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Minutes of the North Carolina Council of Safety
North Carolina. Council of Safety
June 05, 1776 - July 16, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 618d-647

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL OF SAFETY OF NORTH CAROLINA, BEGUN AND HELD AT WILMINGTON ON 5th JUNE, 1776.


North Carolina.


[Wilmington, North Carolina,
5th June, 1776.]

The Provincial Congress having by Resolve Nominated the following Persons to be a Council of Safety, to-wit:

Willie Jones, Esquire.

For the district of Wilmington—Cornelius Harnett, Samuel Ashe, Esqrs.

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For the district of Edenton—Thomas Jones, Whitmill Hill, Esqrs.

For the district of New Bern—James Coor, John Simpson, Esqrs.

For the district of Halifax—Thomas Eaton, Joseph John Williams, Esqrs.

For the district of Hillsborough—Thomas Person, John Rand, Esqrs.

For the district of Salisbury—Hezekiah Alexander, William Sharp, Esqrs.

Pursuant to which Cornelius Harnett, Samuel Ashe, Whitmill Hill, James Coor, John Simpson, Joseph John Williams, Hezekiah Alexander, and William Sharp, Esquires, at the Town of Wilmington on the fifth day of June, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six, subscribed the Test and took their Seats in Council.

The Council proceeded to the choice of a president, when Cornelius Harnett, Esquire, was unanimously chosen, and James Glasgow and James Green junr were appointed Secretaries.

Adjourned 'till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Thursday 6th June 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Brigadier General Ashe informed the Council that there are a number of outlying malcontents in the County of Bladen, who were desirous of returning home and submitting themselves to the determination of the said Council,

Resolved, That all such outlying Malcontents in the said County as have been concerned in the late Insurrection, and will take an Oath before the Chairman of the Committee, to submit themselves to such Regulations as are or may be established for the Government of this Colony; and when required will take up Arms in defence thereof, shall be permitted to return to their respective Habitations unmolested.

Resolved, That Robert Rayford and Abraham Daws, be appointed Adjutants to the two Battalions of the Militia Brigade now at Wilmington under the Command of Brigadier General Ashe, and that they be allowed seven shillings and six pence per day each.

Resolved, That [ ] be appointed Surgeons to the two Battalions of the Militia Brigade now at Wilmington under the Command of Brigadier General Ashe.

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Resolved, That Alexander Martin, Esquire, Colonel of the second Regiment of North Carolina Continental Troops, be directed to borrow the sum of two thousand pounds for the use of his Regiment, and that he supply the Captains of each Company with their proportion of the said Sum, in part pay of the Soldiers under their Command; and that this Council will give a draught on the paymaster to replace the said money to the person or persons from whom the same be borrowed.

Resolved, That James Grant be appointed Messenger and Doorkeeper to the Council of Safety.

Resolved, That Mr Joseph Palmer be appointed Ensign in Captain William Caswell's Company in the fifth Regiment of Foot of the American Army of this Province, in the room of John Bush resigned.

Resolved, That Mr Benjamin Pike be appointed first Lieutenant in Captain George Mitchell's Company in the sixth Regiment of Foot in the American Army of this province in the room of Amos Love resigned.

Resolved, That Mr Samuel Martin be appointed second Lieutenant and Mr Samuel Jones Ensign, in said Captain George Mitchell's Company, in the room of Benjamin Pike advanced and Reuben Grant resigned.

Resolved, That Mr William Lytle be appointed second Lieutenant, in the room of Samuel Thompson, resigned, and Mr William Green Ensign, in the room of Mr William Lytle, advanced, in Captain Archibald Lytle's Company, in the sixth Regiment of Foot of the American Army of this Province.

Resolved, That Aaron Haskins be appointed Captain, Mr Eper Kilbey Lieutenant and Mr Robert Nixon Ensign of the New Topsail Company of Militia of New Hanover County.

Resolved, That Thomas Evans, William Tyler Kilbey and John Jacobs be appointed Ensigns in the second Regiment of Foot of the American Army of this province.

Adjourned 'till To-morrow Morning 9 oClock.


Friday, June 7th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them place in the Hands of Mr John Eason of Carteret County, for the immediate use of carrying on a Salt Work in the said County, the sum of five

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hundred pounds to be paid to Mr Robert Williams occasionally, for the purpose aforesaid, and that they be allowed the same in their Accounts with the Public.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to John Daves, Quarter Master to the second Regiment of Continental Troops in this province, the sum of one hundred and Fifty pounds to enable him to purchase Forage for the use of the said Regiment, now under Marching Orders; and be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That five hundred weight of the gunpowder, ordered by General Lee to be sent into this province from Virginia, be on its arrival at Halifax, sent to Salisbury, to the care of the Brigadier General of that district, under a Guard of six Men; and that Brigadier General Jones see this Resolve put into execution.

Mr Arthur Mabson appeared in Council and agreed to sell them for the use of the public, a certain Tract of Land in Carteret County, near Beaufort, containing —— Acres commonly called Gallant's Point, which place is judged convenient for making Salt; the value to be ascertained by two persons, one to be chosen by Mr Mabson, the other by the Council, which being agreed to, Mr Richard Cogdell of New Bern, and Mr Solomon Sheppard of Carteret County were appointed to value the said Land.

Resolved, That the aforesaid Richard Cogdell and Solomon Sheppard value the said Tract of Land, and in case they do not agree thereon, that they call in a third person to value the same, and return a certificate of such valuation with their proceedings therein to this Council, that the said Mr. Mabson, on making a proper Title may receive such valuation from the public.

Resolved, That the Paymaster of the Continental Troops in this Province, pay unto Richard Quince Esq., the sum of One thousand pounds, being for so much advanced by him to the Colonel of the second Regiment of said Troops in part of their pay; and that the said Paymaster be allowed the same in his Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That James Williams be appointed first Lieutenant (in the room of Chas Hollingsworth resigned) and William Williams second Lieutenant in Capt. Ashe's Company in the fourth Regiment of Foot of the American Army of this province.

Doctr William McCluere Surgeon to the sixth Regiment of Continental Troops in this province resigned.

