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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 prohibited and thereby the Debts lyeing out cannot bee Received wch 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 proprietor soe principall Creditor in the province to the Estate of the proprieto's in Captn Groomes hands --but as the proprieto's Estate was by Bill of Lading Consigned 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 25th instant that then the appraisers 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 Deliver the same to the Deputy Governor

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

An Act for the Malitia sent here by the Deputyes

An Act Entituled an Act to p'vent strangers Com'enceing vexatious suites agt 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 Comee p’posed the amendmt of the Act for the Militia and the Act for makeing rates for severall p’sons as Deputyes Clerkes &c and also ye poll Act,

The Comee mett together and Considered of severall matters to bee amended and Carryed vp the 4 Bills for Amendmt

The poll Bill, some amendmts made, Transcribed and ordered to bee sent back to the Deputyes

A Bill Entituleil an Act to build ye 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 Benja Price

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

A Bill sent here from the Deputyes Entituled An Act for the Regular makeing of pattents for Land wth some Amendmts 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 wth their Concurrence

A petic'on of Captn Palmer in behalfe of himselfe and Thomas Codrington John White and John Rice setting forth that they have had severall Tracts of Land Adjoyneing together 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 forthwth made to them in pursuance of such surveyes

WHEREAS Dayly Complaints have bin made to the Governor 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 whout Leave had or obtained from the owners or proprieto's thereof to the great wast and Destrucc'on of the Timber and in wrong and abuse of the owners or proprieto's thereof in Contempt of the Law and Authority of this province ;-It is therefore Ordered that proclemac'on bee forthwth made and issued out by the Governor to p’hibite all such felling and Distruction of Timber for the future, and that the same be sent into all Countyes in this province to bee published wth 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 3d December 1683

p'sent The Deputy Governor

Captn Berry
Captn Palmer
Captn Sandford & Jon the counc:
Benja Price

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 vizt Anne and Margerett Rudyard, and six servants vizt Isaac Smuton, Benja Griffith, Nathaniel Neale, Hanna Beamond and Jane Baynes for wch According to the proprieto's Concessions and Agreemts


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 warrt 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 Comee 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 Members of Councill here p'sent Joyne in the same Com’ittee wth the Deputyes

A Bisl 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

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The Humble Addresse of the rep'sentitives of the Inhabi

tants of this province p'sent Showeth

That whereas Captn Baker of Elizabeth Towne from the first setling of this province to this Day hath approved himselfe to bee a man evill principled not onely to the Goverm Established in this province but also in all other his Acc'ons wch as wee humbly concieve makes him verry ynfitt 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 3d 16831

p. order of the house


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 wth the


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 warrt for the Choyce of a Constable in those parts, The warr to bee sent to Captn Berry

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

ffor the better setling and Exerciseing the Militia in every County wthin 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-Joseph Johnson Ensigne-It's ordered that Maior Sandford appoint 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? Ensigne

ffor the County of Middx wthin the bounds of Pascataway, Justice Tyler to bee Com’issionated Maior Sam" Dotey Lievetenant-and Jediah Higgins Ensigne :

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

ffor the Coporac'on of Woodbridge the Corp’ac'on by Charter may p'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 Lievetenant-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’sent and the Governor approve

It's Ordered that the Governor forth wth issue out Com’issions to the severall officers to bee Com'issionated as above, Agreed


. upon, As also to such as hee shall approve of those to bee pisented by the Corporacions 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!! 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 7 A Clocke tomorrow morneing At a Councill held at Elizabeth Towne in the County of Essex 4 Dec 1683

p’sent The Deputy Governor

Maior Berry
Maior Sandford

} of the Counc.
Capt Palmer &

Benja Price · A Bill from the Deputyes to fine every member of the Deputyes 59 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 therein being in the sence of this board) matter not prop' to bee Enacted wthout Considerable Amendmts Doe propose as the most expeditious way for a Right vnderstanding to have some Members of the Councill to meete wth some members of the Deputyes in A Come to meete this afternoone 2 A Clocke, And that a message bee sent to the Deputyes to that End, Benja Price to Carry that message

The Deputyes and Members of the Councill mett and after somé 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 wch shee has suffered wrong and Losse of her service-Desireing Justice agt him The Governor and Councill Considering thereof—And being senceable that there are Lawes agt such matters of wch shee Complaines—It's the sence of the Governor and Councill that shee take her Due Course at Law agt Durham for the same, if shee see Cause soe to Doe. Adjourned to 8 A Clocke tomorrow morneing


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