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Instructions to the Rowan County Sheriffs concerning a reprieve for Samuel Bryant, John Hampton, and Nicholas White
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
April 06, 1782
Volume 16, Page 270

[From Executive Letter Book.]

State of North Carolina.

To the Sheriffs of the County of Rowan:

Whereas, Samuel Bryant, John Hampton and Nicholas White, convicted of High Treason at the Superior Court of Law, held for the District of Salisbury, on the fifteenth day of March last, were severally sentenced to suffer death agreeably to the Laws of the Land; that is to say, the said Samuel Bryant and Nicholas White on Friday, the 5th day of April, and the said John Hampton on Friday, the 12th day of the same April, and the said Samuel Bryant and Nicholas White reprieved until the said 12th day of April.

There are, therefore, to reprieve the said John Hampton, and further to reprieve the said Samuel Bryant and Nicholas White until Friday, the 10th day of May next. At which time they are severally to be executed, pursuant to their respective sentences, unless a further interposition shall be made by the Governor or Commander-in-Chief for the time being agreeably to the Laws and Constitution of the said State.

Given under my hand and seal at Arms at Hillsborough on the 6th day of April in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two and sixth of our Independence.

A. Tatom,
Private Secretary.
By His Excellency’s Command.