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Resolved, That Doctor William McCluere be appointed Surgeon to the second Regiment of Continental Troops in this province in the room of William Partner resigned.

Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Saturday June 8th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Whereas Mr John Bickerstaff acted as ensign in Captain Knox's Company from the 1st day of February to the 5th day of March last, and from that time until the 8th day of June instant as second Lieutenant to said Company; Mr David Vance as Ensign from the 5th day of March last until this date; Mr Richard Graham as second Lieutenant from the first day of February to the 5th day of March last and Mr Isaac Rolestone as Ensign from the first day of February last by the nomination of Alexander Martin Esquire Colonel of the second Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province,

Resolved, That the paymaster pay them the wages payable to such Officers from the time of their nomination.

Resolved, That Richard Graham be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain Murphy's Company, John Bickerstaff Ensign in Captain Knox's Company, Issac Rolestone Ensign in Captain Armstrong's Company, and David Vance Ensign in Captain Fermer's Company in the second Regiment of Foot in the American Army of this province.

Resolved, That Mr Manlove Tarrant be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain Herritage's Company, Mr Samuel Martin second Lieutenant in Captain Gee's Company, and Mr Charles Allen second Lieutenant in Captain Kear's Company in the second Regiment of Foot in the American Army of this province.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Provincial Congress to make an Allowance to Colonel John Patten for his extraordinary Expences during the Campaign in Virginia.

Resolved, That Parker Quince be appointed Colonel, William Lord, Lieutenant Colonel; John Rogers, first Major; Lewis Dupree, second Major; Robert Daniel, first Captain, Brunswick; Francis Allston, Second Captain, Shallot; Edward Wingate, third Captain, Waccamaw, and Jacob Leonard, fourth Captain, Lockwoods Folley; of the Militia in Brunswick County.

Doctor Robt Wilson, who was appointed Surgeon to the second Regiment of Continental Troops, resigned.

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Resolved, That Doctor Robert Wilson be appointed Surgeon to the sixth Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province, in the room of Doctor McCluere, who was appointed to the second Regiment.

Resolved, That the Surgeons appointed to the six Regiments of Continental Troops in this province, be directed to employ a Surgeon Mate to each Regiment, and that such Mates be allowed the same pay as directed by the Continental Congress.

Colonel Alexander Martin certified That Mr Charles Allen has acted as Ensign in Captain Armstrong's Company from the first day of October last until the first day of February last, and from that time as second Lieutenant in the said Company until this date,

Resolved, That the Paymaster pay the wages due to the said Charles Allen from the time of his appointment to the said Offices by Colo Martin.

General Moore laid before the Council a Letter from Francis Perry, Captain of the Cruizer Ship of War and another from Mr Francis Clayton proposing an exchange of a prisoner.

The Council are of Opinion That General Moore may send down Mr Stephen in Exchange for Mr Clayton agreeable to the proposal made by Mr Clayton through Mr Parry.

Resolved, That the Colonels of the respective Regiments of Continental Troops in this province be impowered to appoint a Drum Major to each of the said Regiments.

Resolved, That the Council of Safety do Business at Wilmington until Saturday evening next, at which time they adjourn from thence, to meet on the Tuesday following at the house of Mr William Whitfield on Neuse River in Dobbs County; in order to proceed on the public business of this Province, of which the Secretary is to give public Notice.

Resolved, That Mr Alexander Douglass who has acted as Drum Major to the second Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province, be allowed the Sum of forty three pounds four shillings, and that the paymaster pay the same and be allowed in his Accounts with the public.

Adjourned 'till Monday Morning 8 oClock.


Monday, June 10th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Whereas the proportion of Militia ordered by Congress to be drafted out of the County of Brunswick appears to be a greater number than can with conveniency be spared out of the said County.

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Resolved, That thirty privates of said Militia ordered to be drafted as aforesaid be dismissed from such draft.

Colonel Martin certified That Mr David Crawford has acted as Ensign in Captain Davison's Company in the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province from the first day of February last until this date,

Resolved that the paymaster pay the wages due to the said David Crawford from the time of his acting as Ensign to the said Company.

Resolved, That Mr David Crawford be appointed Ensign in Captain Davison's Company in the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province.

Resolved, That the paymaster pay to Mr Ransome Southerland, Twelve hundred and fifty pounds for so much money advanced by him in part pay of the first Regiment; and be allowed in his Account with the public.

Resolved, That Spencer Watts be appointed Lieutenant in Captain Henry Dawson's Company of Militia from the Halifax detachment, in the room of John Sumner who resigned.

Whereas it appears to this Council that John King who was appointed Captain of an Independant Company stationed between New River and Deep Inlet, hath been guilty of a gross deception in inlisting his men; and a flagrant neglect of Duty in not occupying the posts on the Sea Coast; and in suffering two thirds of his men to absent themselves from their Duty,

Resolved, That the said John King be suspended from his said Command, until the sense of the Congress be had thereon.

Resolved, That Mr Blackmore be requested to furnish Colonel Long for the use of the Continental Troops in this province, with all the Blankets he hath in his Store, for which this Council will give an order to the Public Treasury.

John Rand Esquire, a member for the district of Hillsborough, appeared in Council, subscribed the Test and took his seat accordingly.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Tuesday, June 11th 1776.

Met according to adjornment.

On Petition of Angus Campbell of Cumberland County, setting forth his Indisposition hath prevented him from removing agreeable

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to his parole to Guilford County, praying permission to remain in Cumberland County on giving Security for his future good behavior,

Resolved, That Colonel Ebenezer Folesome do grant such further Indulgence to the said Angus Campbell on his giving Security as he may judge consistent with the safety of this Colony.

Resolved, That Robert Nixon of Onslow County, be allowed the sum of Ten pounds for his Vigilent Service as Chaplain to the Onslow Detachment of Militia; and that the Treasurers or either of them pay the same and be allowed in their accounts with the public.

