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For the court at St James The 8th of January 1719 Present The kings most secrett [illegible] Arch Bp of Canterbury Duke of Montrose Earl Covingesby Lord Chancellor Duke of Roxburghe Mr secry Craggs Lord President Mary of Aunandale Mr chancelr of [Lechey?] Lord [Perris?] Seale Earl of Lincoln Mr Chancelr of ye [Duter?] General Erle Lord Steward Earl of Sunderland Mr Hampden Duke of Bolson Earl of London General Wills [C?] Upon reading this day at the board a report from the right honoble the lords of the committee [illegible] hearings appeales from the plantations dated the 20th of October, last in the words following [illegible] their excellency’s the lords [Jushais?] having been pleased by order of councile of the 25th of [Jan?] last to referr unto this comittee a representa[?] from the lords comissrs of trade, relating to the removall of William Byrd Esqr from the councill of Virginia in regard to his [long?] absence without leave as the lientt governer there hath represented; and humbly recommending Peter Beverly Esqr as a fitt person to succeed him, in the said councill as also to referr unto this comittee a petition of the said Mr Byrd, setting forth his being many years a member of the councill in Virginia, and that about three years ago he obtained leave from the comissre of the treasury to come to England being [there?] receiver generall of his majts reverence in that colonly, which leave was seen and approved by the Lieutt Governor there, and that this detention here, was occasioned by severall accidents, and praying his said absence may be dispenced with: Their Lord[?]