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Minutes of the Pitt County Committee of Safety
Pitt County (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 08, 1775
Volume 10, Page 87

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee in Pitt County.

Martinborough, Saturday, July 8th 1775.

The Committee of this County meat this Day and has resolved as under mentioned Viz:

Resolved, that the Patrolers [have power to] shoot one or any number of Negroes who are armed and doth not willingly surrender their arms, and that they have Discretionary Power, to shoot any Number of Negroes above four, who are off their Masters Plantations, and will not submitt. And the Damage that Owners of any Negro who shall be killed or Disabled in consequence of this Resolve to be paid by Poll Tax on all the Taxable Negroes in the County.

The Committee is adjourned till Monday week, July the 17th 1775.

JOHN SIMPSON, Chairman.