Resolved, That the following persons be appointed Captains, Lieutenants and Ensigns to the Edenton, Newbern, Halifax and Wilmington Brigades of Militia, now in actual service under the Command of Brigadier General Ashe at Cape Fear:

FOR THE EDENTON DISTRICT.
No. 1 —For Pasquotank County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 2 —For Perquimans County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 3 —For Tyrrell County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 4 —For Chowan County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 5 —For Bertie County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 6 —For Hertford County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
No. 7 —For Martin County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieutenant; ——, Ensign.
FOR THE NEWBERN BRIGADE.
No. 1 —For Dobbs County—Joseph Green, Captain; Matchet Herring, Lieutenant; William McDaniel, Ensign.
No. 2 —For —— County—William Fellows, Captain; Joel Herring, Lieutenant; Solomon Cooper, Ensign.
No. 3 —For Craven County—Henry Cannon, Captain; Gideon Carraway, Lieutenant; Samuel Smith, Ensign.
No. 4 —For Craven County—Thomas Tyre, Captain; Aaron Earnell, Lieutenant; William Hancock, Ensign.
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No. 5 —For Hyde and Beaufort Counties— —— Captain; —— Lieutenant; —— Ensign.
No. 6 —For Pitt County—John Salter, Captain; Josiah Little, Lieutenant; Luke Bates, Ensign.
No. 7 —For Johnston County— —— Captain; —— Lieutenant; —— Ensign.
FOR THE HALIFAX BRIGADE.
No. 1 —For Halifax County—James Nichs Parsons, Captain; Pestly Cox, Lieutenant; Caleb Montcrief, Ensign.
No. 2 —For Halifax County—Henry Dawson, Captain; William Noblin, Lieutenant; John Champion, Ensign.
No. 3 —For Edgecombe County—James Gray, Captain; Benjamin Bum, Lieutenant; Joseph Curl, Ensign.
No. 4 —For Edgecombe County—Gresham Cofield, Captain; Spencer Watts, Lieutenant; Francis Parker, Ensign.
No. 5 —For Bute County—James Denton, Captain; John Meacon, Lieutenant; William Harrison, Ensign.
No. 6 —For Bute County—Benjamin Seawell, Captain; William Hill, Lieutenant; John Jones, Ensign.
No. 7 —For Northampton County—Robert Peoples, Captain; Benjamin Jordan, Lieutenant; Charles Jordan, Ensign.
FOR THE WILMINGTON BRIGADE.
No. 1 —For New Hanover County—Thomas Devane, Captain; William Neal, Lieutenant; John Smith, Ensign.
No. 2 —For Onslow County—Ephraim Battle, Captain; James Foy, Lieutenant; William Shaw, Ensign.
No. 3 —For Duplin County—Abraham Morton, Captain; Hardy Holmes, Lieutenant; William Rutledge, Ensign.
No. 4 —For Bladen County—James Shipman, Captain; James Morehead, Lieutenant; Thomas Mulford, Ensign.
No. 5 —For Cumberland County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieut.; Ensign, ——.
No. 6 —For Brunswick County— ——, Captain; ——, Lieut; ——, Ensign.

And that Commissions issue accordingly.

Resolved, That the Treasurers, or either of them pay to Samuel Ashe, Esquire, or Order, the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds, to replace that sum borrowed from William Campbell for the use of the Public; and be allowed in their accounts with the Public.

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Resolved, That Thomas Callender, James Craven, and John Cheese be appointed Ensigns in the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province.

Adjourned 'till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Wednesday June 12th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That his honor the President write to the Delegates at Philadelphia, requesting them to purchase at the Expence of this Province, Three Tons of Gun Powder for the use of the Army, and a number of Iron plates sufficient to make panns for erecting a Salt Work, and Waggons and Horses for conveying the same to this Province; and that they apply to the Continental Treasury for money to defray the Expences of the same.

Resolved, That fifteen hundred weight of the Gunpowder at Edenton, and a proportional Quantity of Lead be immediately removed from Edenton to this Place; and that Samuel Johnston Esquire be requested to direct the same.

Resolved, That the Paymaster pay to Mr William Campbell, four hundred and Twenty pounds for so much Money advanced by him for the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this province in part of their pay; and be allowed in his Accounts with the Public.

Resolved, That the paymaster pay to Mr William Campbell forty pounds for so much Money advanced by him to General Moore in part pay of his wages, and be allowed in his accounts with the public.

Resolved, That the paymaster pay to Mr William Campbell Sixty pounds for so much money advanced by him to General Lee in part pay of his Wages; and be allowed in his Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That Colonel Ebenezer Folesome one of the Commissioners for purchasing Guns in Cumberland County, deliver to Captain Arthur Council as many of the said Arms as shall be sufficient to Arm his said Company.

Samuel Willits being brought before the Council and charged with corresponding with the Enemy which appearing from the Testimony produced against said Willits,

Resolved, That the said Samuel Willits enter into Bonds with Security in £500 for his good behaviour, and Conformity to the Resolves of Congress or any Authority under them, and for his

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immediate removal from the County of Brunswick and constant residence in the County of New Hanover, until discharged therefrom.

Resolved, That William Cooper be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain John Enloe's Company in the fifth Regiment in the American Army of this Province.

Resolved, That Mr William Purviance be appointed Captain of the Independant Company stationed on the Sea Coast between New River and Deep Inlet in the room of Capt. John King (suspended by this Board) until the sense of the Congress be had thereon.

This Council having received Information, That the Records and Papers of the Inferior Court of Cumberland County are concealed by disaffected persons.

Resolved, That Colo Ebenezer Folesome make diligent search after the said Records and papers, and (receive the same if possible and) deliver them into the Custody of William Rand, appointed by Congress to receive them; and it is recommended to the Justices of the said County to make strict inquiry and search after the same and all persons are required to aid and assist therein.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Mr Hugh Montgomery the sum of three hundred pounds to enable him to pay the persons from whom he hath purchased Provisions for the public; and be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

Mr Peter Mallet made it appear before this Board, That the four hogsheads of Molasses which were stopt at Elizabeth Town and are in care of William McRee, Esquire, are his property.

