jully i695 



Gover r Hamilton 

Andrew Bowne 

. ; John Jnians 
present <{ David Mudic 

James Dundas 
Lewis Morris 



- of y c Councill 



Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 



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Att A Councill held at perth-Amboy y e l 8t August i695 



' Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
John Jnians 
P resen M David Mudie 
James Dundas 
Lewis Morris 



of ye Councill 



A Message by Richard Berry & John Enslie, W th two bills 
Concerning y e act prohibiteing y e Exportation of pipe-staves 
& other lumber &c, made at y e last assembly, both past that 
house. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 



Att a Councill held at perth-amboy 2 d August i695 



'Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
. John Jnians 
P resent 1 David Mudie 
James Dundas 
Lewis Morris 



of ye Councill 



A Message by John Royse Edward Earle Junior John Reid, 
william Lawrence Sam 11 Dennes & Thomas Higgens, desireing 
a return of y e bills sent to this board, & to know if they be 
past this board or not. 

A Message by Lewis Morris & James Dundas to acquaint y e 
house of Deputyes, that y e Gover r & Councill thought strange 
that they delayed y e principall thing for w ch they were meet 
together, and did desire they would first answer y e proposal Is 
& settle well y e fundation & these things would follow of 
Course. 

A Message by John Harriman & Benjamin Burden, w th a 
bill Concerning y e ranging of a neck of land between Rariton 
river & South river, and also desireing a return of y e bills sent 
to this board. The Cover 1 answered that he desired they 
would send here all y e bills w oh they Intended this Sessions, 
and such of them as aggreed w th y e sence of this board they 
would pass them, & Such as did not aggree therewith they 
would desire a Conference upon them. 

A Message by Sam 11 Leonard Elias Mioheilson John Car- 
rington will" 1 Laing & John Enslie, desireing a return of the 

bills 



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bills sent to this board, & to know if they be past this board 
or not. The Gover r returned answer as above 

A Message by David Mudie & Lewis Morris desireing a 
Generall Conference presently, at y e usuall place, Concerning 
y e proposalls &c, and being meet, The Gover r told them he 
was Intending w th advice of y e Council! to writt to y e proprie- 
tors, & Could not well do it till he had their answer to y e pro- 
posalls made before y e meeting of y e assembly, & recomended 
to them particularly at y e opening of this assembly. M r 
Speaker answered it was their Cu«tome to fall upon y e money 
bill last &c. "The Gover r told them it was a very badCustome, 
& therefore ought to be amended, and y e most necessarie & 
weightie things on w eh y e well being of y e ' province totally 
depended should first be don, and also because these proposalls 
were first tabled & y" Cheife thing for w ch this assembly was 
Called & now meet together, therefore they ought to be first 
fallen upon and answered &c 

Adjourned to 2 a Clock afternoon 

Postmeridiem 

A Message by will m Laing John Treat & John Enslie with a 
bill for raising 150 lb for & towards y e Suport of y e Gover- 
ment, past that house, and a bill for translateing all deeds & 
Conveyances of lands made in Dutch or french into English, 
past that house. 

A Message by James Dundas & Thomas Gordon Clerk of 
this board, desireing y e house of Deptttyes would w' h all expe- 
dition send an answer to y e rest of y e proposalls &c 

A Message by John Harriman John Reid Sam" Leonard 
John Royse & John Treat, desireing y° return of y e bills sent 
to this board without w oh they Could not proceed 

A Message by Andrew Bfewne & James Dundas, w th all y e 
bill returned unpassed this board, being in number Eight, and 
to acquaint them that the Govei* & Councill are not sensible of 
any Coherance between these bills & y e rest of y e proposalls, 
but yet at their desire they had returned y e bills, w oh they 
offered to y e Speaker if he desired all or any part of them. M r 
Speaker answered they might lay down y e bills upon y e table 
if they pleased. Andrew Bowne said no, they were ordered 
to deliver all or any of y e bills that was desired, or w ch they 
had occasion for, otherwayes he would Carry back the bills to 
y c Gover r & Councill w oh he did — 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

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Att A Councill held at perth-Amboy 3 d august i695 



C Gover r Hamilton 
Andrew Bowne 
Present { John Jnians 
I David Mudie 
I James Dundas 



• of y e Councill 



A Message by Sam 11 Leonard Richard Berry, Benj: Burden, 
John Treat, Elias Michielson, Will™ Laing, & Thomas Hig- 
gens, To acquaint this board that Their house did Intend to 
writt to the proprietors in England about the opening y e ports 
hero, and their selling of the quitrents &c. 

A Message by James Dundas & Thomas Gordon Clerk of 
this board, to Informe y e house of Deputyes that y e Gover r & 
Councill expected their answer to y e rest of y° proposalls, and 
that they Intend to writt to y e proprietors & Show y e house y e 
letters, & therefore they Expected that y° house would Com- 
municate to y e Gover r & Councill y e letters w ch they said they 
were writting to y e prop'rs 

A Message by David Mudie & Thomas Gordon Clerk of this 
board, to desire a Generall Conference of y° house of Deputyes, 
at 2 a Clock in y e afternoon, in y e usuall place. 

Adjourned to two a Clock afternoon 

Post meridiem 

Att a Generall Conference of both houses, The Gover 1 told 
The members of y e house of Deputyes, that he & y e Councill 
Expected to see the letters w ch they said they were writting to 
y e prop'rs, for if they be Concealled it "seems to be because they 
Complain of y e Goverment, or Else writts untrouths and mis- 
takes, w oh if they do not they ought to Communicate their 
letters, for he & y e Councill are vefy ready & willing to Joyn 
in and assist in every thing w oh may any way tend to y c 
Generall good of y° province, and unlesse they writt Joyntly 
to y° prop'rs how Could they expect to effect any thing. M r 
Speaker answered that they had nothing to Complaine of agst 
y° Gover r & Councill, nor would they willingly writt any thing 
but what was true, and if they should Complain of y e prop'rs 
themselves they hoped it would wrong no body. The Gover 1, 
desired an answer to y e proposall in writting, w ch M r Speaker 
refused, but if the Gover r & Councill pleased, he would speak 
what he had in Commission from y° house upon that Subject, 
Viz: 

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i To y e first article of y e proposalls, (to witt y e raiseing of a 
peiee of money for Enourradging of y e Souldiers, Come from 
England for defence of y e frontiers) They say y e Country is in 
great arrears of quitrents, & have done a great deal already, 
and y e Gover r of new-Yorke refused 500" offered by that 
province w ch had it been needfull they think he would not have 
denyed it. The Gover r answered y l y e Country may as well 
Complain of their particular debts as of y e quitrents, y e one 
being as truely due as y e other, and y e Gover 1 of new-Yorke had 
refused y e s d 500" Not because it was not needfull, but because 
that bill was burthened w th other things w ch he Could not in 
honor Grant. 

2. To y e Second (to witt y e raiseing a peice of money for 
Clearing of our ports at home) They Say that y e Country have 
payed their quitrents, or are to pay them, and therefore y e 
prop'rs ought to open y e ports, and y e Country have been at 
800 Charge to Support y e frontiers & y e prop'™ have don 
nothing, and if they were in a Capacity to raise a peice of 
money for this end, they are but tennants at will & ye prop'rs 
may Surrender y e Goverment to y e Crown when they please, 
they haveing no Certainty of y e Goverment 

3 To y e Third (to witt The proposeing a method for 
Collecting y e quitrents w th out truble & Charge to y e prop'rs) 
they say if they Cannot Compell y e master to pay, they cannot 
Compell y e Servant to Serve. To y e 2 d & 3 d . The Gover 1 
answered y 1 if y e Country had alwayes payed their arrears of 
quitrents, as they ought to have doon, and Supported y e 
Goverment, The prop'rs would never have desired their assist- 
ance on these two heads 

4. To y e fourth (to. witt y e proposeing a fund for y e future 
Support of y e Goverment)' They say that they have taken 
care for one year, and they have no Certainty for any 
longer time of y e Goverment. The Gover 1 ' answered that 
they ought at least to have Continued it for so long time 
as y e prop'rs keep y° Goverment, It being their own Interest 
so to do, and as to y e bills, y e Gover' told them, That 
he believed that about y" Lumber act would amount to a 
Monopile & therefore Cannot pass it till he writt to y e prop'rs 
& have their answer, as to y' about Attorneys it would have a 
very ill aspect, & arraign y e Ignorance & partiality of our 
Courts; as to y e money bill of 150" for Suppprt of y e Gover- 
ment, if they thought that he must pass all y 6 rest only for y e 

Sake 
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Sake of that, he would return it also, tho he Judged it lame 
also, being only for one year w oh ought to have Continued at 
least so long as y e prop'rs keep y e Goverment, and as to y e 
rest he would Consider of them. 

A Message by James Dundas & Thomas Gordon Clerk of 
this board, desireing a Comittie of that house to be appointed 
to meet two of y e Councill, to Conferr upon Some of y e bills 
Sent this board, to witt Andrew Bowne & James Dundas 
from this board were appointed to meet Edward Earle, 
Richard Berry & John Enslie, and after a full debate they re- 
turned & reported to this board, That they had aggreed on y e 
amendments of y e bill for translateing all Conveyances ont of 
forraign Languages into English. 

A bill for raiseing 150 Us for Support of y e Goverment was 
read here & past this board, <fc y e bill for translateing Con- 
veyances out of forraign Languages into English was read 
here & past this board, 

A Message by James Dundas & Thomas Gordon Clerk of 
this board, w th y e Six bill w ch are not past this board re- 
turned to y e house of Deputyes, & to acquaint them y l y e 
money bill & y e bill for translateing all Conveyances out of 
forraign Langnages into English were both past this board, 
and also to Inform them that y° Gover r and Councill had 
writt to y e prop'rs in England, w ch letter they had ordered y ? 
Clerk of this house to read publickly in y e house of Deputyes 
to Show them that this board are neither ashamed nor affrayed 
to own publickly what they do, notwithstanding y l house had 
denyed y e like Civility to this board; w cU letter y e sd Thomas 
Gordon Clerk of this board did accordingly read publickly, and 
also acquainted them, that y e Gover 1 & Councill desired to 
know if they had any further business to do for y e Country at 
this time, for if they had they should be adjourned for some 
Convenient time, otherwise they should be dissolved, and desired 
that whole house to attend y e Gover r & Councill presently. 

The house of Deputyes attended y e Gover r & Councill, and 
M r Speaker told y l he was ordered to give y e thanks of. that 
house to y e Gover r & Councill for their favour in Causeing 
read to them y e letter w ch they had writt to y e prop'rs in 
England, and said that they knew of no further bussiness w ch 
y e Country had at this time, and ordered y' y G Secretary do 
record the two laws that are now made & transcribe 4 Copies, 
viz: one for each County, & that John pike when ready do 
w th v e Secretary revise & examine them, and then the Gover r dis- 
solved y e assembly and y e assembly was dissolved accordingly, 
Thomas Gordon D Secr'y & Regr' 

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Art A Councill held at Perth Amboy the 20 th day of ffeb- 
ruary 1695 

( Governour Hamilton ) 
Present < Andrew Bowne >• of the Councill 

( James Dundas ) 

The Members of the house of Deputies being most of them 
mett, Came before this board, And told the Governour the Major 
part of thera were conveened. And the Governour desired 
them to withdraw and choose their speaker, And present him 
Either to Night or to Morrow. 

And In A short time presented & Returned Richard Harts- 
horne theire Speaker, who was Accordingly Received, And the 
Governour told them he thought fitt to Acquaint them that the 
reason of Calling them together was to Inf orme them of Thomas 
Gordons goeing for England. And also he Acquainted them 
that the Proprietors had beene at A great -charge In support- 
ing the Goverment, And never Received anything out of the 
Province, which he desired them to take Into theire consider- 
ation 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock &c| 

Att A Councill held ar Perth Amboy 25 th ffebr: 1695 

' Governour Hamilton ~\ 
Andrew Bowne I of Ae Councill 



Present 



John Bishop 

James Dundas j 



A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by John 
Bishop & Thomas Gordon, to take the Oathes of the Deputies 
as is usuall, And In a Short time Returned gave Accp't to this 
board that they had done it 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock &c 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy 26» h ffebr: 1695| 

' Governour Hamilton " 
Isaac Kingsland 



Present 



Andrew Bowne 
James Dundas 



of the Concill 



A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
John Barclay, Clerk of this board, with A bill for the tryall 
& Execution of Negros or other Slaves guiltie of murder or 
any other Capitall Crime. 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock &c| 

Att 



188 

Att a Councill held at Perth Amboy 27 th ffebr: 1695 
'Governour Hamilton 



Present 



Isaac Kingsland [ f he c dU 

Andrew Bowne 
James Dundas 



A Message to this board from the house of Deputies by John 
Royce, Benjamen Griffith & William Looker, with A bill con- 
cerning gaiming and tipling In publick houses 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by Isaac 
Kingsland one of the Members of this board, & John Barclay 
Clerk, with two bills passed this board (viz) one for Establish- 
ing of fees for the Members of this board, And an other for 
Regulating of ordinaries. 

Adjourned till to morrow 

Att A Councill held the 29 th ffebr: 1695 



Present 



Governour Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland I , ., n ■,, 

Andrew Bowne > of the Counci11 

James Dundas 



A Message from the house of Deputies to this board by John 
Royce, William Looker, Thomas Hilburne, Richard Salter, 
Jedediah Higgens, William Lawrence, Clause Janson. with 
five bills, (viz) A bill for opening our ports &c, A bill Im pow- 
ering one Justice to sum'ons towne meetings, A bill oblidgeing 
Constables chosen to serve, A bill for killing of Woolves, A 
bill for punishing & Releeving Negros 

Adjourned till monday at 8 A Clock 

Att A Councill held Perth Amboy 2 d March 169| 

{Governour Hamilton ) 

Isaac KingBland I - ., „ ... 

Andrew Bowne ^ of the Councill 

James Dundas J 

A Message from this board by Isaac Kingsland & Thomas 
Gordon to the house of Deputies, with two bills, (viz) one for 
Supporting the Goverment, And one concerning Negros, also 
three bills past both houses (viz) one concerning Woolves, one 
concerning constables, one concerning appoynting of towne 
meetings. 

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189 

A Message from the house of Deputies by John Pike, John 
Browne, William Looker, Thomas Hillburne to this board, to 
desire a Conference concerning two bijls (viz) that concerning 
the support of the Goverment, .And that concerning Negrps 
which was Accordingly Granted , 

Att A Generall Conference of both houses, The Speaker 
first said as to the bill for the support of the Governient, That 
Every Assembly will think it fitt what to offer for the 
Support of the Goverment, therefore they did not think it 
needefull at present to accertaine any thing. The Governour 
told them the reason of calling them now was to give them an 
Oppertunity to Lett the Proprietors know how farr they 
would encourage them to maintaine the Goverment, the 
speaker further said that the Deputies had Also promised In 
A Letter to the Proprietors, that they would do what they 
ought to do. 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy 3 A March 169| 

Governour Hamilton 
Present -j Isaac Kingsland 
Andrew Bowne 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies by Ben- 
jamin Burden, John Williams, John Pike, William Looker, with 
A bill concerning Schoolmasters, And the bill concerning 
Negros, past both houses. ' 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies by 
William Lawrence, John Pike, John Williams, Benjamine 
Burden, with A bill Entituled for raising, £150 towards con- 
firming our Government & clearing our ports. 

