Governor Arthur Dobbs's Executive Council

Dates: 1754 to 1763

Locations Met: See Below

On February 1, 1753, the Crown commissioned Arthur Dobbs as the next Royal Governor of North Carolina. However, they did not issue this commission until June 17, 1754 along with their instructions to him. In those instructions, they named the twelve (12) Members of His Majesty's Council:
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- James Craven
- John Rieusset
- John Rutherfurd
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Henry McCulloch
Governor Arthur Dobbs arrived in North Carolina in late October of 1754.

On November 1-2, 1754, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- John Rutherfurd
- John Swann

James Hassell arrived on 11/2.

Rowan, Murray, Rutherfurd, Swann, and Hassell were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Arthur Dobbs presented his Royal Commission and instructions as the new governor of North Carolina. He took the oaths of office and his seat as the leader of this Executive Council.

Governor Arthur Dobbs ordered the continuation of all existing civil and military offices within the province. He then dissolved the General Assembly. Finally, he presented the Crown's repeal of four (4) Acts passed in 1715.

On December 12th (Thursday), December 13th (Friday), December 14th (Saturday), December 17th (Tuesday), December 19th (Thursday), December 23rd (Monday), and December 24th (Tuesday) of 1754, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- John Swann

John Rutherfurd and Lewis Henry De Rosset arrived on 12/19.

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Swann, Rutherfurd, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Francis Corbin arrived and retook the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

Gov. Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly one day since not enough members had arrived as yet.

On 12/13, John Dawson arrived, took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council. Richard Speight presented his commission as Clerk of Council, in place of Felix O'Neil, deceased. He took the oaths of office.

On 12/14, the House of Burgesses informed the Executive Council that John Campbell was elected as Speaker.

On January 7th (Tuesday), January 10th (Friday), January 14th (Tuesday), and January 15th (Wednesday) of 1755, the Executive Council met - location not named. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- John Dawson

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Rutherfurd, Corbin, Swann, and Dawson were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and the proving of headrights.

The Governor issued a proclamation informing everyone that the Crown had repealed seven (7) previous Acts.

The Governor, Executive Council, and General Assembly passed sixteen (16) new Acts.

On 1/15, the Governor issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until the fourth Tuesday in March.

On February 20, 1755, South Carolina Governor James Glen sent a letter to Governor Arthur Dobbs. Governor Glen cites an earlier letter discussing NC/SC state line issues. He then asserts of new outrages by North Carolina inhabitants. Governor Glen is ready to appoint new commissioners and he requests that North Carolina do the same - and quickly. He then asks about North Carolina sending men northward and asks how North Carolina is paying for them. This letter was apparently not received by Govrnor Arthur Dobbs until July 2, 1755 (?).

On March 25th (Tueday), March 26th (Wednesday), March 27th (Thursday), March 28th (Friday), March 29th (Saturday) and March 31st (Monday) of 1755, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- Francis Corbin
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Murray, Hassell, Corbin, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Henry McCulloch arrived and presented his mandamus as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

Isaac Arthand took the oaths of office as Deputy Clerk of Council and Deputy Register of the Court of Chancery.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants.

On 3/29, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On April 10, 1755, South Carolina Goernor. James Glen sent another letter to Governor Arthur Dobbs about the NC/SC state line issues. Apparently Governor Dobbs told him that he had already sent his thoughts and recommendations to London. Governor Glen stated that he wished this had not been done before the two parties could meet and discuss things first. Governor Glen recommended that an accurate survey of the key rivers be done and sent to the Board of Trade for their consideration. He hopes that North Carolina will not be offended if South Carolina goes ahead with this survey.

On April 29, 1755, the Executive Council met in Bertie County. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Francis Corbin
- John Dawson
- James Craven
- Henry McCulloch

Corbin, Dawson, Craven, and McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Several Magistrates and Justices of the Peace have refused to qualify. The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation that this was unacceptable and must be fixed in all cases.

On May 1, 1755, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- John Rutherfurd
- Francis Corbin
- James Craven
- Henry McCulloch

Rutherfurd, Corbin, Craven, and McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Arthur Dobbs presented several letters from SC Governor James Glen concerning the NC/SC state line issues. The North Carolina General Assembly has already reviewed these letters and they recommended surveying the Cape Fear, Waccamaw, and Pee Dee rivers, and also recommended George Hunter as Surveyor General.

