The Printer hereof cannot help observing to the Publick, that he is at present in a very disagreeable situation. At the earnest desire, or rather stern command of the people, he has endeavored with great difficulty, to carry on a News-Paper, well knowing, that that Province that is deprived of the liberty of the Press, is deprived of one of the darling Privileges, which they, as Englishmen, boast of. The Consequence has been, that, for publishing a letter from a gentleman at Tarborough, (who no doubt tho't that he was as much entitled to the liberty of the Press, and making his sentiments thereby known to the Public, as any other man) he has been threatened with a Horse whipping;—and doubtless he would have run some such hazard, had he refused inserting that very letter—What part is he now to act?—Continue to keep his Press open and free, and be in danger of corporal punishment, or bloque it up and run the risk of having his brains knocked out? Sad alternative.—One thing he has long ago resolved on, viz: That as he looks upon himself to be a free-born subject, no man shall ever horse whip him, if it is in his power to prevent it; and whenever any such threats are made towards him, he'll take care to be on his guard.
I am a Trader and Settler here, and have now by me several commodities, some of which I want to ship and some to dispose of. I sent some things lately down to Wilmington for both purposes, but could neither ship, or sell for money; and indeed I find Cape Fear the only Port in all America shut up; for I am informed, all the other Ports in this very Province are open, and Trade and Commerce carried on as usual; and what very greatly surprizes me is,
Yesterday (the 11th of February) being the day appointed by His Majesty's Writs for the electing of Representatives to sit in the ensuing Assembly, John Ashe and James Moore, Esquires, were chosen unanimously for the County of New-Hanover, and Cornelius Harnett Esquire for the Borough of Wilmington. A list of the New Assembly shall be published as soon as the Writs are returned.
No Vessels have come into our River for these two weeks past, nor do we expect that any will venture in, except European Vessells, and those from such Islands as have taken the Stamps.
The Ports of Ocracock, Beaufort, Cape Look Out, &c are the only Asylum that the Vessells bound to this Port have.