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Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
January 15, 1776
Volume 10, Page 410

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at Wilmington.

Monday, January 15th, 1776.

At a meeting of the Committee.

Present: John Ancrum, Chairman; Wm. Wilkinson, Deputy Chairman; A. Maclaine, J. Forster, H. Blackmore, H. Toomer, James Geekie, John Slingsby, Jno. Kirkwood, Wm. Ewins.

A paper writing containing two sheets signed, “A Lawyer,” and addressed “To those who have a true sense of distributive justice and untrameled liberty, residents of the borough of Wilmington” have been produced by the Chairman, who found it put up to public view under the Court House, and it having been acknowledged by a certain Wm Green to be his hand writing and the said Will Green having made oath that he received the writing from which it was copied from Dr Fallon, to whom he returned the original as well as the copy, and the said Dr Fallon in person having justified the said paper: It is therefore,

Resolved, That the said Dr Fallon appear to this Committee to be the author and publisher of the said paper.

Resolved, That the said paper contains many false and scandalous reflections on this committee, tending to inflame the minds of the people; to create division and dissention amongst us by destroying that unanimity so essentially necessary to our mutual defence; and also containing an illiberal and groundless charge against a respectable gentleman deservedly high in office in this colony;

Resolved, Also that the said Dr Fallon be kept in close custody, until he gave security for his good behaviour for and during the space of six months, in the sum of £500, proclamation money.

And the said Dr Fallon having refused to give such security, was ordered into custody.