Resolved, That the said William McRee deliver to the said Mallet or Order the said four hogsheads of Molasses.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Nicholas Long, Esquire, one hundred and thirty five pounds for a Waggon, four horses and six Barrels of Corn, purchased for the use of Continental Troops in this Province, and be allowed in their Accounts with the Public.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Thursday June 13th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the Paymaster pay to Mr William Wilkinson, the sum of forty pounds for so much advanced by him for the use of

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the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province and be allowed in his Accounts with the Public

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Edward Dickson eight pounds for going Express to Genl Lee in South Carolina, and be allowed in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Armed Brig the Pennsylvania Farmer at New Bern, deliver out of the public stores in their Possession, to John Wright Stanley, Twenty pieces of canvass, taking his Obligation with Security to deliver into their Hands at a reasonable price good Dutch Oznabrigs sufficient to pay the value of the said canvass.

Resolved, That Colonel Ebenezer Folesome immediately call on the several Merchants and Factors in Cumberland County, whom he suspects of having Salt in their Hands and make strict enquiry for any that may be concealed, and take an Inventory and stop the sale of the same; and return an Account thereof to this Board: Provided, That this Resolve shall not extend to such Salt as have been purchased for the use of private Families and that he call on the Commissioners to render an Account of all the Salt delivered out and to whom, and make return thereof to the Council.

Resolved, That Michael Quinn be appointed Lieutenant Fire Worker in a Company of Artillery in this province commanded by Captain John Vance.

Resolved, That James Middleton be appointed first Lieutenant, Charles Hollingsworth second Lieutenant and James Spicer Ensign to the Independent Company, stationed between New River and Deep Inlet.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Friday June 14th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Doctor James Geekie Surgeon to the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province Eighty pounds for sundry Medicines furnished for the first and second Regiments of said Troops, and be allowed in their Accounts with the Public.

Resolved, That Mr Walter Gibson be appointed Commissary to the detachment of Militia from the New Bern and Wilmington Brigades of Militia now in actual Service under Brigadier General Ashe.

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Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Mr Peter Mallett eighty one pounds thirteen Shillings and six pence for thirty eight Barrells of Flour delivered William Cannon Esquire Commissary to the first Regiment of Continental Troops in this province for the use of the said Regiment; and be allowed in their Accounts with the Public.

Resolved, That Colonel Joseph Leech, James Davis, Esquire, and Mr David Barron, be appointed to value the Cannon on Oath, imported into New Bern by Capt. Elms; and send a return of said valuation to this Council that satisfaction may be made to the owner.

Resolved, That Mr Henry Toomer be appointed Commissary to the detachment of Militia from the Halifax Brigade now in Actual Service under Brigadier General Ashe in the room of Chappell Gee resigned.

Resolved, That Timothy Bloodworth be allowed and paid by the Public five pounds for each musket and bayonet that he makes (agreeable to the Resolutions of the Continental Congress) and delivers within four Months from this date to this Council, or to such person or persons as they shall appoint to receive them, and that the said Bloodworth and the Workmen employed by him in the making of Muskets and Bayonets shall be exempt from bearing Arms during the time they shall be at work thereon, Also that the sum of One hundred pounds be immediately advanced to the said Bloodworth to enable him to carry on the said Work he first giving security faithfully to Account for the same; and that the Treasurers or either of them pay the same and be allowed in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Armed Brigg Pennsylvania Farmer at New Bern do take for the use of the said Brigg eight of the most suitable Cannon imported by Captain Elmes after the same shall have been appraised agreeable to a resolution of this Board.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Mr Henry Toomer, Commissary of the Halifax detachment of Militia the sum of One thousand pounds for the purchasing Provisions for said Militia, he first giving Bond with Security in two thousand pounds faithfully to account for the same; and be allowed in their accounts with the public.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.

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Saturday June 15th 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That Mrs Jean DuBois and Mrs McNeill and their Families remove from the town of Wilmington the place of their residence within eight days from this time so as to be at least twenty miles distant from the said Town up the River, and that General Moore be requested to see this Resolve carried into Execution.

The Council having received Information that David Jackson, James Mewes, William Garner, John Piles and John Piles, Junior, prisoners who were destined for Philadelphia and Virginia, had made their Escape from the Guard and returned to their respective habitations, and are useing their utmost influence with the disaffected in that part of the province to prevent their associating in the Common Cause,

Resolved, That Colonel Ebenezer Folesome forthwith march a party of Horse with the Utmost Secrecy and Secure the persons of the said James Mewes, William Garner, John Piles, John Piles, Junr., David Jackson, and a certain William Catlett, and convey them under a sufficient Guard to Halifax Gaol.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to James Grant fourteen pounds sixteen Shillings for sundry Services by him rendered the public, and be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That William Maxwell, Colin Campbell and Donald Campbell, who have been carrying on a Correspondence with the enemy, be sent under a proper Guard to the Town of New Bern and delivered to the Gaoler, there to be kept in the public Gaol until further orders, and that —— Smith, John Campbell, William Miller and Malcom McNeill be sent under Guard to the Town of Halifax, and delivered to the Gaoler, there to be kept in the public prison until further Orders; and that Andrew Wilson and Thomas Erskine be sent with the Guard to the Town of Halifax, there to remain within the limits of the said Town on their parole; and that General Ashe see this Resolve carried into Execution.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to James Dupree the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds, to enable him to purchase Tools for establishing an Armory to the Continental Troops in this province, he giving Bond with Security to Account for the same in the Sum of Two hundred pounds; And be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

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Resolved, That Mr Abraham Dawes be appointed Brigade Major to the Detachments of Militia in actual Service under Brigadier General Ashe.

Resolved, That Maurice Jones be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain George Mitchell's Company in the Fifth Regiment of the American Army of this Province.

Agreeable to Resolve the Council Adjourned to Mr William Whitfield's on Neuse River in Dobbs County.


Wednesday, June 19th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Thomas Eaton Esquire, one of the Members for the district of Halifax, appeared, subscribed the Test and took his seat accordingly.

The President being absent, Thomas Eaton, Esquire, was chosen President pro tempore.