A Message from this board by John Barclay Clerk, to the 
house of Deputies, with A bill for Maintaining the New Road 
to Burlington &c 

A Message from this board by Isaac Kingsland to the House 
of Deputies, to desire A publick Conference of the whole house, 
who Returned for answere they would come Immediately 

Att a Generall Conference of both houses, The Governour 
acquainted them that the bill for opening our Ports they sent 
to him, was Inconsistant with it selfe because it Arraigned the 
Goverment 

Adjourned till to Morrow at 8 a Clock 

Att 



190 

Att A Councill held At Perth Amboy 4 th March 169$ 

{Governour Hamilton ~) 

Isaac Kingsland 1 * . , ^ .„ 

A •, -,? > of the Councill 

Andrew Bowne [ 

James Dundas J 

Att A publick Conference of both houses, A Petition of 
Complaint Against George Jewell the Clerk of the peace, & 
John Gardner High Sheriff for the Countie of Essex, signed 
by Benjatnen Ogden, Jonathen Clements, Isaac Hatfield, which 
Petition being, And after A Long Debate it was found that 
theire accusers could prove nothing of what they accerted 
against the said Clerk & Sherrife. 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputyes by 
Isaac Kingsland, to Demand two bills passed this board (viz) 
one concerning ordinaries & an other concerning a high 
Road, Burlington. 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
John Barclay Clerk, with A bill for £200,— " — » — for sup- 
porting the ffrontiers 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies to this 
board, by Jedediah Higgens, William Looker, Thomas Hil- 
burne, and Albert Terhorne, to desire a Coni'ittie with six of 
theire number & some of the members of this board, to treat 
about the bills that are yet to be past 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies, by 
John Barclay Clerk, to Acquaint the house, that some of the 
members of this board are ready to meete with six of theire 
number Appoynted for A Conference with them. 

Att A Private Conference of some of the Members of this 
board, (viz) Andrew Bowne, Isaac Kingsland James Dundas, 
And six of the Members of the house of Deputies, (viz) John 
Royce, William Lawrence Benjamen Burden, Richard Salter, 
John Pike, John Williams, who returned five bills passed this 
board (viz) one for Regulating ordinaries, one for Appoynting 
the Councellors expences, one for A tax for defraying the 
charge of trying ffellons, one concerning the New Road, to Bur- 
lington, one for raiseing £200 " — " — for the support of the 
ffrontiers. 

To that concerning Ordinaries they answered there was 
already a Law for Regulating ordinaries, To that concerning 
the Councellors Expences, they answered since the Countrey 
did not chuse them they were of opinion it was not theire 
concerne to pay them, To that concerning the charge 

of 



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of ffellons, they answered there was provision made by 
the Lawes of England to defray such charges. To that con- 
cerning the New Road, they answered they were writing an 
other bill over about it. To that for £200 " — " — for ^he 
support of the ffrontiers they answered, that the people were 
generally so poore they could not possibly raise so much monie 
this Spring, but they further said, they hoped the Governour 
would call another Assembly sometime next ffall, to which it 
was replyed by some of the members of this board that if they 
would but raise but one halfe this spring, & the other halfe in 
the fall, to shew theire readiness for his Majesties: service as 
well as for theire owne safety. And it was further told them, 
that if they would only raise £60 " — " — this Spring, and the 
rest In the fall that wee may shew our readiness to assist In 
what wee can. 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock 



Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy 5 th March 169f 
Present • 



' Governour Hamilton ] 
Isaac Kingsland I of th(j Counciu 



Andrew Bowne 
__ James Dundas 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies, by John 
Browne Jedediah Higgens, Richard Salter with a bill concern- 
ing the New Road to Burlington, Past both houses ; they also 
Acquainted this board, that the whole house would waite on 
them presently, In order to A Publicls conference. 

Att A Publick Conference of both houses, the Governour 
desired to advise with the house of Deputies what he should 
do if Governour fflitcher should Demand Assistance from him 
for the support of the ffrontiers, whither they think fitt the 
Governour should Attach Men or not when he Demands, them. 
In Answere to the Governours proposal! the Speaker Replyed, 
they were Ignorant and did not well understand that matter; 
but only they are willing to raise £50" — " — to the private 
Sentinalls at Albany to be payed next fall 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies, by 
Isaac Kingsland & Thomas Gordon, to know of them whither 
or not they have considered of a bigger sume, than what they 
before offered for the support of the ffrontiers, And to reade to 
them A Letter Intended to be sent to the Proprietors from the 
Members of this board. 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies, by 

Andrew 



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Andrew Bowne & Thomas Gordon, to Acquaint them that the 
Governour has already been at A Considerable Charge to send 
Expresses concerning the publick Affaires, therefore he desires 
to know how he shall be paid for such Emargencies for time to 
come if any should happen, And Also to Acquaint them, that 
since there is an open warr against the ffrench, It's thought 
needfull by this board, there be A Magazine of powder & 
Shott In Every Towne In this Province. 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
William Lawrence, John Pike, Richard Salter, to desire the 
aforesaid Message from this board In writeing, which the 
Governour Accordingly did. 

Adjourned till to Morrow at 8 A Clock 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy 6 th March 169f 



Present < 



' Governour Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 
Andrew Bowne 
James Dundas 



of the Councill 



A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
Thomas Gordon, to read A Letter signed by this board to the 
Proprietors In London 

A Message from this board by John Barclay theire Clerk to 
the House of Deputies, to Acquaint them that the Governour 
& Councill desired them to Attend this board with the bills 
that were finished, unless they had Either A bill for the sup- 
port of the Goverment, or an other for support of the ffrontiers 
under consideration ; to whom the speaker Answered the Clerk 
was busie writeing A bill for the safetie of the Province. 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
Thomas Gordon, to Acquaint them that the Governour & 
Councill desired them not to Adjourne untill they brought all 
the bills along with them, to which they answered theire Clerk 
was busie about the bill for the Safetie of the Province, And 
as soone as that was ready they would wayte on the Governour 
'& Councill if it were not too Late 

Adjourned till to Morrow at 8 A Clock 

Att a Councill held Att Perth Amboy 1 lh March 169£ 

' Governour Hamilton 
Isaac Kingsland 



Present « 



Andrew Bowne 
James Dundas 



of the Councill 



193 

A Message to this board from the House of Deputies "by 
William Lawrance, Jedediah Higgens, Richard Salter & Ben- 
jamen Burden, with A bill for the Safety of the Province, & 
defraying the Charge of Expressess In time of Warr. % 

A Message from this board to the house of Deputies by 
Thomas Gordon, to Acquaint them that the Governour cannot 
be answerable to signe the said bill, because he cannot Act 
safely, without the Advise of his Councill, who Returned for 
answere the house of Deputies would Attend this board pre- 
sently. 

Att A Publick Conference of both houses, The Speaker pre- 
sented all the bills past. The Governour told them that In the 
beginning of the Assembly he Acquainted them that Thomas 
Gordon was goeing home, In order to prosecute some persones 
that had abused our Goverment. The Governour farther Ac- 
quainted them if they had any thing to offer to the Proprietors 
he should be no Insendarie against them, And he should be 
glade that they convince the Proprietors they have beene ready 
to serve them According to theire Ability. 

And also the Governour told them he knew of no other busi- 
ness at this time, And so dissolved them 

John Babclay Dp 1 Sc tr & Rg str . 
Att A Councill held At Perth Amboy 2 a June 1696| 



Present < 



Governour Hamilton ") 

Andrew Bowne | 

Samuell Dennis )- of the Councill 

John Bishop 

James Dundas 



The Governor Informed this board that he Received A 
Packett dated at the Councill Chamber of White Hall the 10 th 
March 169f, signed by tenn of the Members of his Majesties 
Privie Councill, Wherein they Informe him of A Horrid Plott 
against his Majesties sacred person, And an Invasion by the 
flfrensh, wherein they also Informe him they doe it by his Maj- 
jesties Express Com'and, And hopes that all his Majesties 
Loveing subjects In that Province, will Joyne in giveing 
thanks to Almightie God for such A wonderful deliverence. 

Accordingly the Governour with consent of his Councill Is- 
sued out A Proclamation for A Solemne day of thanks giveing 
to bee Religeously kept through out this Province upon the 
11 th day of this Instant. 

And 
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194 

And it was Concluded by this board that A Letter bee writt 
by the Governour to M r Povey Clerk to the Plantation Office, 
giveing him an Accpt: of the Receipt of the said Packett 
which was Accordingly done In these words. 

gr 

The Express from the Right Honourable the Lords of his 
Majesties Most Honourable privie Councill, bearing date from 
the Councill Chamber at White Hall the 10 th day of March 
169$, came to my hands via. Virginia upon the' 22° of May, I 
called, A Councill In Each Province, & produced theire Lordsp 8 
Letter together with the papers Inclosed. 

As the Barbarous & wicked designes against the sacred person 
of A prince who so often shews himselfe at the head of his 
Armies, The only oppertunitie A generous Enemie could desire, 
created detestation & Abhorrence. So the happy disapoynt- 
ment of it by the good providence of God, And the defeat of the 
Enemies Attempts against his Majesties Kingdomes <fc Govern- 
ment, was a matter of great Joy. I have therefore with Advice 
of councill of both East & west Jersey, Appoynted a Solemn day 
of thanks giveing In Each Province, upon which I am well 
Assured the unfeigned thanks of All the Inhabitants will bee 
oifered up to Almighty God for so great A deliverance, & all 
imigineable Expressions of Joy upon so solemn an occasion 

And: Hamilton 

Perth Amboy 2 d June 1696| 

Att A Councill of Generall Assembly begun and held at 
Perth Amboy the 16 th day of March Anno Dom: 169$ 

{Coll: Andrew Hamilton Governour 
Capt: Andrew Bowne ) 
John Inians 5- of the Councill 

James Dundas ) 

The Members of the house of Deputies being most of them 
mett, came before this board, and told the Governour the 
Major part of them were conveened & the Governour desired 
them to withdraw & chuse theire speaker & present him. 

And In A short time they returned & presented Samuell 
Denniss theire Speaker. 

The Governour told them, hee would have called them to- 
gether Last yeare, as hee has yearly done since hee came Into 
the Goverment, but the reasone (why hee did it not) was because 
M r Gordon was sent home on -the publick Accpt: and was 
unwilling to putt the Countrie to the charge of A Generall 

Assembly 



195 

Assembly till his returne, but the reasone why they were now 
called together was because the Justices & severall others of 
the Inhabitants of the Province had Addressed him to call an 
Assembly, And hee was willing to heare what they had^ to 
offer 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A Clock 

Att ACouncill of Generall Assembly the 17 th of March 169$ 

(Governour Hamilton ~| 
Sn Mans 6 " ^^ of the Council! 
^ James Dundas J 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies by 
Lewis Morris & William Sandf oord, to desire one of the Mem- 
bers of this board to take the Deputies oathes — And Accord- 
ingly James Dundas & John Barclay Clerk to this board went 
to doe the same, — & In a short time Returned & gave an 
Accpt, they had done it. 

A Message to this board from the house of Deputies by 
Lewis Morris & "William Loveridge, Acquainting this board 
that they see not cause to Admitt Thomas Warne to bee one 
of theire Members, therefore desires A New writt may be Issued 
out to chuse an other In his Roome 

Adjourned till to morrow at 8 A clock in the morning 

, The 18 th of Aprill 

present As Above 

A Message to this board from the House of Deputies by 
Richard Hartshorne & Cornelius Longfield, to Intreate the 
Governour to Issue out his writt to chuse an other Deputy for 
Perth Amboy In the Roftme of Thomas Warne. 

Adjourned till morrow morning at 8 A Clock 

The 19 th day present As Above 

Adjourned till monday at 10 A Clock In the morning 

The 21 st day present As Above 

A Message to this board from the House of Deputies by 
John Pike & Lewis Morris, to Acquaint this board that theire 
House had Adjourned themselves untill the 17 th day of May 
next 

John Barclay Dep* Sc tr & Rgst r 

Att 



196 

Att a Counoill held At Perth Amboy In the Countie of 
Middx: the 7 th day of Aprill Anno Dom 1698 

'Coll: Andrew Hamilton Governour 

Capt: Andrew Bowne 

Samuell Dennis i ,■ , , ,--, - , , 

n i t u v>- u /-of the Councill 

Capt: John Bishop 

James Dundas 

Jeremiah Basse Esq r produced to this board A Com'ission to 
bee Governour and Com'ander In Cheeffe of this Province of 
East New Jersey, given under the Seale of the sayd. Province 
In London, & signed by the Proprietors there bearing date the 
15 th day of July 1697 

Hee Also produced here A Com'ission given under the broad 
Seale of England by order of the Lords Justices, bearing date 
the thirtieth day of Aprill Anno Dom': 1697 (directed to 
Edward Randolph Esq r & severall others, In All Eight In 
Number, or any five of them, or In case of theiro Absence by 
death or otherwise, then to five of the Councill And In case of 
any of theire Absence, then to three of the Councill), to take 
the oath (of the Governour or Com'ander In Cheeffe of this 
Province of- Easlr & west New Jersey for the time being) 
Appoynted by the Act of trade & Navigation &c: to bee 
taken 'by the Respective Governours of his Majesties Planta- 
tions. , v 

Hee Also produced here A Certificate (given under the hand 
& Seale of his Excellency Richard Earle of Bellamont Cap': 
Generall & Governour In Cheefe of the Province of New 
Yorke &c: dated 5 th Aprill 1698) therein setting forth (that 
before his sayd Excellencie) hee had taken the oathes Ap- 
poynted by Act of Parliment to bee tak*en Instead of the oathes 
of Alleadgiance & supremacie, both which Com'issiones & Cer- 
tificate were here read In Councill, And then hee Im'ediately 
tooke the oath of Aleadgeance to the King & fidelity to the 
Interest of the Proprietors of the sayd Province As Govern- 
our thereof. 

And it was then ordered by this board that Proclamatione 
should bee Issued out to Each Countie throughout this Pro- 
vince, setting forth the New Governours Com'ission, And 
ordering All officers both civill & Militarie to continue In 
theire severall offices & places till further order. 

Adjourned till to morrow morning Att 8 a Clock 

Att 



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Att A Councill Held Att Perth Amboy the 8 th of Aprill 1698| 



present ■> 



Jeremiah Basse Esq r Governour 
Capt: Andrew Bowne ) 
Sarauell Dennis > of ye Councill 

James Dundas ) 



Agreed & ordered by this board that A proclamation bee 
Issued, for All Magistrates & other officers to put the Lawes In 
Executione strickly Against im'oderate drinking swearing & 
other vices & the breach of the sabbath day. 

Agreed & ordered Also that an other Proclamation bee Is- 
ued out, setting forth that the Com'issioners of his Majesties 
Customes in England Have Allowed Perth Amboy to bee a 
free Port. , 

Agreed & ordered by this board that the peace bee pro- 
claimed here the first day of the next Court of Com'on Right. 

The Governour Requested the members of this board to Ad- 
minister the Oath (to him) Appoynted by the Act of trade & 
Navigation, According to the Com'ission under the broad 
Seale of England by him here produced, And this board were 
of opinion (at present) that they had not power to Administer 
sd oath, because there are severall other persones Nominated 
In the sayd Com'ission to Administer the same. 
Adjourned till further order 



}oi the Councill 



Att A Councill held att Perth Amboy the 20 th day of Aprill 
Anno Dom: 1698 

'Jeremiah Basse Esq r Governour 
Capt: Andrew Bowne 
Samuell Dennis 
Present { Cap' John Bishop 
John Royce 
Richard Hartshorne 
Thomas Codrington 

This day the Members of this board Administered the oath 
to the Governour (Appoynted by the Act of trade & Naviga- 
tion &c) According to the Com'ission under the broad Seale of 
of England, here in Councill produced. 

