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Resolution by the North Carolina General Assembly concerning the arrest of loyalists
North Carolina. General Assembly
February 12, 1779
Volume 15, Page 388

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RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Resolved that it be recommended to the Justices of the peace of the respective Counties to seize and secure, and even to remove to places at a distance from their places of residence, all disaffected persons, who not satisfied with entertaining sentiments inimical to the Country may be justly suspected of a disposition of carrying those sentiments into execution & that they be empowered also to order the Sheriff with a posse comitatus to disarm all persons from whom any Injury of the public safety is to be apprehended. That this shall not be executed but by a warrant signed by three Magistrates at least, upon due proof made, & the Colonels of the respective regiments are directed to furnish every possible assistance to carry this into execution.

THOS. BENBURY, S. C.
By Order,
John Hunt, C. H. C.


In the Senate 12 Feby.

Concurred with.

ALLEN JONES, S. S.
By Order,
Sitgreaves, Ct.