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Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
January 28, 1775 - January 30, 1775
Volume 09, Pages 1118-1119

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[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at Wilmington.


Saturday, January 28th, 1775.

At an occasional meeting of the Committee.

Present: Cornelius Harnett, Chairman; Francis Clayton, Deputy Chairman; John Ancrum, James Walker, Robert Hogg, John Robeson.

Resolved, that Balls and Dancing at Public Houses, are contrary to the Resolves of the General Congress. It is the opinion of this Committee that every tavern Keeper in this town, have notice given them not to suffer any Balls or Public Dancing at their Houses as they wish to avoid the censure of the people.

Mr. W. Campbell, and Mr John McDonnel reported sundry dry goods imported by them in the Brigantine Carolina, Packet, Malcom McNeil, Commander and delivered up their invoices to the committee, to have the said goods disposed of agreeable to the resolves of the General Congress.

Ordered, That the said Goods be advertized to be sold at public vendue, at 11 o'clock, on Monday, the 30th inst.

Ordered, That application be made to Capt. Bethune, of the Schooner ——,from St. Augustine, to know whether the said Schooner, is owned either in St. Augustine, or Georgia, and Mr. Clayton is requested by the committee, to make such enquiry, and report to the committee, on their next meeting.

The committee then adjourned to the meeting of course.

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Monday, January 30th, 1775.

At an occasional meeting of the Committee.

Present: Cornelius Harnett, Chairman; Francis Clayton, Deputy Chairman; Robert Hogg, James Walker, Archibald McLaine, John Quince.

Mr. Adam Boyd, having applied for encouragement to his newspaper (some time ago laid aside,) it was resolved, that the committee so far as their influence extended would support him on the following terms:

That he, Mr. Boyd, should weekly continue a newspaper denominated the Cape Fear Mercury, of 21 inches wide, 17 inches long, 3 columns on a page, and of the small pica or long primer letter, and

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in return receive his payments at the following periods, viz: ten shillings at the delivery of the first number, ten shillings at the expiration of a year, and to be paid ten shillings at the end of every succeeding six months thereafter.

The committee then adjourned to the meeting of course.