All the Members of this board here present, tooke this day 
the oathes Appoynted by Act of Parliment to bee taken, In- 
stead of the oathes of Aleagiance & supremacie, (Except Rich- 
ard Hartshorne) who scruples swearing After the usuall forme 

Agreed 



198 

Agreed & ordered by this board, that A writt bee directed 
to the Sheriffe of the Gountie of Bergen to sam'ons the Justices 
of the sayd Countie to-Appeare before the Justices of the next 
Court of Com'on Right to render theire reasones why they re- 
fused to obey A writt of Habeas Corpus directed to them. 
Adjourned till further order 

Att A Councill Held Att Perth Amboy The 12 th day of May 
Anno Dom: 16981 



present 



C Capt Andrew Bowne 
Samuel Dennis 

t Capt: John Bishop 
Thomas Warne 
Richard Hartshorne 



of the Councill 



It's Agreed by this board that the Letter directed to Coll : 
And: Hamilton & the Councill of this Province from the Pro- 
prietors dated 12 th of October 1697, bee Recorded In the pub- 
lick Records of this Province, & safely kept In the Secretaries 
office. 

It's Also Agreed by this board, that notice bee given to the 
severall members of the present Gen oral! Assemble of this Pro- 
vince, that they doe not meete here According to theire owne 
Adjournment the 17 th day of this Month, but that they delay 
theire meeting untill they have further order by Proclamation 
from the Governour. 

Att A Councill held att Perth Amboy 30 th May Anno 
Dom: 1698 



present < 



Jeremiah Basse Esq': Governour 

Cap' Andrew Bowne 

Samuell Dennis 

John Royse 

Thomas Codrington !► of the Councill 

Cap' John Bishop 

Thomas Warne 

Richard Hartshorne 



The Governour Administered an oath of Secracie to John 
Tatham Esq r hee not being of the Councill of this Province, 
but of West New Jersey, who was Accordingly Admitted by 
this board to Assist them with his Advice, 

After the reading of A Late Proclamation signed by Bella- 
mount Governour of New Yorke the 24 th of this Month, This 

board 



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board were of opinion that M r James Dundas should bee sent 
for, to Acquaint them what hee knew of any order Lately come 
from England to Bellamount concerning our Port, who Accord- 
ingly came. * 

And it was Agreed by this board that there should bee A 
Proclamation Issued out Asserting the Authoi - itie of our Port. 

And there bee A Letter writt to the Proprietors giveing 
them An Accpt thereof & also of Bellamounts Proclamation, 
with Coppies of them both, which was Accordingly done. 
Adjourned till further order 

Att A Councill held at Perth Amboy : 16 th June 1698| 

present f Jeremiah Basse Esqr Governour 
Cap' Andrew Bowne" 
Samuell Dennis 
Thomas Codrington 
John Royse 
Cap* Thomas Bishop 
Thomas Warne 



of the Councill 



The Governour Informed this board that hee received A 
precept, directed to him from the Earle of Bellamount, As vice 
Admirall of the Province, wherein hee requires him to send 
(two prisoners together with their Effects, Accused of Piracie) 
to New Yorke, to bee tryed there at the Court of Admiraltie. 

And it's the opinion of this board that the Governour ought 
not to send said prisoners as desired, untill my Lord Bella- 
mounts Com'issione for vice Admirall of this Province bee pub- 
lished here. 

And its Also the opinion of this board that A letter bee writt 
to My Lord, giveing him an Accpt, why the prisoners are not 
sent According to his desire. 

Adjourned till further order 

Att A Councill at Perth Amboy for y e province of East — 
new — Jersey the 15 th day of July, i698 

' Jeremiah Basse Esq r Governour 
Capt Andrew Bowne 
Tho: Codrington 
Present { John Royse 

Tho: Warn ' 

Capt Jo n Bishop 
Sam 11 Dennes 



of the Councill 



Thomas 



200 

Thomas Gordon Presented to this board a Deputation for 
Secr'y & Regr' of this province & the Gover r Did Satisfie this 
board that he did see y e s d Deputation Signed Sealed & deliv- 
ered by y e s d M r Dockwra to y" s' 1 Tho: Gordon who was ac- 
cordingly Recognized by this board & and took y e Oaths in 
usuall forme 

The Governour did present to this board a Letter from y e 
King and Councill, with a proclamation prohibiting his Maj ,ies 
Subjects to Enter into y e service of forraign princes Estates &c, 
directed to the Proprietors of East-New Jersey, w£ b this board 
ordered to be published in y B severall Countyes of this pro- 
vince According to y e usuall forme. 

The Petition of Robert Cole Deputy Collector, Complaining 
ags' George Jewell & his wife for rescueing some goods seized 
by him, belonging to Thomas "Webster of Elizabeth town, & 
also agst Isaac Whitehead & Benjamin pryce for refuseing to 
take Cognizance of y e Same was read here, & y e opinion of 
this board is that this bussinese doth not ly properly before 
this board & therefore doe referr him to a due Course of Law, 
& in Relation to any weshells or sloops seized by the s d Rob 1 
Cole, It is y e opinion of this board y l y e s d weshells or sloops 
with all their tackle & furniture &c be Inventaried & apprized, 
& Security taken to produce y e same at y e next Court, or pay 
y e apprized value in Case they be lost &c 

The petition of M r George Willocks being read & Con- 
sidered, its the advice of this board that y e s d willoks do bring 
y e s d Ship Called y e Dispatch & Cargo to perth-Amboy, & this 
board in behalf of y" proprietors and the Councill do promise 
to Indemnifie y e s d Willocks & his Imployers from all Customes 
of y e s d Cargo, (w ch Cargo s d willoks sayes is about 800' ' ster: 
first Cost) in Case s d Ship shall be forcibly Carried up to New- 
York & forced to pay Customes there. 

Adjourned till further order 



Att a Councill held for the Province of East New Jersey att 
Perth Amboy y e 1 st of Aug r 1698 

' Govern 1 Basse 

Cap' Andrew Bowne " 

■r> j. Tho: Codrington 
Present < T v. x> 

* John Royse 

Sam: Dennis 

Tho: Wame 



all of the Councill 



M r 



201 

; M r George Willoks did propose to this Board that the Ship 
dispatch being now at New York, did propose to the Lieu* 
Govern 1, & Councill there, that if they would permit the said 
Ship to come here to Perth Amboy to unload, the goods bound 
hither by bills of Loading, they would give Bond to Stand 
tryall io» the Dutyes payable by New York Laws at West- 
minster hall, & if cast there to. pay the same &c; and in case 
this proposal be rejected, he desires the advice of this Board, 
in case he be forced to a Law Suit, & an appeal &c (by 
bringing down the Ship & goods here) how the charges &c 
Shall be defrayed, being hard for him & his Employers as 
private persons to bear So great charges & Expences, being 
designed for the benefit & good of the publick &c. It is the 
Opinion of this Board. that it will be very much for the good 
of this Province & the Interest of the Proprietors that M r 
Willoks do endeavour, by all ways & means by Law or other- 
wise to bring the Said Ship & goods here, & what charges 
&c he Shall be at, this Board will use their utmost Endeavours 
with the next assembly to assist towards the reimbursing the 
Said charges & Expenses. 

Adjourned till further order 

At a Council held at Perth Amboy the 26 th of November 
1698 



Present 



' Govern' Basse 
John Royse 
John Bishop 
Sam" Dennes 



The Govern' did Inform this Board that yesterday in the 
afternoon Cap' Mathews & M r Hutigerford with between fifty 
& Sixty men in Arms did come from New York & by Surprise 
forcibly entr'd the Ship Hester & forcibly detain'd her, & also 
forcibly do keep & detain Capt Richard Wise Com'ander of 
the sd Ship & all the Seamen & Marriners, (to her belonging) 
prisoners aboard the Said Ship, and have hurt & wounded Sev- 
eral of the sd Marriners : His Honour the Govern 1, doth desire 
the Opinion & advice of this Board, whether he shall convene 
the Country & forcibly retake the Said Ship, or forbear & Suf- 
fer those people to do what they please. 

It is the positive & unanimous Opinion of this Board that 
there be no "force used to retake the Said Ship Hester. 

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At a Councill held at Perth Amboy the 12 th of December 1698 



Present 



Govern 1 Basse 
John Royse 
Richd. Hartshorne 
John Bishop 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Tho: Warne 






There was read before this Board a Letter from M r Cousens 
Clerk of the Council of New York dated the 25 th of Novem- 
ber, writt to Govr r Basse by order of the Govra' and Council of 
New York, concerning the Ship Hester, It is the Opinion of 
this Board that they have no need to return any answer to the 
said Letter. 

The Govrn r desir'd the Opinion of this Board what is fit now 
to be done concerning the Ship Hester, being appointed by the 
proprietors Instructions to take the advice of this Board in that 
affaire 

It is the positive and unamious Opinion of this Board, the 
Governor do not medle or concern any further with the Ship 
Hester any manner of way, in Complyance with the Govern 1, or 
Goverm* of New York. 

Cap' Andrew Bowne & Thomas Codrington by their Letters 
are of the same Opinion. 

It is the Opinion of this Board that an Assembly be called 
to meet at Perth Amboy the 21 st of ffebruary next. 

There was Read before this Board a letter from the Proprie- 
tors in England, directed to the Govern r & Councill, dated the 
27 th of August 1695 the Clark of this Board is order'd to draw 
up the minutes in answer thereunto against to morrow morning. 
Adjourned till to morrow morning 

at a Councill held at Perth Amboy the 13 th December 1698 



Present < 



' Govern' Basse 
John Royse 
Richard Hartshorne 
John Bishop 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Tho: Warne 



There was drawn up the Scroll of a Letter to the proprietors 
in answer to theirs of the 27 th of August, which the Clark was 
ordered to write, out fair- against to morrow morning 
Adjourned till to morrow morning 

At 



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At a Council held at Perth Amboy the 14 th of December 
1698 



Present • 



'Govern 1 Basse 
John Royse 
Richd: Hartshorne 
Sam" Dennes 
John Bishop 
Tho: Warne 



The Letter to the Proprietors being writt^out fair by the 
Clerk of this Board, was here read & approved of & Signed 
by the Govern' & all the members of this Board now present, 
& recommended to the Govern 1 to be carefully conveyed to 
the Proprietors in England by a Ship Cap 1 Bradford Com'ander 
now bound from New York to England, & then 
Adjourned till further Occasion 

Att a Councill held for the General Assembly at Perth 
Amboy the 21 st of ffebruary 1698 



Present 



! Jeremiah Basse Esq' Gover' & Prop' 
Andrew Bowne " 
John Royse 
Will: Pinhorne 



The Representatives being met did come before this Board, 
& did acquaint this Board that they were now met in Obedience 
to the Govern' 6 writts, & desired therefore now to know his 
pleasure, & then the Govern' did acquaint them that he was 
glad of this Opportunitie to meet them here & Spoke to them 
in this manner (viz') 

Gentlemen 

"The first work of the learned Phisician when called for 
" the curing of a distemper'd body is to remove & repell 
" all venemous humours from y e heart, because a disease once 
" Seated in this Metropolis, is rarely curable. This deserves 
"imitation by you who are the .carefull Phisicians of our 
" State, & the healers of our body poblick: It is easily per- 
" ceivable what wounds this Province has of late received & 
" by what hands; It remains then with you to consider the 
" most proper, Speedy & effectual remedies in which I dare 
" assure you of my utmost concurrence & assistance 

"We 



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" We may attribute our misfortunes not only to the invasion 
" of our just rights by Some from another Province but in part 
" to our Intestine differences & interests: could there be more 
" of unanimity amongst our Selves, «fe all the different interests 
" reconcil'd, or at least not in this- juncture agitated, we might 
" y e less be lyable to fear our Success against any others that 
" Should attempt to hurt us. Scierus his Arrows, whilst 
" they were bound in a bundle together, could neither 
" be broken nor bowed, but being divided were easily Snapped 
" assunder; So will it fare with us, whose happiness chiefly 
" depends on unity & mutual conjunction amongst our Selves, 
" & nothing can be of more dangerous Consequence to us, 
" then discords, or divided Interests. It is an excellent Motto 
" on the coin of y e united Provinces, that have from poor dis- 
" tressed States in a little time raised themselves to be the 
" Companions of the ancientest Monarchies, Concordia parva 
" rescrescunt ; & the Same in practice may in time render us 
" not the Scorn but the envy of our Neighbours, whilst they 
" by their mutual jarrs shall, tho' unwillingly largely con- 
" tribute to our prosperity. 

" Let us then resolve to be unanimous in Seeking out what is 
" for our generall Interest at this juncture, & both Speedy & 
" resolute in y° accomplishment of it. Nothing being more 
" commendable in a Sate, then constancie to their resolutions, 
" & celerity in all their Actions ; by the one they disanimate 
" & by the other they prevent the very designes of their 
" Enemies. 

" In our Search then after that which may tend to the Inter- 
" est & honour of this Province, I must commend to you, the 
" removing those obstructions that hinder the trade thereof, this 
" being the Source & Original of almost all our other mis- 
" fortunes, for as nothing can more tend to the enriching a 
" people & province, the^i trade, So nothing can more impovrish 
" & debilitate it, then those Obstructions that are layd in y e 
" way of it ; the growth of Amsterdam is only to be attri- 
" buted to y e trade thereof, & that Philadelphia hath grown 
" to So great a height in less than half the time that this Pro- 
" vince hath been Settled, is easily to be accounted for: God & 
" Nature have done their partes in giveing you (I may Say) 
" almost an unparalell'd advantage over the last in respect of 
" Situation, & it is not to be question'd but your growth would 
" be proportionable, would you Sedulously apply your Selves 
" to the removals of our unhapy hinderances; And in this 
" give me leave to tell you, that this business well timed & 
" begun is half ended and if I am not mistaken, we can never 

" propose 



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" propose to have a more happy juncture, a more critical time 
" wherein to prosecute to advantage this great affair; Your re- 
" Solutions & Zealous Espousal of this cause will greatly ad- 
" vance the main of it & prove a disanimating circumstance 
" to your opposers, neither shall I doubt of Success, Since 
" we are to make our application to those Laws for our relief, 
" whose chief Minister is so far from wresting them to the 
" disadvantage of the Subject that he hath given us the most 
" noble testimonies of a firm reSolution to hazard a life of in- 
" valuable worth to preserve us from tyranny, & an arbitrary 
" construction of them. 

" Some things are necessary to be consider'd in order to y" 
" well doing of this work, Justice, as the first mover & 
" efficient facility, as the instrnmentes & profit as the final 
" cause. The first of these hardly admits of a dispute from 
" our Opposers, It is Excellence in that very proclamation 
" which Seems to Strike at our trade, giveing the cause away 
" to us in ascribing the legal Establishment of ports to be in 
" y e Commissioners of the Customs under the direction of the 
" Lords of the TreaVy, which establishment we have an un- 
" doubted and und^pable proof of, not only in instructions to 
" that purpose but in their placing an officer to collect the 
" Kings Revenue, in whose Commission the direction of y e 
" Lords of the Trea'ry to ye Com rs of y e Customs per their 
" warrant is recited: but indeed the Law of Nature & 
" Nations Seems to argue Strongly for our right, it being no 
" less than imprisoning of us in our habitations, if denyed our 
" Egress to or our regress from them, & how unreasonable this 
" must be to be punished when inocent will be evident to 
" every unbiassed person 

"Having then justice as the basis & foundation of our 
" design, tho' we Shou'd be forc'd to wade through Some diffi- 
" culties for y e obtaining of it, the Profit in y e Conclusion 
" would abundantly over ballance the charge, but I see no in- 
'' superable difficulties to contest withall: The path to our 
" desir'd Port is already trodden & none I hope will be so 
" Slothfull to desist, from the fears of there being a Lion in 
" y e way. 

