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Minutes of the New Bern Committee of Safety
New Bern (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 17, 1775
Volume 10, Page 105

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[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind. Vol. 222.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at New Bern.

Committee Chamber Newbern
July 17th 1775.

The following letter from General Gage to his Excellency Governor Martin was intercepted and has fallen into the hands of the committee of this Town and County of Craven. It appears to have been written in answer to a letter wrote by the Governor to General Gage of the 16th of March last in solicitation of arms and ammunition to be sent him to this Town. The profound silence and quietness in which this province was then in could give little occasion for the introduction of arms and ammunition among us and as his Excellency seems to have early concerted schemes hostile to the liberties of the people of this Province the Committee think it expedient to publish a matter so very alarming and whereby the lives perhaps as well as liberties of this people would have been in the greatest danger had the Governor's plan of operations succeeded.