The Executive Council's posisiton is that since Governor Dobbs has already written to the Board of Trade for advice on this matter, then there is no need for North Carolina to do anything until we hear from them. But, there was no problem allowing South Carolina to survey these three rivers as long as it doesn't cost North Carolina anything.

On August 28-29, 1755, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Rowan, Corbin, Swann, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The records noted the Crown's direction on absent Councillors and how to replace them.

On 8/29, the Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation for a General Muster of the Militia throughout the province, and that all officers to make a return to the governor by October 31st - to include the number of men in each company and the condition of their arms and ammunition.

On September 24th (Wednesday), September 27th (Saturday), September 29th (Monday), September 30th (Tuesday), October 3rd (Friday), October 9th (Thursday), October 10th (Friday), October 13th (Monday), October 14th (Tuesday), and October 15th (Wednesday) of 1755, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- Francis Corbin
- John Dawson
- Henry McCulloch

James Murray, James Hassell, and James Innes arrived on 9/27. Lewis Henry De Rosset arrived on 9/30. John Rutherfurd arrived on 10/3.

Rowan, Corbin, Dawson, McCulloch, Murray, Hassell, Innes, De Rosset, and Rutherfurd were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants.

On 9/29, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery in the afternoon.

On 9/30, the Governor and Executive Council sat oas a Court of Chancery in the morning.

On 10/15, the Governor and Executive Council passed eight (8) Acts provided by the General Assembly. They ordered that a Court of Chancery and a Court of Claims be held in New Bern in March next. They then issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until the third Tuesday in May next.

On March 12th (Friday), March 13th (Saturday), March 15th (Monday), March 16th (Tuesday), March 17th (Wednesday), March 18th (Thursday), and March 19th (Friday) of 1756, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Rutherfurd
- John Swann

John Dawson and John Rieusset arrived on 3/16.

Hassell, Innes, Rutherfurd, Swann, Dawson, and Rieusset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and ownership disputes.

On 3/16, the Governor and Executive Council met as a Court of Chancery.

On 3/17, the Governor and Executive Council met as a Court of Chancery in the morning.

On 3/18, the Governor and Executive Council met as a Court of Chancery.

On 3/19, the Governor and Executive Council met as a Court of Chancery in the morning. In the afternoon, they finished addressing the petitions for Land Warrants and other land disputes.

On May 7, 1756, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Swann, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and ownership disputes.

The records noted that some French Acadian refugees had landed at Cape Fear. Governor Arthur Dobbs offered to take them in and give them land if they took the oath of allegiance to the King of England. They declined, so he sent them on their way.

The records also noted that news arrived that VA and SC were collaborating on erecting a fort in defense of the Cherokee. North Carolina was to send beef when it was completed.

On September 27th (Monday), September 28th (Tuesday), September 29th (Wednesday), October 1st (Friday), October 2nd (Saturday), October 4th (Monday), October 7th (Thursday), October 11th (Monday), October 13th (Wednesday), October 15th (Friday), October 23rd (Saturday), and October 25th (Monday) of 1756, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell

Lewis Henry De Rosset arrived on 10/1. James Innes arrived on 10/7. John Rutherfurd, Francis Corbin, and John Swann arrived on 10/11.

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, De Rosset, Innes, Rutherfurd, Corbin, and Swann were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 10/2, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On 10/4, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On 10/15, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On 10/23, the Governor and Executive Counci named new Justices of the Peace for Johnston County.

On 10/25, the Governor and Executive Council named new Justices of the Peace for Hyde and Bladen counties.

On May 17th (Tueday), May 19th (Thursday), May 20th (Friday), May 21st (Saturday), May 23rd (Monday), May 24th (Tuesday), May 25th (Wednesday), May 26th (Thursday), May 28th (Saturday), and May 30th (Monday) of 1757, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Rieusset

Lewis Henry De Rosset arrived on 5/19. John Rutherfurd and Francis Corbin arrived on 5/25.

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Innes, Rieusset, De Rosset, Rutherfurd, and Corbin were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Moravians requested their own Captain of Militia in Rowan County - this was granted by the Council.

