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Letter from the Edenton Committee of Safety to the North Carolina Council of Safety
Edenton (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 25, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 670-671

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from the Safety Committee at Edenton to the Council of Safety.

In Committee, Edenton, 25th July, 1776.

We have this day had lodged with us an information that a number not less than one hundred and fifty men chiefly from the County of Perquimons have determined to pay the Town of Edenton a visit and break open every Store and Warehouse and take all the Salt they can find. We have inquired into the situation of affairs respecting that article and find that what is now in Town is not sufficient for the use of the possessors and that the intention of the mobb is only to get salt without paying for it. We beg leave to

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referr your Honors to a Letter of Mr Cummings from Nixonton and we do earnestly intreat you will take the most effectual methods in your power to Suppress Mobs. We wou'd not presume to advise much less to dictate to so wise a body as yours but we wou'd humbly premise that you on being acquainted with matters of this kind would think and find out ways and means to prevent the worst part of Society ruling the best. We expect much from you—to you we have entrusted much—we have wrote to the Chairman of the Committee of Perquimons and to the Chairman of this County they will we doubt not do everything in their power to preserve good order.

We are Honble Sirs
Yr mo: obed Servts
JOS. BLOUNT, Chairman.
By order Will Halsey, Clerk.