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Minutes of the New Bern Committee of Safety
New Bern (N.C.). Committee of Safety
August 14, 1775
Volume 10, Page 158

[Reprinted from American Archives. Vol. 3. Page 100.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at New Bern.

Newbern August 14th, 1775.

Whereas, all those who have not subscribed the Articles of Association, have sufficiently testified to the publick that they are enemies to the liberties of America; and as the principles of selfpreservation make it absolutely necessary that they should be deprived of their Arms, therefore, it is

Ordered, That the Captains of the several Companies in this County and Town require of all such suspected persons as well their Fire-Arms as Swords, Cutlasses &c. &c., and all Gun powder, Lead and other Military Stores; and that the said several Captains be empowered to give receipts for all such Guns &c. &c. and deliver them out to such persons of his or their Company not having Arms &c. &c. as may be willing to serve in the American Cause.

By order:
R. COGDELL, Chairman.