Thomas James Emery being charged on oath with undue practices tending to inflame the minds of the People and prevent the Militia of Craven County from turning out in defence and protection of this province agreeable to Resolve of Congress, Resolved, That the said Thomas James Emery do remove within ten days from the Town of New Bern the place of his present residence to the County of Dobbs, there to remain on his Parole within the Limits of the said County for the space of two Months from the date hereof; and at the expiration thereof he be permitted to return to the Town of New Bern on giving Bond to the Chairman of the Committee of the said Town in sufficient security for his future good Behavior; and that Brigadier General Bryan see this Resolve carried into execution.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Henry Giffard Commissary to the detachment of Militia stationed at Cross Creek under the command of Colonel Folesome four hundred pounds, and be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That Mr Henry Giffard be appointed to purchase provender for the Light Horse under the Command of Colonel Folesome at Cross Creek and furnish them at the rate of six quarts of corn per day, or four quarts of corn and four quarts of oats per day for each horse, and that he be allowed the sum of four shillings per day for his trouble.

On application of Capt. Atkinson to this Board for a quantity of powder to supply the Troops under Colonel Folesome at Cross Creek, the same appearing absolutely necessary: Resolved, That Colonel

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Ebenezer Folesome be impowered to send as soon as may be to Brigadier General Jones for five hundred weight of the powder now in the Care of Henry Montfort belonging to the Public.

The Council taking into consideration the necessity of supplying the Frontier Inhabitants of this Province with a sufficient quantity of powder for their protection,

Resolved, That Brigadier General Rutherford be supplied with five hundred weight of powder now in the care of Henry Montfort, for the purpose aforesaid, and that Brigadier General Jones send the same.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Thursday June 20th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Friday June 21st, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That Colonel Ebenezer Folesome be directed to appoint two Sergeants, and two Corporals, to each Company of Light Horse, and that the paymaster pay them the Wages due such Officers from the time of their appointment.

Whereas it appears to the Council, That many of the Members of the Committee, both of the County of Cumberland and Town of Campbelton are removed out of the province, and some of those that remain decline to Act; Resolved therefore, That the Inhabitants of the said County and Town Elect Members pursuant to the Resolve of the Provincial Congress to serve in their respective Committees, in the room of those neglecting and refusing to Act, and so removed out of the province.

The Honble The President appeared in Council and took his seat.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Saturday, June 22nd, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That Captain Eleazer Drew do attend this Council on Monday the first day of July next with the necessary papers explanatory of the Bottomry on the Brig William and all other Accounts respecting said Brig.

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Resolved, That Courts of Justice for hearing and determining Maritime matters be and hereby are established at the Ports of Edenton, Bath, New Bern and Wilmington; and that the following persons be appointed Judges for the said Courts, to wit: Jasper Charlton Esquire, for the port of Edenton; Christopher Neale Esquire, for the port of New Bern; and Thomas Respess, Junior, Esquire, for the port of Bath, and that Commissions issue accordingly.

Resolved, That the Judges of the said Courts of Admiralty be directed to appoint one Register and Martial at each of the said Ports, and all other Officers necessary for the purpose of carrying into Execution the determination and decrees of said Courts.

Resolved, That Didderick Gibble be appointed Ensign in Captain Enoch Ward's Independent Company in the room of Charles Dennis who resigned.

Resolved, That Benajah Doty be appointed second Major in the Onslow Regiment of Militia in the room of James Howard resigned.

Resolved, That Hull Doty be appointed Commissary to the Independant Company stationed on the Sea Coast commanded by Capt. Selby Harney.

Resolved, That the Commanding Officers of the Militia and Minute men in this province who have been on service in the late insurrection do collect from the different Companys under their Command, the public powder which remains in their hands and return an account of the same to this Board.

Adjourned till Monday morning 8 oClock.


Monday, June 24th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

The Council upon reconsidering the case of Joseph Smith, John Campbell, William Miller and Malcom McNeill, prisoners ordered to Halifax Goal,

Resolved, That the said prisoners be admitted their parole within the Limits of the Town of Halifax they appearing between the hours of nine and twelve every day before Mr Christopher Dudley.

On application of Mr Nathaniel Rochester, Commissary of Stores, setting forth that for want of Waggons and by reason of the Ferries between Edenton and New Bern, he could not without great delay and expence remove the public stores from that Town as the Congress had directed.

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The Council taking the same into consideration are of the Opinion that the said stores may with safety be removed by water from Edenton to New Bern from whence they may be Transported by Land to the Army.

Resolved, That Colonel John Bryan of Craven County do procure a proper Boat and send twelve armed Men under the Command of an Officer to Edenton for the said Stores and deliver them in New Berne to the Order of the Commissary.

Whereas, the Council have received Information that Benjamin Sheppard of Dobbs County hath passed as and for good and lawful Money certain Base Counterfeit Bills in likeness of the four Dollar Bills emitted in Consequence of a Resolve of Congress held at Hillsborough.

Resolved, That Colonel Abraham Sheppard immediately take into his safe Custody the said Benjamin Sheppard and bring him forthwith before the Council to answer of and concerning the Premises; and that he take with him such aid as may be needful.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Tuesday, June 25th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That Robert Bignal Esquire be requested, and he is hereby impowered to examine the Public Provisions in Tarborough in the Care of Henry Irwin and repack the same at the public Expence and also to sell for the best price that can be had such provisions as may be unfit for Carriage or Transportation.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Wednesday, June 26th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Joseph Green one of the Commissioners for purchasiug Guns in the County of Dobbs exhibited an account whereby it appears that he hath received of the public Treasurer one hundred and fifty pounds that he hath purchased forty Guns at the price of one hnndred and forty nine pounds, nine shillings and four pence which Guns he delivered to Captain William Caswell of the fifth Regiment of Continental Troops in this Province, for which he produced a Receipt; whereby it appears there is a Ballance of ten Shillings and eight pence in the Hands of the said Joseph Green belonging to the Public,

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Resolved, That the said Joseph Green be allowed Ten pounds for his Extraordinary trouble and Vigilance in procuring the said Arms, and that the Treasurers or either of them pay him nine pounds nine shillings and four pence being the Ballance of the said Ten pounds and be allowed in their Accounts with the Public.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Thursday, June 27th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