Edward Brice Dobbs presented his mandamus as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 5/20, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On 5/23, the Governor and Executive Council issued commissions for new Justices of the Peace for Orange and Craven counties. They then appointed John Rutherfurd as Receiver General and he took the oaths of office.

On 5/30, a Letter from London to Governor Arthur Dobbs was read aloud - get your Militia in order and be ready to march them upon quick notice.

On May 28, 1757, the Executive Council sent a letter to the Crown. Since the new government is now mostly held in New Bern and many of His Majesty's Council have to travel a long distance, they hereby request to be paid a salary plus travel expenses to perform this duty. The letter was signed by:
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Rutherfurd
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Edward Brice Dobbs

In November of 1757, the Board of Trade recommended £50 per year to those who could secure a note from the governor that they attended. In June of 1761, the Treasury vetoed this "for want of funds."

On November 18th (Friday), November 19th (Saturday), November 21st (Monday), November 23rd (Wednesday), November 26th (Saturday), November 28th (Monday), November 29th (Tuesday), and December 1st (Thursday) of 1757, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Swann

Lewis Henry De Rosset arrived on 11/19. John Dawson arrived on 11/21. John Rieusset arrived on 11/23. Francis Corbin arrived on 12/1.

Rowan, Hassell, Innes, Swann, De Rosset, Dawson, Rieusset, and Corbin were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Richard Fenner was appointed Deputy Clerk of Council, Deputy Secretary, and Deputy Register of the Court of Chancery. He took the oaths of offices.

Richard Speight arrived and presented his mandamus to be a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

Alexander McCulloch was appointed Auditor General. He too the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 12/1, the Governor presented evidence that James Murray and John Rutherfurd had issued their own "private notes." He then issued a proclamation to forbid these illegal notes.

On December 5th (Monday), December 6th (Tuesday), December 9th (Friday), December 12th (Monday), December 14th (Wednesday), and December 15th (Thursday) of 1757, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Edward Brice Dobbs
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Innes, Corbin, Swann, Dawson, De Rosset, Rieusset, Dobbs, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

On 12/5, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Chowan County.

On 12/14, Governor Arthur Dobbs suspended John Rutherfurd as Receiver General and as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He also suspended James Murray as a Member of His Majesty's Council. This action was the result of Rutherfurd and Murray issuing their own "private notes" as described directly above.

Also on 12/14, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Rowan, Carteret, Bladen, Johnston, and Cumberland counties.

On March 8th (Wednesday), March 10th (Friday), and March 11th (Saturday) of 1758, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Edward Brice Dobbs

James Innes arrived on 3/10.

Rowan, Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, Dobbs, and Innes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered a Court of Chancery to be held in Wilmington on the first Tuesday in September.

On 3/10, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery in the afternoon.

On 3/11, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery in the afternoon. That morning, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation to apprehend all deserters from the militia.

On March 16, 1758, Gen. James Abercrombie sent a circular letter to the governors of North Carolina and South Carolina. The two Carolinas were ordered to supply three independent companies of militia and send them to Philadelphia to join Brig. Gen. Forbes. He also placed an embargo on North Carolina.

On April 28th (Friday), April 29th (Saturday), May 1st (Monday), and May 4th (Thursday) of 1758, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Hassell, Innes, Rieusset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Arthur Dobbs read aloud Gen. James Abercrombie's letter (directly above). He then issued a proclamation that no ships were to leave North Carolina.

It was announced that Peter Henly, the Chief Justice, had died. Governor Arthur Dobbs appointed James Hassell as the new Chief Justice, who was asked to resign as the Chief Baron of the Court of the Admiralty. Governor Arthur Dobbs then appointed John Rieusset as the Chief Baron of the Court of the Admiralty. Both men took the oaths of their new offices.

On June 30th (Friday) and July 1st (Saturday) of 1758, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Edward Brice Dobbs
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, Dobbs, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Duplin and Rowan counties.

It was announced that the Crown has ordered that all counties in North Carolina must be surveyed.

On October 21, 1758, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Innes
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Edward Brice Dobbs

Rowan, Innse, Swann, De Rosset, and Dobbs were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation making the first Wednesday in December as a Day of Thanksgiving.

