Governor George Burrington's Executive Council

Dates: 1724 to 1725 (for 1731 to 1734 see below)

Locations Met: See Below

On June 3, 1723, the Lords Proprietors issued commissions and instructions to George Burrington as governor. In these instructions, the Lords Proprietors explained that the members of the Executive Council were no longer considered to be "Deputies" of the Lords Proprietors. However, their number was increased to twelve (12) with rules described for replacing a Councillor. In these instructions, the Lords Proprietors named:
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale (also Chief Justice)
- John Lovick (also Secretary)
- Edward Moseley (also Surveyor General)
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- John Blount
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- Thomas Harvey
- Robert West

George Burrington was to appoint the last two Councillors.

On January 15, 1723/24, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- William Reed - President
- John Lovick
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley

George Burrington presented his commission and instructions and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

George Burrington appointed Arthur Goffe - current Receiver General - as a member of the Executive Council. Goffe took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

Council records note that Henry Clayton was appointed Provost Marshal of North Carolina.

On January 22nd and January 23rd of 1723/24, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- John Lovick
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- Edward Moseley
- Arthur Goffe

Lovick, Pollock Jr., Moseley, and Goffe were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Richard Sanderson and Thomas Harvey appeared, took their oaths of office, and took their seats on this Executive Council.

This Executive Council announced that the Lords Proprietors instructed them to order a resurvey of all tenant lands in North Carolina.

On April 2nd and April 3rd of 1724, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Christopher Gale
- John Lovick
- Francis Foster
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Arthur Goffe

Thomas Harvey arrived on 4/3.

Gale, Lovick, Foster, Pollock Jr., Blount, Moseley, Goffe, and Harvey were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Christopher Gale and Francis Foster retook their oaths of office as Members of the Executive Council.

William Little was appointed Attorney General.

Daniel Richardson - Judge of the Court of Admiralty - died recently. This Executive Council appointed Edward Moseley to take his place.

On April 9, 1724, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Christopher Gale
- John Lovick
- Francis Foster
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe

Gale, Lovick, Foster, Pollock Jr., Blount, Moseley, Harvey, and Goffe were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

This Executive Council appointed two Assistant Justices per the Lords Proprietors' instructions - Adam Cockburne and Edmund Gale. This Executive Council also appointed all new civil officers for the precincts.

On April 15th, April 16th, and April 17th of 1724, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- John Lovick
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- Robert West

Reed, Gale, Lovick, Foster, Pollock Jr., Blount, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, and West were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Thomas Swann - Speaker of the House of Burgesses appeared and asserted that the Governor and Executive Council needed to re-allow new Land Patents in Bath County. The Governor and Executive Council agreed.

On July XX and July XY of 1724, the Executive Council met in the new Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Christopher Gale
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Maurice Moore
- Arthur Goffe

William Reed, Francis Foster, and Thomas Harvey arrived on the 2nd day.

Gale, Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Moore, Goffe, Reed, Foster, and Harvey were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

John Tripp was appointed as Provost Marshal for Bath County.

On July 31st (Friday) and August 3rd (Monday) of 1724, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe

Reed, Gale, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Blount, Moseley, Harvey, and Goffe were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

On October 24, 1724, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Francis Foster
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe

Foster, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Harvey, and Goffe were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Council records indicate that Christopher Gale has left the government. Gov. George Burrington appointed William Maule to replace him as a member on the Executive Council.

Gov. George Burrington appointed Thomas Pollock, Jr. to be the new Chief Justice in place of Christopher Gale.

Gov. George Burrington dismissed Henry Clayton as Provost Marshal and appointed James Winright as Provost Marshal for Albemarle County.

October 28, 1724, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- Robert West
- William Maule

Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, West, and Maule were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

October 29th (Thursday) and October 30th (Saturday) of 1724, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- Robert West
- William Maule

Pollock Jr., Blount, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, West, and Maule were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The will of Gov. Charles Eden was contested.

On 10/31, Thomas Swann and three others accused William Reed and John Norton of "scandalous expressions" about the governor.

Gov. George Burrington announced that he was traveling to Charles Town. He appointed Edward Moseley to preside over the Executive Council. Moseley took the oath of office.

