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Letter from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
May 02, 1776
Volume 10, Page 591

[Reprinted from Jones Defence of North Carolina. P. 281.]
Letter from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell.

Halifax, 2d May, 1776.

Dear Sir,

“Affairs have taken a turn within a few days past. All ideas of forming a permanent Constitution are at this time laid aside. It is now proposed for the present to establish a Council to sit constantly, and County Committees to sit at certain fixed periods, but nothing is concluded. We find it necessary to emit a very large sum of paper money at the present emergency; a circumstance which gives me more concern than any thing else, and yet it seems unavoidable. You can easily see the evils attending this measure. I am pretty well this morning and have leave to be absent from the service of the House in order to prepare my public accounts for a settlement.

Allen Jones is Vice-President.”