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Lordships having this day Examined the same and heard Mr. Byrd thereon with the severall reasons of his absence, Doe upon Consideration of his long Services in that Station, And that he hath engaged to Return with the first Shipping to Virginia agree humbly to Recomend him to His Majesty’s favour for his Continuance in the said Councill; And that if the Lieut. Governor of Virginia shall have suspended or Dismist him from his said place he be required imediately to Restore him, as likewise to his former Rank therein: His Majesty in Councill taking the said Report into Consideration is pleased to approve thereof, and to Order, as it is hereby ordered, that the same William Byrd Esqr. Be Continued in the said Councill of Virginia. And that if he be suspended [illegible] Dismist therefrom, He be imediately Restored as likewise to his former Rank therein. Whereof the Governor or Commander in Chief of His Majts. said Colony, and all others whom it may Concern, are to take notice, and yeild due Obedience to His Majestys pleasure herein signifyed.

Edward Southwell