" We have some of us long wished for an opportunity 
" of trying this contest by a due Course of Law, you 
" have now Such an opertunity put into your hands, that 
" if once Slipped may perhaps never be again retrieved, 
" a Ship Loaden for an Outward bound Voyage against 
" whom our Enemies themselves cou'd have no pretence, hav- 
" ing if I err not, three times tryed herin their own Courts, 

" where 



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where they might justly be said to be both Judges & party 
& yet too clear evidences of her freedom appeared that con- 
trary to their interest & inclination, They were forced to 
clear her ; Yet this very Ship, loaded with wood and water 
& necessary provisions that we wou'd allow to a Turk or In- 
fidel, is by a Commission from his Ex'cly forcibly carried 
away tried, condemn'd, & Sold by them for not entering & 
clearing-at y e Port of New York ; True it is, She was Soon 
after her capture profered to me again on the payment of an 
inconsiderable charge, which occasioned me to consult both 
the Council of y e Province & the Council of Proprietors 
about that proposall, & they are my Evidences that in it I 
never consulted my own, but your Interest, never inquired 
what wou'd conduce most to my private advantage, but what 
might tend to the benefit & advantage of the Province, 
which according to their Opinion I pursued, leaving both 
Ship & Cargo in the hands of the Captors, to be proceeded 
w th as they thought fit. Now having my recourse to you, 
for your Assistance in y e recovery of my right, unjustly & 
violently carried away, & after by me neglected or rather 
Sacrificed to your Interest, by which y%i will not only en- 
engage the endeavours of one that looks on nothing more 
dear to him, then the Interest of his Countrey, & hath in this 
given no mean Instance of his resolutions to Serve you ; But 
you have the fairest prospect of attaining your desired end, 
the clearing your trade from its hindrance & Obstructions, & 
given the greatest encouragement to other Merchants to ven- 
ture their Stocks in Trade amongst you, when they See you 
generously defending of them. 

The Representatives in a Short time returned & presented 
M r John Harriman as their Speaker, upon which y e Govern r 
Spoke to them to this effect, Gent, That the House of Repre- 
sentatives have the choice of their Speaker is a thing I Shall 
not bring into question, but before my acceptance of y e person 
you have chosen, give me leave to Inform you that I have re- 
ceived Information that Some of y r house have Petic'oned our 
Neighbour Govern r to take them under his protection, which if 
true, seems to me to destroy those Libertyes that ought to be 
near & dear to us. Some of your house are not unacquainted 
with it, I must therefore beg of you, to retire & consult what 
may be necessary to be done in this affair, & then present the 
person you Shall conclude on to me. 

A Message from the house of representatives that they had 
adjourned till eight a clock to morrow morning & this Board 
Adjourned till 8 a clock to morrow morning 

At 



207 

At a Council held for y e Generall Assembly the 22 l 
ffebruary 1698 



Present 



Govern' Basse 
Andrew Bowne 
John Royse 
Will" 1 Pinhorne 



A Message from the house of Representatives desireing the 
returns of the writts of y e Election of Deputys to be Sent 
them, & accordingly there was delivered to John Reid the 
writts for y e Countys of Essex, Midlesex, Monmouth, & 
Bergen. 

Adjourned till four a Clock after noon 

Post meridiem 



Present as above & Thomas Warne 

A Message from y e house of Representatives to this Board 
desireing this Board would please to Send Some of their mem- 
bers to administer the usual Oaths to the members of the 
house of Representatives, & accordingly John Royse & Tho- 
mas Gordon Clark of this Board were Sent to the house of 
Representatives & being returned did Inform this Board 
that they administred the usual Oaths to the house of Repre- 
sentatives 

A Message from the house of Representatives to Inform this 
Board that the house of Representatives were adjourned till 8 
a Clock to morrow morning & this Board also 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 



At a Council for y' 
1698 



Present 



Generall Assembly &c ffebruary y e 23 rd 



Govern' Basse 
Andrew Bowne 
John Royse 
Will: Pinhorne 
Tho: Warne 



A Message from the house of Representatives Informing 
this Board that they had received a Letter from the Proprie- 
tors in England telling them that according to their desire the 
Goverment was now authorized & acknowledged under the 



broad Seal of England, & 



their Ports fully cleared, the In- 
structions 



208 

structions of which they desired this Board would please to 
Send them, together with a Copy of his Hon' 3 the Govern" 8 
Speach made at the opening of the Assembly, all which the 
Govern' promised to Send them, as soon as his Hon rs Speach 
was copyed out which was now a doing 

Ordered that William Pinhorne one of the Members of this 
Board, do return the thanks of this Board to the Reverend M r 
Edward Portlock Authorized Pastor of the Jerseys, for the 
Sermon he preached before the General Assembly Yesterday 
afternoon. 

A Message from the House of Representatives to Inform 
this Board, that the Representatives for y e County of Bergen 
were come, desiring this Board would Send some of their 
Members to administer the usual Oaths to them, & accord- 
ingly John Royse & the Clark of this Board were Sent to ad- 
minister the said Oaths, who being returned did inform this 
Board that they had administered the us^i^,, Oaths to the 
Bergen Representatives. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post meridiem 
Present as above 

Ordered that Thomas Warne & Tho: Gordon, Clark of this 
Board, do carry the Dedimus Potestatem under the broad Seal 
of England, (to the House of Representatives) for adminis- 
tring the Oaths concerning trade & Navigation to y e Govern' 
or Com'ander in Chief of East & West Jersey concerning 
Trade & Navigation &c Supr'scribed by the Lords Justices & 
Subscribed by the Lords of the Trea'ry, as also a Copy of his 
Hon' 3 the Govern 1 ' 3 Speach which accordingly they carried, 
& being returned did Inform this Board that they read the 
Dedimus Potestatem publickly in the House of Representa- 
tives, & had Shewn them the Instructions &c, & had left with 
them the copy of his Hon" the Govern' 3 Speach, & that the 
whole house of Representatives did Seem very well Satisfied 
that the Dedimus Potestatem &c was an acknowledgment & 
Confirmation of our Goverment under the broad Seal of 
England, in purSuance of an Act of Parliment &c, & that the 
Instructions &c, was a Sufficient confirmation of our free 
Ports & trafle &c. 

A Message from the House of Representatives that they had 
adjourned till to morrow morning at 8 a Clock & then this 
Board 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

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At a Council for y 6 General Assembly &c the 24 th ffebniary 
1698 

f Govern' Basse 
Andrew Bowne 
Present < John Royse 
W m Pinhorne 
Tho: "Warne 



Thomas Gordon Clark of this Board was sent to the House 
of Representatives with the Act ag* Pyrates mentioned in his 
Hon™ the Govern™ Speach, and a Letter from the Lords of 
Trade & Plantations to the Proprietors of the Jerseys con- 
cerning the Same. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 



Post Meridiem 



Present as above 



A Message from the House of Deputyes that they had ad- 
journed till 8 a Clock to morrow morning and then this Board 
Adjourned till, 8 a Clock to morrow Morning 

At a Council for the General Assembly the 25 th of ffebruary 
1698 

Present as Above 

A Message from the House of Deputyes that they had ad- 
journed till Munday at 2 a Clock afternoon & then this Board 
Adjourned till Munday at 2 a clock afternoon 

At a Council held for y e General Assembly &c 21 th ffebruary 
1698 

Post Meridiem 



Present 



{Govern' Basse 
Andr. Bowne 
Jo n Royse 
W m Pinhorne 



A Message from the House of Deputyes that they had Ad- 
journed to eight a clock to morrow morning and then this 
Board, Adjourned 

till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

At 
Z 



210 

At a Council held for the General Assembly &c 28 th 
ffebruary 1699 

Present as above 

A Message from the House of Representatives that they had 
Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon, & then this Board 
Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post meridiem 

Present as above 

A Message from the House of Representatives Informing 
this Board that the House of Representatives had Adjourned 
till to morrow morning at eight a Clock & this Board Ad- 
journed 

till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

At a Council for the General Assembly y° first of March 
1698 

Present as above 

George Willoks Agent for y e Propr's did desire of this 
Board that if any bills were presented to this Board from the 
House of Representatives of this General Assembly for y e 
Concurrence of this Board, to be past into a Law, which 
Should any way touch y e private Interest or Estates of the 
Proprietors of this Province, that this Board would please not 
to pass any such Bills until he as the Proprietors Agent were 
called & heard thereupon in behalf of y e Proprietors. 

A Message from the house of Representatives that they had 
adjourned till to morrow morning at 8 a clock & this Board 
Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

At a Councill for y e General Assembly &c y e 2 d March 1698 
Govern' Basse 

Will m Pinhorne 



211 

A Message from the House of Deputyes with a Bill c6n- 
cerning patents &o which was read The first time 

And M r Willoks having formerly desired that no bills 
which Seemed to touch Any thing relating to the Proprietors 
Interests Should pass this Board till he by himself & Council 
Should be heard in behalf of the Propr's as their Agent, 

Ordered that Capt Bowne & M r Royse desire a General 
Conference of the whole House upon the Subject Matter of y e 
said Bill, at 4 a clock afternoon, & that M r Willoks have 
notice to attend in behalf of y e Proprietors. 

Ordered that Thomas Gordon Clark of this Board do give 
M r Willoks notice to attend with his Council at the above Con- 
ference in behalf of y e Proprietors & then this Board 
Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

A Message from the house of Deputyes by Edward Earle & 
John Pike with a Petic'on &a from Major Berry which was 
read & ordered to lye on y e table 

At a General Conference of both Houses the said Bill being 
read, after much debate on all Sides, M r Willoks did offer that 
he as Agent to y e Proprietors would consent to y e Said Bill, 
provided they on the other hand would Secure the Propr's 
rents according to the true & real Intent & meaning of the 
said grants, or else he did here offer in behalf of the 
Proprietors that the Proprietors, at their own cost & 
charges, would give New Pattents to all Such as had Such 
old pattents & who desired new pattents; to which it 
was answered that they did desire to knciw what Power 
M r Willoks had as Agent for the Proprietors, & that he 
as being a member of their House, could not appear against 
them; in answer to which he said that he did not ap- 
pear as one of their members but as Agent for y e Proprietors 
as above, & as a Member of y e Proprietors Councill, & desired 
time to bring Council in their behalf, & produced his Com- 
mission from the Propr's which was read here, & also desired 
the Comission for the Council of Proprietors, whereof he 
was a Member, might be read which was done, to all which it 
was reply'd that they did think M r Willoks had not Sufficient 
power from y e Proprietors as their Agent in this affair, & So 
were not concerned to enter into any further debate with him 
after Some debate by the members of this House concerning 
the said Bill Ordered that the Bill concerning pattents be read 
a 2 4 time to morrow ten a Clock in y e forenoon 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 



212 
At a Council for y B General Assembly the 3 d of March 1698 
Present as above 

The Bill concerning pattents was read a 2 d time 

A Message from the House of Representatives by William 
Lawrance & John Williams desiring a return of the above 
Bill 

Ordered that John Royse & Thomas Gordon do carry y e said 
Bill to y e House of Representatives & leave it w th them, & 
desire that it may be Ingrossed fair without Interlinings 

A Message by John Pike & another, to acquaint this Board 
that they were adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon & then this 
Board 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post Meridiem 
Present as above 

The above said bill being returned by W m Lawrence John 
Pike & two others, fair Ingrossed & past the House of Repre- 
sentatives, was here read & past this Board, & they also de- 
livered in to this Board a bill concerning privateers and Py- 
rates past that House w ch was here read. 

Ordered that Capt Bowne desire a general Conference of 
the House of Representatives presently, upon the Said two 
Bills, & to desire the Copy of the Act made in Jamacia con- 
cerning Pyrates to be returned ; & being met his Hon r y e 
Govern 1, did acquaint them that he had pass'd the above said 
Bill concerning Patents &c, & delivered it to y e Speaker, & 
told them there wanted Some Small amendments in the Bill 
concerning Pyrates <fcc, with w ch he would acquaint them, & 
they returned back the Copie of the Jamacia Act, & the Coun- 
cil of trade & plantations Letf to the Proprietors of East & 
West Jersey 

Ordered that John Royse carry the bill concerning Pyrates 
&c with the amendmen' 9 to the House of Representatives to 
be fair Ingrossed. 

Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 a Clock 



At a Council for y e General Assembly &c 4 th March 1698 
Present 



' Govern 1 Basse 
And r . Bowne 
John Royse 
Will. Pinhorne 



213 

A Message from the House of Representatives by Samuel 
Walker & Judiah Higgins, with a paper in writing, Signed by 
John Harriman Speaker by order of that House, requesting the 
Govern 1, to Issue out his warrant to the town of Perth Amboy 
to choose another representative for y e Said Town instead of 
Mr. George Willocks, which was accordingly done & directed 
to the Constable of y e said Town. 

A Message by John Reid to desire this Board to appoint Some 
of their Number to confer with five of their Number about 
amendments of the Bill Concerning Privateers & pyrates, 

Ordered that Cap' Bowne & William Pinhorne do meet 
Richard Hartshorne Thomas Codrington, Samuel Dennes 
John Reid & Samuel Walker, to conferr ab' the Said Bill 
presently, & be being returned, Informed this Board that they 
had agreed on the amendments of y e Said Bill. 

Adjourned till Munday morning 9 a Clock 

At a Council 6 th of March 1698 

Present as above 

A Message from the House of Representatives by Thomas 
Codrington & Samuel Walker, to acquaint this Board that 
they had Adjourned till to morrow morning at 8 a Clock & 
then this Board, Adjourned 

till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Council held &c y e 7 th March 1698 



Present 



Govern 1 Basse ") 
And r Bowne ' I 
John Royse | 
Will: Pinhorne J 



Petition of Grimstone Bonde against John Mathie Clerk of 
y e Court of Small causes, was read here, complaining of Sev- 
eral misdemeanours comitted by y e said Mathie in y e Execu- 
tion of his Office, & both parties being called and fully heard, 
& the Petition 1, producing no Evidence to prove the facts 
alleadged, Save the offer of his own Oath, & the Said John 
Mathie denying all the facts alleadged & offering to make 
Oath to y e contrary, This Board thought fit to take neither of 
their Oaths, & ordered to dismiss the Petic'on & the Petition 
is hereby dismissed accordingly ^, 

Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 a Clock *** 

Att 



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Att a Councill &c held y e 8 tb of March 1698 



Present 



' Govern 1 Basse 
Andr. Bowne 
John Royse 
Will. Pinhorne 



The whole House of Representatives came before this Board, 
& presented M r Earle for their Speaker, in place of M r Harri- 
man who is ill, & he was received accordingly. 
Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post Meridiem 

Present as above & Jo" Inians 

A Message from the House of representatives with a Bill de- 
claring the Rights & priviledges of his Ma'ties Subjects within 
this Province of East New Jersey, & another Bill for Establish- 
ing y e Several Courts of Judicature within this Province, both 
past that House, were read here the first, & ordered a Second 
reading to morrow morning. 

The Govern r & Members of this Board did here Subscribe 
the test & association. 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Councill held &c 9 th March 1698 



Present 



' Govern 1 Basse 
Andr. Bowne 
John Jnians 
John Royse 
"Will. Pinhorne 



The Bill concerning Rights &c was read a Second time, & 
ordered to be read the third time to morrow morning. 

A Message from the House of Representatives with a Bill 
past that House concerning the chief ranger of this Province 
was read here, Ordered M r George Willoks, therein named do 
attend this Board at 3 a clock to make his Objections against 
the same, & that Thomas Gordon Clerk of this Board do give 
him Notice thereof. 