On November 7, 1724, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- Robert West
- William Maule

Pollock Jr., Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, West, and Maule were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

John Norton stated that he heard William Reed ask about Gov. George Burrington as previously being in prison for beating an old woman. The Executive Council ordered William Reed to attend the next meeting.

Thomas Boyd was appointed Attorney General. William Little had resigned.

William Maule was appointed Judge of the Admiralty. Edward Moseley had resigned.

On December 5, 1724, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Robert Route as Provost Marshal for North Carolina.
On March 10, 1724/25, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Christopher Gale as Collector of Customs at Roanoke.
On March 25, 1725, the Lords Proprietors commissioned William Little as Attorney General.

On April 3rd (Saturday), April 5th (Monday), and April 7th (Wednesday), the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Reed
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- William Maule

Reed, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, and Maule were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Gov. George Burrington issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until July.

Gov. George Burrington announced that he was traveling to Cape Fear and South Carolina. He appointed Edward Moseley to preside over the Executive Council in his absence.

On May 28th (Friday) and May 29th (Saturday) of 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Francis Foster
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Arthur Goffe
- William Maule

Foster, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Harvey, Goffe, and Maule were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bertie Precinct.

Gov. George Burrington asserted that he has heard about many "scurrilous reflections" concerning him. He ordered a hearing for June 14th.

Dates: 1731 to 1734

Locations Met: See Below

In 1731 George Burrington became the first Royal Governor of North Carolina. His commission and instructions were dated April 29, 1730. He was also appointed Vice Admiral on May 2, 1730. More instructions were issued to him on December 14, 1730. He arrived in Edenton and took the oaths of office on February 25, 1731. His instructions identified the following men as his Executive Council:
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- James Jenoure
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- John Baptista Ashe
- James Stallard
- Eleazor Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Richard Eyans
- Cornelius Harnett
- John Porter

On February 25th (Thursday), February 26th (Friday), and February 27th (Saturday) of 1730/31, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton

Smith, Jenoure, and Halton were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

George Burrington presented his commission and instructions from the Crown as the first Royal Governor and Vice-Admiral of North Carolina. He took the oaths of office and sat as the head of this Executive Council.

William Smith, Joseph Jenoure, and Robert Halton then took their oaths of office and sat for the first time as members of this Executive Council.

On 2/26, Gov. George Burrington issued a Writ of Election for the Freeholders to elect a new General Assembly on March 23rd and for that General Assembly to sit on April 13th.

On 2/27, the Governor and Executive Council ordered that Joseph Anderson act as Secretary until Nathaniel Rice arrives in the province.

On March 4, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendace were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton

Smith, Jenoure, and Halton were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The records note that ex-governor Sir Richard Everard asserted that he had not been fully paid his salary while in office.

On March 9, 1730/31, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton

Smith, Jenoure, and Halton were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Edmond Porter appeared and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

William Smith presented his commission as Chief Justice.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Robert Halton as the Provost Marshal for all of North Carolina.

On March 30, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton

Smith, Jenoure, and Halton were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed three Assistant Justices - Cullen Pollock, George Martin, Isaac Hill.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Robert Halton as Escheator General.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Conner as Attorney General

On April 3, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure

Smith and Jenoure were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Nathaniel Rice and John Baptista Ashe appeared and took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

Nathaniel Rice presented his commission as Secretary and took the oaths of office.

On April 13, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Nathaniel Rice
- John Baptista Ashe

Smith, Jenoure, Rice, and Ashe were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Cornelius Harnett appeared and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

April 19, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Joseph Jenoure
- Edmond Porter
- John Baptista Ashe
- Cornelius Harnett

Smith, Jenoure, Porter, Ashe, and Harnett were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. George Burrington read aloud part of his instructions from the Crown requiring him to look into the complaints between former Gov. Sir Richard Everard and the Executive Council.

On April 21st (Wednesday), April 22nd (Thursday), April 23rd (Friday), April 24th (Saturday), April 26th (Monday), May 1st (Saturday), May 4th (Tuesday), and May 8th (Saturday) of 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Joseph Jenoure
- Edmond Porter
- John Baptista Ashe
- Cornelius Harnett

Robert Halton arrived on April 22nd.

