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

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The bill heretofore sent from the Deputyes titled a Bill to p’hibitt Arbitrary p'ceedings—Read wih Some amendmts 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 Deputyes 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 wth Some of the Councill It's ordered that Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn Sandford and Benj” Price, Doe attend the Conference as desired forthwth att the house of Isaac Whitehead

A bill for the gen’all laws of this p’vince transcribed wth Some additions and amendmts. 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 Sandford and Benj" Price

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

Then Adjourned till 7 A Clock next second day moorneing
Att a Councill held 19th day of March Anno Dni 1683
p'sent

The Dt Governor opr
Sam Groom
Captn Berry
Captn Palmer

of the Counc:
Captn Sandford of the
Benj” Price

The Deputyes sent here a Message desireing a Conference wth some of the Councill and that they would bring wth them the Records Entred by Captn Vicars-A Conference granted and Captn Berry Captn Palmer Captn Sandford and Benja 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 Robt Vicars who has lately officiated in this p’vince as Secretary in the tyme of the late Governor Captn Phillip Carterett notwthstanding many grants by the late Governor and Councill made of lands wthin 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 wth out disturbance yett to Impeach not onely their Titles but alsoe the Right of the p’sent p’prietors, and to stirr vp the peaceable people of this p'vince to quarrells and Contencions and to inflame their minds and sperritts one agt an other hath publickly advised and stirrd vp many to wth 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's, Hath alsoc advised them to stand upon and maintaine an obsolete and voyd pattent or p'tended pattent long since made by Coll Rich: Nicholls to Captn John Baker and others—And the said Captn Rob Vicars haveing made as p'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 Robt Vicars bee forthwth app'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 wthin this p’vince

Captn Vicars being here p’sent and refuseing 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 20th Day of March Anno Dni 1687

p'sent The Dept Governor & 1

Sam" Groome 5 p’pr
Captn Berry
Captn Palmer
Captn Sandford Î of the Counc:
Benj" Price

Captn Vicars being brought here and Demanded whether hee would give Security for ye Good behaviour &c as was ordered yesterday wch hee refused whereupon it's ordered and agreed that hee be Com'itted to the Com’on Goale att Woodridge untill hee shall give such security or bee discharged by due Course of law

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It's agreed and ordered That Sam" Moore bee made and Constituted high Sheriffe of the County of Middx and have his Com'ission forthwth Sealed wch 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 warrt for the Com’ittmt of Captn Robt vicars bee directed and delivered to Sam” Moore high Sheriffe of the County of Middx

The petic'on of Edw ffox Servant to Robt Vauquillin read and agreed that Robt Vauquillin haveing notice thereof appeare wth his Servant at this board on Thursday next to Answer his said Servants Complaint agst him and that all witnesses for either p'ty there alsoe Attend.

A bill for the gen'all lawes of the p’vince of East New Jersey Sent here from the Deputyes wth Some Amendmts_The amendmts 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 wch being read his Case is referred to the p’prietors for their Result

The petic'op of Martha Symes to such effect as the petic'on above wch being read it's refer'd to the p’prietors for their result

The petic'on of Elizabeth Carterett. the Widdow of the late Governor Captn Phillip Carterett being here read, the Considerac'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 50011 vnto our Sovereigne Lord the

KingVpon 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 wch by the Court shalbe then and there Enjoyned him and that in the meane

tyme 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 Capt & Coguit die & Anno primo supa drt

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Tho Rudyard Att a Councill held the 21st Day of March Anno Dni 1683 p'sent

The Dt Governor ! p'pr
Sam!! Groome
Captn Berry
Captn Palmer

Captn Sandford & Sof the Counc:

Benjin Price

The Deputyes sent by Some of their members the Bills remaining in their hands wch were heretofore past wch wth those lying wth the Councill are six in number The Act for the gen'all lawes yet lyeing wth the Deputyes, It's ordered that the Acts and Bills passed this Assembly bee forthwth transcribed 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'prietors 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“ 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 wth the Governor last night after Adjourment 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 fenceing and the like sent here from the Deputyes—wch 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

the

the Deputyes Ordered that the same bee 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 wtli some Alterac'on,

-Agreed and order'd that this board Adhere to their former amendmts 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 carry 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 or 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'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 agst 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'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, wch is apparently Contrary to the Express directon in the generall Concessions of this p'vince, and Contrary to the Duty of the said Surveyor Gen’all & may tend to the p'iudice not onely of the p'prietors but alsoe Inhabitants & many the freeholders of this p’vince And the said Surveyor 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 forthwth 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 agst him, and that the said High Sheriffe alsoe make search & bring wth him to this board the said Surveyors 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 wthout a due inspec'on into & examineing the Same Adjourned to 7 A Clock tomorrow-moorneing

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