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Minutes of the Rowan County Committee of Safety
Rowan County (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 15, 1775
Volume 10, Pages 92-93

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

At a meeting of the Committee July 15th 1775.

A Proclamation being read from his Excellency Josiah Martin dated June 16th 1775, The Committee judging it entirely false in its Tenor and in its Nature of mischievous Consequence, A corrupt gloss upon the diabolical Measures of a debauched Ministry, tending to seduce the Minds of the populace and bring them off from their true Interest in opposing the cruel Measures of an unjust Ministry,

Resolved, Therefore unanimously that an advertisement be made setting forth the dangerous tendency of said proclamation, and that a copy of the same be transmitted to the several Militia Captains of this County.

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Information being made to the Committee there was a strong suspicion Benjamin Booth Boote had received letters from his Excellency of same Tenor with said Proclamation,

Resolved therefore, unanimously, that Benjamin B. Boote be summoned before the Committee, and demanded to produce said letters.

Resolved, That if he refuses to produce said letters, or denies the receiving them force shall be used, and diligent search made in order to procure them.

Ben. B. Boote being first invited and afterwards summoned to appear before the Committee and continuing obstinate declaring his Resolution neither to appear or deliver up the letters,

Resolved, in consequence whereof that Wm Temple Coles be Captain of the Youth in Salisbury to guard the House of Ben. B. Boote and that they prevent the conveyance of all sustenance to him until he deliver up the aforesaid letters—be it remembered he acknowledged the Receipt of letters from ye Governor—and that they search all other places suspected to conceal said letters, and that the letters, if received be given into the hands of Adlai Osborne Esqr or John Louis Beard until the next setting of the Committee.