Smith, Rice, Jenoure, Halton, Porter, Ashe, and Harnett were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Joseph Jenoure presented an issue with former Surveyor General Edward Moseley.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed William Smith as Treasurer to replace Edward Moseley.

On 4/24 and again on 5/4, the long-running issue with ex-Gov. Sir Richard Everard was discussed.

On May 12, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- John Baptista Ashe
- Cornelius Harnett

Smith, Halton, Porter, Ashe, and Harnett were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

William Smith presented a complaint against Edmond Porter - this was considered at that time to be a "big deal."

On May 14th (Friday), May 15th (Saturday), May 18th (Tuesday), May 20th (Thursday), May 21st (Friday), and May 22nd (Saturday) of 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- John Baptista Ashe
- Cornelius Harnett

Joseph Jenoure arrived on 5/20.

Smith, Jenoure, Halton, Porter, Ashe, and Harnett were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. George Burrington clarified His Majesty's request for him to look into the issues with ex-Gov. Sir Richard Everard.

On 5/15, the Executive Council discussed recent appointments of Assistant Justices.

On 5/18, the Governor and Executive Council issued new commissions to civil officers in several precincts. Per the governor's instructions, the Executive Council responded in writing to the governor's inquiries. Thus begins the long conflict between Burrington and his Executive Council once again.

On 5/20, John Montgomery presented his commission as Attorney General and took the oaths of office. William Smith resigned his seat on the Executive Council and as Chief Justice. Gov. George Burrington responds, in writing, to his critics.

On 5/21, the son of ex-Gov. Sir Richard Everard appeared to discuss the charges against his father. The Executive Council responded with - now that Thomas Harvey is deceased and Christopher Gale is on his way to England, this discussion is now moot.

On 5/22, John Lovick presented a paper regarding ex-Gov. Sir Richard Everard. Since Everard has never shown up to any recent Executive Council meetings, Lovick is of the opinion that all charges against Everard should be dropped.

On July 26th (Monday) and July 27th (Tuesday) of 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- Edmond Porter

Jenoure and Porter were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Since not enough members were present, nothing was addressed on 7/26.

On 7/27, Gov. George Burrington declares that William Smith had withdrawn from this government. He then appointed John Lovick and Edmund Gale as Members of His Majesty's Council. Both took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Palin as the new Chief Justice in place of William Smith. They also appointed new Assistant Justices - George Martin, Henry Bonner, Isaac Hill, and Thomas Lovick.

On August 31, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- Edmond Porter
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Porter, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council apppointed new civil officers in several precincts.

On November 2-4, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Halton, Porter, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The governor was late in returning from Cape Fear and missed the Court of Chancery scheduled for the day before. He asked if the Executive Council wanted to hold it today? They declined.

On 11/3, Gov. George Burrington gave a speech to the House of Burgesses. He lambasted them for their last session. Then, he prorogued them until next April.

On 11/4, it was openly discussed that Maurice Moore, Edward Moseley, and John Porter have taken all the good lands along the Cape Fear River. Gov. George Burrington demanded that these men come to the Executive Council planned for January and give account of their actions. He also demanded that all of His Majesty's Council show up for that planned meeting - or - they will be suspended as Councillors.

On November 23, 1731, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenooure
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Halton, Porter, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council initiated the twice-yearly Court of Oyer and Terminer.

The Governor and Executive Council approved the establishment of the Onslow Precinct and named commissioners.

On January 17-22, 1731/32, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton
- John Baptista Ashe
- Cornelius Harnett
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Edmond Porter arrived on 1/20.

Jenoure, Halton, Porter, Ashe, Harnett, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Matthew Rowan arrived and presented his commission as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

Gov. George Burrington read a letter from South Carolina Gov. Robert Johnson requesting North Carolina to appoint commissioners to run the NC/SC state line. Burrington decided to wait for written instructions from the Crown.

On 1/18, Cornelius Harnett defends Gov. Burrington's assertion that he owed money to John Tate. Maurice Moore arrived and defended his possession of more than 15,000 acres of land along the Cape Fear River.

On 1/19, Gov. George Burrington asserts that Cornelius Harnett's account of things was incorrect and that Harnett had "forced" John Tate to send information that Harnett no longer owed him money.