The Congress having applied to the President of the Council of Safety of South Carolina for the purchase of twenty pieces of Cannon (double fortified Six pounders) imported into this province by Capt. Thomas Nelmes in the Schooner Little Thomas, which Vessel is now lying at New Bern; and Mr Edward Blake, the half owner thereof having signified in a Letter to said Captain Nelmes, that the President of the Council of Safety had directions from that Board, to load the said Vessel from this province at the Expence of South Carolina, and in case of Neglect, that he the said Edward Blake would pay the Expence of such Cargo.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to the said Thomas Nelmes the sum of six hundred pounds to enable him to procure a Cargo for the said Schooner, for which sum the Province of South Carolina is chargeable; and if not paid by that province the said Edward Blake to be chargeable for the same; and be allowed in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That Richard Caswell, Esquire, Public Treasurer of the Southern District draw on the Continental Treasury in favor of Richard Ellis, Esquire, for two thousand eight hundred and fifty Dollars, being the Amount of his Claim for nineteen hundred weight of Gun powder imported for the use of the public; and be allowed in his Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That Captain Thomas Nelmes be permitted to purchase a Cargo of Provisions in this province for Bermuda.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Captain Joshua Hampstead the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds for two hundred weight of Gun powder imported for the use of this province and be allowed in their Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That Captain Joshua Hampstead be permitted to Export white oak staves from this province to the French West India Islands to the Amount of one hundred and twenty pounds,

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being the Nett value of the Gun powder imported by him for the use of the public.

Resolved, That Richard Ellis, Esquire, be permitted to Export white oak staves from this province to the French, Dutch or Neutral West India Islands to the Amount of One thousand and forty pounds, being the Nett value of the Gun powder imported by him into this province for the public.

Whereas Richard Ellis, Esquire, of the Town of New Bern hath applied for Letters of Marque and Reprisal for his Armed Sloop called the Heart of Oak, Burthen about Seventy Tons, and hath also delivered in a Schedule of the Numbers of Guns and the Names of the Officers, the Provisions and Warlike Stores on Board and hath also given Bond and Security agreeable to the Resolutions of the Continental Congress for that purpose. And Whereas the Commissions or Letters of Marque and reprisal issued by the said Congress for this province are not yet arrived.

Resolved, That George Dennison, Captain of the said Heart of Oak, William Troop, Chief Mate, and [ ] second Mate, Officers on Board (the said Heart of Oak) be and are hereby permitted to Act against the Enemies of the thirteen United Colonies in manner and form as Letters of Mark are permitted by the Continental Congress.

Resolved, That Mr John Wood be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain William Ward's Company in the fifth Regiment of the American Army of this Province.

Whereas eight Commissioners were appointed to fit out the armed Brigg, the Pennsylvania Farmer, at New Bern, and it appearing that a Majority of the said Commissioners cannot be with conveniency on any Occasion Collected, whereby many delays and Inconveniences may arise,

Resolved, That Messrs Joseph Leech, Richard Ellis and David Baron, three of the said Commissioners are hereby impowered and required to act and do all things necessary for the management of the said Brigg and her Crew on Board, according to the directions of the Congress and Provincial Council heretofore made, and lay an account of their proceedings before the next provincial Congress.

Resolved, That John Guerard be allowed at the rate of fifteen pounds per month for Transporting the Army with their Baggage and every other Article belonging thereto across the Ferries opposite to Wilmington to commence from the 24th day of June instant,

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he agreeing to find hands and Boats and constant Attendance for that purpose.

Whereas Mr John Green of the Town of New Bern hath applied for Letters of Marque and Reprisal for an Armed Schooner called the Johnston, belonging to the said John Green, Andrew Blanchard, Edward Tinker and David Baron, of the County of Craven, and Robert Salter, of the County of Pitt, and hath also delivered in a Schedule of the Number of Guns and the Names of the Officers, the provisions and Warlike Stores on Board, and hath also given Bond and Security agreeable to the Resolutions of the Continental Congress for that purpose, And whereas the Commissions or Letters of Marque and Reprisal issued by the Congress for this province are not yet arrived,

Resolved, That Edward Tinker, Captain; Reuben Doze, Chief Mate, and Samuel Palmer, second Mate, Officers on Board the said Schooner Johnston and her Crew be and are hereby permitted to act against the Enemies of the thirteen United Colonies in manner and form as Letters of Marque and reprisal are permitted by the Continental Congress.

Adjourned till To morrow Morning 8 oClock.


Friday, June 28th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Whereas the Council have received Information that a certain Joshua Bently, of the County of Edgecombe, is a person disaffected to the Common Cause, and hath endeavoured to inflame the minds of the people against the present American Measures,

Resolved, That Abraham Sheppard, Esquire, take such power of the Militia as may be necessary and bring before this Council the Body of the said Joshua Bently to answer of and concerning the premises.

Benjamin Sheppard, who was charged with passing Counterfeit Money, being brought before the Council and Examined and not giving a Satisfactory account in what manner he became possessed of the said Counterfeit Bills, and Circumstances leading to render the Conduct of the said Benjamin Sheppard suspicious,

Resolved, That the said Benjamin Sheppard do enter into Bond with Security in the sum of One thousand pounds, with Condition to appear before this Council to answer for his Conduct herein whenever he may be called on for further enquiry.

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Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Mr Charles Jaycocks, Commissary to the Edenton Brigade of Militia now in actual Service, five hundred pounds to enable him to procure provisions for said Brigade, and be allowed in their Accounts with the public.

The Council having received Information that Thomas Harrison and William Taylor are persons disaffected to the Common Cause and are endeavouring to dissuade the people from associating in defence of their Liberties,

Resolved, That Abraham Sheppard, Esquire, of Dobbs County, take sufficient aid and bring the said Thomas Harrison and William Taylor before this Board to answer of and concerning the Premises.

Adjourned 'till To-morrow Morning 8 oClock.


Saturday, June 29th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Whereas William Bryan, Colonel of the Militia of Johnston County, hath Complained to the Council That some of the Militia who were draughted pursuant to a Resolve of the Congress have refused to serve,

Resolved, That the said William Bryan issue his Warrant for the recovery of the Fines pursuant to the Militia Law and Resolution of the Congress in that case made and provided and that Needham Bryan late Sheriff of Johnston County be impowered to execute the same.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Walter Gibson, Commissary to the New Bern and Wilmington Brigades of Militia, the sum of One thousand pounds to enable him to procure provisions for the said Militia Brigades and be allowed in their accounts with the public.

