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Minutes of the North Carolina Council of State
North Carolina. Council of State
June 02, 1779
Volume 22, Pages 955-956


State of North Carolina.
At a meeting of the Council at Kinston, 2nd June, 1779.

Present—The Honorables Joseph Leech, Robert Bignall, John Simpson and William Whitfield, Esquires.

His Excellency the Governor laid before the Board a resolve of Congress of the 7th May, 1779, respecting the immediate completing the Continental regiments of this State for the Southern service.

Resolved, That the Governor be advised to order all the new recruits for the said regiments to be immediately marched after the 1st day of July next to General Lincoln or the commanding officer of the Southern Department, and that such recruits raised in the Districts of Edenton, New Bern and Halifax rendezvous at Kinston, and those in the District of Wilmington at Elizabethtown, and those in the Districts of Hillsboro and Salisbury at the town of Salisbury.

The Governor laid before the Board a resolve of Congress of the 9th March, 1779, relative to a bounty of two hundred dollars granted by Congress out of the Continental Treasury to each recruit who, since the 23rd of January last, hath or shall enlist during the war. The Board, taking the same into consideration, do

Resolve, That his Excellency be advised to direct the Paymaster to pay such bounty to all such recruits accordingly, and that it be understood that the recruits raising by the militia men, agreeable to the State act of Assembly, who enlist during the war, be entitled to the said bounty of two hundred dollars, and that the Paymaster pay the same.

Resolved, That the Governor be advised to grant a warrant on the Treasury in favor of Mann Phillips, a prisoner of war, for thirty one pounds four shilling for his subsistence from 16th July, 1778, to the 15th April, 1779, being 39 weeks, at two dollars a week.

The Governor informed the Board that a number of deserters now in this State from the British army to the southward, had applied

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to him for money to assist them in traveling to the northward;

Resolved, That the Governor be advised to direct the Secretary to advance them any reasonable sum to defray their expenses through this State.

The Governor laid before the Board a petition from James Lyon, a prisoner now at Halifax, on suspicion of being a spy, complaining of great distress, and praying relief. The Board taking the same into consideration, do advise his Excellency the Governor to grant him his parole to the town of Halifax.

JOSEPH LEECH, President,
R. BIGNALL,
JOHN SIMPSON,
WILLIAM WHITFIELD.