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At the court at St James's The 8th of January 1719 Present The kings most Excett Majestry ArchBp of Canterbury Duke of Montrose Earl Coningesby Lord Chancellor Duke of Roxburghe Mr Secry Craggs Lord President Marq of Annandale Mr Chancelr. of Exche[quer] Lord Privy Seale Earl of Lincoln Mr Chancelr of ye [illegible] Generall Erle Lord Steward Earl of Sunderland Mr Hampden Duke of Bolton Earl of London General Wills. [illegible]

Upon reading this day at the board a report from the right honoble the lords of the committee [illegible--for?] hearings appeales from the plantations dated the 20th of October last, in the words following [illegible] "Their excellency’s the lords Justices having been "pleased by order of councile of the 25th of [Jan?] last to referr unto this comittee a representa[tive?] 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 Lieutt. Governor 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 comissr of the treasury to come to England being [the?] Receiver Generall of his Majts: Revenue in that Colony, which leave was seen & 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[ps?]