A Message from the House of representatives with a Bill 
past that House concerning y e Sec'ys Office was read here, or- 
dered that it be read to morrow afternoon. 
w Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post 



215 

Post Meridiem 

Present as above 

* 

A Message from the House of Representatives with a Bill 
concerning Towns making rates &c past that House, was read 
here, & ordered a Second reading to morrow morning 

Ordered that John Royse go to the House of Representa- 
tives & desire them to Send Some of their Members to be pre- 
sent here, to hear what Objections M r George Willoks doth 
make against the Bill concerning the chief rangers place &o ; 
accordingly there came from the House Samuel Dennes, Rich- 
ard Hartshorne, William Lawrence, Samuel Walker, John 
Treat, John Pike, & Jediah Higgins, before this Board, & M r 
Willoks being also present, the said bill was here read, & M r 
Willoks did desire a Oopie of the said Bill & time to consider 
& give in his Objections. 

Ordered M r Willoks have a Copie of s d Bill, & make his Ob- 
jections against it to morrow morning 10 a Clock. 

A Message from the House of Representatives, desiring that 
this Board would appoint Some of their members to meet a 
Committee of 8 of their House, to draw up Instructions for 
disposing of the money agreed to be raised. 

Ordered Cap 1 Bowne M r Inians M r Royse & M r Pinhorne 
presently to meet the said committee to wilt Richard Harts- 
horne, Thomas Codrington Samuel Walker, John Pike, Jediah 
Higgins, John Treat & William Lawrance. 

Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 a Clock 

Att a Councill &c y e 10 th of March 1698 



Present 



' Govern r Basse 
Andr. Bowne 
John Jnians 
John Royse 
Will m Pinhorne 



A Message from the House of Representatives by John 
Reid, Tho : Codrington & others, with the Names of those that 
they have chosen viz', Edward Earle Jun r , John Cooper, Wil- 
liam Lawrance Jun r , Samuel Walker, & Peter Vannest for 
a Comittee to joyne Such as Should be named by this Board, 
for managem' of the instructions concerning y 6 money bill 

Ordered that Cap* Bowne & John Royse do carry the 
Names of those named by this Board, viz 1 , Andrew Bowne, 

John 



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John Royse, Sam 11 Dennes, Richard Hartshorne, & William 
Lawrance to joyne with those by them named as above. 

The Committee which came before this Board Yesterday, 
about the chief rangers Bill to answer M r Willoks objections 
ag' it, came again before this Board according to Yesterdays 
order, & M 1 ' Willocks not being here present they returned 
again. 

A Message by John Pike & Jediah Higgins to acquaint this 
Board that they had attended the time* appointed to hear Wil- 
locks Objections, & he not being p'sent, they thought them- 
selves no further obliged to attend y l matter 

A message by Richard Hartshorne & William Lawrence to 
acquaint this Board, that they did not think fit that any who 
are now members of their House Should be named by this 
Board to be of the aboveSaid Committee, concerning the 
money bill & desire this Board would name Such others as 
they think fit. 

Ordered that John Royse & William Pinhorne do carry to 
the House the Names following, Cap* Andrew Bowne, 
John Royse, William Pinhorne, John Bishop, & Thomas 
Warne, all of the Councill, in place of those formerly named 
as above, who returned again without delivering the Message, 
that House being busie. 

The Bill concerning Rights &c was here again read &c. M r 
George Willocks came before this Board & gave in his reasons 
in writing ag* y e chief Rangers Bill which were read here. 
Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post Meridiem 

Present as above 

A Message by John Barclay & another, to Inform this Board 
that their House was met & was ready to receive their Mes- 



William Pinhorne & John Royse did carry the Names of y e 
s a persons as p. above Order. 

A Message by Thomas Codrington William Lawrance & 
Samuel Walker, desiring to know whether this Board had yet 
passed the Bills Sent them ; to which the Govern 1, returned 
answer, that this Board was as busie as could be, but the Bills 
being very long they take up much time to consider them. 

Ordered that John Royse & William Pinhorne do desire the 
House of Representatives, to Send Some of their House to 
confer with Andrew Bowne, John Royse & William Pinhorne 

about 



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about the Bill of rights &c, & accordingly came Richard 
Hartshorne, John Reid, John Pike, Samuel Walker, Samuel 
Dennes, & "William Lawrance, being a Committee of their 
House, to confer about the said Bill of rights <fcc « 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow morning 

Att a Council &c 11 th March 1698 



Present < 



Govern 1 Basse 
Andr: Bowne 
John Jnians 
John Royse 
Will: Pinhorne 



A Message by Jediah Higgins & another, desiring this Board 
would appoint a time to conferr about the Bill concerning 
Courts, this Board did desire it to be done presently, then 
came Richard Hartshorne, Will m Lawrance, John Reid, John 
Pike, & Sam 11 Walker, members of that House, a Committee 
to meet Andrew Bowne, John Inians John Royse & William 
Pinhorne to conferr upon the said Bill concerning Courts &c ; 
after much Debate this Bill is referr'd till next Sessions of 
Assembly 

The Bill about making Town rates & taxes &c was again 
read here, & Some amendments made for allowance for the 
members of the Govern 1 ' 8 Council. Ordered that M r Royse & 
Thomas Gordon Clerk of this Board do carrie the said Bill 
with y e Amendments to y e House of Deputyes for their Appro- 
bation. 

Cap 1 Richard Wyse late Master of the Ship Hester came 
before this Board, & made affidavit in writing concerning the 
forcible Seisure & carrying away of the Said Ship Hester from 
the Harbour of Perth Amboy to New York. 

A Message from the House of Representatives with a Bill 
concerning Deputyes past that House, & the Bill concerning 
rights &c, & the Bill concerning Pyrates &c, both amended & 
past that House. 

Adjourned till munday at 8 a Clock in y e morning 

Att a Councill for the General Assembly held the 13 th March 



Present < 



Aa 



' The Hon r ble Jer Basse Esq r Govern 1 & Prop 1 
Cap* Andrew Bowne ) 
John Royse > 

William Pinhorne ) 

The 



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The Bill for declaring the Rights & Priviledges of his 
Ma'ties Subjects &c read, & a message ordered to the Lower 
House to desire a Conference of Some of their members, who 
may have full Power to amend, alter, eraze out, those things 
that in this Bill are added or altered, from the amendments 
agreed on by the former Committee of both Houses, & that 
they bring up the former Bill & amendments & that Cap 1 
Andrew Bowne & John Royse do carrie the same. 

The Act for y e restraining & punishing Privateers, & 
Pyrates read & Signed p. the Govern r & Sent to the House of 
representatives. 

The Act declaring what persons are disabled to Sit in 
Assembly read, & Ordered that it be read a Second time, 

M r Hartshorne & M 1 ' Burden Sent from the House for a Con- 
ference of a Com'ittee for amendm 1 of the Bill of rights &c, 
At said Conference, were, Richard Hartshorne, William Law- 
rance John Pike, John Reid & Samuel Walker, with Andrew 
Bowne John Royse & William Pinhorne, members of this 
Board, who agreed on Some further Amendments of the sd 
Bill of rights & priviledges &c 

A Message by Richard Hartshorne & Elias Mackilson, with 
the Bill about making Town rates &c amended & past that 
House. 

Adjourned till 2 a Clock afternoon 

Post meridiem. 

Present as above 

Ordered that M r Royse & Thomas Gordon Clerk of this 
Board do carry the Bill concerning Town rates past this Board 
to y° House of representatives, & y e Bill concerning Elections 
&c, also past this Board. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorne & Andrew Hampton, 
with Some amendment of the Bill concerning Election of De- 
putyes, which was consented to by this Board. 

A Message by Richard Hartshorne & Another, w tb a Bill 
concerning the Explaining of a former Act concerning Cap* 
John Pike and John Pike his Son, which being read here a first 
& Second time was past this Board. 

Ordered that Cap' Andrew Bowne & Thomas Gordon Clerk 
of this Board, do carry back y e said Bill concerning John Pike 
eld r . & Jun r . with order to desire y e House to make Some 
amendments on the said Bill, which the House consented to, & 
accordingly the amendments were made in the presence of the 

said 



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said Cap* Bowne & Thomas Gordon by the Clerk of that 
House by order of the said House. 

The whole House of Representatives came before this Board 
and gave in the Bill of rights, with the Amendments &c past 
their House, which was read here & past this Board, and they 
also gave in the Bill for raising (ill 1 for redressing a force of 
our Neighboring Province, past that House, which was read 
here & past this Board, & delivered back again to the Speaker, 
both which Bills, were delivered back to the Speaker, & then 
was given in an address to his Hon r the Govern r craving his as- 
sistance for redressing the Said Grievance which was also read 
here &c. 

The whole House came before this Board, and delivered up 
all the Laws made this Session <fcc, being Seven in Number, & 
delivered to the Sec r y who was ordered to cause write four fair 
copies of them, viz', one for every County, and to Send them 
to y e Several & respective Sherrras of each County to be pub- 
lished with all Expedition, & then both Houses agreed to ad- 
journ this Assembly until the third Munday in May next ensu- 
ing, & accordingly the Assembly was Adjourned till the third 
Munday in May next. 

At a Council held at Perth Amboy the 9 th day of May for 
the Province of East New Jersey 1699 

' His Hon r Jeremiah Basse Govern 1, 
Cap 1 Andrew Bowne 
John Royse 
Present ■{ John Bishop 
Tho: Warne 
Sam 11 Dennis 
Rich: Hartshorne 

The Govern 1 & Council Seeing cause to Suspend Thomas 
Gordon, have thought fit to constitute in his place Charles 
Goodman Clark of the Council for the time being, who has 
taken his Oath accordingly 

Ordered that M r Charles Goodman be made Clark of the 
Chancery instead of John Barclay, & that a Commission be 
drawn accordingly. 

The Govern 1 acquainting this Board of the Necessity of his 
abSence, proposed the making a Deputy Govern 1, to Act in his 
absence, it was allowed, & Accordingly Cap 1 Andrew Bowne 
was chosen Deputy Govern r , & it was ordered that a Com- 
mission be drawn for the Same. 

• Adjourned till to morrow At 



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At a-Council held the tenth of May &c 

Present as above 

The Govern' produced a blank writ, which Lewis Morris 
Gent, demanded to be Signed against Obadiah Holmes Sheriff 
of the County of Monmouth, the Council were of opinion 
Nemine Contradicente that it ought not to be Signed during 
the Sessions of the Court, they not remembring any Such 
practice. in this Province, & knowing the Said Holmes to be a 
Sufficient man & easy to be come at, any time. 

Ordered that Lewis Morris & George Willocks be brought 
before the Council. 

Ordered that they Give Security for their appearance to 
answer at the Court of com'on right, the Second Tuesday in 
October, & to be of the good behaviour, otherwise a mittimus 
to be directed to the Sheriff to convey them to Goal till 
they Should find Security as afores d , on which M r Morris, 
desired an hour or two to consider of it, w ch was granted. 

M r Morris & Willoks were again Sent for, & the Govern' & 
Council proposed to them to give Security for their good be- 
haviour, & to appear at the Court of com'on right on the 
Second Tuesday in October next, the absence of wittnesses 
not appearing at y e Subpoena's, hindring y e present prosecu- 
tion this Court; on which both M r Morris & Willoks desiring 
to know the Sume required for their Security, the Council 
ordered three hundred pounds, w ch they refused, & Said they 
wou'd not give especially for the good behaviour, Mr Morris 
asserting that by no overt Act he had any way given occasion 
to them to Suspect it 

Permitted their Liberty till to morrow morning upon their 
parole 

Ordered that Henry Kimbell & Patrick Murdo be Sent for 
by a Messenger of the Councill 

Adjourned till to morrow morning 

Att a Council held for the General Assembly at Perth 
Amboy the 15 th day of May 1699 

(Cap 4 Andrew Bowne Deputy Govern' 
John Royse 
Cap 1 John Bishop 
^Tho: Warne 

Cap 1 



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Cap' Andrew Bowne being Elected Deputy Govern f to act 
in the absence of the Govern 1 , took the Oath usual, in Such 
cases, viz* : 

I Andrew Bowne underwritten do Solemnly Swear to bear 
true allegiance to our Soveraign Lord William the Third of 
England &c, and to his Successors, and to be true & faithfullto 
y e Interest of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of East 
New Jersey in America, & to their Heirs Exec'" & Assigns, & 
Shall endeavour the peace and welfare of the Said Province, 
& shall & will discharge the trust in me reposed as Deputy 
Govern 1, of the Said Province, & do equal justice unto all men 
according to the best of my Skill & Judgment without favour 
or affection. Wittness my hand the 15™ day of May in the 
Eleventh Year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord William 
the Third over England &c King, annoq. D r ni. 1699 

Signed Andrew Bowne 

The Sheriff of y e County of Middx made a return of Lewis 
Morris to Serve in the present General Assembly for the Town 
of Perth Amboy, & Peter Vannesse for the County of Som- 
merset in the room of Thomas Codrington, pursuant to a writt 
und r the Seale of the said Province to him directed 

The Representatives being met, did come before this Board 
& acquainted them they were met according to their last ad- 
journm', & desired to know the pleasure of this Board, & 
then the Deputy Govern 1 told them he had not much to 
Say, but if there were any thing they cou'd think of, for the 
good of the Province, he hop'd they wou'd take it into their 
Consideration 

A Message from the House of Representatives to the desire 
the return of the writt for the Election of one Deputy for 
Perth Amboy, & Another for the County of Somerset, & ac- 
cordingly the Said writ was delivered to Jediah Higgins one 
of the Said House. 

A Message from the House of Representatives to acquaint 
this Board that they had adjourned till 8 a Clock to morrow 
Morning & then this Board 

Adjourned till 8 a Clock to Morrow Morning 



At aCouncil held the 16 th of May &c 
Present 



'The Deputy Govern r 
John Royse ) 

Tho: Warne [■ 

Cap' Jn° Bishop ) 



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A Message from the House of Representatives by John 
Royse & John Hanse, to desire this Board would Send Some of 
their Members to administer the usual Oath to a member cho- 
sen to Serve in Assembly for the County of Somerset in the 
room of Thomas Codrington. 

John Royse & Charles Goodman Clark of this Board were 
Sent to administer the Said Oath, who being returned informed 
this Board that they had administered the usual Oath to Peter 
Van Este. 

A Message from the House of Representatives to acquaint 
this Board that they had Adjourned till 2 a Clock, & then this 
Board Adjourned 

till 2 a Clock 

Post Meridiem 
Present as above 

There was Delivered by M r Willoks a Lett 1 which was read 
here directed to Cap 1 Andrew Bowne M r John Royse M r Tho- 
mas Warne & Comp a &c in these words. 

S" 
We are now able (God be thank'd) to treat with you any 
way you think fit ; if you had valued either your own or the 
Welfare of y e Government, your procedures had been more 
calme, Your day is not yet out, & it is yet in your Power to 
follow the things that make for peace, & if you do not at 
your door lye the Consequence, Our friends will not Suffer us 
to be put upon 

ffarewell 
May 16 One afternoon ( Lewis Mobbis 

1699 ( Geob. Willoks 

Ordered that One of the Members of this Board be Sent to de- 
sire a Conference with the House of Representatives thereupon, 

Accordingly Thomas Warne & the Clark of this Board 
were Sent, & the whole House of Representatives came before 
this Board, the Deputy Govern 1 represented to them that he had 
received a Lett r from George Willoks & Lewis Morris which 
was read, & the House of representatives desired time to peruse 
& consider of the Same, which was Sent them by John Royse. 

The said Letf was returned to this Board by John Pike & 
Benjamin Burden members of the House of Representatives. 