On November 26th (Sunday - ?), November 29th (Wednesday), December 1st (Friday), December 4th (Monday), December 8th (Friday), December 19th (Tueday), December 22nd (Friday), and December 23rd (Saturday) of 1758, the Executive Council met in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Innes
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight

Edward Brice Dobbs arrived on 11/29.

Rowan, Innes, Corbin, Swann, Dawson, De Rosset, Rieusset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was recorded that the deposition of a soldier at Fort Granville was read aloud. It was also noted that Robert Jones is the current Attorney General of North Carolina.

On 11/29, the Governor and Executive Council heard complaints of Tuscarora and Meherrin Indians.

On 12/8, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Onslow County.

On 12/19, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Edgecombe, Johnston, Halifax, Dobbs, and Orange counties.

On March 1st (Thursday), March 2nd (Friday), March 3rd (Saturday), March 5th (Monday), March 6th (Tuesday), and March 7th (Wednesday) of 1759, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Edward Brice Dobbs
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Hassell, Innes, Swann, De Rosset, Dobbs, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 3/2, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On May 8th (Tuesday), May 14th (Monday), and May 17th (Thursday) of 1759, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Innes
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight

Matthew Rowan arrived on 5/14.

Swann, De Rosset, Rieusset, Speight, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation for a "General Fast" on May 30th.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until May 9th since not enough members have arrived.

Robert Jones - Attorney General - informed the Council of rioters who threatened him.

On 5/17, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bertie and Craven counties.

On August 31st (Friday) and September 1st (Saturday) of 1759, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassel
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Rowan, Hassell, Swann, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

Governor Arthur Dobbs announced that the Board of Trade has repealed seven (7) Acts.

On November 23-24, 1759, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Swann, De Rosset, Rieusset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. Arthur Dobbs reminded everyone that their attendance is required for these Executive Council meetings.

The Governor and Executive Council directed all county Justices and Commissioners that they are to make sure that the surveys of each county are accomplished per Crown orders earlier in the year.

On December 6th (Thursday), December 8th (Saturday), December 18th (Tuesday), and December 22nd (Saturday) of 1759, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- John Dawson
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Hassell, Dawson, Swann, De Rosset, Rieusset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Charles Berry presented his commission as the new Chief Justice, and he took the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

Governor Arthur Dobbs presented the Crown's instructions about paper currency in the province.

On 12/18, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices for Cumberland County.

On January 2nd (Wednesday) and January 8th (Tuesday) of 1760, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Richard Speight

Rowan, Hassell, Dawson, De Rosset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council suspended Francis Corbin as a Member of His Majesty's Council for non-attendance and for his prevarications and contempt to this Council.

The records noted that Edward Brice Dobbs and John Swann were out of the province. It was noted that James Innes was now deceased. It was also noted that John Rieusset and Matthew Rowan were absent due to illness.

Therefore, the Governor and Executive Council appointed Charles Berry as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Counci.

On 1/8, the Governor and Executive Council agreed to dissolve the General Assembly.

It was noted that Richard Speight was now the Secretary of North Carolina.

On April 24, 1760, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Richard Speight

Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was announced that Matthew Rowan had recently died. The Governor and Executive Council appointed Maurice Moore as a Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On May 3rd (Saturday), May 10th (Saturday), May 13th (Tuesday), May 15th (Thursday), May 19th (Monday), May 21st (Wednesday), and May 27th (Tuesday) of 1760, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Charles Berry

John Rieusset and Richard Speight arrived on 5/10.

Hassell, Dawson, De Rosset, Berry, Rieusset, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was noted that Thomas Child was Attorney General.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 5/13, the Governor and Executive Council approved a petition for Halifax town to be incorporated.

On 5/15, the Governor and Executive Council approved petitions for Edenton and New Bern to be incorporated.

On 5/21, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for New Hanover and Northampton counties.

On 5/27, the Governor and Executive Council appointed many new Justices of the Peace for many counties.

On July 4th (Friday), July 12th (Saturday), and July 14th (Monday) of 1760, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Richard Speight
- Maurice Moore

Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, Speight, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Governor and Executive Council removed several Justices of the Peace and appointed new ones in their place.

