Gov. Peter Carteret's Executive Council

Dates: 1670 to 1672

Location Met: Unknown

Appointed Assistant Governor and Secretary of Albemarle County in December of 1664, Peter Carteret landed in the colony on February 23, 1665, and served on the Executive Council for Governor William Drummond and Governor Samuel Stephens.
On March 10, 1669/70, the Lords Proprietors Deputies commissioned Peter Carteret as the third governor of Albemarle County and named five members of his Executive Council:
- John Jenkins
- John Harvey
- Richard Foster
- Francis Godfrey
- John Willoughby 
On May 16, 1671, Governor Peter Carteret sent a letter to the Lords Proprietors, and it was signed by himself and five (5) members of his Executive Council:
- John Jenkins
- John Harvey
- Richard Foster
- John Willoughby
- John Nixon 
On April 27, 1672, the Executive Council and the Speaker of the Assembly sent a letter to the Lords Proprietors, and it was signed by:
- John Jenkins
- Richard Foster
- John Willoughby
- James Blount
- Thomas Jarvis
- William Jennings
- Edmund Chancy
- Thomas Pearce
- Valentine Bird - Speaker of the Assembly 
On April 27, 1672, the Executive Council and the Speaker of the Assembly sent a letter to Governor Peter Carteret, and it was signed by:
- John Jenkins
- Richard Foster
- John Willoughby
- James Blount
- Thomas Jarvis
- William Jennings
- Edmund Chancy
- Thomas Pearce
- Valentine Bird - Speaker of the Assembly

Discontent prevailed in Albemarle County so much that in early 1672 the Executive Council felt it necessary for Governor Peter Carteret and John Harvey to travel to England to lay their grievances before the Lords Proprietors. Heading the lists of complaints contained in a letter dripping with words of respectful submission was the request that quitrents be again lowered until they were consistent with those of Virginia.

John Harvey did not go to England - not long after reaching New York, he turned around and went back to North Carolina. Governor Peter Carteret continued on to London, and he chose never to return to Carolina.


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