A Message from the House of Representatives by Peter 
Van Este & Elias Mackeelson desiring that this Board would 

appoint 



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appoint Some of their Members to meet a Comittee of Seven 
of their house, to come to Some reSolution upon the Said 
Lett r , Accordingly Thomas Warne was Sent by this Board to 
acquaint the House of Representatives, that they were .ready 
to meet the Said Comittee in the Chamber where the Council 
was held, upon which Richard Hartshorne, Samuel Dennes, 
Samuel Walker, Benjamin Burden, John Pike, John Treat & 
Jediah Higgins came to meet the Members of this Board, 
being Thomas Warne, John Royse & John Bishop, & there- 
upon the Deputy Govern 1, withdrew. 

The Deputy Govern r returning, the Members of this Board 
who had met the Comittee acquainted this Board that they 
had agreed that an Act should be prepared to morrow to Sup- 
press any Insurrection, 

Ordered that a writ of Inquiry be Issued out to the Sherriff 
of the County of Monmouth to return a Jury upon the riot 
comitted at Woodbridge 

Adjourned till 7 a Clock to morrow Morning 

At a Council held &c the 17 th of May 

{The Depty Govern 1 
John Royse 
Cap' John Bishop 
Tho: Warne 

A Message from the House of Representatives to acquaint 
this Board that they had adjourned to two of the Clock, & 
then this Board % 

Adjourned till z a Clock 

Post Meridiem 

Present as above 

Samuel Dennes, Sam" Walker Jediah Higgins & Benjamin 
Burden were Sent to this Board from the House of Representa- 
tives, to acquaint this Board, that they had considered of the 
Lett' Sent from Lewis Morris & George Willoks, but did 
wholy leave it to this Board, & desired they would take Such 
measures as they Should Judge most conducive to the Welfare 
& Safety of the Province 

A Message from the House of representatives to acquaint 
this Board that they had Adjourned till 8 to morrow morning, 
& then this Board 

Adjourned till 8 to morrow morning At 



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At a Council held >&e y e 18 th of May 

f The Depty Govern' 

•o . John Royse 

1 resent -< rr , u i%t 

j Tho: Warne 

[ Cap' Jn° Bishop 

A Message from the House of Representatives by John Bar- 
clay, John Pike, John Williams' & Crayne to desire 

a Conferrence with this Board in order to an Adjournment 

M r Warne was sent from this Board to the House of Repre- 
sentatives to desire them to appoint a Com'ittee of the said 
House to conforr with the Depty Govern 1 & Council upon the 
matter of the last Message. 

Thomas Warne returning, acquainted the Board he had 
delivered the Said Message. 

A Message by John Williams & Benjamin Burden from the 
House of representatives, to desire that this Board would ap- 
point Some of their members to meet the Said Com'ittee 

The Deputy Govern 1, told them they were ready to meet 
them immediatly. 

Richard Hartshorne, John Barclay John Treat, John Pike, 
John Reid & M r Harryman, came before this Board. M r Royse 
acquainted them that the Depty Govern 1 & Council had desired 
a Comittee to debate the matter of Adjournment with them, 
Richard Hartshorne told this Board, that they had no order 
from the House to debate, & desired a Hours time to conferr 
with the House thereupon, He, John Barclay & John Reid 
withdrew. 

Richard Hartshorne John Barclay and John Reid returning 
from the House of Representatives, the Depty Govern 1 told 
them now they were met he desired to know the reasons of 
their proposing an Adjournment. Richard Hartshorne told 
him that the House of Representatives differed in their Opin- 
ions concerning the money Act &c. 

After a long Debate and reasons given by this Board ag' the 
Adjournment the Deputy Govern 1 ' desired the Com'ittee im- 
partially to represent what Had been offered by this Board (in 
answer to their reasons) to the House of Representatives, & 
that they might hear from them concerning the Same. This 
Board likewise told the Comittee that if there were any thino- 
in the Act that wanted an Amendment they Should consider of 
it, & this Board would consent thereunto if found reasonable, 
& then the Comittee of y e House of Representatives returned. 
Adjourned till '/. a Clock afternoon. 

Post 



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Post Meridiem 
Present as above 

A Message from the House of Representatives to acquaint 
this Board that they had Adjourned to 8 a Clock to morrow 
morning, & then this Board 

Adjourned to 8 a Clock to morrow Morning. 

At a Counsel held &c y B 19 th May 

!The Depty Govern' 
Cap 4 John Bishop 
John Royse 

This Board being informed that the Speaker & Several of y e 
Members of the House of Representatives had departed with- 
out giving notice, thought fit to adjourn till further Occasion, 
having heard nothing from them Since their Message of Ad- 
journment last night, the Speaker went away early in the morn- 
ing with Seven of the members of the House, Johannes Stin- 
mates having acquainted the Depty Govern 1 & Council, that 
he was advised by Some persons to go away with them & they 
would give him a Bond to Secure him, or Save him harmless. 

Att a Council held at Perth Amboy for the province of 
East New Jersey June the 6 th 1699 



Present 



' Cap' Andrew Bowne Depty Govern' 
Richard Hartshorne 
Tho: Warne 
John Royse 
Cap' John Bishop 
Sam 11 Dennes 



Ordered that an ace* of .all the transactions of the Assem- 
bly be drawn up & Sent to the Proprietors in England. 

Ordered that Mr Gordon be Sent for & bring with him a 
Letter from the Propr's directed to Coll Hamilton & Councill 
&c in 8ber 1697, which was accordingly done, the Dep' y 
Goyern r kept the Lett' & gave Mr Gordon a receit for y" 
Same 

Ordered that Mr Gordon read the Govern" Commission as 
recorded in the book of Records, which was done. 

Mr Gordon was ordered to bring his Com'ission for attorney 
Generall in the afternoon, of which he was desired to leave a 
Copy, which was also done. 

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At a Council &c June 7 th 1699 
Present as above 

A Letter being drawn up pursuant to the above ord r ' & 
fairly ingrossed by the Clerk, was Signed by the Council & 
delivered into the hands of Mr Royse to Send by the first & 
best Conveyance to England. 

The Deputy Govern 1 took the Oath for observing the Acts 
of Trade & Navigation &c, in form following viz' 

I Doe Solemnly Swear in the presence of Allmighty God 
that I will do my utmost that all clauses matters & things con- 
tained in the Several Acts of Parliament heretofore pass'd & 
now in force relating to trade & Navigation, & also the Act 
for preventing frauds &c made 7 th & 8 th William the third, be 
punctually & bona fide observed according to the true intent 
& meaning of them & each of them respectively. So help me 
God. 

Mr Royse Mr Warne & 

M r Dennes present — 

Ordered that M r Gordon draw Com'issions of the peace for 
William Looker & Henry Norris in the room of Isaac White- 
head & Benjamin Price Jun r for Elizabeth Town 
Adjourned till further Occasion 

At a Council held at Perth Amboy for the Province bf East 
New Jersey August the first 1699 

f The Hon'ble Govern 1 Basse 
Cap* Andrew Bowne 
Present ■{ Richard Hartshorne 
John Royse 
Thomas Warne 

The Govern r read several Memorials & papers relating to 
the Proprietors proceedings in England, about the Port of 
Perth Amboy, which he had received from M r Dockwra by 
Cap 1 JefiVrys 

Ordered that a Letter be drawn up & Sent to the Pro- 
prietors, to give them an account of y e present State of Affairs. 

Ordered that the Council be Summoned to meet at Amboy 
the 22 lh Instant on Earnest Occasion 

Adjourned till 22 Instant 

At 



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At a Council held at Perth Amboy for the Province of East 
New Jersey the 23 th of Aug* 1699 



present 



' The Hon r ble Govern 1 Basse 
Cap' Andrew Bowne 
John RoyRe 

Cap 1 William Lawrance 
Thomas Warne 
Richard Hartshorne 
Samuel Dennes 



THE GOVERNOUR communicated to the Council Some 
Letters he had received from England relating to our Port & 
Government. 

Orderedthat the business of Woodbridge, about the Kings 
Store being robb'd, be prosecuted with all Severity. 

Ordered that Nathamiel f'z Randal high Sherriff of the 
County of Midrlx be Sent for to attend this Board, to 
Shew reason why the Proclamation against the Scots at Cale- 
donia is not published, which was accordingly done. 

Ordered that the Messenger of this Board be Sent for Mr 
Gordon the Atturney Generall, to draw up a Proclamation re- 
quiring all persons to Seize & Secure Cap' Kids men if found 
within the Province, & forbiding any to, assist or entertain 
them, pursuant to an Order from Whitehall of ye 23l h of 
November 1698 

Adjourned till 8 to morrow Morning 

At A Council held &c the 24 th Aug' 1699 

' The Hon r ble the Govern 1 
Cap' Andrew Bowne 
John Royse 

Present^ Ca P' John Bishop 
Richard Hartshorne 
Samuel Dennes 
Cap' William Lawrance 
Thomas Warne 



The Question being put whether M r Gordon was a fit person 
to be made use of as Attorney Generall, in the case of Morris 
& Willoks upon tryall at the next Court of Common right, 
'twas carried in y e Negative ; & resolved Another person be 
employed to prosecute for the King in that behalf 

The 



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The Letter ordered to be Sent to the Proprietors was drawn 
up & fairly ingrossed by the Clark, & order'd to be Sent by 
the first Ship under a Cover to S r Thomas Lane. 
Adjourned till further Occasion 

At a Councill held at perth Amboy for the province of East 
New Jersey 23 d Apprill H00 

' Governour Hamilton 
Sam 11 Dennes 
John Bishop 
Present-^ Sam 11 Leonard 
Sam 11 Hale 
William Sandford 
Benjamin Griffith 



► of y e Councill &c 



The Governour & all y e members of this board, & Thomas 
Gordon the Clerk of this board, took y e Usuall oaths appointed 
by Law &c. 

The Gover' produced here a Letter fromEsq r pinhorn, another 
of Members of y e Councill of this province, wherein he desires 
his absence may be Excused having been 111 for some weeks 
past. 

This Board having been Informed, that some of y e people of 
Elizabeth Town & piscataway are sending home petitions agst 
y e Goverment &c, It is Resolved by this board, that y e Councill 
writt to y e proprietors on y* Subject, And a Letter was written 
Read & approved of, & Signed accordingly. 

Aggreed & Ordered y* writts be Issued out to Such Town- 
ships as have not Chosen Representatives According to y e Late 
act of generall Assembly. 

Aggreed & Ordered y* proclamations be Issued out to Con- 
veen y e generall assembly on y e Last thursday of may Next, 
according to sd act of gen 11 assembly. 

Aggreed y l y e Court of Common Right be adjourned to y B 
2 d tuesdayin Junn next. 

Charles Goodman Esq r , Came before this board, and took y e 
oaths appointed by Act of parlament in place of y e oaths of 
alleidgeance & Supremacie, & an oath to be true & faithfull in 
y e Execution & discharge of y e office of Collector of his Maj tle ' a 
Customs in. y e province of East New Jersey, according to his 
Com'ssn & Instructions &c. 

Adjourned till further occasion 

Att 



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Att a Councill held for y e province of East New Jersey at 
perth-Amboy y e 30 th day of May anno Dom': i700 



Present 



Gover r Hamilton 
William Pinhon 
Sam 11 Leonard 
William Sandford 
Sam] 1 Hale 
_ Benjamin Griffith 



)■ of y" Councill 



William pinhorn one of y e members of this board took y e 
usuall oaths appointed by Law &c. 

The Hon ble Coll" Andrew Hamilton Governour of this pro- 
vince, did before this board take y e Oaths by vertue of a 
Dedimus potestatem under y 8 broad Seal of England, bearing 
date y e 30 th day of Apprill in y 6 9 th year of his present 
Maj tiea Reign, appointed to be taken by y e Severall acts of 
parlament of England &c. 

The house of Representatives being meet, they Came before 
this board, and Cap'- Andrew Bowne said that in obedience to 
his Ho' r the Governours proclamation, they were Come here, 
& further said y* at y e desire of y e Rest he was desired to 
ask his Ho; y e Gover r to know by what authoritie he acted as 
Governour, & y' he had nothing more in Charge save y' one 
question. Then his ho ; y e Gover r Answered y' true it was y* 
it had been usuall for y e House of Representatives, To desire 
a seight of y e Gover" Commission, & if y' was what they 
desired they should be satisfied, & accordingly y e Gover rB 
Commission was Read, and then y e Gover r gave them a 
full account of all y e Steps : "y* had been made towards an 
approbation &c, and after some [debate they did all with 
draw &c 

Adjourned till further occasion 



Att A Council held at perth Amboy 15 th August i700 



Present < 



Gover' Hamilton 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Sam 11 Leonard 
John Bishop 
k Benj Griffith 



► of y e Councill 



His Ho : y e Gover r proposed to this board y' for prevent- 
ing 



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ing tumults & disorders within this province for y B future, a 
proclamation may be drawn up & published &c. 

Ordered y' a proclamation be forth with drawn up, forbid- 
ding all his ma:' 7 " good subjects to hold any tumultuous or Sedi- 
tious or unlawful! assemblyes or meetings within this Province,& 
Commanding all Magistrates & officers to Suppress all Such, & 
Commanding and Requiring all his Ma: ty8 Leidge Subjects to 
be aiding & assisting in suppressing y e same, &c. which pro- 
clamation was accordingly drawn up, Read and approved of 
by this board, & ordered to be published in Every town within 
this province, & a Copie thereof to be affixed upon y e most 
publick place in Every of y e s d towns, in and through out the 
province &c. 

Adjourned till further Order 

Att a Councill held at Perth- Amboy, for y c province of East 
New Jersey 20 th Dece'r anno Dom: i700 



pi'esent 



Gover' Hamilton 
Sam" Dennes 

S J a°m"Se 0P W Councill 

Benjamin Griffith 



/ 



Aggreed & Ordered y* a petition be drawn by this 
board to y e Kings Most Excellent Maj tle , which was accord- 
ingly don, & being Read here was approved of & signed by 
this board. 

George Willoks Came before this board, and Exhibited an 
Information against William Dockwra Esq 1 Cheife Secretary & 
Register of this province, as an unjust and Corrupt Man & unfitt 
for an office of so great trust, and desired this board would be 
pleased to appoint him atime to hear him prove the sd Charge. 
The sd Information being read before this board, aggreed & 
ordered that y e said George Willoks do appear before this 
board on the third tuesday in mai'ch next, to prove & make 
good his sd Information & Charge agst sd w m Dockwra. And 
also aggreed & ordered y 4 in y e mean time Thomas Gordon 
present Deputy Sec'ry & Reg'r Do Safely keep all y e Records 
& papers belonging to y e sd office, & not deliver them to y e sd 
w m Dockwra nor to any other by his order untill further order 
of this board. 

Adjourned till y e 3 d tuesday in March next 

At 



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Present 



► of y b Councill 



At A Council held at Perth Amboy for the Province of East 
New Jersey upon the 17 th Day of June Anno D'ni 1701 

' Coll 1 : Andrew Hamilton Gover r 
William Pinhorne 
Samuel Dennis 
Samuel Leonard 
John Bishop 
Samuel Hale 
"William Sandford 
Benjamin Griffith 

Cap' Andrew Bowne came before this board, and acquainted 
the Governour, that he had a Commission from the proprietors 
in England to be Governour of this Province of East New 
Jersey. 

The Governour acquainted him that he had a Letter from the 
Proprietors residing in this Province & Neighbourhood, where- 
by'they desired to be present at the opening of the Commis- 
sion, And they were accordingly called in. 