On November 18th (Tuesday), November 20th (Thursday), November 22nd (Saturday), and November 29th (Saturday) of 1760, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Maurice Moore

Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, Rieusset, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 11/22, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving to be held on December 23rd.

On December 5-6, 1760, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- John Rieusset
- Richard Speight
- Maurice Moore

Hassell, Swann, Rieusset, Speight, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Granville, Pitt, Beaufort, Dobbs, Rowan, and Craven counties.

On 12/7, Governor Arthur Dobbs dissolved the current General Assembly - he laid out seven (7) reasons.

On January 19, 1761, Gen. Jeffery Amherst sent a letter to Governor Arthur Dobbs He hopes that the North Carolina General Assembly has voted for more aid in effectively reducing the Cherokees.

On February 7, 1761, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Maurice Moore

Hassell, Swann, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was announced that George III had recently been crowned. All took new oaths of allegiance.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that a Writ of Election be issued for a General Assembly to be held in Wilmington on March 20th.

On March 25-26, 1761, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Maurice Moore

Richard Speight arrived on 3/26.

Hassell, Swann, Dawson, De Rosset, Moore, and Speight were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Members of the Executive Council took the oath of allegiance to King George III.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On April 2nd (Thursday), April 9th (Thursday), April 10th (Friday), April 14th (Tuesday), April 16th (Thursday), April 17th (Friday), April 21st (Tuesday), and April 23rd (Thursday) of 1761, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- John Dawson
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Richard Speight
- Maurice Moore

Charles Berry arrived on 4/16 and took the oath of allegiance to King George III.

Hassell, Swann, Dawson, De Rosset, Speight, Moore, and Berry were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 4/9, Gov. Arthur Dobbs presented a letter from Gen. Jeffrey Amherst asking for more help from North Carolina against the Cherokees. The Governor and Executive Council agreed to direct the General Assembly to provide proper funds to raise and support a number of forces as they expect the Crown to ask for.

On 4/23, the House of Burgesses passed an Act for military assistance, but this Act included an objectionable line item. The Executive Council recommended approval anyway.

On October 20th (Tuesday), October 21st (Wednesday), October 23rd (Friday), and October 24th (Saturday) of 1761, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Charles Berry arrive on 10/21.

Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, and Berry were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 10/21, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery.

On 10/23, the Governor and Executive Council sat as a Court of Chancery in the afternoon.

On November 30th (Monday), December 1st (Tueday), December 2nd (Wednesday), December 5th (Saturday), and December 8th (Tuesday) of 1761, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Swann
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- Maurice Moore

Hassell, Swann, De Rosset, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Since so few Members of His Majesty's Council had shown up, and not enough members of the House of Burgesses had arrived to convene, the Governor and Executive Council appointed John Sampson as a new Member of His Majesty's Council. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 12/1, Lewis Henry De Rosset resigned as Receiver General, but not as a Member of His Majesty's Council. The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Rutherfurd as Receiver General, and he took the oaths of office.

On 12/2, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Hertford, Bertie, and Halifax coounties.

On 12/8, Gvernor Arthur Dobbs issued a Writ of Elections to be held on January 14th.

On December 14, 1761, the Crown's representatives repealed three (3) Acts passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in May of 1760.

On March 8, 1762, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson

Hassell, Rutherfurd, De Rosset, and Sampson were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Arthur Dobbs presented his new commission as governor from King George III. It was identical to his earlier commission. He retook the oath of allegiance.

John Rutherfurd presented his commission as Receiver General signed by the Crown. He retook the oath of allegiance.

On April 13th (Tuesday), April 14th (Wednesday), April 20th (Tuesday), April 21st (Wednesday), April 22nd (Thursday), April 23rd (Friday), April 24th (Saturday), April 28th (Wednesday), and April 30th (Friday) of 1762, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson
- Richard Speight

John Rutherfurd arrived on 4/20.

Hassell, De Rosset, Sampson, Speight, and Rutherfurd were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Richard Speight took the oath of allegiance to King George III.

Robert Palmer - Surveyor General - took the oath of allegiance to King George III.

Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation that May 4th be a Day of Thanksgiving.

