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Remonstrance of William Byrd, 1718.

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Abstract

Contains a remonstrance of William Byrd to the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations regarding the action of the lieutenant governor in adding to the number of the General Court, or instituting Courts of Oyer & Terminer, contrary to the authority of the Royal Charter and the laws of the Colony. Byrd lists six reasons why the Governor lacks the authority to commission a Court of Oyer & Terminer citing the printed laws, the Royal Charter, and others. Byrd also answers two objections that the governor is authorized to appoint Courts of Oyer & Terminer for the trial of criminals and that other Courts of Oyer & Terminer, including one after Bacon's Rebellion, have been commissioned wherein the governors have named other persons for judges.