On February 5, 1678/79 the Lords Proprietors appointed John Harvey President
of the Executive
Council to act as governor of Albemarle County until the
arrival of Seth Sothel, a Lords Proprietor who had been sent
to be governor but was captured en route by Algerian pirates
and was still their prisoner.
In November of 1679, the Albemarle County General Assembly
enacted laws to bring order to the colony. In that same month,
President John Harvey showed his continuing support for the anti-proprietary
faction by presiding over the Executive Council as indictments
were brought against Thomas Miller. By January of 1679/80, John
Harvey was dead and the colony was once again in need of a governor.
In February of 1680, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Henry
Wilkinson as the next governor of Albemarle, but he never sailed
to Carolina due to being embroiled in the case of the Crown against
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.