Governor Arthur Dobbs issued another proclamation informing all civil and military officials must take the new oath of allegiance to King George III by July 15th.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 4/14, Henry Eustace McCulloch took the oaths of office and allegiance as a new Member of His Majesty's Council. He then took his seat on this Executive Council.

On 4/22, John Rieusset arrived and took the oath of allegiance to King George III.

On 4/28, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for all counties.

On 4/30, the previous day's Act of the House of Burgesses was read aloud - it authorized a number of men for Fort Johnston at Cape Fear and Fort Granville at Ocracoke Inlet.

On July 2, 1762, the Crown commissioned Charles Berry as the new Chief Justice and a Member of His Majesty's Council.

On October 19-22, 1762, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson

James Hassell arrived on 10/20.

Rutherfurd, De Rosset, Sampson, and Hassell were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On November 4th (Thursday), November 6th (Saturday), November 15th (Monday), November 18th (Thursday), November 19th (Friday), November 22nd (Monday), November 25th (Thursday), and November 27th (Saturday) of 1762, the Executive Coouncil met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson

John Rutherfurd and Richard Speight arrived on 11/6. Henry Eustace McCulloch arrived on 11/15.

Hassell, De Rosset, Sampson, Rutherfurd, Speight, and McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

Alexander McCulloch took the oaths of office and allegiance, then took his seat on this Executive Council.

On 11/25, Governor Arthur Dobbs presented letters from him and South Carolina Governor Thomas Boone about more NC/SC border issues. He directed John Rutherfurd and Henry Eustace McCulloch to prepare a response.

On December 4th (Saturday), December 10th (Friday), and December 11th (Saturday) of 1762, the Executive Council met in New Bern, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson
- Henry Eustace McCulloch

Richard Speight and Alexander McCulloch arrived on 12/10.

Hassell, Rutherfurd, De Rosset, Sampson, H.E. McCulloch, Speight, and A. McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 12/10, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation for quelling "riotous disorders" in the western counties. He then went further and appointed all Members of His Majesty's Council as Justices of the Peace in all current counties. He named:
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Rieusset
- Edward Brice Dobbs
- Richard Speight
- John Sampson
- Henry Eustace McCulloch
- Alexander McCulloch

The records noted that Robert Jones, Jr. was the Attorney General and Robert Palmer was the Surveyor General at this point in time.

John Rutherfurd and Henry Eustace McCulloch presented their findings and recommendations on the NC/SC boundary issues to the Governor and Executive Council.

On December 31, 1762 and January 1, 1763, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

John Sampson arrived on 1/1.

Hassell, Rutherfurd, De Rosset, and Sampson were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

James Murray arrived and presented a Royal Order, dated June 19, 1762, which re-instated him to his former rank among the Members of His Majesty's Council. He retook the oaths of office and allegiance, then retook his seat on this Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for all counties.

Governor Arthur Dobbs ordered that all Clerks of Inferior Courts in each county to prepare a complete "list of taxables" for the year of 1762 by March 25th.

On March 5, 1763, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a charter for Wilmington as a new Borough Town.

On April 15th (Thursday), April 16th (Saturday), April 18th (Monday), April 19th (Tuesday), April 20th (Wednesday), April 21st (Thursday), April 22nd (Friday), and April 23rd (Saturday) of 1763, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

James Hassell and John Sampson arrived on 4/18.

Murray, Rutherfurd, De Rosset, Hassell, and Sampson were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On June 20, 1763, Governor Arthur Dobbs granted a leave of absence to Benjamin Heron - Secretary and Auditor - for twelve (12) months to take care of personal business in London.
On July 6, 1763, Governor Arthur Dobbs granted a leave of absence to James Murray for six months.
September 1, 1763, the Crown commissioned William Dry as a Member of His Majesty's Council, in place of John Swann, deceased.
On September 2, 1763, the Crown commissioned Robert Palmer as a Member of His Majesty's Council, in place of John Dawson, deceased.

On September 8, 1763, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson.

Hassell, De Rosset, and Sampson were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council removed the Sheriff and Justices of the Peace in Onslow County.

On October 15, 1763, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset

Hassell, Rutherfurd, and De Rosset were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Per orders from the Crown, Governor Arthur Dobbs was traveling to South Carolina.