On 1/20, this Executive Council brought up an issue against Edmond Porter, and things got very testy, with Porter being described as "insolent." The Governor and Executive Council then agreed to suspend Edmond Porter from being the Judge of the Court of Admiralty. The Governor recommended that Porter be suspended as a Councillor, this was deferred.

On 1/21, the Governor and Executive Council debated again whether to suspend Edmond Porter as a Councillor. In the end, they agreed that he was to be suspended.

On 1/22, the Governor and Executive Council appointed Edmund Gale as the new Judge of the Court of Admiralty. They also appointed commissioners for Indian trade - Col. Robert West, Francis Pugh, Thomas Bryant, John Speir, and Thomas Kearney.

On March 28th (Tueday) and March 30th (Thursday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. George Burrington issued a proclamation that the sitting General Assembly is to dissolve.

On April 3rd (Monday) and April 6th (Thursday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The records noted that Robert Halton had leave to be absent.

Since there were not enough Executive Council members present, the planned Court of Chancery was cancelled.

Gov. George Burrington ordered the Provost Marshal to summon all Councillors to meet in May.

On 4/6, Gov. George Burrington appointed John Palin as Chief Justice.

On May 16th (Tuesday) and May 17th (Wednesday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Halton, Rowan, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council approved the establishment of Edgecome Precinct and appointed commissioners.

The records noted that William Smith "scandalized" John Lovick and William Little in his recent report to the Crown after he left the province. John Lovick, William Little, and Gov. George Burrington responded in writing and these responses are in the Executive Council records.

On July 25th (Tuesday), July 27th (Thursday), July 31st (Monday), August 1st (Tuesday), and August 2nd (Wednesday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Joseph Jenoure
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

7/25 and 7/27, not enough members present, so this Executive Council was adjourned.

On 7/31, it was noted that Joseph Jenoure and Matthew Rowan were both "dangerously sick," Robert Halton had leave to be absent, and Cornelius Harnett was absent but without leave. The members who showed up on this day were:
- Nathaniel Rice
- John Baptista Ashe
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Jenoure, Rice, Ashe, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. It was noted in the records that these men were all of the Councillors in the province at this point in time.

The Governor and Executive Council directed the Attorney General to prepare a draft approach for creating a Court of Exchequer, which was directed by the Crown in Burrington's original instructions.

On 8/1, Gov. George Burrington directs Nathaniel Rice to set up an office of the Secretary in Edenton. Since Rice chooses to live at Cape Fear he seems to never attend to official business as required of his office. Burrington then asks the Executive Council if John Montgomery - Attorney General - should be removed from office.

On October 17th (Tuesday) and October 18th (Wednesday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

George Phenny, Surveyor General of His Majesty's Customs appeared with a commission from the Crown as a Member of the Executive Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 10/18, Gov. George Burrington announced that Joseph Jenoure was now deceased. He appointed John Lovick as the new Surveyor General in his place. Burrington then announced that John Palin desired to resign as the current Chief Justice, and he appointed William Little in his place. He then appointed Assistant Justices - Roger Moore, John Worley, William Owen, Mackrora Scarbrough, and William Badham. The Executive Council approved all appointments.

Gov. George Burrington then announced that he is considering a move to Cape Fear and he asks the Executive Council for their thoughts on the matter. All wish to remain in Edenton.

From October 31 through November 4, 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- John Baptista Ashe

John Lovick and Edmund Gale arrived on 11/1.

Rice, Halton, Ashe, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

On 11/1, Cornelius Harnett asked permission to resign from the Executive Council. A petition was read from citizens asking for their lands to be added to the new Edgecombe Precinct. The Governor and Executive Council approved the establishment of Bladen Precinct and named commissioners to help get it going.

On November 7th (Tuesday) and November 8th (Wednesday) of 1732, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- John Baptista Ashe
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale

Rice, Halton, Ashe, Lovick, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

This Executive Council reviewed the draft approach for erecting a Court of Exchequer.

On March 29th (Thursday), March 30th (Friday), and April 3rd (Monday) of 1733, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- John Baptista Ashe
- John Lovick
- William Owen

Edmund Gale arrived on 3/30.

