Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

3rd House of Burgesses - 1670-1672

The Lords Proprietors issued the Fundamental Constitutions on March 1, 1670 and sent them to Albemarle County along with their instructions to the next Governor, Peter Carteret, who was already acting as President of the Executive Council.

Click Here to read the Lords Proprietors' Instructions to Governor Peter Carteret.

Again, they instructed the Freeholders of the four precincts to elect five representatives for the House of Burgesses, and for another five to be elected to serve in the Upper House along with the "deputies" already in his Executive Council. The House of Burgesses was to then elect a Speaker.

In October of 1670, the Lords Proprietors sent out another copy of the Fundamental Constitutions and they arrived in Albemarle County in early 1671. Governor Peter Carteret and his Executive Council sent a letter to the Lords Proprietors acknowledging receipt and protesting against many of the provisions in this document.

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