James Hassell proclaimed his right to lead the government in his absence and took the oath of office as President of the Council. He then had the other two Council Members to retake the oaths of office.

On December 19th (Monday), December 21st (Wednesday), December 22nd (Thursday), December 23rd (Friday), and December 24th (Saturday) of 1763, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson

John Rutherfurd arrived late in the afternoon of the first day.

Murray, Hassell, De Rosset, Sampson, and Rutherfurd were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

James Murray was asked to show his second commission from the Crown proving he has been re-instated as "first in rank" among the Executive Council. He did so, and the Executive Council was satisfied.

On February 2nd (Thursday), February 9th (Thursday), February 10th (Friday), February 14th (Tuesday), February 15th (Wednesday), February 17th (Friday), February 22nd (Wednesday), February 23rd (Thursday), and February 28th (Tuesday) of 1764, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- John Rutherfurd
- John Sampson

Lewis Henry De Rosset and Alexander McCulloch arrived on 2/9. Henry Eustace McCulloch arrived on 2/14.

Murray, Hassell, Rutherfurd, Sampson, De Rosset, A. McCulloch, and H.E. McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Pasquotank, Craven, Orange, Carteret, Anson, Dobbs, Cumberland, Tyrrell, Chowan, Onsloe, Edgecombe, Bute, and Granville counties.

On March 1st (Thursday), March 8th (Thursday), March 9th (Friday), March 12th (Monday), and March 14th (Wednesday) of 1764, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson
- Alexander McCulloch

Henry Eustace McCulloch arrived on 3/8.

Murray, Hassell, De Rosset, Sampson, A. McCulloch, and H.E. McCulloch were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On 3/12, the Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until October 23rd. They then appointed new Justices of the Peace for Brunswick and Bladen counties.

On April 7, 1764, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town. On April 19th (Thursday), April 21st (Saturday), April 23rd (Monday), April 24th (Tuesday), and April 25th (Wednesday) of 1764, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- John Rutherfurd
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson

Henry Eustace McCulloch arrived on 4/21. James Hassell arrived on 4/23.

Murray, Rutherfurd, De Rosset, Sampson, McCulloch, and Hassell were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Robert Palmer presented his mandamus as a Member of His Majesty's Council, took the oaths of office, and took his seat on this Executive Council.

On 4/19, Charles Berry presented his mandamus as a Member of His Majesty's Council, took the oaths of office, and took his seat on this Executive Council.

On 4/21, the Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On August 11, 1764, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Hassell

Hassell was identified as a Member of His Majesty's Council.

William Dry and Benjamin Heron arrived, took the oaths of office, and took their seats on this Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Rowan County.

On October 24-27, 1764, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- William Dry
- Robert Palmer
- Benjamin Heron

Charles Berry arrived on 10/26.

Murray, Hassell, De Rosset, Dry, Palmer, Heron, and Berry were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

Gov. Arthur Dobbs retook the oaths of office due to a recent law change.

On 10/27, William Tryon arrived and presented his commission from the Crown as Lieutenant Governor. He then took the oaths of office.

On November 2nd (Friday), November 9th (Friday), November 16th (Friday), November 19th (Monday), November 23rd (Friday), November 24th (Saturday), and November 28th (Wednesday) of 1764, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- Lewis Henry De Rosset
- John Sampson
- Alexander McCulloch
- William Dry
- Robert Palmer
- Benjamin Heron

Henry Eustace McCulloch arrived on 11/9. John Rutherfurd arrive on 11/16.

Murray, Hassell, De Rosset, Sampson, A. McCulloch, Dry, Palmer, Heron, H.E. McCulloch, and Rutherfurd were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation about recent complaints of exhorbitant fees being demanded and taken by various public officials.

He then presented eight (8) new Acts passed in London affecting all colonies.

On January 25, 1765, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Arthur Dobbs
- James Murray
- William Dry
- Benjamin Heron

Murray, Dry, and Heron were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed petitions for Land Patents/Warrants and requests for resurveys.

On February 10, 1765, the Governor and Executive Council issued a patent to erect the town of Campbellton in Cumberland County.
Governor Arthur Dobbs died on March 28, 1765 at Town Creek in Brunswick County.
If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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