Rice, Halton, Ashe, Lovick, Owen, and Gale were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council agreed to call for a General Assembly - Freeholders were directed to elect their representatives in May for an Assembly to convene in June.

Nathaniel Rice and John Baptista Ashe provided written objections to the recent creation of new precincts (Edgecombe, Onslow, Bladen) without the consent of the House of Burgesses. Gov. George Burrington provided a written counter-argument.

On 3/30, a petition from the inhabitants of Edgecome Precinct was read aloud - please do not move the seat of government to the Cape Fear - why not move it to a location between the Tar and the Neuse rivers? Another petition from inhabitants of Bertie Precinct - same concerns.

On 4/3, another petition from inhabitants of Craven Precinct - why not move the seat of government to the Neuse River area?

New civil officers were appointed for Beaufort, Carteret, and Craven precincts.

Also on March 29, 1733, Nathaniel Rice and John Baptista Ashe collaborated on a joint letter to Gov. George Burrington stating that they were not pleased that Burrington had appointed William Owen as a Councillor since there were already eight Councillors currently in the province:
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- John Baptista Ashe
- Matthew Rowan
- Eleazer Allen
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale
- William Forbes.

Gov. George Burrington responded with the equivalent of "I'm the governor and I'll do as I think fit."

On April 3, 1733, Nathaniel Rice and John Baptista Ashe collaborated on two more joint letters to Gov. George Burrington, and Edward Mosely sent his own letter to the governor. It is now "open hostilities" between the governor and many of the community leaders in the province, and things proceeded to get worse.

On July 3-4, 1733, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Nathaniel Rice
- John Baptista Ashe
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale
- William Owen

Rice, Ashe, Lovick, Gale, and Owen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Members of the Executive Council were unwilling to do any business with so few members present.

The Governor and Executive Council agreed to prorogue the sitting General Assembly.

Gov. George Burrington gave a speech to the House of Burgesses.

On August 6-7, 1733, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Nathaniel Rice
- John Baptista Ashe
- John Lovick
- Edmund Gale
- William Owen

Rice, Ashe, Lovick, Gale, and Owen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Maj. Stephen Goolde, Receiver of the Import Duty for the port of Bath, was required to give surety for monies received.

On April 17, 1734, the Crown commissioned William Smith as Chief Justice of North Carolina.

Apparently in either late August or early September of 1734, the records show that Gov. George Burrington asserted that he had called for two Executive Councils to meet on "Extraordinary Affairs" since August 3rd last and no members showed up for these. He noted that there were now only three Councillors now residing in the province, so he took it upon himself to appoint four new Members of His Majesty's Council:
- Col. Benjamin Hill
- Francis Pugh
- Col. Henry Guston
- Col. Macrora Scarbrough

These men took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council. 

On September 26-28, 1734, the Executive Council met in Edenton - presumably in the Council Chamber, but the records do not say so. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. George Burrington
- Edmund Gale
- Benjamin Hill
- Francis Pugh
- Henry Guston
- Macrora Scaarbrough

Gale, Hill, Pugh, Guston, and Scarbrough were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council agreed to call for a new General Assembly with elections to be held on October 22nd.

Edmund Gale was appointed as Surveyor General since John Lovick was now deceased.

Daniel Hanmer was appointed as Chief Justice since William Little was now deceased. He arrived on 9/28 and took the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new civil officers for several precincts.

On 9/28, the Governor and Executive Council appointed five new Assistant Justices - John Worley, William Badham, Macrora Scarbrough, Benjamin Hill, and Henry Baker.

Gov. George Burrington appointed Daniel Hanmer as a Member of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council entered into the record that William Smith, Nathaniel Rice, John Montgomery, and Edmond Porter had "fled the province." The Governor suspended Nathaniel Rice.

Gov. George Burrington presented multiple depositions of "Riotous and Rebellious" proceedings of William Smith, Nathaniel Rice, John Montgomery, Edmond Porter and others, and accused them of plotting to murder him on July 31, 1733.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Hodgson as Attorney General, in place of John Montgomery who had fled the province.

This is the last known record for an Executive Council meeting with Gov. George Burrington.

If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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