Whereas, it appears to the Council that Robert Cochran Esquire, has advanced to Colonel Alexander Martin of the second Regiment of Continental Troops in this province as per Receipt one hundred and sixty pounds and also to Captain John Armstrong twenty two pounds six shillings and two pence amounting to one hundred and eighty two pounds six shillings and two pence in part pay of the said Regiment:

Resolved, That the paymaster pay Robert Cochran the sum of one hundred and eighty two pounds six shillings and two pence;

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and be allowed the same in his Accounts with the public, and deduct the same out of the pay of the said Regiment.

Resolved, That the Captains of each Independant Company stationed on the Sea Coast in this province do purchase at the expence of the public three good suitable Boats for each Company, provided that such Boats so to be purchased do not exceed the sum of ten pounds each.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Sunday, June 30th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Monday, July 1st, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That all persons who have Horses, Guns or other Articles in their possession, which were impressed, brought or taken into Service of the public, on the Expedition against the Tories, and to Cape Fear, and no owner appearing to claim, bring or send the same to Capt. Wm Whitfield's on Neuse in Dobbs County; those who neglect so to do will be compelled to make good the sum which such Articles were valued to.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Tuesday, July 2nd, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That John Pasteur be appointed second Lieutenant in Captain George Mitchel's Company in the sixth Regiment of the American Army in this Province in the room of Maurice Jones resigned.

Resolved, That Christopher Neale Esquire Judge of the Court of Admiralty at Port New Bern do immediately proceed on the Trial of the Brigantine William seized as British property and now lying at the said Port agreeable to the Resolves of the Congress.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Wednesday, July 3rd, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That David Baron be permitted to Ship to the French, Dutch or Neutral West India Island twenty six thousand four hundred

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white oak Staves, Fifty two thousand red oak Staves, two thousand five hundred White Oak Hogshead heading, and Fifty thousand twenty two Inch Shingles, The said David Baron first entering into Bond with Security before the Commissioners for the port of New Bern in the sum of three thousand pounds that he will import into this province, the whole Amount of the Nett proceeds of the above Articles, in Arms Ammunition and Salt the danger of the Seas and Enemy excepted.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Mr David Smith three pounds for his Expences and attendance on this Board; and be allowed the same in their Accounts with the Public.

Resolved, The James Coor Esquire be appointed Commissioner for the Port of New Bern in this Province, and that he enter into Bond with Security in the Sum of five thousand pounds for the faithful discharge of his Office.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Thursday, July 4th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Whereas the Continental Congress, in Order that an equal and general representation should be made in the thirteen United Colonies, on the 26th day of December last did Resolve that the most effectual Means should be taken in each Colony by the Assemblies, Councils or Committees of Safety to ascertain an impartial List of the number of the Inhabitants in their respective Colonies.

Resolved, therefore that the Committees of the several Counties and Towns within this Province take the most effectual Method to obtain an exact List of the Number of Inhabitants in their respective Counties and Towns, distinguished as directed by Resolve of the provincial Congress at Hillsborough in 1775, and that the Chairman of the said Committees, Transmit to this Board such Lists properly Authenticated by the persons who shall be intrusted with this Service within three Months from this time in order that the same may be Transmitted to the Continental Congress.

Resolved, That the Captains of each Company of Continental Troops raised in this Province, do pay to such persons as may apprehend and deliver to them any deserting Soldier belonging to his Company such a sum of Money as may be reasonable and Equal to the trouble and Expence of Apprehending such Soldier or Soldiers

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not exceeding five pounds and deduct the same out of the pay of such Soldier.

The Council taking into Consideration the present alarming and dangerous situation of this province and reflecting with the greatest Concern that a number of people Nursed up in the very Bosom of the Country, who by their pretended Nuetrality virtually declare themselves Enemies to the American Union while others more daring refuse to receive in payment the public Bills of Credit of this province, issued for the very purpose of Securing to our posterity the most inestimable Blessings of peace, Liberty and property, And Whereas the King and parliament of Great Britain have under Colour of Law directed their Troops to seize and destroy the persons and properties of the good people of this province, in order therefore to Secure the property of such Instruments of Despotism, and prevent the fatal Effects that might otherwise result from their Conduct,

Resolved, That the Committees of the several Counties in this province do immediately call on every such person within their respective Counties to render an Inventory on Oath of all and Singular their real and personal Estate, and in case of neglect or refusal they do direct the Commanding Officer of the County forthwith to cause such suspected person to be brought before this Board.

The Council being informed that the Committee of the County of Duplin have taken into their possession a large Quantity of Salt, the property of Mr John James, and it appearing that Salt may at this time be purchased at or near Wilmington, and that the said Mr James hath contracted to procure provisions for the use of this Province,

Resolved, That the said Committee do suffer Mr James to retain in the County for the purpose aforesaid any Quantity of Salt not exceeding two hundred Bushels, and in case the remainder should be wanted by the Inhabitants of the said County, that they do allow him the sum of ten shillings proc. per Bushel for the same, and that they do not sell more than two Bushels to any one Family.

Whitmill Hill, Esquire, one of the Commissioners appointed by the Provincial Council to Charter a Vessel or Vessels and agree with Masters and Seamen to proceed on a Voyage at the expence of this province for Arms and Ammunition, exhibited his accounts, Whereby it appears that he hath received from the Public Treasury the sum of fifteen hundred pounds, that he hath regularly laid out

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and Expended in Cargoes which he Shipped on Board [Captain James Butler and Captain Daniel Cartwright], on account of this province, the sum of fourteen hundred and ninety-nine pounds, fourteen Shillings and seven pence, which leaves a Ballance of five Shillings and five pence in the Hands of the said Whitmill Hill due to the public, which Ballances his Account.

Adjourned till To-morrow Morning 8 oClock.


Friday, July 5th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That Colo Folsome deliver to William Sheppard, of Surry County, sixty bushels of Salt out of that belonging to Robert Gilles of Cross Creek, the said William Sheppard paying for the same, and that the remainder of the Salt be kept until further Orders from this Board; except what belongs to the Commissaries Mallet and Gibson.

