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Lordships having this day examined the same and heard Mr Byrd thereon with the severall reasons of his absence, Do it upon consideration of his long service in that station, and that he hath engaged to return with the first shipping to Virginia agree humbly to recomend him to this majesty’s favour for his continuanse in the said councill; and that if the Lieut. Governor of Virginia shall have suspended or dismiss him from his said place he be required imediately to restore him, as likwise 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] dismiss therefrom he be imediately restored as likewise to his former rank therein. Where of 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 this majestys pleasure herein signified. Edward Southwell