David Lyal one of the Proprietors Acquainted this Board, 
that he had seen said Bownes Com'ission a few dayes before, 
and that he perceived it was Defective, as not being Signed by 
so many hands as make a Majority even of the Proprietors that 
reside in and about London, that he therefore had good rea- 
son to Suspect it to be Surreptitious & without the knowledge 
of the other Proprietors, and that it was a juggle, put upon 
most of those unwary Proprietors that signed this Com'ission 
by one Salter, that he had acquainted his fellow Proprietors 
residing in this Province of it, & that they had formed a pro- 
test against it under their hands, which he gave in at the Table, 
and desired in behalf of himself and the rest his Fellow Pro- 
prietors, that the same might be read and Entred, which was 
read! Accordingly 

Cap' Bowne desired a Copy of the Protest which was 
ordered to be given him 

The Governour told Cap' Bowne that he ha'd heard y e 
Protest read, & desired to know what he had to Answer to it. 

He Replyed he would answer no Questions, If the Proprie- 
tors in England had sent him a lame Commission let them see 
to it, But that he was resolved to publish it. 

The Governour told him that, As the Government of the 
Jerseys was not so desirable a thing as to be Courted, yet that 
since the Commission appeared Insufficient for said Bowne to 
Act by, he could not warrantably Surrender it, which would be 

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to leave the people without Government, &' by Consequence to 
fall into disorder & Confusion 

That he had received lately a Letter from M r Secretary Ver- 
non (which was produced at the Board) Signifying the Kings 
Pleasure that he should know of the Motion of a French 
Squadron of Men of Warr, bound for the Spanish West 
Indies, & that he take all Necessary care for the defence of the 
Provinces under his Command in Case of any Attempt to be 
made upon them, That if he Surrendered the Government, He 
was disabled of Executing the Kings Commands by the 
Secretary of State, & that Cap' Bowne was not qualified by 
this defective Commission to execute them. That since the 
Publication of this Commission (Though he did not apprehend 
it would supersede his Commission, Since no Commission 
could supersede his, but such a one as was Sufficient to Act by) 
might be a handle to licentious people to cavil at, he advised 
him not to publish it. Notwithstanding, the said Cap 4 Bowne 
went out & Said he was resolved to publish his Commission. 
The Governour & Councel went also out, & the Gover- 
nour protested against the publication of it, & if he would 
pretend to publish it, he would declare it a Riot. Said Bowne 
bid him punish him then. The Governour Replyed he ques- 
tioned not to find a Time to do it, tho he now valued himself 
upon the Mobb at his heels. The said Bowne caused read off 
his Commission. The Gover r & Council went away. 
Adjourned till to Morrow Morning 

At a Council held at Perth Amboy for the Province of East 
New Jersey upon the 18 th day of June Anno Domini 1701 

' Collonel Andrew Hamilton Governour 
William Pinhorne 



Present 



Samuel Hale 
Samuel Leonard 
John Bishop 
Samuel Hale 
William Sandford 
Benjamin Griffith 



► of the Council 



Ordered that Proclamations be Issued out, to Acquaint the 
People of Cap 1 Bownes Defective Commission that no body 
pay Obedience thereto. That the Governour would still Con- 
tinue his care over them. And Commanding them to have 
their Arms fixt, And Ammunition provided, that they may be 
in a Posture of Defence (in Obedience to his Majestie'B Com- 
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mands, Signified to the Governour by M r Secretary Vernon) In 
Case of any Descent &c, "Which were Accordingly Drawn and 
Signed by the Governour, under the Seal of y e Province, & 
sent to the Several Counties to be forthwith published # 

ORDERED That a Letter be written to the Proprietors in 
England Acquainting them of the Reason why they advised 
the Governour against Surrendring the Government, viz': that 
the Commission Appeared defective, & that several of them 
selves had heard M r Roysse & M r Walkker say they did not 
value Cap* Bownes Commission of a Farthing, or such like 
words, but that it answered their End, if it Superseded Coll 1 
Hamiltons, by which in probability it appeared that the 
use of the Commission to Cap* Bowne, was only to Supersede 
Coll 1 Hamiltons, & then to throw up his own Commission as 
defective, & to lodge the Gover'ment in the People, for want of 
necessary powers from the proprietors in the Province to' ap- 
point a Governour. 

Ordered that the protest which was yesterday given in by 
the Proprietors, residing in and about this Province, & Read 
before this Board against Cap* Bownes Commission, &c Be 
entred by the Secretary upon the publick Records of this Pro- 
vince &c 

Adjourned till further Occasion 

Att A Councill held at perth-Amboy for y e Province of East 
New Jersey y e 12 th of August Anno Dom': i70i 

'Col 11 Andrew Hamilton Gover 1 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Sam 11 Leonard 
John Bishop 
Sam 11 Hale 
Benj: Griffith 



of y e Councill &c 



The Gover r Informed this board y' he had Rece'd a Letter 
from England Signed by w m Dockwra Thomas Cooper, Tho : 
Hart Tho: Barker Clem' Plumstead & Peter Sonmans dated 
21 th March last, w ch was now read before this board, & to 
which an Answer was written & Signed by y e members of this 
board. ' 

A Petition by George Willoks was read here praying, y' 
Seeing y e Councill did not meet in March last according to an 
Order made in Decer r preceeding, to hear him make good his 
Information Against M r Dockwra, y' this board would now 
please to appoint a time to hear him make good his sd Charge 

ag'st 
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ag'st sd Dockwra ; Ordered y' M r Willoks do appear to mor- 
row morning before this board, in order to be heard Concern- 
ing sd Information So y* y e Clerk of this board do give him no- 
tice thereof 

Adjourned till to morow morning 

Att a Council held at Perth-Amboy for y e sd Province of 
East New Jersey y e 13 th August anno Dom': ilOi 



Present - 



' Coll 11 Andrew Hamilton Gover* 
Sam 11 Dennes 
Sam 11 Leonard 



1 



John Bishop )■ Of y e Councill 

Sam 11 Hale 
Benj a Griffith 



It being moved to this hoard, y' Severall of y e proprietors 
of this Province being in town desired to be present Att y e 
hearing of M r Willoks make good his Charge & Information 
Agst M r Dockwra, being they are very much Conserned in 
sd business, w ch was Consented to & they were Called in ac- 
cordingly. 

M r Willoks being Called appeared & his Information agst 
M r Dockwra being read as followeth 

Province of To the Hon ble Coll: Hamilton, Governour 

East New Jersey & Councill of sd Province 

The Information of Geoege Willoks 
Humbly Sheweth 

That the proprietors of sd province Residing in & about 
London, by Commission under their hands and provinciall 
Seal, have Constituted William Dockwra of sd London Merch* 
Sec'ry & RegV of the aforesd province of East New Jersey 
as may appear by y c publick Records of y e Same. 

And y e sd office of Secr'y & Reg' r being a place of great 
trust to whose Custodie y 8 publick Seal, Books of Records, 
Laws, Instruments, Charters, Patents, Wills, Testaments^ 
Deeds, & writtings whatsoever, touching & Concerning y e 
province in Generall the propr's planters & Inhabitants of y e . 
Same & others in particular. 

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And whereas y e publiek welfeare of y° sd province as well 
as of private persons Concerned in ye Same very much 
depend upon y° faithfull discharge of y e office of Secr'y & 
Rg'r & on y e Contrarie by means, Contrivance assistance aid 
Connivence Or permission of wicked Corrupt Covetous Mali- 
tious Or mercinarie Officer in y 4 place, may tend to y° hurt & 
dishonour of the Goverm', & to y e lose detriment or utter ruin 
of private persons 

And whereas y e sd w m Dockwra is a person of Evill fame, & 
hath perpetrated divers unjust & wicked actions, & lyeth under 
no ty or Restraint to obleidge him to a faith full discharge of 
y e Trust reposed in him, and probably may Embrace any 
opportunity whereby he may attain his Covetous Corrupt or 
Malitious ends, Either by himself or Deputy, to Raze viciate 
falssifie withdraw or destroy the publiek Records Instruments 
or writtings Committed to his Charge, & leave those so Injured 
w th out hopes of any futur Remedie ; For preventing of w ch 
y e sd George Willoks doth Informe your Hon 18 y l sd w m 
Dockwra is Guilty of y e Enormous actions underwritten 

l d Hath sent an Instrument under y e Seal of y e sd province, 
Signed only by himself as Agent, that whatever orders & In- 
structions Should be Sent from him under y e sd Seal Signed as 
aforesd, be as authentick orders to y e Gover r &o here, as if 
Signed by y e Major part of all y° propr's of sd province. 

2 d Hath under his hand & seal aforesd Imposed grivous 
mulcts fynes or amercements, (after a most arbitrary manner 
w th out any tryall hearing of partyes or Legall Conviction of 
any Crime Committed) upon Gent us Estates in sd province 

3 d Hath under his hand and seal aforesd, Sent orders & In- 
structions to y e Gover 1 &c appointed & Constituted by sd 
propr's &c, for unjust & unequall dividends of land dispro- 
portionable to the Interests of those Conserned. 

4 d Hath under his hand & seal aforesd, sent orders & In- 
structions to y e Gover r to Call in patents divest persons of 
their Estates & to deface y e publiek Records. 

5 th Hath under his hand & Seal aforesd, sent Instructions 
& orders to y e Gover r &c, to Insert into particular grants or 
patents unjust Clauses for makeing voyd y e Estates of y e 
Grantees 

6 th Hath 



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6 th Hath under his hand & Seal aforesd, sent orders & In- 
structions to y e Gover r &c, prohibiting to grant land to some 
propr's of sd prov: according to their proportions, notwithstand- 
ing they were sufficiently Entitled by Law to Demand y e 
Same 

7 th The sd Dockwra hath out of a wicked & Corrupt de- 
sign, refused to do justice himself & hath obstructed others, 
till y e party Injured was under a necessity to brib him before 
his bussinese Could be accomplished. 

8 th The sd Dockwra hath for his self Ends ordered his 
agent or Servant, (tho Sufficiently plain to be understood but 
in Indirect words) to Corrupt y e Surveyor of this province. 

9 th It hath been y e practice of sd Dockwra to alter y" 
minutts of sd propr's after aggreed on by them, at their meet- 
ings, and afterwards Endeavor to obstruct his alterations on 
them. 

10 111 The sd Dockwra w th a wicked & malitions design, 
w th out y e propr's orders Consent or privity, hath written in y e 
sd propr's minutbook Shamful opprob'us and Scandalous lyball 
agst one of his fellow propr's, to Leave an odium to posterity 
upon y e Reputation of his Just opposer. 

The sd George Willoks prayes yo 1 hon ra will take the pre- 
misses into Consideration, and to Assigne y e Informer a time to 
prove his Charge Exhibited, w cb if made good agst y e sd w m 
Dockwra, y e sd willoks further prayes yo r hon™ will take Such 
proper & Requisite measures for y e publick welfear honour 
Reputation & peace of y e Goverment, & y e Security of all 
private persons Conserned, as in ye r wisdoms shall be thought 
fitt. 

All w oh is humbly Submitted to yo r Hon" 
September 20 th pr Geo : Willoks 

i700| 

M r Willoks to prove y B first article produced an Instrument 
under y e Seal of y e province, and Signed by order of y e propr's 
Will™ Dockwra Agent, being a true Copie of y e originall bear- 
ing date of 29 th apprill 1686 ; purporting as in sd article is set 
forth, but no names of y e propr's y 4 Signed sd order is therein 
Recited. 

To prove y e 2 d article M r Willoks produced an Instrum* 

under 



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under y e Seal of y e sd province, & Signed by order of y e 
propr's in London, Will: Dockwra Agent, bearing date 
Eleventh Janr'y anno Dom:' i686 — a paragraph of w oh is as 
followeth, " Provided alwayes nevertheless y* for y e thousand 
" acres of Land at Chengaroras taken by Garven Lawrie'there 
" be three thousand taken off from his Share of the first 
" division of tenn thousand to a whole propriety, & for the 
•' thousand acres taken there by Thomas Rudyard, there be 
" four thousand taken off & discounted from his Share as 
" aforesd, according to y e propr's Order of y e 3 d July i68S, w cb 
" shall be an Effectuall discharge for so much in part of their 
" severall & Respective Interest in y e first division appointed 
" as abovesd, And in another paragraph, But to non y* holds 
" under a forth part of a propriety is this priviledge to be 
" allowed of haveing land layd out to them w th out setling 
" families thereon. 

To prove y e 3 d article M r Willoks produced y B abovesd In- 
strument bearing date y e Eleventh Janr'y i686 a paragraph of 
w cl1 is as followeth, "And they do hereby order & ap- 
" point y* after such lands are set out & patented, as are 
" already directed p. their former orders, (whither Generall or 
" Special]) to Sundry persons who have stock & servants already 
" in y e sd province, That then they Cause to be set out & 
" patented to Robert Barclay of Ury Esq 1 y e Gover r , as much 
" land as he shall want to make up his first dividend of ten 
" thousand acres for himself, or any other y* is or shall be Con- 
" serned under him in y' propriety. 

To prove y e 4 th article M r Willoks produced an Instrument 
under y e Seal of sd province, Signed by order of y e propr's 
Will Dockwra Agent, dated 14 th Sept r Anno Dom: i686. The 
purport of w eh is, That where any prop r or sharer in a propriety 
has taken up land Exceeding 2000 acres to a whole propriety, 
& so pro rata to Sharers in a propriety according to some 
former Instructions, then & in y' Case, the sd Instrument doth 
order & appoint The Deputy Gover r & Councill of propr's y* 
y e overplus shall Immediately be taken away, y e patents Called 
in to be Surrendered, and are thereby declared null & voyd to 
all Intents Constructions & purposes, & new patents to be 
granted for y e same to others w 1 " a non ostante to any other 
former patents, w th w ", if y e party Conserned do not Comply, 
they shall be totally divested of y e whole tracts of land men- 
tioned in sd patents & y e same given to others, And then fol- 
lowes this paragraph " And the proprietors Do hereby further 
" order that the Record or Registry of Every Such Irregular 
" & Illegall patent, be forthwith Defaced in the books of 

"Registry, 



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" Registry, so soon as any second patent be past in pursuance 
" to this order." 

