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Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
November 24, 1775
Volume 10, Pages 336-337

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at Wilmington.

Friday, November 24th 1775.

At an occasional meeting of the Committee.

Present: John Ancrum, chairman; Cornclius Harnett, H. Toomer, John Kirkwood, James Geekie, Archd Maclaine, Charles Jewkes, Wm Ewins, John DuBois.

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Ordered, That the Committee of Intelligence write to the Chairman of the County Committee requesting him to procure all the fire arms he possibly can for the use of Provincial Regulators; as by information from Col. Moore it is imagined that the Men of War now at Fort Johnston have an intention to attempt burning Brunswick and afterwards proceed to this town.

Ordered that the Committee of Intelligence write to the Committee of Safety for the District of Salisbury informing them of the danger the inhabitants of Cape Fear are in, from the Ships of War now in the harbor and requesting them if they can do it with safety to themselves to order down the troops stationed in that part of the colony armed as completely as possible.

Ordered That the Resolve of this Committee forbidding vessels to load in this Port be delivered to Captain Batchelor and that he be informed if he perseveres in loading his vessell he will be treated as an enemy of American Liberty

Ordered, that Messrs. Samuel Ashe, Frederick Jones, Robert Shawe, Benjamin Stone, William Lord, William Hill, Richard Quince, Junior, Richard Bradley, William Purviance, and John Smith, be requested to attend in this town on the 29th day of November, instant, in order to value the houses, buildings, and other improvements therein, that may be liable to be destroyed, and that they or any three of them, do value the same upon oath, and make a return thereof to this committee under their hands.

Ordered, that this committee purchase up what lead may be found in this town, and that the same be run into balls of different sizes, as soon as possible, and that Solomon Hewitt be employed in making the same, as also cartridges; and that this committee also purchase what Salt Petre and Brimstone may be had.

This Committee being informed that the above Solomon Hewitt has in his possession two 2 pound pieces: Ordered, that he produce the same to this committee, as soon as possible.