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Minutes of the North Carolina Council of State
North Carolina. Council of State
September 07, 1779
Volume 22, Page 910

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AT A COUNCIL HELD AT DOBBS COURT HOUSE THE 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1779.

Present—The Honorables Joseph Leech, Robert Bignal, John Simpson and Isaac Guion.

The Governor laid before the Board a letter from Mr. Benjamin Hawkins, Esq., Commercial Agent of this State, informing him that he was about to depart to the West Indies, and desired to know whether he might be permitted to barter barrels of pork for salt, and whether he might barter other provisions for that article, and for what sum he might pledge the faith of this State in purchasing necessaries, and how he might redeem the faith.

The Board taking the same into consideration, resolved the Governor be advised to instruct Mr. Hawkins to barter 1000 barrels pork for salt, the pork and salt to be delivered in this State. That he borrow on interest or contract for the sum of twenty thousand pounds sterling, to be laid out in purchase of such articles as may be wanting for the use of the State, and that the faith of this State be pledged for the payment thereof.

JOSEPH LEECH, President,
R. BIGNALL,
JOHN SIMPSON,
ISAAC GUION.