His Excellency laid before the Board the Journals of the House of Assembly in which was contained amongst other unwarrantable proceedings the following resolve:
Resolved that the House do highly approve of the proceedings of the Continental Congress lately held at Philadelphia, and that they are determined as Members of the Community in general, that they will strictly adhere to the said resolutions and will use what influence they have to induce the same observance in every individual of this Colony.
Upon consideration hereof this Board gave it as their opinion that the longer existence of such a House of Assembly, is incompatible with the Honour of the Crown, and the safety of the People, and therefore unanimously advised His Excellency to dissolve them, which was done by the following proclamation—
By His Excellency Josiah Martin, Esq., &c.
Whereas several Resolves appear on the Journals of the House of Assembly now sitting tending to alienate the affections of His Majesty's Subjects, and subvert the Constitution, and Whereas the longer existence of such an Assembly is incompatible with the Honour of the Crown and the safety of the people, I have therefore thought fit by and with the advice and consent of His Majesty's Council to dissolve the said Assembly and it is accordingly dissolved.
Given under my hand &c, at New Bern the 8th day of April &c.(Signed)JO. MARTIN.
God save the King.