To prove y e 5 th article M r Wilfoks produced an Instrument 
under y e province seal, & signed order of y e propr's w m Dock- 
wra Agent, dated y e 15 th Septr r i686, a paragraph of w oh is as 
followeth " And that a Clause be Inserted in y e patent to y e 
" purpose following, viz' In Case y e sd Kildin or his family 
" Do not Come into East Jersey before y e month of De- 
" cer 1 iesY y e sd patent to be null and void, as if it never 
"had been, & y e land to be disposed of to any other proprietor 
" any order Instruction or Instrument to y e Contrary, of any 
" part of the premisses in any Wise notwithstanding. Also 
" another Instrument, Signed & sealed as abovesd, dated 21 th 
" Junn i687, to the Same purpose, Concerning Sam 11 Stancleife 
" of London &c 

To prove y e 6 th Article M r Willoks produced one of 
y e abovesd Instruments, signed & sealed as abovesd, dated 
11 th Janr'y i686, a paragraph of w ch is as followeth 
" All proprietors or Sharers in a proprietie Whatsoever, 
" who owe any money to y e publick stock for y e Respec- 
" tive rates layd on Every propriety here in London, towards 
" defraying y e publick Charges of y" bussinese of y e 
" province, shall be barred & Excluded from having any 
" Land &o 

To prove y e 7 th article M r Willoks produced y e affidavits of 
himself & Thomas Gordon taken before the Members of this 
board viz : 

East New Jersey By y c Gover r & Councill 

George Willoks, of y e sd province, Aged about forty years, 
being Sworn upon y e holy Evangelists of Almighty God, 
Saith, That y e s* Deponent in y e year i696, or thereabouts, did 
make application to y e Gover r & Councill of propr's in s d pro- 
vince Concerning a tract of Land y l y e sd willoks held by 
mean Conveyances from Garvine Lawrie decs'd w oh sd tract of 
Land was layd out by y e Surveyors of sd province to sd Lawrie 
for iOOO acres, but Either through mistake or Ignorance of y e 
Surveyors, was found upon a Resurvey to Contain (to y e best 
of y e deponents knowledge) but about 300 acres ; & ye sd De- 
ponent prayed y e Gover r & Councill aforesd would make up y e 
Deponents quantity of iOOO acres out of y e adjacent Land, but 
ye Gover r & Councill was unwilling to grant the Depon't his 
quantity out of y e adjacent land, some of y e proprs in England 

Having 



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Having a pretention to y e same, & y e Gover r advised y e 
Deponent since he was bound for England to address y e 
proprs there, & accordingly writt to y e propr's Concerning y s 
same upon y B sd George Willoks arrivall in England he #pply- 
ed himself to y e propr's there seting forth y e Equity of his 
Demand, & the great Charge y' had been Expended upon Im- 
proving y e aforesd tract of Land, w ch would be an Extraordi- 
nary loss to y e Depont unlese y e propr's would make up his 
Complement out of y° adjacent land, and y° Deponent urged, 
y* by Councill learned in y 6 Law was advised his grant would 
Entitle him y e full quantity of 1000 acres, notwithstanding of 
w oh v e Deponent was opposed by w m Dockwra of London 
Secr r & Regr r of sd province, & y* y e Deponent Spoke to y e sd 
Dockwra in private, & urged y e Equity of his Case & y e great 
loss it would be to him if his Complement were not made up 
as aforesd, y e sd Dockwra gave y e Deponent to understand y' 
y e Deponent had a tract of Land upon y e Rariton & milston 
Rivers in sd East Jersey, adjoining to land of sd Dockwra y' 
y e sd Dockwra was very desirous to have, w oh y e sd willoks 
perceiveing, & y l w th out y e Depon&it should gratifie his Cove- 
tous desire y e sd Dockwra would obstruct his just demands, 
told y e sd wm Dockwra, y' provideing he would gett him y e 
adjacent land aforesd layd out to y e Deponents Satisfaction he 
would give y e sd Dockwra y e sd 850 acres of Land, w ch y e sd 
Dockwra willingly Embraced & in a feew dayes after y sd 
Dockwra sent for y e Deponent & had a paper written, purport- 
ing y* on Condition of his Endeavours to have y e Deponents 
Complemenfl&of Land made up as aforesd, y e sd Deponent 
should make a Conveyance of y e 850 acres of land aforesd to 
sd Dockwra, w ch y e Deponent refused to signe, but told him 
y 4 he would performe what he had promised, after w oh w th 
great facility y e Deponent obtained his desire, & when the 
deponent signed y e deeds for sd 850 acres of land y e sd Dock- 
wra urged to have a receipt from y e Deponent for 150 
pounds as the Consideration of s d 850 Acres of Land, w ch y e 
deponent positively refused, & would only sign a Receipt for 
five Shillings, but never received any Consideration for y e Same 
but what is above written. And the Deponent further saith y' 
y e sd Dockwra at Sundry times when y e Deponent was in 
England, after y e Propr's aforesd had aggreed upon Sun- 
dry matters and things, & y° same minutted down, y' y e 
sd Dockwra used to alter add or deminish from sd minutts 
as he thought fitt, & Endeavour to Obtrude y e Same at 
next meeting with his alterations upon y e sd propr's. 
And Lastly y e sd Deponent Saith y l y e sd Dockwra wrott in y e 

sd 



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sd propr's minutt book (wherein they Entred divers publick 
transactions) Secretly a most Scandalous Lybell against Joseph 
ormston, one of the propr's aforesd, because he generally found 
fault w th y° actings of sd Dockwra, w oh y e sd Ormston in pres- 
ence of y e Deponent did Sharply reprove y e sd Dockwra for, 
& did tear y e Same out of y e book aforesd, & further y" De- 
ponent saith not. 

Geo: Willoks 

Jurat: is* Die Augusti anno Dom: i70i Coram 

And: Hamilton 
Sam 11 Dennes 
John Bishop 
Sam 11 Leonard 
Sam 11 Hale 

East New Jersey, By y e Gover r & Councill of sd Province 

Thomas Gordon Aged about 47 years maketh oath y e he was 
present at London, w th w m Dockwra & Geo: Willoks, when sd 
Dockwra desired sd willoks to sign a receipt & discharge for 
150 11 as Consideration money of 850 acres of Land made over 
by sd willoks to sd Dockwra, w oU m r willoks refused to Do be- 
caus he sd he had never rece'd a farthing from sd Dockwra, & 
further told sd Dockwra you know you had it on another 
acc'pt (or words to y' purpose) & then the sd willoks & 
his wife signed a receipt to sd Dockwra for 5 Shillings, 
w ch other acc'pt I believe by what I have heard from 
sd Dockwra & willocks, was a brib to sUid Dockwra 
to get his land made up at Chesquacks &c, by y e 
propr's in England, w ch sd Dockwra obstructed untill sd wil- 
locks gave him sd land at milston river &c: sd Thomas Gor- 
don doth further make oath, y* when sd Gordon was in 
England sd Dockwra did alter the minutts of ye propr's orders 
Concerning their Instructions to Gover r Basse &c, & yt sd 
Dockwra did Insert in y e propr's minut book a Shamfull oppro- 
prious Story Conserning M r Ormston, laying a wadger with 
him &c, which was Afterwards torn out of y e minutt book &c: 
& further Saith not 

Jurat, 13 d die augusti anno Dom : i70i. Coram 

And: Hamilton 

Sam 11 Dennes, 

Sam 11 Leonard 

Sam 11 Hale 

John Bishop 

Benjamin Griffith To 



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To prove y e 8th article M r Willoks produced a letter to John 
Canington dated 11 th Nover 1 if>90 Signed Will: Dockwra a 
paragraph of "w oh is as followeth, Above all y* you Joyn on all 
" occasions w th such other friends y* may assist & give their 
" advice about getting out orders for all y e remaining land y' 
" is due to me, & in Cheife good tracts, and that the Surveyor 
" be made a fast friend. 

To prove y e 9 th & 10 th articles M r Willoks produced y" affi- 
davits of Thomas Gordon & himself taken before this board 
as is above written. 

Then all persons who were not members of this board were 
ordered To withdraw, And upon Mature Consideration of y e 
premisses It is y e Opinion of this board that M r Willoks has 
made good y e Severall articles of his Charge Against sd 
w m Dockwra, partly by Instruments under his hand & 
Seal of y e province, & partly by oath of wittnesses. 
Ordered that y e Clerk of this board do draw up a Copie of y e 
abovesd Information & Charge agst sd Dockwra & y e prooff of 
Every article at Large w th all Convenient Speed, to be sent to 
y e propr's in England, under y e province Seal &c, that said Mr 
Dockwra may have opportunity to make his defence <fcc. 

A petition was presented and Read before this board from 

y e propr's Residing in and about this province, 

Note yt this pe- praying that seeing it appears y* M r Dockwra 

ed'by™ 1, U is a man not fitt for so S reat a trust, y' this 

Robt Burnett board would suspend him from his office of 

David Lyell Chiefe Secretary & Reg'r 1 & from y e perqui- 

Miles Forster sitts & profitts thereof untill ye propr's in Eng- 

Tho: Warne land be acquainted & their minds known there- 
John Johnston . -, ? . _ .. , t , ,, , 
John Barclay ln 5 and 7 ln 7 mean tlme he 7 sha11 be P ut 
into sd office may be obleidged to find security 

for his faithfull discharge of sd office. In answer to w ch peti- 
tion, it is y e opinion of this board y* if y e Instrument w oh was 
■produced under y e hand of sd Dockwra & Seal of y e province 
be genuin, there Can remain no doubt of y e Reasonableness of 
Suspending him, thereby directing y e Records to be defaced, 
yet being willing to give him an opportunity to make his de- 
fence, wee have f orborn Suspending him, Recomending to y e 
propr's in England y* unless he make appear y l y 6 sd Instru- 
ment dated y e 14 th 'Septr i686, be fictitious & false, they dis- 
miss him of y° sd office of Secr'y & RegV: The Estates of the 
Inhabitants & others Conserned being very precarious under 
y e Custodie of a person Who has made so unjustifiable a step, 
And in y e mean time, Ordered, that the Records of all publick 
papers & Instruments, be keept in ye Custodie of Thomas Gor- 
don, 
Dd 



Present 



• of y e Councill 



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don, y e present Deput Secretary, untill y e sd Dockwra acquitt 
himself of y e above Charge. 

Adjourned till further Occasion 

Att A Councill held at perth-Amboy for y" sd province of 
East New Jersey y e 29th of Aprill anno Dom : 1703. 

' Lewis Morris pi -t 

W m Pinhorn 

Sam 11 Dennis 

John Bishop 

W m Sandford 
^ Sam 11 Hale 

Ordered y l a Letter be written to his Excellencie Lord Corn- 
bury, Gover r of new york, acquaintting him w th y e death of 
Co 1 ' Hamilton Late Governour of this province &c; which was 
accordingly done & being Read here was approved of, & Signed 
by this board &o as followeth Viz 

May it please your Excellencie 

To y e great greife of us & of y e better part of this province 
it Pleased Almighty GOD to take to himself Our Late Worthy 
Governour Co 11 Andrew Hamilton who departed this life On y e 
26 th of this Instant : A person whose good Charracter is not un- 
known to your Excellencie. "Wee being of y e Councill of this 
province do (as in duty bound) humbly Represent the same to 
your Excellencie. Hoping y' your Excellencies favourable 
assistance & support for y e preservation of the publick peace 
will not be wanting to us, untill your Excellencies Commission 
do arrive which wee do heartily desire maybe Spediely; Tour 
Excellencies prudent administration in your Goverment of New - 
york giveing us assurance of happiness under your Excellencies 
Conduct. 

Wee are 
May it please your Excellencie 

Your Excellencies most obedient Servants 

Lewis Moeris Pr* - 
W m Pinhorn 
East New Jersey Sam 11 Dennes 

Perth-Amboy 29 th Aprill iT03 John Bishop 

W m Sandford 
Sam 11 Hale 

For his Excellencie Edward Lord Viscount Cornbury Gover- 
nour of Her Maj tles province of New- York and Depend- 
ancies 

Adjourned till further Occasion [The 



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[The following forms are in the back of the Book form from which the 
foregoing records are taken.] 

I A B Profess faith in God the father and in Jesus Christ 
his Eternall son the true God and the holy Spirit one God 
blessed for Evermore & I doe Acknowledg the Scriptures of 
the ould & new Testament to be given by Divine Insperation. 



The Declaration of fidelity & Subscribtion on as profassion 
of the Christian Beliefe to be Described by Dissenters Con- 
sonant to the Statute Prim : Gut: & Mar: 

I A B Do sincerely Promise & Sollemnly Declare before God 
and the World That I will be true & faithf nil To Kinge William 
And I doe Sollemnly Profess & Declare That I doe from my 
heart detest & abhor & Renounce as impious & Heriticall that 
Damnable Doctrine & Profession That Princes Excommuni- 
cated or Deprived by the Pope or any authority of the sea of 
Rome may be deposed or marthered by their Subjects or any 
other whatever, & I doe Declare that no foreigne Power 
princes person Prelate State or Potentate hath or ought to 
have any power Jurisdiction Superiority Preemmenence Author- 
ity Eclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realm 



The forme of the Declaration directed by The Statut 30 th 
Car 2 d Cap 1" To be Subscribed by all Peers or members of 
the House of Lords & members of the house of Commons 
before they vote in any of the saide houses : 

I, A, B, doe Sollemnly & sincerely in the presence of God 
profes testify & declare that I doe believe that in the Sacra- 
ment of the Lords Supper thear is not any transubstan- 
tion of the elements .of bread «& wine into the Body & 
Blood of Christ at or after the Consecration thereof by 
any persons whatsoever & that the Invocation or adoration 
of the virgin Mary or any other Saint & the Sacrifice 
of the Mass as they are now used in the Church of Rome 
are Superstitious & Idolatrous & I doe Solemnly in the presence 
of God profess Testifie & declare that I doe make this declara- 
tion & every part thereof in the plaine & ordinary Sence of the 
words read onto me as they are commonly vnderstood by 
English Protestants, without any Evation Equivocation or 
mentall Reservation whatsoever \& without any dispensation 

already 



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already granted me for this purpose by the Pope or any other 
authority or Person Whatsoever or without any hope of any 
such Dispensation from any person or authority Whatsoever or 
without thinkeinge that I am or can be aquitted before God or 
man or absolved of this Declaration or any part thereof altho 
the Pope or any other persons or power whatsoever should dis- 
pence with or annull the same or Declare that it was null & 
voide from the begininge 

J Basse Andrew Bowse 

John Jnians 
John Royse 

W m PlNHOENE 

W m Lawrence 



I A B do sencerely Promise & Sweare that I will be faithfull 
& bear true allegeance to his Majesty King William, So help 
me God 

J Basse 

Andrew Bowne 
John Inians 
John Royse 

W m PlNHORNE 

W m Lawrence 



I A B Do Sweare That I doe from my heart Abhor detest 
& Abjure as impious & heriticall that damnable doctrine & 
Position that Princes Excom'unicated or deprived by the Pope 
or any Authority of the Sea of Rome may be deposed or Mur- 
dered by their Subjects or any other Whatsoever, & I doe de- 
clare no Foreign Prince person Prelate State or Potentate hath 
or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preemi- 
nence or Authority Ecleseacticall or Civill within this Realm. 
So help me God 

J. Basse Andrew Bowne 

John Inians 
John Rotse 

W m PlNHORNE 

W m Lawrence 



Wee Underwritten Do sencirly promiss & Solemnly declare 
as in y e presence of God that wee bear true alledgiance to his 
Maj tie William y c third King of England &c, And that wee 

from 



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from Our hearts abhore & detest as Impious & hereticall y l 
Damnable Doctrine & position y* princes Excora'unicated 
or deprived by y e pope Or any authoritie of y e Sea of Rome 
may be deposed or Murthered by their Subjects or any other 
Whatsoever, & Wee do declare No forraign prince person pre- 
late State or potentate hath or Ought to have any Jurisdiction 
Power Superioritie Preheminence Or authority Eccleseasticail 
or Civill w tb in this Realme and that wee will well & faithfully 
discharge y e trust reposed in us & Each of us as members of 
the Governour's Councill of this province of East New Jersey 
in America. So help us God &c dated this 23d of aprill anno 
Dom':i700 

Sam 11 Dennes 
And: Hamilton John Bishop 

May 30, Sam 11 Leonard Jr 

W m Pinhoene Sam 11 Hale 

W m Sandfoed 
Benj 1 Griffith 



I Underwritten Do Sincerly promise & Solemnly declare as 
in y 8 pressence of God that I bear true Alledgiance to his 
Maj tu W m y e 3 d King of England &c, And y* from my heart Ab- 
hore & detest as Impious & hereticall y' Damnable Doctrine & 
position y' princes Excomunicated Or deprived by y e Pope or 
any authoritie of y e Sea of Rome may be deposed or murthered 
by their subjects or any other Whatsoever, & I do declare No 
forraign prince prelate State or potentate hath or Ought to 
have Any Jurisdiction power Superioritie prehemenence or 
authoritie Ecclesiacticall or Civill w th in this Realme and that I 
will well & faithfully performe & discharge y e trust Reposed in 
me as Clerk of y e Councill of y e province of East New Jirsey 
in America, So help me God, &c, date this 23 d of apprill anno 
Dom: 1700 

' Thomas Gordon