Whereas Peter Mallet and Robert Cobb, Esquires, two of the Commissioners for Inventorying the Tories' Estates in Cumberland County, appointed by Congress, are so engaged in the Army that they cannot attend that duty,

Resolved therefore that Mr David Smith and Mr John Walsh be added to the Commissioners appointed by the Congress, and are hereby invested with the same powers and subject to the same restrictions as the Commissioners appointed by the Congress.

Resolved, That Doctor Isaac Guion be appointed Commissary to the Independant Company of Militia stationed on the Sea Coast commanded by Captain Selby Harney in the room of Hull Doty who hath enlisted as a soldier in the said Company.

Adjourned till Monday morning 8 oClock.


Monday, July 8th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Thomas Jones, Esquire, one of the members for the district of Edenton, appeared, subscribed the Test, and took his seat accordingly.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Tuesday, July 9th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, That three Tons of powder be sent from the Brigades of Edenton, Halifax and New Bern to Wilmington to be sent from

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thence to Charles Town—And that General Vail and General Jones see the two Tons ordered from their Brigades sent off and that the Committee of the Town of New Bern send the Ton from that Brigade to Wilmington.

Adjourned 'till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Wednesday, July 10th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the Judges of the Courts of Justice for hearing and determining Maritime Matters at the Ports of Edenton, Bath, New Bern and Wilmington shall before they enter upon the Execution of their respective Offices take the following Oath, to wit:

“I, A B, do swear upon the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, That I will in all Cases which may come before me as Judge of the Court of Justice for the hearing and determining Maritime Matters at the Port of ——, execute the said Office with integrity, impartiality and according to the best of my skill and ability. So help me God.”

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Thursday July 11th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Whereas this Council have received certain information, That many Persons within this Province inimical to the Liberties of America have offered larger sums of the Bills of Credit emitted by the Congresses held at Hillsborough and Halifax than at the rate of eight shillings in exchange for Spanish Milled Dollars; and also that many persons equally disaffected, have asked and demanded in payment for Articles of Merchandize higher prices when to be paid in the said Bills of Credit than they have for the same Articles when to be paid for in Proclamation Money, debenture Bills or in Gold or Silver, with a manifest intention to depreciate and undervalue the said Dollar Bills of Credit emitted for the Express purpose of securing and defending the Lives Liberties and property of the good people of this province. It is therefore Resolved, That the Committees of the several counties and towns in this province do immediately call on every such person within their respective towns and counties and on proper proof being made thereof to cause such person or persons to render an Inventory on oath of all and singular their real and personal estate and in case of Neglect or refusal they do direct

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the Commanding Officer of the County forthwith to cause such suspected person or persons to be apprehended and sent to this Board.

Whereas it appears that the Salt Works directed by the Congress to be established in this province will not furnish a sufficient quantity of that necessary Article for the consumption of the Inhabitants thereof and it being requisite that other works be erected for that purpose, and Mr Richard Blackledge being willing and desirous of undertaking a Salt Work exclusive of the other Commissioners,

Resolved, That Mr Richard Blackledge be allowed at the rate of twenty shillings per day for every day he shall attend the said Works himself or by some skilfull person, to commence from the time he shall begin to erect such works.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to the said Richard Blackledge the sum of five hundred pounds to enable him to erect and carry on said Salt Works, he first giving bond with Security in the sum of one thousand pounds for the faithfull discharge of the trust hereby reposed in him and for the due application of the Money hereby granted, And be allowed the same in their Accounts with the public.

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock.


Friday, July 12th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That Captain James Middleton, Captain James Nixon, Captain John Robinson, Captain William Evans and Captain Henry Toomer, who lately commanded companies of militia in the county of New Hanover, do within two months from the date hereof return on Oath to this Board Lists of their respective companys containing the number of officers and men under their command together with the time each continued in service.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay into the hands of John Simpson Esquire for the use of the public three thousand pounds to be applied by this Board in defraying such public contingencies as may happen during the sitting of the Council of Safety at Halifax, and be allowed in their accounts with the Public.

Adjourned 'till Monday Morning 8 oClock.


Friday, July 12th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.

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Saturday July 13th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Adjourned 'till To-morrow Morning 9 oClock.


Sunday, July 14th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.


Monday, July 15th, 1776.

Met according to Adjournment.

It appearing to the Council that the Reverend George Micklejohn of Orange County has not agreeable to the Resolve of the Provincial Congress removed himself into the County of Perquimons in that part of the said County of the South side of the River which he ought to have done in pursuance of the said Resolve within fourteen days after the passing thereof for which disobedience, It is

Resolved, That the said George Micklejohn be immediately removed into the said County at his own Expence in order to carry into Execution the said Resolve of Congress; and that the Commanding Officer of the second Regiment of the County of Orange see this resolve carried into effect.

Resolved, That the following persons be appointed Commissioners Vizt Mr Francis Brice at the Town of Wilmington, Mr John Green at the Town of New Bern, Robert Hardy Esquire at the Town of Edenton, Thomas Respess Senr Esquire at the Town of Bath to purchase within their several districts, Gun powder, Lead and Cannon Ball, Sail Duck, Osnabrigs, Coarse Linnens, Coarse Cloaths, Blankets, Shoes, and Leather for the use of the Continental Troops stationed in this province and make a just return of the purchases made by them to this Council, and that each of the said Commissioners are hereby impowered to draw on either of the Treasurers for the sum of one thousand pounds first giving Bond with good and sufficient Security in the sum of two thousand pounds to the Honble Samuel Johnston Esquire President of the Congress and his Successors in Office for the faithful Application of such Monies and that they render true and just Accounts to the Provincial Congress and also that they produce to such Treasurer the Bond properly executed before any Money is advanced by him.

Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock.

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Tuesday, July 16th, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Captain John Forster the sum of five hundred pounds for so much by him advanced for the use of the public, to be accounted for in the settlement of his Accounts with the public.

Resolved, That the Treasurers or either of them pay to Nicholas Long Esquire, Deputy Quarter Master General, the sum of six hundred pounds for so much by him advanced for the use of the Public, to be accounted for in the settlement of his accounts; and be allowed in their accounts with the Public.

The Council adjourned to the Town of Halifax in the County of Halifax.